Category Archives: Medical Tests

Thoughts and opinion on the latest advances in medical testing and their impact on insurance policies in the US.

At Home Coronavirus Test Kits You Can Order Online

“At Home coronavirus test kits” are now available online to prevent or slow down the spread of the virus. During the first few months of this coronavirus pandemic, COVID-19 test options were not easily available.  You needed a physician’s orders to get analyzed and to get those requests, you had to meet specific criteria, such as with a fever and showing other COVID-19 symptoms.

The US isn’t struggling as much today with a lack of coronavirus test kits and related supplies, thanks partially to the start of at-home testing. These home coronavirus test kits– of which there are now eight approved for use — remove the need for a person who is feeling ill to visit a testing site or doctor’s practice, which means fewer people are vulnerable to the virus.… Read More

Medical Test Checklist For Refugees Entering The US

As refugees cross over into the US borders and arrive at the immigration centers or border facilities they may have to wait for medical screening tests to be performed. Here is a listing of potential health screening tests that the medical examiners or physicians may order.  This refugees medical test check listing serves as a guideline for physicians as to what to look for and also for the immigrants as to what they can expect.

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New Medical Test For Early Cancer Detection

Cancer refers to a group of diseases that occur as a result of abnormal and uncontrollable cell growth that affects different parts of the body. There are more than 100 types of cancer, and each is categorized according to the kind of transformed cell.  Detecting cancer early with a medical test or a screening test is key to fighting the battle.

Cancer causes the formation of lumps of tissue also called tumors, and these can interfere with standard body functions in various ways. Tumors can affect the nervous, digestive as well as the blood circulatory systems. Leukemia is the only form of cancer that does not cause tumors but prohibits the normal functioning of blood.

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When the tumor spreads to other parts of the body, then the new condition of cancer becomes very difficult to … Read More

What You Need to Know About Fasting For Blood Tests

You wake up on the morning of your doctor’s appointment, eager to know your blood sugar level or your body’s cholesterol level.

After you get into your doctor’s office and you see your doctor.  But your doctor sends you back home with instructions not to eat or drink anything besides water as from 7-8 pm till the next morning when you will have your blood drawn for the lab.  One may wonder why get sent back home and what is this fasting for blood tests?

The next morning those growling sounds can be frustrating, and it is hard to ignore the morning cravings for breakfast and a cup of coffee.  However, getting your blood drawn is a quick process, and soon after it is done, you can resume eating and drinking.… Read More

What Is Gestational Testing?

Pregnancy is typically one of the most exciting times in a mother’s (or soon to be mother’s) life. It can also be one of the most stressful times of uncertainties about the health of the baby are a part of the experience.

There have been many advances in the field of women’s reproductive health and testing over the past fifty years. It wasn’t until the 1970’s that women had access to at-home pregnancy testing. Before then, women who thought they might be pregnant would have to go see their doctor and ask to be tested in his office and they would have to do a urine or blood test there.

Modern over-the-counter pregnancy tests test the female’s urine for the presence of HCG (Human Chorionic Gonadotropin) This hormone should be found in the … Read More

Common Medical Screening Tests for Adults

The field of medicine has a large number of screening tests for adults and children that are performed on the human body and they can be classified into two main groups.

The first is specialized tests which are used to identify specific illnesses or related category of illnesses and the second are general tests used to look for a wide range of illnesses. All these tests combined are designed to fulfill certain functions including screening, diagnosis, evaluation of responsiveness to treatment as well as trying to identify the progression of a disease so as to allow for effective care.… Read More

Pediatric Medical Tests Available For Your Child

It is important that a doctor has a medical history of a child and performs a physical examination on a child, so that he or she can evaluate a child’s health. This is important as it helps the doctor understand what may be causing a child’s illness. Doctors may have to order some medical tests to enable them find out more. Most of these tests are covered by insurance and some preventative ones are covered 100% with no co-payment needed.

Below are some of the common tests done on children and what they are used for:

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FREE Medical Tests Now Covered By The Affordable Care Act

Over 70 percent of Americans die from preventable diseases each year. And 75 percent of US health spending is on preventable diseases.  Obviously, preventive care for Americans has been too low for many years.

Unfortunately, far too many Americans wait until the onset of disease to begin testing – when treatment is more difficult and much costlier.  With the recent passage of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), however, all of that has changed for the better.

The ACA requires that all heath insurance policies now cover recommended preventive care services – without copay, also referred to as cost sharing. Notably, the ACA now includes drug testing for addictive substances – including testing for often-abused prescription drugs like Xanax – in its guidelines.

In other words, insured individuals will now pay little to nothing for access … Read More

What Is A 24 Hour Urine Test And Why Should I Take It?

Urine tests are one of the most powerful tools that doctors have to test for potential health issues, because:

  • if a doctor has asked you to take one, he or she has a very good reason to do so and
  • the test itself is really easy to take.

A urine test is one of the least invasive tests that can be conducted today.  The test itself is very simple, whether a lab or home test kit is used.

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Saliva Hormone Testing – Is It For You?

The saliva, or mouth swab, test is a relatively common type of medical test used in the detection of many substances in your body, including:

  • steroid hormones such as cortisol
  • genetic material (DNA/ RNA)
  • proteins
  • metabolites

Saliva testing is also used to screen for or diagnose numerous conditions and disease states, including Cushing’s disease, HIV, cancer, parasites and allergies.

A single saliva test administered by a lab can tell you a lot about your hormonal state. However, many aren’t sure whether they should be using these tests.

So, which hormones can be tested for with a saliva hormone test and are these tests really for you?

Testing for Hormones

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