HNL News

June 29, 2022

Automation in the Clinical Laboratory

Clinical laboratory automation is essential to deliver high quality results in the most cost effective and efficient way.  Automation requires minimal operator intervention and helps to increase productivity, tracking of specimens within the laboratory, decreased turnaround times, improvements in specimen handling, improved laboratory safety, and minimizes errors.
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June 17, 2022

LYME Disease

As you continue to spend more time outside enjoying the weather, you’ll be sharing your space with some critters you’ll want to be aware of. Deer ticks can carry the bacteria that causes Lyme disease, which can have a critical impact on your health if untreated.
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June 15, 2022

Men's Health Month

In 1994, Congress designated the month of June as Men's Health Month to heighten the awareness of preventable health problems and encourage early detection and treatment of disease among men and boys.
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June 10, 2022

LGBTQ Pledge

HNL Lab Medicine believes the diversity of our workforce makes us stronger. We are committed to fostering, cultivating and preserving a culture of diversity, equity and inclusion. We strive to attract, develop, and retain a diverse and inclusive workforce.
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June 09, 2022

HNL Lab Medicine Artwork Contest Celebrates Healthcare Heroes

Throughout the month of May, HNL Lab Medicine, a regional leader in high-quality, innovative laboratory medicine services, announced an artwork contest for children in grades K-8. The goal of this contest was to promote awareness of the healthcare field, encourage creativity, and include a valuable connection to the community in each of HNL’s patient service centers.
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Common Lab Tests

Common Urine Tests

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Your healthcare professional could send you to get a urine test for many reasons.
Read more on the most common reasons for urine testing. 

Glucose

Your urine should not have any glucose in it. If you have glucose  in your urine, it may mean you have diabetes. 

Ketones

Your body makes ketones when it breaks down body fat too quickly to use it as fuel. This can happen when you don’t eat enough carbohydrates to fuel your body. It can also happen if you are diabetic and your insulin level is not right. If you have ketones in your urine, your healthcare provider may ask you more questions or send you for more testing. Please note, it is common to have ketones in your urine if you have not eaten anything for several hours before a test.

Blood 

Your urine should not have any blood in it. If there is blood in your urine, it likely means you have a urinary tract infection or another problem with your urinary tract. 

Bilirubin

Part of your liver’s job is to break down old red blood cells. A product of red blood cell breakdown is called bilirubin. If your bilirubin levels are too high, it could mean you have a medical condition affecting your liver, gallbladder or bile duct. 

Proteins 

Many conditions can lead to high protein in your urine, from heart problems to poisoning. If your protein count is too high, you will likely need more lab tests. 

Hormones

Some hormone levels can be checked using a urine sample. A common reason for a urine test is to detect hormones that are released if you are pregnant. 

Drugs

Many employers require a urine test before they hire someone. Also, most states require random, periodic testing of people who hold certain licenses, such as a commercial driver’s license (CDL). 

Bacteria and other organisms

If you have a urinary tract infection, you likely will have bacteria, parasites or yeast in your urine. 



For more information on laboratory testing visit labtestsonline.org.