HNL News

May 20, 2022

COVID Testing Process

COVID testing is a process many of us are unfortunately all-to-familiar with, but what happens after the specimen is taken? This video showcases what happens to PCR COVID specimens at HNL Lab Medicine and the care our team takes to make sure that you get accurate results as soon as possible.
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May 17, 2022

A DIAGNOSTIC DILEMMA Is it Celiac, Food Allergies, or IBS?

Because of the multiple symptoms that overlap between celiac disease, food allergies, and Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), discovering which condition may be causing gastrointestinal (GI) symptoms can sometimes be difficult.
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May 11, 2022

NGS Solid Tumor Profiling

NGS Solid Tumor Profiling is a targeted next-generation sequencing test that assesses DNA and RNA in solid tumors. Through identification of specific DNA/RNA mutations, NGS is able to provide important clinical information such as available therapies and clinical trials that can be used to create a customized treatment plan for patients.
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April 25, 2022

Healthcare Heroes

HNL Lab Medicine is honored to employ two recipients of the Lehigh Valley Business Healthcare Heroes awards. Nominated by their peers, these two individuals exhibit a commitment to excellence, compassion for their teams, and a depth of knowledge that they continue to share to elevate the culture of excellence at HNL Lab Medicine.
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April 15, 2022

The Impact of Stress on Your Health

What is the Impact of stress?
How does stress affect the body?
Stress is the body's response to any demand for change...

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Patients

Why You Need a Lab Test

Laboratory tests provide healthcare professionals vital information to assist with making important decisions regarding your health.

 

Why do I need a lab test?

Lab tests are done for many reasons, including:
 

Check Your Overall Health

Some tests are part of a yearly or routine physical so your healthcare professional can get a clear picture of your health. An example of a general test to get a snapshot of your health is a complete blood count (CBC).
 

Help Diagnose Your Symptoms

If you have certain signs and symptoms, your healthcare professional may run certain tests to help determine whether you have a certain medical condition. This is helpful when there are several medical conditions that could be causing your signs and symptoms. An example is a urine test to see if frequent urination is being caused by a simple urinary tract infection or something more complex, such as diabetes.
 

Diagnose Medical Conditions That Do Not Have Symptoms

Not all medical conditions have signs and symptoms in the early stages of a disease. Lab tests can help. An example is a cholesterol screening. High cholesterol levels usually do not cause any symptoms but may lead to serious medical conditions.  
 

Monitor the Effectiveness of Treatment

Lab tests help your healthcare professional know how you are doing with treatment. An example is a blood test such as prothrombin time, which is administered to see if your anticoagulant medicine is working to keep your blood clotting to the proper level.

 

For more information on laboratory testing visit labtestsonline.org.