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Understand Cholesterol Testing

September is National Cholesterol Education Month. Learn more about cholesterol and other lipids, and when testing may be appropriate.

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In-depth Feature Articles

To learn more about laboratory medicine in general and gain a greater understanding of how laboratory testing can impact your health care, read the following in-depth articles. These patient resources are intended to help you navigate the testing process, provide context for the lab tests you may need or have already completed, and give you a better understanding of your test results.

Acidosis and Alkalosis

The body usually maintains its acid-base balance, but sometimes things go wrong. Acidosis is when body fluids are too acidic, and alkalosis occurs when body fluids are too alkaline.

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You and Your Health Care Provider

Understanding test results means working closely with health care providers. Read about patient-centered medicine and the people who form your health care team.

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Medicare Covered Testing

What kind of health testing does Medicare cover? Read more to find out more about Medicare-covered testing and how it works.

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Ask a Laboratory Scientist

Ask A Laboratory Scientist

This form enables patients to ask specific questions about lab tests. Your questions will be answered by a laboratory scientist as part of a voluntary service provided by one of our partners, American Society for Clinical Laboratory Science. Please allow 2-3 business days for an email response from one of the volunteers on the Consumer Information Response Team.

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