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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.

Coping with Test Pain, Discomfort and Anxiety

Sometimes, undergoing an unfamiliar medical procedure can turn out to be a tense, upsetting, or even frightening experience. If undergoing medical tests makes you or someone you care for anxious, embarrassed, or fearful, read this article for some general tips on how to make the sample collection experience less stressful.

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How Reliable is Laboratory Testing?

Many of the decisions you and your healthcare provider make about your health status are based on laboratory data. Learn why you and your provider can trust the results coming from the laboratory and why that trust is well-placed.

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Collecting Samples for Laboratory Testing

Today's technologies allow testing on an impressively wide variety of samples collected from the human body. Learn about these samples and how they are collected to ensure accurate and reliable testing.

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Deciphering Your Lab Report

People now have direct access to their laboratory test results. Learn how to read your laboratory report so that you can better understand your results and have an informed discussion with your healthcare practitioner.

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Making Informed Decisions for Better Health

This article provides explanations of three key terms, health outcomes, evidence-based medicine and patient-centered care and their contributions to improving healthcare and, more specifically, health care as practiced through laboratory medicine. Understanding these terms may help you to discuss your testing options with your healthcare practitioner and make informed choices to improve your care.

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Tips to Help Children through Their Medical Tests

Learn how a caring grownup can help a child cope with any physical pain or discomfort as well as any fear, anxiety, or emotional reactions that may occur as a sample is collected for laboratory testing.

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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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