September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month

This year marks 54 years of newborn screening in the United States. Throughout September, the newborn screening community rallies together around the principle that all babies deserve a healthy start.  Continue reading “September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month” »

Lupus Awareness: Don’t Ignore the Signs

Plenty of people have heard of lupus due to the popularity of the phrase “It’s not lupus” on the TV show House. Do you know why only one character on the show was ever diagnosed with the disease? It typically takes an average of six years to diagnose properly, as it can disguise itself as many other diseases. May is Lupus Awareness Month and the 10th is World Lupus Day, providing an excellent opportunity to bring up some important information. Continue reading “Lupus Awareness: Don’t Ignore the Signs” »

How to Address High Heart Disease Risk

Heart Disease

High heart disease risk is nothing to ignore or put off for another day. By the time you recognize the risks or your physician identifies them, heart disease may already be imminent or established.

Your best bet for a return to long-term health requires stopping the high-risk behaviors immediately.

Here’s how to approach it when you are diagnosed with a higher risk for heart disease.

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Could Cholesterol Levels Be Tied to Breast Cancer?


Yes. According to preliminary research conducted by Rahul Potluri, a researcher at the Aston University School of Medical Sciences in Birmingham, England. “This is a preliminary study and further research is required before anything can be confirmed,” Potluri said. “However, 10 to 15 years down the line, if further prospective studies confirm these findings, there is the possibility for a clinical trial of the use of statins in breast cancer.” Statins are prescription drugs used to treat high cholesterol.

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How Your Business Can Benefit From On-Site Biometric Screening

Biometric screening is an important tool for corporate wellness programs. It helps companies direct the focus of their program, and it informs employees about the current state of their health. Biometric screening can analyze several health indicators like blood pressure, body composition, cholesterol and blood glucose levels.

When your employees know their numbers, they are more likely to make lifestyle changes or even develop treatment plans with their physicians to prevent serious medical conditions from developing.

While biometric screening can take place in a lab, there are several arguments for why it might make sense to have these tests completed on-site at your place of business. Here are some reasons why our clients have chosen to pursue on-site biometric screening.

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With the Measles Spreading, Make Sure Your Family is Protected

Unfortunately, thanks to false information spread by the anti-vaccination movement, many parents across the United States have chosen not to provide their children with the protections they need against vaccine-preventable diseases such as the measles.

Although these parents feel not vaccinating is a personal parenting choice, it is a medical decision that has a greater impact outside of their immediate family. As we have explained in the past, herd immunity only works when a majority of the population is vaccinated and diseases like the measles are unable to spread. If you choose not to vaccinate your child, you could be contributing to a growing illness that can be fatal.

Think this is an overreaction? The US is currently experiencing a large multi-state measles outbreak, all traced back to Disneyland — and the metro area has the potential for the measles to spread, since our vaccination rate falls below the national standard.

Here’s what you need to know about this year’s measles outbreak.

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Don’t Forget Your Health This Holiday Season

With seemingly endless to-do-lists piling up this month — buy and wrap the gifts, trim and tidy the house for guests, plan, purchase, and prep for the many holiday meals, swing by the Plaza, Christmas in the Park, or the Magic Tree to see the lights — there’s bound to be a few things that Kansas City residents let fall to the wayside.

For too many people, that thing tends to be their health.

We understand that the stress of the season can lead you to certain unhealthy habits, from overeating to struggling with sleeping. But when you let your health fall low on your list of priorities, it actually only makes the stress much worse.

Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park is sharing some easy ways for you to keep your health on track this holiday season!

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Why Invest in Biometric Screenings for Your Business?

Many businesses recognize the importance of workplace wellness, but limit their program to educational components like lunch and learns or health fairs.

While giving your employees the general information they need to stay healthy is undoubtedly important, it’s also key that you provide them with specific knowledge about their personal health, too. You can do so with biometric screenings.

When people think of biometric screenings, common lab tests such as cholesterol panels, blood pressure, and blood sugar come to mind. But that’s not all your biometric screenings can include. Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park offers a variety of additional screenings and components, ranging from allergy and deficiency testing and cancer screening to nicotine testing and the flu vaccine!

With customizable biometric screenings, you can provide tailored workplace wellness initiatives that benefit not only your employees’ health, but your business’ wellbeing, too! Here’s how.

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Does Your Health Insurance Actually Save You Money?

Health insurance open enrollment starts tomorrow, which means you’re probably weighing your options when it comes to purchasing coverage for yourself and your family.

While there are definitely cases where health insurance is a necessity — pregnant women, diabetics, and others suffering from chronic conditions requiring extensive medication or treatments probably shouldn’t go without — if you’re a relatively healthy adult questioning whether it’s worth the paycheck deduction, you need to think about whether health insurance is right for you. An important question to consider is does your health insurance actually save you money?

Here are some facts to consider as you approach this year’s open enrollment period.

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Planning Summer Travels? Get Healthy Before You Go

Summer means school is out and vacationing is on the docket for many families. The key to having a good vacation is all in the preparation. You need to book your flight, plan which attractions you want to see, and, of course, pack.

Many of us forget about taking the necessary steps to stay healthy when we travel, but this could be a dangerous choice. Luckily, Test Smartly Labs of Overland Park has some easy tips to make sure that you have fun and stay well during your summer travels.

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