Included below are news items from the last six months.
There have been stories in the media recently regarding the UK launch of a personal/home DNA testing kit by the US-based biotech company 23&Me. For a nominal fee, users can have their DNA analysed for some common gene sequences associated with increased risk of developing a certain disease condition or physical trait. Whilst we at LTOL-UK are in favour of enhancing patient knowledge and understanding of information regarding healthcare, we strongly recommend that users consider their options carefully before purchasing their genetic information. Please click on the link above for the full story.
Celebrating the work of Pathology
National Pathology Week taking place between 3-9 November 2014, is designed to raise awareness of laboratory medicine and give members of the public the opportunity to meet the team behind the scenes and gain a greater understanding of pathology.
Lab Tests Online-UK (LTOL-UK) is delighted to be celebrating our 10 year anniversary at EuroLabFocus. This international meeting, being held in Liverpool between 7 – 10 October 2014, is the third joint conference of the Union of European Medical Specialists (UEMS) and the European Federation of Clinical Chemistry & Laboratory Medicine (EFLM), hosted by The Association for Clinical Biochemistry and Laboratory Medicine, and incorporating Focus 2014. The scientific programme focuses on laboratory medicine's practice and contribution to health and healthcare across Europe.
William Kremer has written an interesting article in the BBC News Magazine with the title ‘Do doctors understand test results?’. It is based on a new book ‘Risk Savvy’ by controversial psychologist Gerd Gigerenzer that also deals with such topics as the risks of stock market crashes and of travelling by plane. Kremer’s article gives examples of the mistaken interpretation of screening test results that should interest both doctors and patients.