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Before filling one of these tubes with blood for a cholesterol test, you're supposed to keep your stomach empty. But that may not be necessary.
November 13, 2012 For most people, a nonfasting cholesterol test will do just fine, a Canadian study suggests. A meal beforehand is unlikely to change key ratios of fats in the blood that doctors use to assess a person's risk for heart disease and stroke.
If there's a test for it, chances are a storefront lab is eager to help you have it done.
January 17, 2012 The shops, located in retail spaces, offer patients convenience and access to medical tests without a doctor's orders. Physicians say that's precisely the problem. Test results could spark panic in some patients and drive up health costs.
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U.S. Navy doctors Lt. Cmdr Ralph Pickard (left) and Ens. Jesse Rohloff study a patient's mammogram images at the National Naval Medical Center in Bethesda, Md.
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November 29, 2011 Patients, who've generally been schooled in their doctors' passive "don't call us, we'll call you" approach to medical care, need to snap out of it and start taking an active role in making sure test results get communicated both to them and to other doctors when necessary.
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