Blog & News

Thyroid Testing Overutilization – Possible Solutions

BeaconLBS September 16, 2022

Data suggests there is quite a bit of variability among providers regarding thyroid testing, and some may not follow ordering guidelines. Unnecessary lab testing in general, is a waste of precious time, resources, and can lead to patient harm.

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Procalcitonin

BeaconLBS July 29, 2022

The overuse of antibiotics for nonbacterial infections, such as viral infections, can lead to antibiotic-resistant strains of bacteria. Resistance can also develop when patients take antibiotics for too long a duration. Optimizing antibiotic use contributes to antimicrobial stewardship, which is treating the patient with right drug, dose, and duration.

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COVID-19 and Mental Health

BeaconLBS June 21, 2022

When the pandemic was declared in March of 2020, much of the focus was on mitigating the spread of COVID-19 and developing vaccines. Radical lockdowns and disruptions were created to slow the spread of the disease. However, these unprecedented responses have had a detrimental impact on mental health.

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Solutions to Redundant Laboratory Testing

BeaconLBS February 8, 2022

It is estimated that about 20% of all lab testing ordered in the United States is unnecessary. Furthermore, some testing is even underutilized. These ordering errors may cause patient harm.

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The History of Prenatal Screening

A female doctor consulting her pregnant patient
BeaconLBS October 28, 2021

Technologies used in prenatal screening have rapidly expanded and increased in accuracy over the last several decades. The aim of this article is to review the history of prenatal screening and current technologies.

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Spinal Muscular Atrophy (SMA)

BeaconLBS July 21, 2021

Historically, treatment has been supportive and did not address the root cause of the condition. However, recent new therapies have become accessible that radically improve the quality of life of those suffering with SMA.

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