Blog & News

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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Cystic Fibrosis

BeaconLBS July 8, 2021

There have been many advances in diagnostic testing, carrier screening, and newborn screening technology which increases the ability for physicians and genetics professionals to diagnose those affected and identify asymptomatic carriers.

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Scope of Alzheimer’s Disease Testing

BeaconLBS June 29, 2021

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) was first described in 1907 by Aloysius Alzheimer who was caring for patients at a state psychiatric hospital in Frankfurt, Germany. He depicted a patient as having severely impaired memory, trouble with reading and writing, the inability to understand basic questions, and the loss of recognition of everyday objects.

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