Blog & News

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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Remote Patient Monitoring Technology: Introducing the MouthLab

BeaconLBS May 13, 2021

Until recently, these devices have been cost-prohibitive. Fortunately, modern Remote Patient Monitoring (RPM) hardware can be built with a level of Artificial Intelligence (AI) or “smart technology” so it can respond to the multitude of physiological measurements and parameters and offer actionable data to the patient and/or healthcare provider.

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Traumatic Brain Injury Testing

BeaconLBS April 6, 2021

The direct and indirect costs of medical diagnosis and treatment, in combination with lost productivity for mild TBI, may be greater than $60 billion annually.

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Fraud in Toxicology Labs

Fraud in Toxicology Labs
BeaconLBS February 17, 2021

Toxicology testing for controlled substances is especially prone to fraud and abuse, given it can be a major source of income.

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Thyroid Disease Testing

Thyroid Disease Testing
BeaconLBS February 4, 2021

Thyroid disease is estimated to affect 20 million people in the United States, with up to 60% being undiagnosed.

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