Why Should You Choose Any Lab Test Now?

Knowing how to navigate healthcare services is key to prioritizing wellness for you and your family. And lab testing is a vital component of managing your health. Any Lab Test Now® strives to keep healthcare as straightforward and convenient for you as possible. With over 225 locations across the country, we make lab testing accessible, confidential, and hassle-free. Let’s delve into why Any Lab Test Now® is your go-to choice for all your lab testing needs.

No Doctor’s Order Needed

Say goodbye to long waits for doctor’s appointments just to get lab tests. At Any Lab Test Now®, a physician oversees our tests and results at each location, but we also welcome orders from your own doctor. You have direct access to a wide array of tests for routine health, specific concerns, or wellness checks. Walk in or schedule an appointment at your convenience and take control of your health journey on your terms.

You Own Your Results

Transparency and empowerment are at the heart of what we do. When you use our services, you get full ownership of your test results. This means you have the freedom to consult with any healthcare provider, seek additional opinions, or keep your results for personal reference. Your health data stays in your hands, enabling you to make informed decisions about your well-being.

Confidential and Quick Results

Your privacy is our priority. We ensure that all tests are conducted in a secure and private environment, with results shared exclusively with you. Most tests at Any Lab Test Now take less than 15 minutes, and you can expect to receive your results within 24 to 72 hours. No time wasted waiting to see your doctor then waiting longer for labs to be ordered. Forget sitting for what seems like forever, waiting your turn at an urgent care. Fast, confidential, and reliable — we provide a seamless experience from start to finish.

Comprehensive Test Options

Our range of available tests is extensive, covering various aspects of health and wellness.

  • Perhaps you’re looking for a snapshot of your overall health, and that’s where our general health screenings come in handy.
  • We also offer extensive DNA analysis to provide you with the answers you need. Again, you own these results. You might be familiar with reports that indicate some companies share DNA results. You don’t have to be concerned that Any Lab Test Now® will share these results with anyone.

Whether for screenings or diagnostic testing, we offer thousands of competitively priced lab tests. Our comprehensive services cater to a multitude of health needs, making us a versatile choice if you’re seeking detailed health insights.

Access to Telehealth Services

We understand the importance of convenient health consultations. That’s why we offer access to telehealth services, allowing you to discuss test results and health concerns with medical professionals. Test results belong to you. However, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your provider about the results. If you do not have a primary care physician, Any Lab Test Now® has partnered with DialCare. This service helps you find a provider licensed in your state to discuss results and any further testing or changes you may need to make to achieve your health goals.

Competitive Pricing and Convenience

The Any Lab Test Now® experience is about providing high-quality services at accessible prices. With transparent pricing and no hidden costs, we make it easier for you to access the health tests you need without financial burden. No insurance is needed or ever accepted. Costs associated with lab testing are one of the medical expenses you can typically pay for with either a Health Savings Account (HSA) or a Flexible Spending Account (FSA).

Expert Staff and Advanced Technology

Our skilled team of professionals is dedicated to offering an informative and supportive testing experience from answering your questions to blood draws. Using the latest technology in lab testing, we guarantee accurate and timely results. With Any Lab Test Now, you can expect a high standard of service and care at every step.

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As you kick off the new year prioritizing your health and wellness, remember that Any Lab Test Now® is your partner in health, providing tests to help keep you and your family healthy all year long. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

5 Reasons You Might Need a Paternity Test

Thanks to salacious television talk shows, the phrase “Who’s your daddy?” has become something of a joke. But for many people, determining paternity is a serious matter. While many people get a paternity test for peace of mind, there are several other reasons why someone might seek out this type of testing.

Here are five reasons that might cause you to require a paternity test.

Custody

Paternity tests play an important part in child custody cases, especially when the father wants to obtain the right to see the child. This usually happens when the mother believes the man is not the father of her child and she does not want to allow him to have visitation with the child.

If you recall, model Anna Nicole Smith was forced to submit to a DNA test by a former boyfriend, Larry Birkhead, to determine the paternity of her daughter even though she registered another man’s name as the child’s father on the birth certificate. The daughter turned out to be Birkhead’s child. He was ultimately granted full custody of the child due to Smith’s sudden death in 2007.

Child Support

A U.S. Census report estimates that just 43.5 percent of custodial parents get the full amount of support they’re entitled to. And more than 30 percent don’t receive anything at all. In many cases, it is because the male denies he is the biological father of the child or children that are to be supported.

A paternity test can ordered by a judge to hold these fathers accountable for the financial well-being of their children. It can also be used to help men avoid paying child support for children that turn out NOT to be their biological offspring.

Inheritance Rights

After someone dies and it is time to settle the estate, a paternity test can help determine the true and legal heirs. DNA testing can be useful in estate disputes involving estranged family members, such as when a wealthy individual dies without a will and an alleged child comes along to claim the inheritance. There have been many famous cases where the inheritance rights were in dispute, including soul singer James Brown, and even Elvis Presley, who was rumored to have fathered at least seven illegitimate children who required DNA testing to disprove their claims to his $250 million estate.

Benefits Rights

Like inheritance rights, sometimes heirs are entitled to other benefits such as social security or life insurance payouts. Occasionally, heirs will need to provide proof of paternity to be considered a legal beneficiary.

Citizenship Eligibility

When birth certificates or other forms of documentation are not available, DNA paternity testing can help prove a familial relationship in immigration cases. This is helpful when a child is born outside of the United States to an American citizen and a foreign national. If the child is proven to be related to the American, they would be eligible for citizenship.

Paternity Test Process

In many of these cases, you will need test results that will hold up in court. Any Lab Test Now® offers several types of paternity tests, including one that is eligible for use in legal disputes. Home tests and tests labeled “informational” will not be admissible in court.

Testing is simple. One of our highly skilled lab technicians will collect skin cell samples via a soft swab rubbed on the inside cheeks of the mouth to obtain DNA from the child and the alleged father. A sample from the mother is not required but can be useful. Test results are typically available within three to five business days.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can you perform a paternity test if the alleged father is deceased?

Yes, depending on the type of specimen available, or members of the family within the paternal line that are willing to participate in a DNA test.

Can you get a paternity test before the baby is born?

Yes. ANY LAB TEST NOW® offers a prenatal paternity test with no risk to the baby. It involves a simple blood draw from both the mother and alleged father.

The alleged father lives in a different state than the mother/child. Can you do the test even if he doesn’t live here?

Yes. We have over 220 locations nationwide and are able to easily facilitate specimen collections in other parts of the country.

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Be at Ease

Any Lab Test Now wants you to be at ease when it comes to seeking out any type of lab work, including determining paternity. Your privacy is our priority. We ensure that all tests are conducted in a secure and private environment. You will own your results and can use or share them at your discretion.

Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

Bringing New Life to the New Year

At the start of a new year, we tend to take stock of our life and figure out what the goals are for the year or how 2024 might be a year of exciting growth. Perhaps the growth of your family!  If you are thinking about starting or expanding your family, there is an extensive amount of information out there, and it can be dizzying to determine what you need to know. When it comes to learning about your pregnancy, Any Lab Test Now® is a great resource to utilize along your journey to simplify the process.

Not only can Any Lab Test Now® provide tests to tell you whether you are pregnant or not, how far along you are, and the ever-popular gender-reveal DNA test — but you can consider us a great resource for the health and wellness of your growing family.

Three Tests at Your Fingertips

Starting with the first step of your journey, the confirmation of pregnancy lab tests at Any Lab Test Now® are much more accurate than the over-the-counter stick tests you can purchase at your local pharmacy or grocery store.

  1. The PREGNANCY TEST (YES OR NO) is a Beta hCG Quantitative (pregnancy test). It can detect values within seven to 10 days of conception. Our test can pinpoint hCG — a glycoprotein hormone produced by the placenta, which peaks between the seventh and 10th week of gestation. Test results generally take between 24 to 72 business hours after your specimen is collected.

Keep in mind, one of the benefits of having testing done with us at Any Lab Test Now® is that you do not need to provide a doctor’s order to get lab testing. If you are trying to determine with accuracy that you are or are not pregnant, we offer convenience without worrying about scheduling appointments. In fact, at all our locations, you can walk in for same-day testing. We make it easy for you by offering work-friendly hours.

  • PREGNANCY WITH GESTATIONAL AGE (HOW FAR ALONG) is a pregnancy test with fetal age chart, done through a blood test that not only tells you “Yes” or “No” but tells you how far along you are in your pregnancy. It is accurate if you are at least two weeks pregnant at the time of the test.

Many families appreciate this test to confirm how advanced the mother is and better calculate a due date.

  • One of the most popular tests we supply at Any Lab Test Now® is the gender reveal. Popularized in the early 2000s, more couples want to know the gender of their baby so they can unveil that information during a fun event or party for family and friends to enjoy. Whether extravagant or simple, these reveal methods have become quite creative over the years and a fun way to welcome the new little family member.

The GENDER REVEAL DNA test analyzes a simple blood draw sample to determine the gender of your unborn child. To ensure the best results, it’s advised that the expectant mother be at least eight weeks along before having this test. This test can only be used for single pregnancies. This non-invasive prenatal test (NIPT) test has accuracy above 99%. This DNA test analyzes the fetal cells that circulate in maternal blood.

You can have test results within three to four business days. Our dependable technology at Any Lab Test Now® provides an accurate look at your pregnancy, how far along you are, and the baby’s gender.

You’re in Control of Your Health and Information

It’s important to remember that at Any Lab Test Now® test results belong to you. However, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your provider about the results. When expecting a baby, it is vital to the health of your pregnancy to see an OB/GYN as soon as you confirm your pregnancy to ensure the best care for you and your baby. If you do not have a primary care physician or a specialist, Any Lab Test Now® has partnered with Dial Care. This service helps you find a provider licensed in your state to discuss results and any further testing or changes you may need to make to achieve your health goals. In the case of pregnancy, they can direct you to a specialist you need for in-person care.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Resource for Health and Wellness

Any Lab Test Now® is your partner in health. We have developed accurate testing for you so that you are empowered with the information you need to seek the best care possible for you and your baby. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

How to Maintain Health & Wellness

The National Institutes of Health reminds us that maintaining a healthy weight and lifestyle is important for several reasons:

  • Reducing the risk of chronic diseases: Being overweight or obese is associated with an increased risk of several chronic diseases, including heart disease, stroke, type 2 diabetes, high blood pressure, and certain cancers. By maintaining a healthy weight, individuals can reduce their risk of developing these conditions.
  • Improving overall health and quality of life: Being at a healthy weight can help individuals feel better physically and mentally and can improve their overall quality of life. Maintaining a healthy weight can help improve energy levels, reduce fatigue, improve sleep, and reduce the risk of depression and anxiety.
  • Boosting immune function: Maintaining a healthy weight can help boost immune function, making it easier for the body to fight off infections and illnesses.
  • Increasing lifespan: Studies have shown that maintaining a healthy weight can increase lifespan and reduce the risk of premature death.
  • Get active: Aim for at least 1-3 hours of physical activity each week. This could include activities like walking, running, swimming, biking, dancing, or playing sports.
  • Eat a balanced diet: Nourish your body with plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and lean protein. Limit processed foods, sugary drinks, and unhealthy fats.
  • Stay hydrated: Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and support overall health.
  • Get enough sleep: Most adults need around 7-8 hours of sleep per night. Adequate sleep is essential for physical and mental recovery, as well as mood regulation and cognitive function.

Having trouble sleeping and not sure why? Check out our Sleep Balance Kit.

  • Manage stress: Chronic stress can wreak havoc on your health. Find healthy ways to manage stress, such as yoga, meditation, spending time in nature, or spending time with loved ones.
  • Make it a lifestyle: The key to maintaining good health and fitness is to make it a sustainable part of your life. Find activities you enjoy and that fit into your schedule. Don’t be afraid to experiment and find what works best for you.

Additional tips:

  • Set realistic goals: Don’t try to change everything at once. Start with small, achievable goals and gradually build on them.
  • Find a buddy: Having someone to exercise with can help you stay motivated and accountable.
  • Track your progress: Keep track of your workouts and eating habits to see how you’re doing. This can help you stay on track and motivated.
  • Reward yourself: Celebrate your successes along the way! This will help you stay positive and motivated.

Weight Loss Goals Made Easier

If you are looking for some assistance on your weight loss or weight maintenance journey, Any Lab Test Now® is your partner to support you with your health and wellness goals. There are a few effective tests we supply that are designed to provide customizable information to help you reach and maintain a healthy weight and exercise level.

  • First is our HEALTHY WEIGHT DNA TEST. Through a simple cheek swab, DNA cells are collected and examined. This scientifically based weight-management test identifies your unique genetic makeup and provides diet and exercise strategies specifically tailored to your genotype. This means it is not a one-size-fits-all test. The lab looks at your DNA and analyzes various genetic markers that are known to be associated with your weight, metabolism, and body type.
    • Within a few weeks of taking the test, you will receive personalized nutrition and fitness recommendations that work best for your body. This is custom-made and designed just for you.
    • Unlike diet books and pre-packaged meal plans, the fitness program created by the results of DNA testing can offer personalized solutions to help you realize a healthy weight since it’s based on your unique genetic information. That includes the best foods to eat, nutrients, supplements, and the most ideal workouts to maximize your healthy weight.
  • Next is our WEIGHT MANAGEMENT HORMONE TEST PANEL. This is another significant test that helps you determine whether a hormone imbalance may be the culprit of you not losing weight or struggling to maintain a healthy weight.
    • For a little background information, hormones are messengers that send signals to various parts of the body, consequently affecting the way our organs work, and regulating many different body processes. Hormones follow a natural cycle, and hormone testing looks at where your hormones are in that cycle. When there is an imbalance, it may be difficult to maintain your weight. The results of this test can help you and your healthcare provider get a handle on underlying hormone imbalances that could be affecting keeping you at a healthy weight.
    • Specifically, this panel looks at various hormones and other factors that play different roles in your body’s ability to maintain weight. For example, cortisol is a stress hormone that affects your metabolism and the way your body uses sugar — so if you frequently feel stressed, your body will use sugar differently than if you were relaxed. Thyroid hormones also affect your metabolism, which can, in turn, affect your weight. Your sex hormones affect the way that your body deposits fat.
    • This test requires you to fast and give a blood sample.

Manage Your Health

What we do at Any Lab Test Now® is empower you to take control of your health by providing tests like these for weight management. The test results belong to you. However, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your provider about the results. If you do not have a primary care physician, Any Lab Test Now® has partnered with DialCare. This service helps you find a provider licensed in your state to discuss results and any further testing or changes you may need to make to achieve your health goals.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Resource for Improved Health

Any Lab Test Now® provides thousands of tests available to you as our commitment to being your partner in health. We are here to help you and your family achieve your health and wellness goals. You can walk in for same-day testing during convenient work-friendly hours or call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

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Screenings to Start the New Year

Early in the new year, it’s the perfect time to start fresh with new goals and make some changes, especially when it comes to self-care and your health. If you resolved to make you and your family’s wellness a priority this year, Any Lab Test Now® is excited to partner with you to get on track and stay on track all year.

The key to sticking to your health resolutions is figuring out what you’re working with — what’s your baseline? This begins with having some testing done to get a snapshot of your overall health. This will give you an idea of how things are working, and if anything may require further testing.

The tests we provide at Any Lab Test Now® are quick, easy, and accessible while serving as a screening and often a diagnostic tool to help you manage your health.

Your Starting Point

To start the new year off right, there’s no better glimpse of your overall health than our Annual Check-Up Panel. The panel consists of five tests typically ordered by a physician during an annual physical examination. Those tests include:

  1. Complete Blood Count (CBC)
  2. Cholesterol Lipid with Ratio (Lipids Panel)
  3. Thyroid Stimulating Hormone (TSH)
  4. Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP)
  5. Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1C)

This is a baseline screening test. Your baseline consists of all the numeric test results (levels), including your blood counts, kidney function, liver function, electrolytes, total cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL, LDL, and thyroid function values. Empowering you with the knowledge of these numbers gives you a sense of whether or not changes need to be made or if further testing is needed.

Another Significant Test to Consider

You’ll notice that in the Annual Check-Up Panel, one of the items examined is the TSH, or thyroid stimulating hormone, because it’s vital to your body functioning properly.

The thyroid gland is a butterfly-shaped organ located in the front of your throat. Endocrine experts say the thyroid releases hormones that control your body’s metabolism; the way your body uses energy and keeps all the other systems in your body working correctly. When the thyroid doesn’t function properly, it can set off a chain of issues like breathing, heart rate, weight, body temperature, etc. When numbers indicate that levels are too low or too high it can cause hypothyroidism, an underactive thyroid, or hyperthyroidism, an overactive thyroid.

Any Lab Test Now® provides a Comprehensive Thyroid Panel, which includes five tests that determine how well the thyroid is functioning by looking at specific hormones. This is an important panel of tests to determine if there is an imbalance in your body. Thyroid disorders are more common in women, and they often occur with changes in other hormone levels, such as with pregnancy or with older age.

You Are What You Eat

Pardon the pun, but the Basic Nutritional Panel we offer is like the charcuterie board of testing in that it looks at a little bit of everything when it comes to your nutritional health. Perhaps you are trying to lose weight or feel like you may have a vitamin deficiency — this is an effective screening test that will provide the answers you’re looking for.

Especially at a time when your health and the strength of your immune system is top of mind, knowing if your body is receiving proper nutrition is beneficial knowledge to have, not just for your health but for your wallet as well. This panel from Any Lab Test Now® gives you a look at 11 different components that will tell you if your body is getting the nutrition it needs to operate efficiently.

Start the New Year off Right

Test results belong to you. However, we strongly encourage you to have a conversation with your provider about the results. If you do not have a primary care physician, Any Lab Test Now® has partnered with Dial Care. This service helps you find a provider licensed in your state to discuss results and any further testing or changes you may need to make to achieve your health goals.

There is no better way to kick off the new year than being dedicated to your health and wellness. Any Lab Test Now® is your partner in health, providing tests to help keep you and your family healthy all year long. Ready to get started with your resolution? Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

Holiday Gift Guide

It’s the most wonderful time of the year! For many, that means the challenge of finding just the right gift for the special people in their lives. Although that can be stressful, experts say putting thought into gift-giving is important — but follow the trends. Gifts that provide experiences and show great care for the recipients are at the top of Santa’s list this year.

As the holiday season approaches, consumers are showing a discerning approach to gift buying, emphasizing value and thoughtful choices. According to the U.S. Chamber of Commerce, holiday retail sales are projected to rise between 3.5% and 5.5% in 2023. This trend reflects the resilience of consumer confidence, even as economic gains experienced in the summer took a recent downturn. Shoppers are seeking meaningful gifts that offer genuine worth, demonstrating a shift from impulsive buys to selections that balance quality with cost. As such, businesses are encouraged to tailor their offerings and marketing strategies to meet these evolving consumer expectations.

Shopping at Any Lab Test Now®

That’s where we can help. At Any Lab Test Now®, we are committed to helping you and your family with your wellness goals. What better gift is there to give than the gift of providing answers about your health?  

Here are a few tests to consider when shopping for the perfect gift.

  • GPS ORIGINS ANCESTRY TEST  The GPS Origins test delves deep into your migration history, breaking down your genetic origin percentages, ancestral migration paths, and stories, all presented digitally. It scrutinizes over 800,000 autosomal DNA markers to precisely trace your roots. This examination determines the exact locations where your DNA formed by identifying the populations that converged to form your unique genetic lineage. Subsequently, the GPS Origins™ test tracks the migration pathways of your DNA, tracing back to its inception and calculating the age of your unique DNA signature. This is accomplished for both your maternal and paternal lineages, revealing the genesis of your DNA. An in-depth report then illustrates these ancestral findings. For those eager to explore genetic lineage beyond documented family records or those looking to deepen their understanding of their heritage, this test is invaluable. It serves not only as a fascinating topic of discussion but also makes a thoughtful gift.
  • Similar to this human test, giving the gift of lab testing from Any Lab Test Now® also means the dog lovers on your gift list can get answers about their furbabies with our DOGGY BREED TEST. This test examines your dog’s DNA with a specialized computer algorithm and a comprehensive breed database to pinpoint the breeds in its recent lineage. If you believe your dog is a purebred or a mix of two distinct breeds (often referred to as a designer dog), you can specify this when activating the kit. Recognizing your dog’s ancestry allows you to customize a wellness plan suited to their unique requirements. Your dog doesn’t need to fast; a simple cheek swab will suffice. Once the kit reaches the lab, expect your results in 14 to 21 business days.
  • For folks on your shopping list who are searching for answers about reactions to food or allergens, this Any Lab Test Now® gift called 295 COMBINATION (FOOD & INHALANTS) ALLERGY (IGE) PANEL can test for a multitude of issues. Allergic reactions, whether mild or severe, are initiated by antibodies known as IgE. When our body encounters a foreign substance, it produces antibodies. In the case of allergies, the IgE antibody remembers and launches an attack on the allergen when it’s encountered again. This response triggers the release of histamine, leading to familiar allergic symptoms such as itching, sneezing, redness, difficulty breathing, and, in severe cases, anaphylaxis — which can be life-threatening. This comprehensive test for food and inhalant allergies checks for numerous specific IgE antibodies, helping pinpoint potential allergens. The more extensive the panel, the more allergens it can identify.

This panel will look at 295 different substances, including 158 foods and 140 inhalants in the following categories:

  • Dairy
  • Fish/Crustaceans/Mollusk (Shellfish)
  • Egg/Meat/Poultry
  • Fruits
  • Miscellaneous
  • Grains/Legumes/Nuts
  • Vegetables
  • Molds
  • Trees
  • Weeds
  • Grasses
  • Mites and Cockroaches
  • Dander and Epithelia (including multiple pets and animals)
  • Skin Yeasts
  • Insect Venom

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

We want to help you and your family stay healthy by providing answers about your wellness. At Any Lab Test Now®, we provide tests that give you tangible results, making this a perfect holiday gift. Stop into one of our lab testing centers near you to find out more.

Preparing for Virus Season

Virus season is here. Experts believe sickness ramps up during the autumn and winter because the cold weather keeps us inside, allowing more viruses to circulate and become more contagious. For you and your family’s health and safety, it’s important to stay informed about the potential health challenges ahead. Knowledge is your first line of defense against these illnesses.

This year, health experts and agencies are closely monitoring several respiratory viruses that are on their radar, including flu, COVID-19, RSV, and the bacterial infection, strep. These are concerning illnesses due to the quick nature they can spread and the ability of symptoms to worsen and cause a greater threat to your health. However, the CDC reminds us that for the first time in United States history, vaccines for all three major respiratory viruses — COVID-19, flu, and RSV — are now available to help protect you and your family.

What You Need to Know

Any Lab Test Now® is here to keep you informed and help you navigate virus season. Here’s a breakdown of the bugs we will all encounter this virus season — a season that typically spans autumn through early spring.

1. Influenza (Flu)

Every year, the flu is a concern due to its rapid spread and potential severity. The World Health Organization (WHO) has highlighted that influenza continues to be a significant health threat worldwide, resulting in millions of cases annually. Given the unpredictable nature of influenza strains, getting an annual flu vaccine remains the most recommended preventive measure.

Symptoms:

  • Fever
  • Cough.
  • Sore throat.
  • Runny or stuffy nose.
  • Muscle or body aches.
  • Headaches.
  • Fatigue (tiredness)

What You Should Do: If you haven’t done so already, consider getting the flu vaccine. Make it a practice to wash your hands frequently, maintain personal hygiene, and if you’re feeling unwell, it’s best to stay home and rest.

2. COVID-19

Though considerable strides have been made in understanding and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic, the virus hasn’t been eradicated, and variants continue to mutate. Caused by the SARS-CoV-2 coronavirus, it usually spreads between people in close contact.

According to the CDC, monitoring variants and the efficacy of vaccines remains a priority. Continued vaccination, mask-wearing in crowded places, and maintaining hygiene standards are still essential in managing the spread.

Symptoms:

The World Health Organization says people may experience different symptoms from COVID-19. Symptoms usually begin 5 to 6 days after exposure and last 1 to 14 days.

The most common symptoms are:

  • Fever
  • Chills
  • Sore throat

What You Should Do: Stay updated with the latest guidelines from health organizations. If you haven’t been vaccinated or need a booster shot, consult your healthcare provider.

3. Respiratory Syncytial Virus (RSV)

RSV might be lesser known, but it’s a significant concern, especially for infants and older adults. A report from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health has expressed concerns about potential RSV outbreaks, emphasizing the importance of awareness and preventive measures. The CDC reminds everyone that vaccines are available to protect older adults from severe RSV. Monoclonal antibody products are available to protect infants and young children from severe RSV.

The Mayo Clinic advises that you look out for signs and symptoms of respiratory syncytial virus infection that most commonly appear about 4 to 6 days after exposure to the virus. In adults and older children, RSV usually causes mild cold-like signs and symptoms.

Symptoms:

  • Congested or runny nose
  • Dry cough
  • Low-grade fever
  • Sore throat
  • Sneezing
  • Headache

What You Should Do: Awareness is crucial. Recognize the symptoms, which can often resemble the common cold, and seek medical advice if symptoms persist or become severe.

4. Strep Throat

Caused by the streptococcal bacteria, strep throat is highly contagious. It’s not typically included in the respiratory virus category, but given its prevalence during the colder months, it’s worth noting. According to the Cleveland Clinic, strep throat predominantly affects children between the ages of 5 and 15. However, siblings, parents, teachers, and other individuals who interact closely with children of this age group are susceptible.

Symptoms:

  • Sore throat that starts suddenly
  • Quick onset fever
  • Chills
  • Headache
  • Loss of appetite
  • Abdominal pain
  • Nausea and vomiting

What You Should Do: Maintain good hygiene practices. If you or someone close to you displays symptoms like a sore throat, swollen glands, or difficulty swallowing, it’s advisable to seek medical attention.

Any Lab Test Now® is Here to Help

Many diseases co-circulating have symptom overlap; diagnosis without testing can be challenging. Any Lab Test Now® provides lab testing that gives you results when you’re feeling sick.

COVID/FLU/RSV AND STREP RAPID ANTIGEN – Our rapid antigen test identifies the most common types of respiratory viruses (COVID-19, influenza A and/or influenza B, or RSV) as well as the bacteria for strep throat (group A Streptococcus).

A simple nasal swab sample is used to look for antigens, which are surface proteins and other substances that are unique to any of the respiratory viruses (COVID-19, influenza, RSV) for identification. Strep can similarly be identified by a throat swab used for the same kind of antigen test.

Results from this type of test can be made available in 10 to 15 minutes for each of the tests. Understanding the results of these tests can assist your healthcare professional. If detected early, this can guide them towards possible treatment.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

We want to help you and your family stay healthy by providing answers. At Any Lab Test Now®, we provide lab tests that give you tangible results. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

Understanding HSA & FSA

As we approach the season of open enrollment and year-end wrap-ups, one of the key decisions you may face involves evaluating your healthcare benefits. Two options that frequently emerge during this decision-making process are Health Savings Accounts (HSAs) and Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). There are similarities and differences between both, so it’s important to understand the nuances of these accounts to help you make an informed choice for the upcoming year and use up benefits before you lose them.

What is an HSA?

A Health Savings Account (HSA) is a tax-advantaged medical savings account available to taxpayers in the United States who are enrolled in a high-deductible health plan (HDHP). Contributions made to an HSA are tax-free, allowing you to set aside money for future medical expenses without any tax liability. The funds in an HSA roll over year-to-year if they aren’t spent. An added benefit is that some employers contribute to HSAs as part of their benefits package. One thing to keep in mind, however, is that HSAs are typically tied to high-deductible plans. This means that while you might save on premiums, you’ll have a higher out-of-pocket cost before your insurance kicks in.

What is an FSA?

On the other hand, a Flexible Spending Account (FSA) allows employees to set aside pre-tax earnings for medical expenses. However, unlike HSAs, FSAs are characterized by a “use it or lose it” policy. If the funds aren’t utilized by the end of the plan year (with some exceptions allowing for a short grace period or a carry-over of a limited amount), they are forfeited. FSAs are not dependent on the type of health plan you have. So, you don’t need a high-deductible plan to qualify.

Key Similarities and Differences between HSAs and FSAs

Here is a quick list of what these two health accounts have in common:

  • Tax advantages: Both HSAs and FSAs offer tax advantages, allowing you to set aside money for healthcare expenses without the burden of tax.
  • Contribution limits: Each account has an annual limit on how much you can contribute. It’s essential to keep abreast of the current contribution limits to maximize benefits without overstepping boundaries.
  • Eligible expenses: Both accounts cover a wide range of medical expenses, from prescription medications to doctor visit co-pays and medical equipment.

Now, a look at the differences you’ll find between HSAs and FSAs:

  • Rollover: One of the most significant differences is the rollover feature. HSAs allow unused funds to roll over year after year, while FSAs typically don’t. This difference is crucial for planning how much to contribute each year.
  • Dependence on health plans: HSAs require that you have a high-deductible health plan. In contrast, FSAs are available regardless of your health plan type.
  • Account ownership: If you change jobs, you can take your HSA with you; but FSAs are generally not portable.

Typically, as the year draws to a close, you might decide to use up the money in these accounts, taking care of health expenses if you have been putting off all year. Especially if you have an FSA, you should be thinking about how to utilize your remaining funds because, with most FSAs, unused funds may be forfeited at the end of the year.

Utilizing Funds to Improve Your Health

Screening tests offered by Any Lab Test Now® are the ideal way to make use of those resources in your health accounts before the zero hour and address your and your family’s health.

Our lab testing centers offer thousands of tests that can address specific health concerns or more general screenings that provide a snapshot of your overall health. Here are a few to consider:

ANNUAL CHECK-UP PANEL

Regular lab tests through bloodwork are essential for tracking your health and establishing a reference point. By understanding your initial levels, you can observe their fluctuations over time.

If you’re looking to proactively manage your health but need a starting point, the Annual Check-Up Panel is a great choice. This set of five tests, often requested during a yearly physical, offers insights into your blood count, kidney and liver performance, electrolytes, cholesterol, triglycerides, hemoglobin A1c, and thyroid functionality.

COMPREHENSIVE FEMALE PANEL

Even when you’re in good health, regular lab tests play a crucial role in preserving it. If you want to examine your well-being but are unsure of the starting point, consider the Comprehensive Female Panel. Comprising 11 tests, it offers insights into blood counts, kidney and liver health, electrolytes, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c, thyroid activity, and hormone balances. This panel is tailored for women across all age groups aiming to proactively manage their health.

COMPREHENSIVE MALE PANEL

Consistent lab testing remains crucial for health upkeep, even when you’re feeling good. If you’re seeking a broad health assessment and are uncertain about the starting point, the Comprehensive Male Panel is a blood test that might be your answer. With eight tests, it delivers insights into blood counts, kidney and liver health, electrolytes, cholesterol, hemoglobin A1c, thyroid activity, prostate wellness, and hormone balances. It’s a fitting choice for men across all age brackets aiming to proactively oversee their health.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

We want to help you and your family stay healthy by providing answers about your wellness. At Any Lab Test Now®, we provide tests that give you tangible results, utilizing your FSA or HSA to cover the costs. We provide the lab testing; you own the results and can use them as you choose. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

Specialty Tests

When you think about getting lab testing done, most people think about blood draws for screening or diagnosis of certain health conditions. However, there are a number of specialty tests we supply at Any Lab Test Now® that not only provide solutions that can improve your health but also tests that provide answers to other life situations. They involve examining deoxyribonucleic acid, better known as DNA.

What is DNA?

The Cleveland Clinic says DNA is the genetic material found in every cell, serving as the body’s instruction manual. This manual is written in a code composed of four chemical bases. These bases combine in specific sequences to form “words” in the manual. DNA consistently duplicates itself using these sequences. Of the estimated 3 billion bases in a human body, approximately 99% are identical across individuals, while the unique 1% differentiates each person. It’s that 1% that is studied to reveal important information, essentially your operating manual as described by the National Institutes of Health’s Human Genome Project.

Infidelity Testing

It’s that same 1% that we look at to better examine your specific make-up. Here’s where the science is utilized. At Any Lab Test Now®, we provide a number of specialty tests involving DNA that can answer questions or concerns you may have about a myriad of issues, including whether or not your partner is cheating on you, an issue that many people face within a relationship. In fact, based on recent data, statistics show that men continue to cheat in monogamous relationships more than women. Information from the General Social Survey reveals that 20% of married men and 13% of married women confess to infidelity. While women’s infidelity rates have surged by 40% over the past two decades, among married adults aged 18 to 29, women slightly surpass men in infidelity. However, for those 30 and older, men remain more prone to cheating.

If you suspect your spouse or significant other has been cheating on you, the DNA DETECTION test can be used to determine infidelity. Although the test results are not admissible in court, the Infidelity DNA Test answers any questions or concerns you may have about a possible cheating spouse or significant other. You will know the truth, allowing you to make an educated next-step decision in your relationship.


Another available test to you is the SEMEN DETECTION analysis performed on an item submitted when it is suspected the item may contain seminal fluid and/or sperm. Perhaps the most well-known instance of suspected infidelity involved former U.S. President Bill Clinton and White House intern Monica Lewinsky. In this case, according to the Washington Post, FBI DNA tests concluded that the genetic markers of a semen stain found on Monica Lewinsky’s navy blue dress matched President Clinton’s DNA. Much like the dress in question, the DNA analysis done at Any Lab Test Now® identifies the presence of semen or sperm from a stain or biological material on specific items, such as linens, undergarments, tissues, sanitary pads, and other types of clothing.

Specialty Tests for Your Health

In another instance, the testing we provide can offer some health solutions. Let’s say you’re trying to manage your weight, but certain diet plans are just not working, and the scale isn’t budging. Using an Any Lab Test Now® specialty test like the HEALTHY WEIGHT DNA TEST, your DNA will reveal your best nutrition and fitness plan so your weight management goals can be achieved. This is a science-backed weight-management program tailored to your unique genetic composition. After taking the test, you’ll receive customized nutrition and fitness advice within weeks. Instead of a generic approach, our lab assesses your DNA, focusing on genetic markers linked to weight, metabolism, and body type. Your personalized report, derived from your DNA results, offers specific guidance to craft a weight-management regimen for optimal outcomes, ensuring a more tailored solution than traditional diet books or meal plans. This strategy, rooted in your genetics, paves the way for tangible results.

Providing Answers About Medications

Pharmacogenomics, orPGx, studies how your genetic makeup, inherited from your parents, impacts your response to various medications, both prescription and over-the-counter. These genes are the body’s foundational units, instructing the creation of proteins that determine physical traits, such as hair and eye color, while others code for RNA with varied functions. Inherited from both parents, one gene from each, they replicate until they sufficiently populate your genetic instruction manual. The human body contains an estimated 20,000 to 25,000 genes.

Depending on your genetics, medications might vary in effectiveness and side effects. Such insights enable personalized medication choices for current and future needs. We’ve got a couple of tests providing this insightful information. The PAIN PGX PANEL allows us to determine how you might respond to certain pain medications based on your genetic makeup. It analyzes different genes associated with specific medications that are commonly prescribed in pain management. This pharmacogenetic testing is most useful before beginning a medication, if it seems ineffective, or if you’re experiencing side effects. This non-invasive and efficient test reduces the likelihood of adverse drug reactions, which, per the CDC, account for over 1 million emergency visits annually. The risk of these reactions rises with multiple medications. By enhancing medication adherence and informing healthcare providers, pharmacogenetic testing ultimately elevates patient outcomes.

The same concepts apply to our ADDICTION PGX PANEL. This panel analyzes genes associated with specific medications that are commonly prescribed to treat disorders related to addiction.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

Keep in mind that we understand that tests we describe involving DNA reveal highly personal information. We provide the utmost care and discretion with these matters; we adhere to strict HIPAA regulations and maintain a judgment-free zone. We provide the lab testing; you own the results and can use them as you choose. You can also set up testing anonymously because we understand the sensitive nature of these issues.

Our service is about providing answers. Any Lab Test Now®is a lab testing center providing tangible results. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.

Diabetes: What You Need To Know

November is American Diabetes Month, dedicated to highlighting the significance and impact of diabetes on those affected by this disease and their families. The CDC reports that about 37 million Americans have diabetes, while one in five people don’t even know they have it. Any Lab Test Now® is committed to spreading awareness about health conditions like diabetes and doing all we can to be your partner in wellness.

What is Diabetes?

If you or someone you know and love has been diagnosed with diabetes, undoubtedly you are trying to learn all you can about it. Diabetes is a chronic condition affecting how your body turns food into energy. Food gets digested into glucose, and typically, insulin from the pancreas helps the body use this glucose. However, in diabetics, the body either doesn’t make enough insulin or can’t use it effectively, leading to elevated blood glucose levels.

Types of Diabetes

There are different types of diabetes; that are diagnosed depending on symptoms:

  • Type 1 is when the body can’t produce insulin and is usually diagnosed in children and young adults. It’s an autoimmune condition where the body’s immune system mistakenly attacks and destroys insulin-producing beta cells in the pancreas. The exact cause of this immune reaction is still unknown, although genetic and environmental factors, such as viruses, may contribute. Without proper management, type 1 diabetes can lead to higher-than-normal blood sugar levels, which can result in serious health complications.
  • Type 2, the more common type, is when your body can’t use insulin the right way or can’t produce enough. Type 2 diabetes is a chronic condition that affects the way the body processes glucose, its primary energy source. The exact cause remains unclear, but it often relates to genetics, obesity, inactivity, or a combination of these factors. Over time, uncontrolled type 2 diabetes can lead to a host of health complications, including heart disease, nerve damage, and kidney issues.
  • Prediabetes is a critical stage that often precedes diabetes. It’s when blood sugar levels are higher than they should be but not yet high enough to be officially diagnosed as diabetes. Think of it as a wake-up call. According to the CDC, more than 88 million U.S. adults have prediabetes, and a shocking 84% might not even be aware they have it. The silver lining is that prediabetes can often be reversed through lifestyle changes like diet and exercise.

Symptoms To Watch Out For

It’s a good idea to be aware of the symptoms you may experience that can be a telltale sign of diabetes:

  • Urinate a lot, often at night.
  • Are very thirsty.
  • Lose weight without trying.
  • Are very hungry.
  • Have blurry vision.
  • Have numb or tingling hands or feet.
  • Feel very tired.
  • Have very dry skin.
  • Have sores that heal slowly.
  • Have more infections than usual.

How To Handle Diabetes

If you are diagnosed with diabetes, although there are no cures for the condition, you can live a good quality of life with some lifestyle modifications and careful monitoring. That’s how Any Lab Test Now® can help. We provide a number of lab tests that help you manage diabetes, like our DIABETES MAINTENANCE PANEL. This panel consists of four tests that provide valuable information to help you and your healthcare provider monitor your diabetes treatment. Those tests include:

  • Hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c) – Measures your average blood glucose levels over the past two to three months.
  • Diabetic Urinalysis) – Looks for protein in your urine, which could indicate kidney problems.
  • Complete Blood Count (CBC) – Can detect anemia, infection, bleeding disorders, and more.
  • Comprehensive Metabolic Panel (CMP) – Measures your blood glucose and provides valuable information about your kidney function, liver function, and electrolytes.

Keep in mind, along with careful monitoring, there are a number of lifestyle changes you can make that can help you manage your disease:

1. Check blood sugar: Regularly checking your blood sugar levels can ensure you’re on the right track. It’s like routinely checking your car’s fuel gauge to avoid running empty unexpectedly.

2. Healthy eating: Watch your carb intake and focus on eating more proteins, fruits, vegetables, and whole grains. Understanding how different foods affect your blood sugar is a journey, one well worth taking.

3. Being active: Physical activity can help lower your blood sugar. It’s not just about hitting the gym — dancing, walking, or even gardening can count.

4. Medication: If prescribed, ensure you’re taking your medication as directed.

5. Coping mechanisms: Stress can affect your blood sugar levels. So, finding healthy ways to cope can be beneficial.

6. Regular check-ups: Routine visits to your healthcare provider can help you keep tabs on your blood pressure, cholesterol level, and other metrics.

Any Lab Test Now® is Your Partner in Health

We want to help you and your family stay healthy by providing answers about your wellness. At Any Lab Test Now®, we provide tests that give you tangible results. We provide the lab testing; you own the results and can use them as you choose. Call now to schedule an appointment at a location near you.