Prostate Cancer Screening, helpful or harmful?

To test or not to test, this is the question that many men are asking currently. Last Thursday, the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommended against the routine screening of prostate cancer screening for healthy men. The panel reviewed many studies and found that the results are failing to show that this type of screening actually saves lives. How you may ask? Read More

1 Video, Many Reasons: Test Your Thyroid This Month

It is almost the end of Thyroid Awareness Month, so we have a video to wrap up the reasons to test your thyroid for you.  It’s only 1:45 long so it’s well worth the look!  Brought to you by icyou.com and the Medical University of South Carolina:

The take-away quote for us? Well, there are two. “[The thyroid hormone] is required by every tissue, every cell, every organ to function properly” and “Thyroid disease is extremely common, especially in women.”  “27 million Americans have some type of thyroid disease and about half don’t know it.”  We had to include that one too.

So if after this video you are curious about finding out your level of thyroid hormone, know that you can do so conveniently with a home thyroid test.  Ours features accurate results from a CLIA certified laboratory that uses the same processes as any standard reference laboratory in the country.  The kit comes with well-written instructions on how to take your own blood sample and the results are mailed to you by the lab in the form of a report.  You can then share that report with a health provider and figure out what to do next.  It’s a quick and easy way to find out if you are one of the 13 million Americans who does not know they have a thyroid disorder.

Know the Facts – Home HIV Test With the FDA’s Seal of Approval

HIV Testing is an important thing, for the individual and society as a whole.  Why say this?  Because of this sobering finding for the Center for Disease Control and Prevention on HIV awareness:

Early diagnosis of HIV infection can delay progression to acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (AIDS) and reduce transmission of HIV to others. Nonetheless, in 2006, an estimated 232,700 persons, 21% of those living with HIV infection in the United States, were not aware of their HIV infection status.

There are many options available, including any of our home AIDS tests.  But there is one thing you should definitely be aware of…

Make sure your test is FDA APPROVED!!!

We say this because there are other tests available online, some using saliva instead of blood, that are marketed as home HIV tests.  But these tests are not FDA Approved.  When you are looking for a test as important as an HIV test, it is necessary to know that the FDA has approved it and that you are in good hands.  Home Health Testing ONLY sells FDA Approved home HIV kits.  All of our AIDS tests come with telephone support for your results questions too.

So keep that in mind – make sure your test is FDA Approved!  Home Health Testing makes sure that all of our products in the Home HIV test category certainly are.

Regular HIV Testing Means the Possibility of Better Treatment

While a lot of awareness has been created about the spread of HIV and how HIV’s spread can be controlled and abated, there is still a lot of work to be done. In 2006, the US Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimated that about 20 percent of HIV-infected people in the US do not know their status because they have not been tested.

HIV testing is essential for everyone for more reasons than one. By detecting HIV status early in life, you can ensure appropriate monitoring of the condition, obtain adequate and relevant health care and ensure that you can extend your life in a healthy manner. In addition, early detection can also help in avoiding the spread of the HIV from you on to others.

Many people are simply not aware that regular and timely HIV testing is key to early detection. The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommends that everyone between the age of 13 and 64 years should be given the option of HIV testing as part of the regular annual health check up. Specific communities with a higher incidence of HIV/AIDS should ensure that they get HIV testing done more often.

For some this may be easier said than done, and the process of going to a clinic may cause a lot of discomfort. This certainly should not hold you back any longer though because today one has the option of choosing a home AIDS test. Home HIV testing can help you gain the courage to actually test and determine your status.

The home HIV test is FDA approved and ensures complete privacy. All that you need to do is to send in your sample and keep the unique and anonymous code that is assigned to the home HIV test kit. The results of the test can be obtained over the phone by calling a toll free number. Whether you want the results of the home HIV test sent to you by mail or email is a complete matter of choice and can be determined over the phone.

The confidential aspect of home HIV testing can make all the difference for someone who wants and needs to be tested. It is hoped that more people will choose to take this completely private and confidential test instead of foregoing testing at all. In this way they can get adequate treatment to delay the onset of AIDS and make lifestyle changes that will stop the spread of the virus as well.

–  Anne Hamilton

Thyroid Test for Personal Awareness During Thyroid Awareness Month

The thyroid gland is located in the front part of the neck and produces thyroid hormones that regulate metabolism. The hormones are responsible for the energy levels of a person, and aid in the use of other hormones and the growth of the body. Under production or over production of the thyroid hormones causes various problems in the body resulting in hypothyroidism or hyperthyroidism. The symptoms that are caused are very general in nature making a thyroid test necessary to detect the real cause of the symptoms.

According to the American Association of Clinical Endocrinologists (AACE) there are about 27 million Americans who suffer from some kind of a thyroid disorder. And it is estimated that about 50% of these cases are undiagnosed due to the nature of the symptoms. Given that diabetes is estimated to have an incidence of 16 million, thyroid disorders are considered to be the most common endocrine problem. Thyroid testing is one way to foster better diagnosis of the condition ensuring proper and timely treatment. A home thyroid test can be extremely convenient to use too.

It is estimated that 80 percent of these thyroid disorders occur in women. In fact women are 5 times more likely to have a condition called hypothyroidism than men. This means that women should be far more careful about thyroid testing and ensure that they invest in a home thyroid test to avoid thyroid disorders.

Genetics are also considered to affect the risk of thyroid issues. The risk is considered to be two times higher if one parent suffers from a thyroid condition. Pregnancy has also been known to increase the possibility of a thyroid malfunction. Statistics tell us that one in every five newborn children has an underactive thyroid and most of this does not get detected because a thyroid test is not a mandatory checkup at birth.

Two in every five cases of hyperthyroid disorders are caused by the autoimmune hyperthyroidism (Graves’ disease). Autoimmune hypothyroidism (Hashimoto’s thyroiditis) accounts for about 95 percent of the hypothyroidism cases. Swollen thyroid glands account for about 5 percent and may not involve a hormonal imbalance. Whether it is Hashimoto’s or Grave’s, a thyroid condition can only be established with the help of a thyroid test.

Today you can avail yourself of a home thyroid test that is available in online medical stores so that you can test the levels of the TSH hormone itself at home. The test indicates whether the thyroid is producing enough hormones by detecting the level of TSH hormone in your blood. The TSH hormone is produced by the pituitary, not the thyroid, and when the pituitary senses there is not enough thyroid hormone it releases TSH. If the level of TSH being released in your body is not in a good middle range between the poles of too much or too little then there may be a problem.

This January in 2010 is Thyroid Awareness Month, the purpose of which is to create awareness among people of the various symptoms that thyroid problems can cause. A home thyroid test can prove to be a quick and convenient way for you to check the levels of your TSH hormone for proper diagnosis of thyroid issues so that you can get treatment started as soon as possible and relieve yourself of the frustrating symptoms.

New Articles Available on the Main Site

Hi everyone!  Did you know we’ve been very busy at Home Health Testing providing new and clear information on our line of home drug and home health tests?  Yes, it’s true!  Take a look at some of our longer articles, put on the main site due to their size.  If you have any questions feel free to leave a comment or contact us!

Business Solutions – The Hair Drug Test

Home Drug Test Instantly With Saliva Tests

Why Home Drug Testing Can Help Solve The Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

Home HIV Test – 5 Good Reasons Why You Should Take One

Home Thyroid Test – 3 Reasons to Take One (also published on ezinearticles as 3 Reasons to Take a Home Thyroid Test)

Nicotine Tests and Insurance Policies

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