Monthly Archives : May 2016

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Are You Getting Enough Vitamin D?

Feeling more tired than usual, your bones ache or you feel a little blue? These can all be signs that you are Vitamin D deficient.

Vitamin D Deficiency Is Very Common
Researchers estimate that 50 percent of the general population is at risk of Vitamin D deficiency and insufficiency. Being low in Vitamin D is common in the US, but many mistakenly believe we aren’t at risk because we consume Vitamin-D-fortified foods (such as milk).

Vitamin D is a steroid hormone that is acquired primarily through sun exposure, not through the foods we eat. There are very few foods that have adequate levels of Vitamin D naturally and even fortified foods do not contain enough Vitamin D to support good health.

Over the winter months individuals are more prone to showing symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency because we spend more time indoors. Some people may not have any symptoms of Vitamin D deficiency and still be deficient.

Signs You Might Not Be Getting Enough Vitamin D

  • You Feel “Blue”
  • Your Bones Ache
  • Head Sweating
  • You Have Gut Trouble
Individuals who have these characteristics are also more prone to being Vitamin D deficient.
  • Children Under Age 5
  • Have Darker Skin
  • Over 50 Years Old
  • Overweight, Obese or have a Higher Muscle Mass
How do I know if I’m deficient in Vitamin D?

The way doctors determine if you are deficient in Vitamin D is by testing your 25(OH)D level, often referred to as the Vitamin D test. Getting this blood test is the only accurate way to know if you’re deficient or not.

Keeping your Vitamin D levels in the recommended range may help prevent cancer, heart disease, autoimmune diseases, infections, and some mental health conditions.

Kimi Hathaway, President/Owner
Vitamin D Testing at Blackbird Clinical
If your doctor recommends that you take a Vitamin D test, Blackbird Clinical can run this test quickly and at the most affordable price in town.Please contact me with any questions regarding our services or to set up a time to come by our clinic. Just click on the button below to send me an email.

Kinder, Gentler Blood Lab and Phlebotomy Services

Kinder, Gentler Blood Lab and Phlebotomy Services

Having blood drawn for common lab tests is something most people do not look forward to.

For some this is because they have had a bad experience. For others fear of needles is a real concern.

For most, it is just a routine procedure that must be done periodically that is more of a pain in the pocketbook.
Quick, Convenient & Confidential Service

Our goal is to provide the most courteous, professional and confidential lab services. We are conveniently located off State Road 26 in Lafayette where you can get in and out quickly.

The Lowest Prices

At Blackbird Clinical Services our prices to do routine lab work are considerably less  than at other clinics and hospitals.

Our labs are often 10% the cost of labs drawn at the local hospitals.  For example a lipid panel can run up to $250 at other labs. Our cost is $25 for that same lipid panel giving our patients a $225 savings!

 

Are You A Quest Lab Card Holder?

There is no charge for blood lab work for anyone who presents a Quest Lab card when they visit Blackbird Clinical Services.

Common Lab Tests

We perform the most common lab tests, along with others. Just ask!

CMP, CBC, Lipid Panel, TSH, Hemo A1C, PSA, Hepatic Function, Renal Function, Total Testosterone, Rheumatoid Factor, Iron Total, STD Panel, OB Panel and Allergy Panels

Lab Services at Blackbird Clinical

When your doctor prescribes lab work let Blackbird Clinical provide these services quickly and at the lowest cost in town.

Please contact me with any questions regarding our blood work and lab services. Just click on the button below to send me an email.

Kimi Hathaway
President/Owner

DNA Testing Identifies Valuable Family Connections

DNA Testing Identifies Valuable Family Connections
DNA testing is used in a number of ways to provide legally and non-legally binding results that establish paternity and other familial connections.
When is a DNA Test Required?

Establishing Paternity of Children of Unwed Parents

Indiana state law now requires paternity of a child to be established within 60 days of being born to unwed parents.   A legal DNA test by an AABB certified lab is required for this purpose.

Permanent Visa Applications for Alien Relatives

U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents of the United States can petition for a permanent visa for alien relatives (spouse, parents, children or siblings) to immigrate to the United States.   A legal DNA test can prove biological relationships. Blackbird can coordinate AABB Immigration Testing to complete the petition process.

Blackbird Is AABB Certified 

For DNA to be accepted in a court of law they must be performed by an AABB certified lab to ensure proper chain of custody.

DNA Tests Provide Beneficial Information
Identifying Paternity
Legal paternity is important in that it gives the father both rights and obligations related to helping take care of his child. With legal paternity established, the child will have access to:
  • Social Security dependent or survivor benefits
  • Inheritance rights
  • Veteran’s benefits
  • Life and health insurance benefits
Identifying Biological Parents

DNA testing can help adopted children identify biological parents and to learn of potentially inherited health conditions.

Family Member Identification

Determine if a long lost brother or sister, grandparent or aunt or uncle is really related to you.
Local, Confidential Guidance

Blackbird Clinical’s local clinic is experienced in handling both legal and non-legal DNA testing. We can provide guidance in which tests are appropriate and assure you of the highest level of confidentiality.

Please contact me with any questions regarding our DNA testing services. Just click on the button below to send me an email.

Kimi Hathaway
President/Owner