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Welcome to Medicare Laboratory Services

Medicare Lab Services (MLS) is a minority testing laboratory, owned, and successfully run by a woman, where we provide un-parallel and affordable health care solutions to individuals and families across the nation.

Healthcare services we offer at MLS are carried out by skilled healthcare professionals, who care and provide sustainable and reliable medical tests prescribed by the Doctors and Medical experts. Our focus is to fight against COVID-19. We strictly follow the global standards and are dedicated to being one of the leading laboratories providing health care services.  

Now Offering Free Covid-19 Rapid Testing

We are excited to be able to offer rapid result testing for Covid-19

Features And Services

PCR Testing

PCR means polymerase chain reaction. It's a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus.

PCR Testing

PCR means polymerase chain reaction. It's a test to detect genetic material from a specific organism, such as a virus. The test detects the presence of a virus if you have the virus at the time of the test. The test could also detect fragments of the virus even after you are no longer infected.

STAT Testing

Quick and accurate test results, results in 24-48 hours, Rapid/Antigen test reported within 5-10 minute Online Reporting;

STAT Testing

State of the art equipment include Analytic Jena pictures. Quick and accurate test results, results in 24-48 hours, Rapid/Antigen test reported within 5-10 minute Online Reporting; Secure and fast reporting, Automatic Email reporting, Dedicated Portals for facility/Site managers, IDPH Certified, CLIA certified, COLA certified, HIPPA compliant

Screening Asymptomatic Patients

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Book an Appointment

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AntiGen/RAPID Testing

Rapid diagnostic test (RDT) of a sample of the respiratory tract of a person helps to detect the viral proteins (antigens) related to COVID-19 virus.

AntiGen/RAPID Testing

Rapid diagnostic test (RDT) of a sample of the respiratory tract of a person helps to detect the viral proteins (antigens) related to COVID-19 virus. This ensures a speedy and accurate diagnosis and its usage is CDC-approved.

On-line reporting system

View results 24/7 on our on-line reporting system

On-line reporting system

View results 24/7 on our on-line reporting system

Rigorous testing in clinical trials

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Testing Services

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Quick and accurate Laboratory test results

Quick and accurate Laboratory test results

Quick and accurate Laboratory test results

Quick and accurate Laboratory test results

I D P H Certified Laboratory

I D P H Certified Laboratory

I D P H Certified Laboratory

I D P H Certified Laboratory

EXPERIENCE THE MEDICARE LABORATORY ADVANTAGE

  • Quick and accurate Laboratory test results
     
  • We offer highly accurate and timely STAT testing to meet your needs
     
  • View results 24/7 on our on-line reporting system
     
  • Up to 48-hour turnaround for most tests.
     
  • I D P H Certified Laboratory

Medicare Laboratory Services (MLS) is now testing for COVID-19

Medicare Laboratory Services is now testing for COVID-19 laboratory has always prioritized the health and safety of our patients receive.

Our facility utilizes real time antigen testing to accurately diagnose COVID-19.

Going Universal: Get Help as Easy as One, Two, Three

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Safe & Effective

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Personal Protective

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Antibody Testing

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Immunity Passports

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Immunity Passports

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Antibody Testing

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1 st Dose and Start Building Immunity

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1 st Dose and Start Building Immunity

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Day 21 Second Dose Vaccination

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Day 21 Second Dose

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Guide on type COVID-19 Vaccines: Helps protect you from getting COVID-19

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Things To Know

From the beginning of the year, you’ve surely been hearing more and more about “Flurona.” You may be asking yourself, “What is this, is this evening happening? Why are we seeing this now? What can I do to protect myself and my loved ones?” 

We’re taking time to clarify

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, we had a singular enemy: the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, now it seems that there are multiple enemies, with the emergence of variants like Delta and Omicron. How did this happen? Viruses in general are good at changing, adapting, and evolving new versions of themselves. However, if you are someone learning about variants for the first time, you might be asking, “Why this is happening, and where might it all lead?”
To answer those questions, let’s review the principles of evolution and also take a look at other viruses and how they’ve changed.

It has! and it happens with non-respiratory viruses as well.

About a decade ago, there was a now infamous outbreak of HIV in a small southern Indiana town among a group of injection drug users. Many of these users contracted Hepatitis C by sharing needles used for their drug injections, some of whom also contracted HIV

Dual infection can even occur with different variants of the same virus. In 2007, a man in New York City was HIV “superinfected,” meaning he was infected with more than one variant of the HIV virus. This contributed to his virus being resistant to most available treatments at the time. 

It’s no surprise then that case reports of patients infected with both influenza virus and SARS-CoV-2 have arisen. This started with a case report at the beginning of the year from Israel, where two pregnant women were diagnosed with both flu and COVID-19. 

As the pandemic enters the third year, one might wonder why we’re just now hearing about “Flurona.” 

This perhaps has more to do with the fact that we saw a steep decline in influenza during the fall of 2020 and early spring of 2021. A lot of experts attributed the relative absence of influenza during that time to improved hand washing and mask wearing, but that is likely just a piece of the puzzle.

Limited travel, particularly between the northern and southern hemispheres, is another likely factor. Influenza is a seasonal virus, affecting the northern and southern hemispheres at different times. So, with limited travel between the two hemispheres, influenza’s ability to move back and forth with the seasons was greatly limited. 

The combination of mask wearing, increased sanitization and significantly reduced travel likely curbed the spread of influenza during the first fall of the pandemic. However, during the late summer and fall of 2021, travel was not nearly as restricted, providing the influenza virus its seasonal opportunity. 

There is no need to hit the panic button, “Flurona” is merely an indicator of a more normal flu season in the midst of a continuing COVID-19 pandemic. To keep yourself and your loved ones as protected as possible, take advantage of existing influenza and COVID-19 vaccines, maintain proper hygiene practices and adhere to CDC guidelines.

Did you know you can test for COVID-19 with MLS OnDemand

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, we had a singular enemy: the SARS-CoV-2 virus. However, now it seems that there are multiple enemies, with the emergence of variants like Delta and Omicron. How did this happen? Viruses in general are good at changing, adapting, and evolving new versions of themselves. However, if you are someone learning about variants for the first time, you might be asking, “Why this is happening, and where might it all lead?”

To answer those questions, let’s review the principles of evolution and also take a look at other viruses and how they’ve changed.

The central idea of evolution is that small changes in genetic code are always occurring. Changes that confer advantages for a given environment will be passed on to future generations. Since human generations are usually 20-30 years apart on average, we don’t notice evolution happening with ourselves. But viruses reproduce thousands of times a day with only minutes between generations, making viral evolution much faster and more noticeable. 

The other key factor in evolution has to do with environment. For example, the heavy winter coat absolutely necessary for Chicago in December would be a burden for Texas in July. Imagine not being able to remove that coat. In cold weather it would help you stay warm and alive. However, that same coat would cause heatstroke and most likely death in the summer heat of the Deep South. Similarly for viruses, if a genetic change confers an advantage in a particular environment, then that variation gives the virus what it needs to survive, reproduce, and pass on that genetic advantage to future generations. What we’re witnessing now is that the Delta variant seems to have evolved advantages over its ancestors. So it is outcompeting other variants and becoming the dominant version of the virus. 

SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, is an RNA-based virus. As scientists we can lean on knowledge of other RNA-based viruses such as Hepatitis C and HIV and how they change over time. We know from years of research that the versions of these viruses that get passed from person to person haven’t changed much (with the exception of drug resistance mutations). The drugs created to inhibit HIV and HepC changed the environment for these viruses, resulting in variants that were able to evolve and become resistant to some of these drugs. However, what we have not witnessed with these viruses is a trend towards greater infectiousness or transmissibility. This tells us that HepC and HIV, which have been around much longer, have reached their evolutionary limits where further changes usually come with drawbacks; and that the genetic changes we do see are due to environmental changes introduced by drugs developed to inhibit these viruses. With few treatments available for COVID-19, we still see the virus changing in ways that seem to imply that it still has some evolutionary runway before it hits tradeoff limits in an optimization process.

With SARS-CoV-2, we’re watching a virus that is newer to humans quickly evolve beyond the slight changes in the environment conferred by the vaccines. We’re witnessing variants like Delta being more infectious and transmittable. And as these new variants emerge, they outcompete the other strains that are not as effective at infecting and replicating. This is Darwinism 101. Genetic changes that confer an advantage win out over time – i.e., the strong survive. Where and when these evolutionary benefits will max out for this virus is unknown. The Delta and Omicron variants may just be stepping stones on the virus’s evolutionary path, which could mean that SARS-CoV-2 may still have some evolving to do before we see more of a steady state with fewer variants. Until that time, we may continue to see more variants pop up.

Yes, it does. Viruses can make PCR tests challenging because of their tendency to mutate, but we designed our tests accordingly. By targeting a segment of the genetic code that is the least likely to change—the nucleocapsid protein, to be precise—our COVID-19 PCR tests remain effective against variants like Delta and Omicron.

The good news is that evolution for RNA viruses usually reaches a point where the advantages of genetic changes start coming with disadvantages. So there will be a point where there is an optimized SARS-CoV-2 virus that we can target with better vaccines and treatments.

As we wait for things to get to that point: It's still important to get vaccinated to protect against variants. While it’s still possible to develop COVID-19 after you’ve been vaccinated, vaccination is still the most effective way to prevent serious illness.

FAQ’s and Myths About Vaccination

Why should I get vaccinated for COVID-19?

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What are the differences between the COVID vaccines?

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How Do I Get a COVID-19 Vaccine ?

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EXPERIENCE THE MEDICARE LABORATORY ADVANTAGE

  • Quick and accurate Laboratory test results
     
  • We offer highly accurate and timely STAT testing to meet your needs
     
  • View results 24/7 on our on-line reporting system
     
  • Up to 48-hour turnaround for most tests.
     
  • I D P H Certified Laboratory

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Laboratory Testing Capability

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Emergency Medical Teams

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Emergency Medical Teams

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Personal Protective Equipment

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Personal Protective Equipment

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