Understanding alcohol harm this Alcohol Awareness Week

Alcohol Awareness Week (1-7 July), the annual campaign organised by Alcohol Change UK, aims to raise awareness of the problems associated with alcohol misuse, promoting a healthier, more balanced approach to alcohol consumption. Every year, over 5,000 community groups including public health teams, pharmacies, GP surgeries, hospitals, charities, and workplaces sign up to take part […]

World Drug Day: a call to action

World Drug Day, observed on 26 June each year, is an important day for raising awareness of the global problem of drug abuse. Spearheaded by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), World Drug Day serves as a reminder of the importance of collaboration in the fight against drug misuse, and how we […]

Britain’s rising steroid epidemic and the dangers of steroid misuse

The pursuit of physical perfection and online praise is fuelling a growing epidemic of steroid misuse among British men, according to an in-depth report published by the Mail Online. More than a million people in Britain are believed to be injecting themselves with synthetic testosterone, which has become increasingly easy to get hold of via […]

Prenatal paternity testing: what you need to know

Prenatal paternity testing is an incredibly useful tool, making it possible to identify a baby’s biological father before the baby is even born. In this blog, we break down what you need to know when ordering a prenatal paternity test, how the process works, and what samples are required for testing.   How does a […]

Why DNA testing is the only accurate way of verifying paternity

DNA profiling has been available for over 40 years, thanks to techniques developed by Sir Alec Jeffreys in 1984. By 1988, DNA fingerprinting was available for paternity testing (Adams, 2008). However, before the availability of modern-day DNA testing, people would look at different traits, such as blood type, physical resemblance, and behaviour to determine the […]

Celebrating twins in Igbo-Ora: the ‘Twin Capital of the World’

As a DNA testing laboratory offering twin DNA (zygosity) testing, we recognise the special nature of twin births. But there’s one place in the world that goes a step further – where twins are celebrated as a blessing, and people are disappointed if they do not give birth to twins; Igbo-Ora, in south-western Nigeria. Birth […]

Introducing our finger prick PEth blood alcohol test for legal and official matters

We are pleased to announce that you can now order a finger prick phosphatidylethanol (PEth) blood alcohol test for legal and official matters, direct from our award-winning, accredited UK laboratory. Where other laboratories require a venepuncture blood draw for PEth testing (from a vein in the arm/back of the hand), our fast and effective finger […]

Child Concern receives latest Giving Back charity donation

We have now made our second Giving Back charity draw of the year and are delighted to announce that the randomly selected customer was Sarah Hodson, Paralegal at McAlister Family Law in Manchester. Sarah nominated Child Concern to receive a £500 donation, in recognition of the valuable and practical support the charity provides for dealing […]

5 common paternity testing myths – busted

As the provider of the UK’s bestselling at-home paternity test, we know that there are many misconceptions surrounding paternity testing, what the test involves, and what the results of a paternity test can tell you. In this blog, we address some of the most common paternity testing myths and put them to rest once and […]