Category Archives: Clinical pathology

Includes news relating to lab diagnosis of medical conditions.
Discipline groups are Microbiology, Immunology, Anatomical Pathology including cytopathology (cancers etc), Chemical pathology, Haematology and Laboratory management.
EXCLUDES imaging technologies.

Cane toad poison attacks prostate cancer cells, spares healthy cells: Queensland university researchers

ABC News Rosa Ellen and Xavier La Canna 17 September 2014

Researchers have found that cane toad poison kills off prostate cancer cells while sparing healthy cells.
Dr Harendra Parekh from the University of Queensland said a student had discovered Australia’s toad to be similar to the Asiatic toad which has been used in Chinese medicine for thousands of years.

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‘Breast cancer gene’ lawyers launch appeal to High court

Sydney Morning Herald Eryk Bagshaw September 17, 2014

Cancer advocates will appeal to the High Court to overturn a controversial decision that human genes can be controlled by private companies.
Two weeks ago a full bench of the Federal Court unanimously upheld a decision by Justice John Nicholas that a patent on the so-called “breast cancer gene”, BRCA1, should be allowed.
Late on Tuesday Maurice Blackburn lawyers launched an application for special leave to appeal to the High Court on behalf of Yvonne D’Arcy.

Urine test may replace Pap smear to test for cervical cancer 17 September 2014

THE dreaded Pap smear test for cervical cancer that every woman hates could soon be replaced with a simple urine test.

An analysis of 14 studies into a urine test for the human papillomavirus (HPV) that causes cervical cancer has found it correctly identified 87 per cent of cases of the virus.

ISN International Society for Neurochemistry 2015 Biennial Meeting Cairns

ISN 25th Biennial Meeting Cairns Australia, 23-27 August 2015

ISN holds biennial meetings throughout the world, in conjunction with regional societies – ASN, ESN and APSN – on a rotational basis.Our biennial meetings promise to be very stimulating, addressing a wide range of topics of the field of neurochemistry, reuniting professionals from across the globe in a vibrant environment.The meetings will feature the latest advances in cellular and molecular neuroscience within the framework of a fitting comprehensive program.We are hosting the 25th ISN-APSN Joint Biennial Meeting in Cairns, Australia, August 23-27, 2015, in conjunction with the Australasian Society for Neuroscience (ANS).

Visit Conference website for Preliminary Program and list of Satellite Meetings

Researchers develop improved means of detecting mismatched DNA

Science Codex John Hopkins Medicine 15 September 2014

Researchers at Johns Hopkins have identified a highly sensitive means of analyzing very tiny amounts of DNA. The discovery, they say, could increase the ability of forensic scientists to match genetic material in some criminal investigations.

It could also prevent the need for a painful, invasive test given to transplant patients at risk of rejecting their donor organs and replace it with a blood test that reveals traces of donor DNA.

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Facing a post-antibiotic world

Sydney Morning Herald Leigh Dayton, University of Technology Sydney, 16 September 2014

Antibiotic resistance should be treated as a natural disaster.

It’s official. Humanity is racing towards a post-antibiotic era, a time when today’s life-saving drugs won’t successfully treat common infectious diseases or even infections from minor injuries.

According to the World Health Organisation, many bacteria responsible for common but serious diseases such as pneumonia, diarrhoea, gonorrhoea and bloodstream infections have developed resistance to antibiotics designed to wipe them out. Worse, few replacement treatments are in the pipeline. The post-antibiotic world looms.

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Magnetic cure for bad blood unveiled

The Australian AFR 15 September 2014

SCIENTISTS have invented a device that potentially throws a lifeline to patients with sepsis and further infections.  The external gadget — tested so far in rats but not yet humans — could be adapted one day for stripping Ebola and other viruses from blood, they hoped.  Acting rather like a spleen, the invention uses magnetic nanobeads coated with a genetically-engineered human blood protein called MBL

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