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.

State-of-the-art Laboratory Automation helps to provide Superior Pathology Services in Ipswich

Labmate Online July 28, 2014

The pathology laboratory at Ipswich Hospital NHS Trust is the first site in the UK to go live with the very latest, high throughput automated workflow solution from Roche, the cobas® 8100. This cutting edge technology will allow the clinical biochemistry laboratory to cope with increasing workloads while ensuring rapid and predictable turnaround times and high quality analytical results.

The cobas 8100 provides end-to-end sample processing, with a single point of entry, automated pre- and post-analytics, and state-of-the-art, intelligent sample routing for autonomous workflow management.  Its unique 3D transportation system directs samples to and from the analytical modules and keeps empty sample racks on a separate level, preventing bottlenecks and ensuring a smooth and efficient workflow.   Continue reading…

‘Casual attitude’ to vCJD warning

BBC News 23 July 2014

The government has developed a “casual attitude” to the human form of “mad cow disease”, MPs have warned.  The Science and Technology Committee said the low incidence of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD) was being “used as justification for inaction”.  The committee highlighted concerns around the risk of contamination in blood donation and during surgery.

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Piggybacking cells hold clue to cancer growth – and treatment for melanoma

The Guardian Nick Peel 25 July 2014

Melanoma is the most serious type of skin cancer: aggressive forms of the disease can grow and spread rapidly to other parts of the body, highlighting the urgent need for new treatments.
But over the past few years, genetic analysis has revealed that melanoma cells –
like many other tumour cell types – are not all created equal. In fact, the cells that make up a melanoma come in different genetic ‘flavours’ – two of which are shown in red and green in the image above. Until today, these were thought to have fairly regimented roles in the growth and spread of the disease.

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Logan Hospital breast milk mix-up: little Eli, 14 weeks, cleared of HIV, hepatitis Laura Chalmers  July 24, 2014

THE infant boy at the centre of a breast milk mix-up at Logan Hospital has been cleared of cross-infection.
The hospital has implemented new breast milk handling procedures in response to the incident and will no longer store breast milk in birthing suites.

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MH17: Son of victims Roger and Jill Guard makes impassioned plea for peace after Malaysia Airlines crash

ABC News 25 July 2014

The son of a Queensland couple who died when Malaysia Airlines flight MH17 was shot down over Ukraine last week says justice will only be served when fighting in the region stops.
Paul Guard, whose parents Roger and Jill Guard were on the doomed flight, told ABC News Breakfast the only way to find justice for the victims was for both sides involved in the conflict to put their weapons down.

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Son of Qld MH17 victims on charity drive

Hospital staff pay tribute to doctor lost in MH17 disaster

The Toowoomba Chronical July 22, 2014  Stuart Cumming

PATHOLOGY staff at Toowoomba Hospital have honoured their fallen leader by ensuring the production of quality work for which he strived.

Current and former staff of Pathology Queensland’s Toowoomba laboratory paid tribute to MH17 victims Dr Roger Guard and Dr Jill Guard during a private service at Toowoomba Hospital this afternoon.  Continue reading…

Cancer patient spent eight months thinking he only had weeks to live after suspected misdiagnosis

Physicians struggle to clinically diagnose early HIV infection

(University of British Columbia 15 July 2014) Most physicians are unable to use clinical skills to differentiate those who should and should not be tested for HIV infection, highlighting the importance of routine HIV testing.

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‘Safer’ kisspeptin IVF shows promise

BBC News James Gallagher 19 July 2014

Twelve babies have been born using a potentially safer way of getting eggs for use in IVF with the hormone kisspeptin, UK doctors say.  The pregnancies, reported in the Journal of Clinical Investigation, show the hormone can be used successfully.

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Skin cancer hotspot: south-west Qld has state’s highest proportion of melanoma cases, says Cancer Council

ABC News John Taylor 16 Jul 2014

New research has revealed Queensland’s south-west and southern inland has the state’s highest proportion of melanoma cases.
Cancer Council Queensland said an area from Toowoomba and Dalby, west to Charleville was the state’s melanoma hotspot.
Statistics show that region has about 76 cases of melanoma diagnosed per 100,000 people each year.

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