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.

Home insulation royal commission: Imported batts containing chemicals linked to cancer still on sale, inquiry hears

ABC News Brad Ryan 15 April 2014

Imported home insulation batts containing chemicals linked to cancer but used as part of the Rudd government’s home insulation scheme are still being sold today, an inquiry has heard.

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More insights from tissue samples

(Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research 8 April 2014) A new way of preparing patient tissue for analyses might soon become the new standard. This is what researchers of the Helmholtz Centre for Infection Research and the Research Center Borstel recommend in their current publication in the Journal of Proteome Research.

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Calls for action on ‘dire’ drug-resistant TB threat

ABC Neews Jemina Garrett 14 April 2014

Medical experts are warning that drug-resistant tuberculosis is now such a problem in the Asia Pacific region that it could overwhelm health systems.  In a recent hard-hitting editorial in the Medical Journal of Australia, four leading Australian TB experts warn that the area is now home to more than half of the world’s drug-resistant tuberculosis, and it is spreading.

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Chief Health Officer Dr Jeannette Young The Courier-Mail push to improve Queensland vaccination rates

Courier Mail Laura Chalmers 14 April 2014

THE State’s top medical officer says parents are being duped into not vaccinating their children by groups working with “unfounded and debunked” material.

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McCaffery family back push for greater vaccination rates across Queensland following the death of precious daughter Dana

Miracle escape for baby Hugo

Skin cancer warning over bogus ‘black salve’ treatment

Brisbane Times Julia Medew 10 April 2014

A bogus cancer medicine has left an Australian man with a hole burnt in the side of his head, prompting renewed warnings for cancer patients to avoid alternative therapies.  A 55-year-old man recently presented to a Brisbane hospital with a black hole in his temple after applying an unproven alternative medicine known as “black salve” to a lesion on his face, which he believed was cancerous.

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Prostate cancer tests underestimate aggressiveness of disease, says study

The Guardian 11 April 2014

Men with prostate cancer are being given false hope by tests that underestimate the aggressiveness of their disease, according to a study.
Researchers found that more than half of a group of men whose cancers were initially classified as slow-growing and confined later turned out to have more dangerous tumours.
The findings, published in the British Journal of Cancer, call into question the ability of experts to grade and stage prostate cancers on the basis of biopsy samples.

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Blood test could provide rapid, accurate method of detecting solid cancers

EurekAlert 6-Apr-2014

A blood sample could one day be enough to diagnose many types of solid cancers, or to monitor the amount of cancer in a patient’s body and responses to treatment. Previous versions of the approach, which relies on monitoring levels of tumor DNA circulating in the blood, have required cumbersome and time-consuming steps to customize it to each patient or have not been sufficiently sensitive.
Now, researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine have devised a way to quickly bring the technique to the clinic. Their approach, which should be broadly applicable to many types of cancers, is highly sensitive and specific. With it they were able to accurately identify about 50 percent of people in the study with stage-1 lung cancer and all patients whose cancers were more advanced.

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Like hand-washing, blood transfusions linked to infections

(University of Rochester Medical Center 1 April 2014) Blood transfusions are among the most common treatments for hospitalized patients nationwide, but doing them less often reduces infection rates by nearly 20 percent, according to a study in the Journal of the American Medical Association co-authored by Neil Blumberg, M.D., professor at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry.

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New method for prostate cancer detection can save millions of men painful examination

(Eindhoven University of Technology 7 April 2014) Each year prostate tissue samples are taken from over a million men — in most cases using 12 large biopsy needles — to check whether they have prostate cancer. This procedure, which was recently described by an American urology professor as ‘barbaric,’ shows that 70 percent of the subjects do not have cancer. A patient-friendly examination, which drastically reduces the need for biopsies has been developed at Eindhoven University of Technology, together with AMC Amsterdam.

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Genetic testing beneficial in melanoma treatment

(University of Pittsburgh Schools of the Health Sciences 4 April 2014) Genetic screening of cancer can help doctors customize treatments so that patients with melanoma have the best chance of beating it, according to the results of a clinical trial by researchers at the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, a partner with UPMC CancerCenter. The trial, funded by the National Institutes of Health, will be presented Monday at the American Association for Cancer Research Annual Meeting 2014.

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