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.

Queensland study discovers DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients

ABC News 30 October 2014

A joint study conducted by three Queensland universities has discovered a DNA abnormality shared by oesophageal cancer patients.
Researchers believe determining the cause of the damage could lead to dramatic advancements in treating and even preventing throat cancer.
“Chromosomal catastrophe” is the name Queensland researchers have given to the sudden process of cell mutation they believe leads to oesophageal adenocarcinoma (OAC), one of Australia’s fastest rising cancers with one of the worst survival rates.

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‘Treasure in saliva’ may reveal deadly diseases early enough to treat them

(University of California – Los Angeles 29 October 2014) UCLA research could lead to a simple saliva test capable of diagnosing — at an early stage — diabetes and cancer, and perhaps neurological disorders and autoimmune diseases.The study, the most comprehensive analysis ever conducted of RNA molecules in human saliva, reveals that saliva contains many of the same disease-revealing molecules that are contained in blood.

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Support for fecal testing in familial colorectal cancer screening

(American Gastroenterological Association 29 October 2014) Fecal immunochemical tests may be as effective as colonoscopies when it comes to detecting colorectal cancer among first-degree relatives of patients with colorectal cancer, according to a new study in Gastroenterology, the official journal of the American Gastroenterological Association.

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Miniaturising medical laboratories: UTAS hopes to take technology mobile

ABC News Mark Reddie 29 October 2014

The University of Tasmania has created a $5 million research centre in the hope of making medical technology more mobile.
Scientists aim to reduce the time it takes between collecting samples and delivering results to patients through a portable device that connects to a smart phone.
They hope to achieve the same feat as computer makers, who have made their equipment smaller and more mobile, but rather miniaturising equipment that is usually only found in a laboratory, the university’s Professor Emily Hilder said.

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Google is developing cancer and heart attack detector

BBC News October 28, 2014  Leo Kelion & James Gallagher

Google is aiming to diagnose cancers, impending heart attacks or strokes and other diseases, at a much earlier stage than is currently possible.

The company is working on technology that combines disease-detecting nanoparticles, which would enter a patient’s bloodstream via a swallowed pill, with a wrist-worn sensor.  Continue reading…

ABC News article 29 October 2014

Alzheimer’s disease: Melbourne researchers develop simple blood test for diagnosis

ABC News October 28, 2014  Lorette Florance

A simple blood test that could diagnose early onset Alzheimer’s disease has been developed by University of Melbourne researchers.  Continue reading…

Visa applications suspended for Ebola-affected countries

ABC News 27 October 2014

The Federal Government has stopped processing visa applications from people travelling to Australia from Ebola-affected countries.  Immigration Minister Scott Morrison told Parliament the Government was focusing its efforts on ensuring the virus did not spread to Australia.

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