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.

Metabolic profiles distinguish early stage ovarian cancer with unprecedented accuracy

(Georgia Institute of Technology 17 November 2015) Studying blood serum compounds of different molecular weights has led scientists to a set of biomarkers that may enable development of a highly accurate screening test for early-stage ovarian cancer.

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Thyroid cancer biomarker assays may show inaccurate readings

(Michigan Technological University 12 November 2015) Two thyroid cancer biomarkers go through a clumping cycle that may interfere with cancer detection tests. New research from Michigan Technological University explores a driving force behind the problem: a protein with a sweet tooth.

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New guidelines on the prevention/control of multi-drug-resistant gram-negative bacteria

(Elsevier 18 November 2015) Gram-negative bacteria include common types such as E. coli that all of us carry in our bowels. When these bacteria get into other parts of the body they can cause infections, including common infections such as cystitis or urinary tract infections. The bacteria can also be readily spread from person to person. Multi-drug-resistant strains are resistant to most, or all, of the common antibiotics that we use to treat infections.

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Pigeons ‘remarkably adept’ at detecting breast cancer, study finds

ABC News 20 November 2015

Pigeons can be trained to spot cancerous breast tissue, a new study has found.  While they will not be replacing doctors any time soon, the birds are able to distinguish between cancerous breast tissue and benign tissue, researchers from the University of Iowa and the University of California have found.

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HIV home-test kit launched in England

BBC News Smitha Mundasad 19 November 2015

A free HIV home-testing kit has been launched across England as the latest figures show 18,100 people in the UK are unaware they have the infection.  The test, which can be ordered online, uses a small droplet of blood that is sent to a laboratory.

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Queensland researchers uncover gene variation in bid to battle prostate cancer

ABC News Leonie Mellor 18 November 2015

Queensland researchers have identified genetic variations they hope will make it easier to assess whether patients have an aggressive form of prostate cancer.

Queensland University of Technology Professor Judith Clements said the variations affected the level of prostate-specific antigens (PSA), a protein produced by the prostate gland cells.

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WHO warns of ‘global crisis’ over antibiotics resistance

ABC News | The World Today Jessica Longbottom 17 November 2015

The World Health Organisation has warned the overuse of antibiotics is fuelling dangerously high resistance levels and called on individual countries to tackle misconceptions about the drugs.

Professor Matt Cooper, based at the Centre for Superbug Solutions at the University of Queensland, said levels of misinformation about antibiotics were generally higher in the developing world but that has implications in Australia.

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