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.

Bowel cancers ‘spotted too late’

BBC News 22 April 2015

Thousands of people in England are dying from bowel cancer because their disease is not being spotted early enough, a charity has warned.
Beating Bowel Cancer found wide variation within the NHS in England in diagnosing the disease.
It says 3,200 lives could be saved each year if every NHS region did as well as the best performing areas.
In some regions, less than a third of cases are detected before the cancer has started to spread around the body.
Part of the problem is people not coming forward for checks.
A bowel-cancer screening programme was introduced in England in 2006, but figures show that uptake among the eligible 60- to 74-year-old age group has been around the 60% mark.
Early detection is vital.

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Breast cancer projected to rise by 50 per cent by 2030

Sydney Morning Herald | April 21, 2015

New breast cancer cases in the United States are forecast to rise by as much as 50 per cent by 2030, government researchers reported on Monday.

While the surge in cases will pose “a huge challenge” to medical providers over the coming decades, coauthor Philip Rosenberg, of the National Cancer Institute said, the data also revealed “one silver lining”: lower incidence of the subtype known as estrogen-receptor-negative breast cancers, including difficult-to-treat HER2-positive and triple-negative types.  Continue reading…

Medicare set to undergo major revamp; Government to review procedures, tests and treatments

ABC News | April 22, 2015 | Sophie Scott

Medicare is to undergo a major shake up, with the Federal Government announcing every subsidised test, treatment and procedure will be investigated to make sure it is effective and value for money.

Among the measures, the Government will review all Medicare-funded procedures, tests and treatments.  Continue reading…

Trials a step forward for medicinal cannabis but what comes next?

The Conversation 21 April 2015

Queenslanders and Victorians with particular chronic illnesses may now be eligible to join New South Wales medicinal cannabis trials, due to start mid next year.

The three states will collaborate on the development of medicinal cannabis, its regulatory framework and clinical research to explore the safety and benefits of the product among three key groups:

  • children with severe epilepsy who haven’t responded to traditional medicine
  • adults with painful terminal illnesses
  • cancer patients with severe nausea from chemotherapy.

This welcome move comes after many years of lobbying to reverse the embedded opposition to medicinal cannabis and recognises the product as a valid way of relieving the suffering caused by some distressing conditions.

So, how would such a scheme work in Australia? And what hurdles must first be overcome?

http://theconversation.com/trials-a-step-forward-for-medicinal-cannabis-but-what-comes-next-40472

New bowel cancer screening could save 90,000 Australian lives over next 40 years, experts say

ABC News 18 April 2015

A new bowel cancer screening program has the potential to save the lives of 90,000 Australians over the next four decades, new research shows.

Experts at Cancer Council Australia said the key is ensuring that 60 per cent of Australians use the free kits sent in the mail through the National Bowel Cancer Screening program.

Health Minister Sussan Ley said a new fast tracking of the screening program means all Australians aged 50 to 74 would receive a free, at home bowel cancer screening kit every two years by 2020.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-04-18/new-bowel-cancer-screening-could-save-90000-lives-over-40-years/6401572

Smartphone holograms can diagnose cervical cancer

New Scients No 3017 15 April 2015

A device that plugs into your phone could diagnose cancer and other diseases by measuring the way light bounces off different molecules.

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Australian Academy of Science – Nominations for the 2016 honorific awards for scientific excellence are now open

Honorific Awards

Most honorific awards are open to any scientist normally resident in Australia. Nominations may be made by anyone in the scientific community, with the exception of the Macfarlane Burnet or the Matthew Flinders Medals and Lectures for which nominations may only be made by Academy Fellows.

Criteria and nomination forms are available under each individual award.  Awards are available for a range of disciplines including chemistry, physics, human genetics, and women in science, and include early and mid-career awards.

View the full-list of awards