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.

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?

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.

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.

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Smartphone app that diagnoses cervical cancer, lymphoma invented at Harvard Medical School

ABC News | April 14, 2015 | Rachel Carbonell

US researchers have developed a smartphone app that can be used to diagnose cervical cancer and cases of lymphoma.

The new app, developed at Harvard Medical School, harnesses several technological advances, including what is essentially a kind of miniature microscope.   Continue reading…

Luminex launches NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel assay

BioPrepWatch 8 April 2015

Luminex Corp. launched its NxTAG Respiratory Pathogen Panel on Monday, an assay the company said can detect 22 pathogens in a single test.

The company said the device utilizes reagents that already have been pre-plated, which allows preparation for the detection process to be completed within minutes.

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Rapid diagnosis kit will take five minutes to test if you’ve really got the flu

Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips 13 April 2015

An international research team, including Australians, have developed a rapid diagnosis kit that can detect several types of influenza virus within five minutes.

The new test, which is still in early stages and has yet to be tested on patients, may prove a valuable tool to reduce its spread during an outbreak and ensure only infected people are given medication. The advance in the new fast test is a very thin layer of material that can detect biological molecules such as proteins from three influenza virus strains.

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