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.

Townsville high school student in hospital with tuberculosis (TB)

ABC News March 4, 2015   David Chen & Allyson Horn

Townsville Hospital has confirmed it is treating a local high school student who has tested positive for tuberculosis (TB).

A specialist team was working with the school to arrange contact tracing, according to the Townsville Hospital and Health Service.  Continue reading…

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UW researchers develop new approach to diagnosing TB — oral swabs

(University of Washington Health Sciences/UW Medicine 2 March 2015) Drawing inspiration from veterinary medicine, researchers at the University of Washington have helped developed a new prospective approach to diagnosing tuberculosis — easy-to-obtain oral swab samples, greatly improving on standard diagnostics.

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A new ultrasensitive test for peanut allergies

(University of Connecticut 27 February 2015) UConn chemists have developed a new test for peanut allergies that can not only tell whether someone is allergic, it can also determine how intense their allergic reaction will be.

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Blood samples as surrogates for tumor biopsies in patients with lung cancer

(The JAMA Network Journals 26 February 2015) A study examined the feasibility of using circulating free DNA from blood samples of patients with advanced non-small-cell lung cancer as a surrogate for tumor biopsies to determine tumor-causing epidermal growth factor receptor mutations and then correlate that with expected patient outcomes, according to a study published online by JAMA Oncology.

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Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic partnership aims to cut testing costs Mike Klein 27 February 2015

Mayo Medical Laboratories has announced a partnership with Seattle Children’s Hospital to find ways to help the children’s hospitals around the country decrease costs and potential errors associated with unnecessary laboratory testing.

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U.S. Genetic Diseases, Cancer, Forensic and Paternity Molecular Diagnostic Testing Markets 2018 Forecasts Emerging Technologies and Competitive Strategies

PR Newswire 25 February 2015

Genetic Diseases, Cancer, Forensic and Paternity molecular diagnostic testing markets are among the most rapidly growing segments of the in vitro diagnostics industry. The next five years will witness significant developments in reagent systems and automation, as well as introduction of a wide range of new products that will require innovative marketing approaches.

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Genetic research into pancreatic cancer

Radio National Health Report Norman Swan, Andrew Andrew 2 March 2015

Pancreatic cancer is one of the most lethal malignancies. Researchers have studied whole genomes to redefine the mutational landscape of pancreatic cancer.

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