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.

Heard on the Street: Mayo Clinic partnership aims to cut testing costs

PostBulletin.com 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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Skin may help spot Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease

BBC News

Scientists have proposed a new idea for detecting brain conditions including Alzheimer’s – a skin test.
Their work, which is at an early stage, found the same abnormal proteins that accumulate in the brain in such disorders can also be found in skin.
Early diagnosis is key to preventing the loss of brain tissue in dementia, which can go undetected for years.
But experts said even more advanced tests, including ones of spinal fluid, were still not ready for clinic.
If they were, then doctors could treatment at the earliest stages, before irreversible brain damage or mental decline has taken place.

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Australian researcher’s map of pancreatic cancer will refine treatment

The Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips February 26, 2015

Tumours are a lot like earthquakes. No two are the same, and just as quakes occur mostly along fault lines, scientists have discovered that tumours also have unstable regions hidden inside their genomes.
An Australian-led research group has conducted the most thorough analysis of pancreatic cancers, identifying four subgroups that differentiate tumours by their gene arrangements.
The discovery promises to improve the treatment of at least one group, about one in four patients, after the researchers noticed an existing class of chemotherapy drugs used to treat some breast cancers may also work on pancreas patients whose tumours have “unstable” genomes.

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New pre-conception test checks potential parents for 145 genetic disorders

The Sydney Morning Herald Nicky Phillips and Amy Corderoy February 25, 2015

Julie Cini had never heard of spinal muscular atrophy before her daughter Montanna was born, limp and floppy from the mostly fatal muscle-wasting disease.
“The hospital basically told us to take our child home and love her until she died,” said Ms Cini. She passed away aged 10 months. Her second daughter Zarlee, born in 2006, survived two months longer than her sister.
Before Montanna’s birth Ms Cini and her husband had no idea they were unwitting carriers of the devastating disorder. Had they known they could test for such conditions “we could have spared ourselves the devastation,” said Ms Cini.

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The genetic test to have before you get pregnant or start taking new medicine

WHO gives green light to 15-minute Ebola test

ABC News 21 February 2015

The World Health Organisation has approved a rapid test for Ebola, in a potential breakthrough for ending an epidemic that has killed almost 10,000 people in West Africa.  The 15-minute test is a little less accurate than the so-called gold standard of lab assessment, but does not need electricity or highly trained personnel to use it, WHO spokesman Tarik Jasarevic said.

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