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.

Does talcum powder cause cancer?

Brisbane Times 25 May 2016

Deane Berg thought she was going to die, and she wanted to know why. She was 49, way too young, she thought, to have advanced cancer in her ovaries.

As she scrolled through websites that listed possible causes of ovarian cancer, one jumped out at her: talcum powder. She did not have risk factors like infertility or endometriosis, but she had dusted baby powder between her legs every day for 30 years.

Novel lab test may advance diagnosis of rare but dangerous pregnancy condition

(Johns Hopkins Medicine 18 May 2016) A laboratory blood test developed at Johns Hopkins for the diagnosis of a rare genetic red blood cell disorder also shows promise in identifying HELLP syndrome, a life-threatening high blood pressure condition affecting 1 percent of all pregnant women.

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Biomarker may predict endometrial cancer recurrences

(University of Minnesota Academic Health Center 18 May 2016) New research from the lab of Martina Bazzaro, Ph.D., of the Masonic Cancer Center, University of Minnesota and Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Women’s Health, suggests the deubiquitinating enzyme USP14 as a promising biomarker for identifying risk of recurrence in endometrial cancer patients.

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Christchurch microbiologist may have cracked Crohn’s disease Martin Van Beynen 21 May 2016

Research by Christchurch microbiologist John Aitken has recorded a major advance in the treatment of Crohn’s disease, which affects 20,000 New Zealanders.   His laboratory has not only isolated and grown the Mycobacterium avium subspecies paratuberculosis (MAP) thought to have a role in Crohn’s but has also developed a technique to make it visible. Even though the process is difficult, his technique takes only 10 days and has been repeated at a laboratory in Australia.

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Down syndrome points to key gene responsible for type 2 diabetes

ABC News Dani Cooper 20 May 2016

One of the key genes responsible for the onset of type 2 diabetes has been identified, opening up possibilities to develop a drug to combat the condition.
The discovery, published today in PLOS Genetics, was made by comparing genes involved with defects in insulin secretion of people with type 2 diabetes and those with Down syndrome.

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Maryborough Hospital’s new pathology lab to offer emergency patients local testing

ABC News 17 May 2016

An enhanced pathology laboratory opened yesterday at the Maryborough Hospital in southern Queensland will provide on-site testing for emergency patients, making it the first of its kind in the state.

The $60,000 facility will conduct chemical, blood and microbiological testing for patients.

Three Queensland scientists are working as part of an international team that aims to develop quicker testing for the Zika virus.

SBS News AAP 16 May 2016

Three Queensland scientists are part of an international collaboration aiming to develop a test for the Zika virus that provides results in as little as 15 minutes.

Dr Joanne Macdonald, a senior lecturer in molecular engineering at the University of the Sunshine Coast, is one of 14 Australian researchers to recently take part in a research mission to Brazil and Colombia, where connections were made with local researchers working to combat the disease.

Along with two scientists from the University of Queensland, she has begun work to develop a tool to quickly detect and track Zika.

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