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?
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.
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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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…
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.
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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