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New genetic tests added to MBS schedule

The Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has just announced that genetic testing for patients with hereditary mutations, including BRCA 1 and 2, predisposing to breast and/or ovarian cancer will now be listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). ... Full story

Changes to cervical cancer screening program coming December 1st, 2017

In Australia the current Commonwealth government funded cervical screening program uses two-yearly Pap smears to screen for abnormalities in cervical cells. From December 1st this year this program will be replaced by a new and more effective program that uses five-yearly human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA screening instead. ... Full story

CK-MB test should no longer be used for diagnosing heart attacks

A report from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, recommends eliminating the CK-MB blood test from use in diagnosing heart attacks. ... Full story


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