Urine glucose self-monitoring is as effective as blood glucose self-monitoring in type 2 diabetes.

Sat 6 December 2014

Researchers from the University Hospitals of Leicester have published a study demonstrating that urine glucose self-monitoring can be just as effective as blood glucose self-monitoring in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.... Full Story

Medical Benefits Schedule lists HbA1c test for diagnosis of diabetes

Fri 21 November 2014

From November 1 doctors are now able to use the HbA1c test to diagnose diabetes.... Full Story

We launch our new website!

Sun 2 November 2014

"The feedback we have received has been invaluable and now after many months of planning and development we have a newly-designed website that we hope meets expectations."... Full Story

Serum calcium and cancer risk

Thu 16 October 2014

A new study led by Dr Fergus Hamilton, from the Centre for Academic Primary Care at the University of Bristol and published in the British Journal of Cancer, has shown that high levels of calcium in the blood is a risk factor for cancer developing within one year, especially in men. ... Full Story

It’s not only patients who have trouble interpreting some medical tests.

Sat 9 August 2014

Interpreting test results can sometimes be easy and sometimes be very difficult.... Full Story

Heathcare in the news? Treat it with a grain of salt.

Fri 11 July 2014

The US Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories.... Full Story

New method shows potential for identification of early pancreatic cancers but is still too complex for routine use.

Wed 11 June 2014

Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis.... Full Story

Recommendation that Pap smears be replaced by a new test.

Thu 8 May 2014

The Government’s expert advisory committee on medical matters; the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), has just released its recommendation that Pap smears be phased out and replaced with five-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) testing for cervical cancer.... Full Story

National Health and Medical Research Council finds no evidence to support homeopathy.

Wed 9 April 2014

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has just released a draft information paper: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Treating Health Conditions.... Full Story

Blood test identifies brain damage from concussion in ice hockey.

Wed 19 March 2014

Half way into last year's season, 35 of 288 players in the Swedish Hockey League had already had a concussion. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, who surveyed all of the players in the league's 12 clubs, have now developed a method that can show just an hour after the injury how severe the concussion is, if there is a risk of long-term symptoms and about when the player can return to the game.... Full Story

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