Included below are news items from the last six months.
At the European Cancer Congress 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, Professor Philippe Autier, Vice President, Population Studies, at the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France reported on results extracted from data on colorectal cancer (CRC) collected as part of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) project on exposure to screening in men and women aged 50 and over in 11 European countries between 1989 and 2010.
Between 2011 and 2012 blood and urine samples from more than 11,000 people were collected and tested in the largest and most comprehensive health survey ever to be carried out in Australia.
The test results of the Australian Health Survey, which investigated a total of 25,000 families, were released by the Australian Bureau of Statistics last month and they give us a comprehensive picture of chronic disease across the nation.
A study presented at the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP) 2013 Annual Meeting this month showed that of the less than 20% of patients with diabetes who meet the nationally recommended frequency for glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c) testing, more than a third are not prescribed treatment changes when their levels increase significantly.
Interactive personal health records increase clinical preventive services including lab-based services.
An American study published recently in the journal Annals of Family Medicine, has shown that patients who use an interactive personal health record (IPHR) are almost twice as likely to be up to date with clinical preventive services as those who do not.
Research published in the Journal of Infectious Diseases has shown that a new type of malaria test may become very important in diagnosing malaria both in big laboratories and in remote locations with very limited laboratory facilities.