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Included below are news items from the last six months.

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

July 11, 2014

The US Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories. The author, Gary Schwitzer, details how a team of reviewers from HealthNewsReview.org evaluated the reporting by US news organizations on new medical treatments, tests, products, and procedures.....(more)

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

June 11, 2014

Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis. Researchers at The Sahlgrenska Academy at the University of Gothenburg in Sweden have now developed a method which examines fluid from small cysts which are present in most pancreatic cancers. If the success of the technique is confirmed in future studies it may become part of clinical practice.... (more)

Recommendation that Pap smears be replaced by a new test.

May 8, 2014

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

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

April 9, 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..... (more)

Blood test identifies brain damage from concussion in ice hockey

March 19, 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..... (more)

FDA Orders Genetics Company Not to Sell Health-Related Tests Direct to Consumer

February 16, 2014

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the manufacturing and marketing of commercial laboratory tests, recently instructed a genetic testing company to discontinue marketing saliva collection kits and personal genomic services for the purpose of health information..... (more)

Cystic Fibrosis mutations characterised

January 25, 2014

More than 1,900 errors in the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis (CF) have been discovered through gene sequencing techniques but it is unclear how many of them actually cause problems that contribute to this inherited disease. Now a team of researchers from the Institute of Genetic Medicine at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have conducted a large study to try to determine which mutations are benign and which are causes of the disease...... (more)

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