Included below are news items from the last six months.
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)
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)
A review published very recently online has thrown new light on the question of whether vitamin D deficiency is a cause or contributing factor to many diseases. The review was led by Professor Philippe Autier, vice president of population studies at the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France...... (more)
Friends of Science in Medicine has recently released a valuable report entitled “Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) recommendations for Pathology Tests in Australia”. Friends of Science in Medicine is an Australian organisation dedicated to emphasising the importance of having scientific evidence of clinical effectiveness to underpin the delivery of health care in Australia. The many members of FSM include medical doctors, scientists, allied health practitioners, lawyers and many are professors or other academics.... (more)
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...... (more)
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.... (more)
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.