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Included below are news items from the last six months.

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

April 9, 2014


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)

Vitamin D deficiency and health

January 13, 2014

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)

Unvalidated "Pathology" Tests

December 12, 2013

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)

Colorectal cancer screening is highly effective in reducing deaths from this disease.

November 24, 2013

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)

Pathology testing plays a key role in largest ever Australian health survey

October 23, 2013

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)

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