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Included below are news items from the last six months.

Serum calcium and cancer risk

October 11, 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..... (more)

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

August 9, 2014

Interpreting test results can sometimes be easy and sometimes be very difficult. If you are at all interested in this area ..... (more)

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 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)

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