More on screening for colon cancer

In May 2016 we published a News item looking at new DNA-based tests that may be useful in screening for early colon cancer. A recent study from the US shows that there may be potential for detecting very early cancers and even pre-malignant changes in polyps in the bowel that may subsequently turn into bowel cancers.... Full Story

Caution required with new tests

Caution required with some very new tests designed to assist cancer treatment.... Full Story

Child-parent screening for risk of premature coronary heart disease.

Research has suggested that screening for an inherited genetic defect known as familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH) during routine immunisation visits during early childhood could identify both children and parents at risk of premature coronary heart disease.... Full Story

A potential new concussion biomarker needing just a blood test?

US researchers have recently published a study which examined 600 people who had suffered trauma. ... Full Story

NIH announces $20 million contest to develop rapid tests for antibiotic resistance

The United States Government has launched a $20 million contest to develop rapid, point-of-care diagnostic tests to spot and identify antibiotic-resistant bacteria. ... Full Story

On the Horizon: Study Suggests Blood Test May Predict Response to Antidepressants

British researchers have developed a blood test that may be able to predict whether patients dealing with depression will respond to common drugs used to treat the condition.... Full Story

How are Benefits and Harms Presented in US Cancer Screening and Prevention Guidelines?

A recent study published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute in the US examined the way that potential benefits and potential harms arising from cancer screening programs are presented in cancer screening guidelines published for use by doctors in the US.... Full Story

Use of nonfasting blood samples for lipid testing

A joint statement published online in April 2016 in the European Heart Journal recommends that "nonfasting blood samples be routinely used for the assessment of plasma lipid profiles".... Full Story

Top Ten Things You Should Know About Lab Tests

In recognition of Medical Laboratory Professionals Week, Lab Tests Online in the US asked lab professionals to list key facts that they think are important for patients and their healthcare practitioners to know about laboratory tests. These are just as relevant in Australia.... Full Story

New Colorectal Cancer Screening Tests

There are several new types of colorectal cancer screening tests currently being evaluated. One of these, the Epi proColon (Epigenomics AG), has recently been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). ... Full Story

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