Some progress toward a simple saliva test for Alzheimer's disease

Two recent pilot studies give some hope that it may be possible to develop a simple test for Alzheimer’s disease or possibly even to detect those who are going on to develop the disease later. ... Full Story

Potential new screening test for gestational diabetes

Researchers at the Brigham and Women's Hospital have been investigating a protein called CD59 for several years. As part of that research they developed an immunoassay that can measure levels of glycated CD59 (GCD59) in blood.... Full Story

Pathology The Facts

The Lab Tests Online website provides a lot of information about pathology testing. However, there are other sources of information that you may find useful. One of these is the set of fact sheets produced by the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA). ... Full Story

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

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