"Big Data" and a supercomputer used to create a new Pathology Atlas for cancer researchers

Personalised medicine requires in-depth knowledge of genetic and metabolic processes in cancers in order to discover techniques to attack specific cancers.... Full Story

New genetic tests added to MBS schedule

The Australian Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC) has just announced that genetic testing for patients with hereditary mutations, including BRCA 1 and 2, predisposing to breast and/or ovarian cancer will now be listed on the Medicare Benefits Schedule (MBS). ... Full Story

Changes to cervical cancer screening program coming December 1st, 2017

In Australia the current Commonwealth government funded cervical screening program uses two-yearly Pap smears to screen for abnormalities in cervical cells. From December 1st this year this program will be replaced by a new and more effective program that uses five-yearly human papilloma virus (HPV) DNA screening instead. ... Full Story

CK-MB test should no longer be used for diagnosing heart attacks

A report from researchers at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine and the Mayo Clinic recently published in JAMA Internal Medicine, recommends eliminating the CK-MB blood test from use in diagnosing heart attacks. ... Full Story

Is it time to get your gut microbiome checked? Probably not yet.

The human microbiome is a hot topic at present both in the scientific community and in popular media. ... Full Story

Detecting residual or recurrent neuroblastoma with a blood test

Researchers at The Saban Research Institute of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA) have developed and tested a new biomarker assay for quantifying disease and detecting the presence of neuroblastoma even when standard evaluations yield negative results for the disease. ... Full Story

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

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