A blood test for Alzheimer's disease

Researchers in Japan and Australia have just reported results of a new test for early Alzheimer’s disease. This report has caused some excitement in popular media as Alzheimer’s disease is a common and feared affliction in our ageing population. We will explain what this report means.
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CancerSEEK liquid biopsy test shows promise for early cancer detection

We have reported previously about “liquid biopsy” type tests for early detection of cancer. A new study reported online in the journal Science suggests that advances are being made in this area. ... Full Story

Developing a new blood test for coeliac disease

Current blood tests for coeliac disease work well in discriminating people who have coeliac disease from those who don’t but this is only true if they are on a normal diet containing gluten – the substance in foods that triggers the disorder. ... Full Story

New study finds no reason for glucose monitoring in many Type 2 diabetics

Diabetics who are treated with insulin are instructed to check their glucose levels routinely so that they can adjust their insulin doses if levels are too high or too low. ... Full Story

"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

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