Liquid Biopsies and Cancer Care

“Liquid biopsies” is a new buzzword in medical circles at the moment.... Full Story

Research toward early detection of breast cancer recurrence

Scientists at The Institute of Cancer Research, London, and The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust have just published results of their work toward developing a blood test to help detect those women who might relapse and get recurrent cancer after primary treatment for breast cancer. ... Full Story

Experimental blood test checks for hundreds of virus antibodies at one time

A study published recently in the journal Science reported on an experimental blood test that needs only a small blood sample to test for past exposure to hundreds of viruses. ... Full Story

New study suggests that people diagnosed with chronic Lyme disease may actually have chronic fatigue syndrome.

A study published by researchers at the University of British Columbia compared a group of 13 patients with what they defined as alternatively diagnosed chronic Lyme syndrome (ADCLS) diagnosed by alternative laboratory methods with three other groups, 25 with chronic fatigue syndrome, 11 with systemic lupus erythematosus and 25 healthy controls. ... Full Story

Detecting melanoma recurrence

Researchers at the Queensland Institute of Medical Research have recently published the results of research that may have potential to lead to a test ...... Full Story

Can a laboratory test help smokers decide how to stop?

There is variation in the way that individuals respond to two of the most effective treatments to give up smoking: nicotine patches and the prescription drug varenicline. ... Full Story

Down Syndrome Testing News

Currently most pregnancy screening for Down syndrome and related disorders such as trisomy 13 and trisomy 18 is done by either first trimester or second trimester screening in Australia. However in the last couple of years non-invasive prenatal testing (NIPT) using a sample of the mother’s blood has become available in Australia although the actual testing is currently done overseas. ... Full Story

New Standards Developed for DNA Sequence Variation Databases

The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA), Human Genetics Society of Australasia and the Human Variome Project have together produced a new set of Standards for DNA Sequence Variation Databases. These standards will help ensure a standardised approach when analysing the results of genetic tests. ... Full Story

Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia leads off in campaign to list poor medical practices

Australia's medical community to unite in 2015 for a new initiative - Choosing Wisely Australia®... Full Story

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