Heathcare in the news? Treat it with a grain of salt.

The US Journal of the American Medical Association has recently published A Guide to Reading Health Care News Stories.... Full Story

New method shows potential for identification of early pancreatic cancers but is still too complex for routine use.

Pancreatic cancer is often detected at a late stage, which results in poor prognosis.... Full Story

Recommendation that Pap smears be replaced by a new test.

The Government’s expert advisory committee on medical matters; the Medical Services Advisory Committee (MSAC), has just released its recommendation that Pap smears be phased out and replaced with five-yearly human papillomavirus (HPV) testing for cervical cancer.... Full Story

National Health and Medical Research Council finds no evidence to support homeopathy.

The National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) has just released a draft information paper: Evidence on the Effectiveness of Homeopathy for Treating Health Conditions.... Full Story

Blood test identifies brain damage from concussion in ice hockey.

Half way into last year's season, 35 of 288 players in the Swedish Hockey League had already had a concussion. Researchers at Sahlgrenska Academy, who surveyed all of the players in the league's 12 clubs, have now developed a method that can show just an hour after the injury how severe the concussion is, if there is a risk of long-term symptoms and about when the player can return to the game.... Full Story

FDA orders genetics company not to sell health-related tests direct to consumer.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which regulates the manufacturing and marketing of commercial laboratory tests, recently instructed a genetic testing company to discontinue marketing saliva collection kits and personal genomic services for the purpose of health information.... Full Story

Cystic Fibrosis mutations characterised.

More than 1,900 errors in the gene responsible for cystic fibrosis (CF) have been discovered through gene sequencing techniques but it is unclear how many of them actually cause problems that contribute to this inherited disease. ... Full Story

Unvalidated "Pathology" Tests

Friends of Science in Medicine has recently released a valuable report entitled “Friends of Science in Medicine (FSM) recommendations for Pathology Tests in Australia”. ... Full Story

Colorectal cancer screening is highly effective in reducing deaths from this disease.

At the European Cancer Congress 2013 meeting in Amsterdam, Professor Philippe Autier, Vice President, Population Studies, at the International Prevention Research Institute, Lyon, France reported on results extracted from data on colorectal cancer (CRC) collected as part of the Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe (SHARE) project on exposure to screening in men and women aged 50 and over in 11 European countries between 1989 and 2010.... Full Story

Pathology testing plays a key role in largest ever Australian health survey

Between 2011 and 2012 blood and urine samples from more than 11,000 people were collected and tested in the largest and most comprehensive health survey ever to be carried out in Australia.... Full Story

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