Proposals in NSW to force someone who spits at or bites a frontline worker to be tested for HIV and other blood-borne viruses are a real problem - for workers and the public.
Cancerous tumours release DNA that can be found in the bloodstream.
We show that minute amounts of cancer DNA can be detected in blood more sensitively than ever before.
Rapid blood tests for coronavirus could fill a large gap in knowledge.
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Expanding coronavirus testing is one of the most important tasks public health officials are tackling right now. But questions over accuracy of the two main types of tests have rightly caused concern.
The science is far from certain, but it appears at least a proportion of people who have had COVID-19 will be protected from another infection – at least initially.
Testing blood provides answers about who has been infected.
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After your body fights off an infection, antibodies remain in your blood. Two researchers explain how tests identify these antibodies and what the data can be used for.
Many cancer patients have chemotherapy after surgery, but not all of them actually need it.
We have no reliable way of knowing which patients' cancer will return after surgery, so often chemotherapy is given to mop up any remaining cancer cells that may have gone undetected.
Blood can tell us a lot about our health.
Researchers have discovered some blood markers that indicate melanoma. Here's what has to happen for the test to reach clinics.
No, not that type of iron overload – haemochromatosis, when your body absorbs too much iron.
Feeling tired and out of energy? Talk to your GP about checking your iron level.
Scientists have been looking for and finding ways to track various cancers in the blood for some time.
By measuring a cancer cell's DNA in the bloodstream, scientists can get a snapshot of the cancer itself, which is referred as a "liquid biopsy".
Was Labor’s shadow health minister Catherine King, pictured here with shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus, right about cuts to bulk-billing payments?
Labor's shadow health minister Catherine King, said that the government has "cut bulk-billing payments for pathology and diagnostic imaging to make patients pay more". Is that right?
Pathology in Australia is big business.
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Pathology Australia promptly abandoned its Don't Kill Bulk Bill campaign against cuts to bulk-billing incentives after doing a deal with the federal government.
More than three in every four Medicare-billed pathology tests are analysed by one of two big corporations: Sonic Healthcare and Primary Health Care.
Industry consolidation and technological advances have completely reshaped the pathology industry over recent decades. But the way governments pay for pathology services hasn’t kept up.
Pregnant women in three Australian cities are not told that lead exposure during pregnancy is linked to miscarriage and early delivery.
Parents in three Australian states are being given misleading advice about the dangers of lead to babies and small children – including failing to warn pregnant women about miscarriage risks.
A world in a drop.
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Complex algorithms and personalised medicine promise a new way of diagnosing disease.
Acute non-specific low back pain is a very common problem that usually gets better without any treatment.
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Not so long ago, getting an x-ray for acute back pain was the norm. And they are still used far more frequently than is necessary.
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Too simplistic to predict suicidal tendency.
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