1 Mar

Pathology and nuns’ brains; improving outcomes for Alzheimer’s patients

According to the Australian Bureau of Statistics dementia is now the leading cause of death for Australian women, overtaking heart disease, and the second leading cause overall. Since 2011 the number
1 Mar

Health literacy is a tool of empowerment for cancer patients

It was a chance meeting in a coffee shop that first brought Ken Connell and David Wilson together. Ken, a prostate cancer survivor, discovered that David was battling lymphoma. They talked openly abou
1 Mar

Why pathology is a key weapon for families fighting ovarian cancer

February marked Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month. It’s estimated that 1,613 Australian women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in 2018 – and 1,069 women will die from the disease. It has histori
12 Feb

New research is putting the ‘pee’ in peanut allergy testing

It is now widely known in Australia that food allergies are relatively common and much has been done to prevent harm, such as better warning labels on foods and better understanding within the hospita
1 Feb

Poor awareness of bowel cancer screening a worrying risk to Australian adults

The latest research on bowel cancer awareness in Australia has been published in Public Health Research & Practice and shows some concerning trends. It reveals poor knowledge of bowel cancer ri
28 Jan

The surprising link between gut bacteria and cancer treatment

Personalised medicine, the use of targeted drugs and treatments based on an understanding of a person's genetics, has significantly improved outcomes for cancer patients in recent years. And now resea
24 Jan

The story of anti-D – how a blood transfusion saved 2 million babies

2017 was a year of many milestones from the 150th anniversary of Marie Curie’s birth to fifty years since the first heart transplant. One milestone that is not well known but was particularly signif
24 Jan

Melena celebrates a new start to her health in 2018

New Year’s Day was a very special occasion for Melena Roughana. The mum of two from Mount Gambier didn’t think she would see out the year but thanks to life-saving treatment, she was able to celeb
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