21 Dec

Young comedian to bring health challenge to centre stage

Eighteen months ago, up-and-coming young Melbourne comedian, Michael Shafar, was in a good place. He had sold out his first comedy show Jewish-ish at the Melbourne Comedy Festival, and in January 2017
19 Dec

Cheers to the dedicated pathology staff working through festive season

While the festive season for many Australians means time spent with family and friends, maybe dipping their toes into the ocean, eating an ice-cream or experiencing the doubtful pleasures of camping,
19 Dec

Mito mysteries: what is mitochondrial disease and how is it diagnosed?

Mitochondrial disease (mito) is a complex genetic condition caused by mutations in one of over 290 genes. The Mito Foundation helps raise awareness of mito, as well as funding research and offering su
18 Dec

A pathology pledge born of tragedy

Dr Donna Rudd (nee Harley) has had a successful career, both as a scientist, specialising in clinical biochemistry, and as a health educator in the tertiary sector; where she helps train the next gene
17 Dec

What are STIs and how to test for them?

Sexually Transmitted Infections (STIs) cover a range of medical conditions; including chlamydia trachomatis (there are non-STI species as well), syphilis, gonorrhoea, genital herpes, hepatitis, HIV in
11 Dec

What is testicular cancer and how to test for it?

What is testicular cancer? Testicular cancer occurs when there is an abnormal growth of cells that form a tumour in one or both testicles. It’s the most common form of cancer for young males aged
29 Nov

Five reasons why you should get tested

Because 70% of medical decisions rely on pathology, getting tested is a vital part of diagnosis and treatment. But when should you get tested? This changes depending on the medical condition – some
29 Nov

Why genetic counselling is sometimes necessary, not just nice

It seems every day there is a new headline appearing about the latest genetic test. Testing our DNA can apparently now tell us everything from our risk of getting certain cancers to our ancestral back
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