31 May

How rapid flu testing has eased winter woes in this Melbourne hospital

There have been warnings all around Australia of the imminent influenza season, however it appears that the season has started earlier than usual. With a growing number of flu fatalities every day, th
31 May

Australia’s never-ending flu season

Pathologist notes an unusual trend in summer cases and explains patient benefits of testing The 2018 and 2019 flu seasons are morphing into each other, with a remarkably high number of cases during t
30 May

Are you a carrier of Australia’s most common genetic condition?

1 in 7 people of Caucasian heritage carry the gene and the condition affects 1 in 200 people, which makes it the most common genetic condition in Australia. However, few people have heard of haemochro
10 May

Memes

This week we've been inspired by the birth of the regal baby of England to look at babies and germs. A how to prep guide to avoid the transfer of germs. Corr blimey! #5 - make sure all surfaces are
29 Apr

Spotting viruses: how laboratories detect measles

Only five years after the World Health Organisation declared measles eradicated in Australia, the disease has re-emerged, with 92 confirmed cases of the condition reported across Australia to April th
29 Apr

How are blood cancers diagnosed?

Blood cancer accounts for around 10% of all cancers diagnosed each year with around 35 Australians diagnosed each day with a blood cancer. ‘Blood cancer is the third biggest cause of cancer death
26 Apr

Memes!

You may have heard the malicious claim bandied around that beards are dirtier than toilets. Some say it's an outrageous slander and #1 fake news item today. Others say shave that terrible thing off.
26 Apr

The Newborn Screening test that saved a twin

The Newborn Screening test (NBS), also known as the ‘Guthrie’ or ‘heel prick’ test, has been around since 1962, and will be familiar to most parents. It’s the test where blood is drawn fr
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