Research & development > Clinical diagnostics

Both brains and genes linked to Alzheimer’s disease

15 July, 2013 by Lauren Davis

Australian research, presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference this week, has highlighted the links between a person’s brain chemistry, genes and their risk of developing Alzheimer’s disease (AD).


Urine test diagnoses kidney rejection before biopsies

05 July, 2013

A study has found that the analysis of biomarkers in the urine samples of kidney transplant recipients can diagnose transplant rejection, even before it occurs.


Why was there a sudden drop in the incidence of leprosy at the end of the Middle Ages?

14 June, 2013

Scientists have reconstructed the genome of medieval strains of the pathogen responsible for leprosy by exhuming centuries-old human graves to investigate why the incidence of leprosy decreased after the Middle Ages.


Urine-based breast cancer test

30 May, 2013

Dr Yinfa Ma of Missouri University of Science and Technology has developed a screening method that uses urinalysis to diagnose and determine the severity of breast cancer before it can be detected with a mammogram.


First drug to improve heart failure mortality in over a decade

27 May, 2013

Coenzyme Q10 has been found to decrease all-cause mortality by half in a randomised double blind trial.


Now you know what makes you itch

27 May, 2013

Scientists at the National Institutes of Health report they have discovered in mouse studies that a small molecule released in the spinal cord triggers a process that is later experienced in the brain as the sensation of itch.


Don’t breathe your way to worse cholesterol

20 May, 2013

Academic researchers have found that breathing motor vehicle emissions triggers a change in high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol, altering its cardiovascular protective qualities so that it actually contributes to clogged arteries.


Developing a faster diagnosis of bacterial meningitis

22 April, 2013

Using joint funding from the Paige Weatherspoon Foundation and the Macquarie University Office of Commercialisation, a team of researchers have recently made headway in developing a faster diagnosis for bacterial meningitis.


Rapid test device has global impact

15 April, 2013

Two engineers have changed the way blood is collected and tested thanks to a world-first, fully integrated rapid test device, designed and developed in Australia.


Screening human blood for disease markers

25 March, 2013

Researchers at The Scripps Research Institute in Florida have developed cutting-edge technology that can successfully screen human blood for disease markers. This tool may hold the key to better diagnosing and understanding today’s most pressing and puzzling health conditions, including autoimmune diseases.


Saliva test could detect early stages of HPV-linked oral cancer

14 March, 2013

The University of Queensland has received a major funding boost to its development of a saliva test to diagnose the early stages of head and neck cancer linked to human papillomavirus (HPV).


Type 1 diabetes testing could become faster, cheaper

11 March, 2013

Work by Perth researchers could revolutionise testing for type 1 diabetes around the world.


New blood test set to detect ‘forgotten’ women’s cancer

27 February, 2013

Garvan researchers, in collaboration with The Gynaecologic Cancer Centre at Royal Hospital for Women, are developing the first-ever early detection test for ovarian cancer based on epigenetic changes that are associated with ovarian cancer risk.


UC researching new forms of tumour detection

11 February, 2013

Researchers at the University of Canterbury are working on new forms of tumour detection in the hope of reducing the annual cancer toll.


Researchers identify enzyme involved in deadly brain tumours

25 January, 2013

In a study published in Neuro-Oncology, researchers at Mayo Clinic identify an important association between the naturally occurring enzyme Kallikrein 6, also known as KLK6, and the malignant tumour glioblastoma multiforme.


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