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Call for greater transparency in gluten-free testing

A celiac disease expert from the University of Western Australia is calling for greater transparency in the testing of gluten free foods. It comes after reports that some gluten free products contain traces of gluten, potentially dangerous to sufferers of celiac disease. UWA Professor Geoff Forbes said recent studies detected gluten in 14 per cent […]

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New lead testing recommendations inconclusive, but do not mean screening

An NYU pediatrician and researcher writes in JAMA Pediatrics that new recommendations on testing children for lead are inconclusive, but do not mean that we should abandon screening children for elevated lead levels. The editorial—written by Michael Weitzman, MD, professor of pediatrics and environmental medicine at NYU School of Medicine and NYU College of Global […]

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New model mimics human tumors for accurate testing of cancer drugs

Walter and Eliza Hall Institute researchers have genetically engineered a new laboratory model that enables accurate testing of anti-cancer drugs by mimicking the complexity of human cancers. Using this advanced model, researchers will be able to discover the safest and most effective ways to use promising drugs called MCL-1 inhibitors in the clinic. The work […]

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Blood cancer patients benefit from breakthrough genetic testing service

Cutting-edge DNA sequencing technology has been used by QUT researchers at the new Australian Translational Genomics Centre (ATGC) to identify genetic mutations in 100 patients with blood cancers, with this testing providing clinically important information to doctors about prognosis and likely treatment responses for the majority of patients. Launched in July last year, the ATGC […]

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Study Urges Genetic Testing of Relatives of Aortic Disease Patients

TUESDAY, Aug. 7, 2018 — Many lives could be saved if relatives of patients with aortic diseases underwent routine screening and genetic testing, a new study suggests. Aneurysms, tears in the lining called dissections and other types of thoracic aortic disease (TAD) are often undetected until they become life-threatening emergencies. At that point, the risk […]