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Australian Man Laid Low after Cleaning Bird Droppings

Milton Silcock developed seven lesions in his brain, a large lump in his lung and contracted a potentially fatal form of meningitis after sweeping up bird poo and cleaning out swallows nests

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How 1,000 New Genetic Variants were Discovered in Blood Groups

One thousand new mutations in the blood group genes: that is what a physician and former programmer found in his research study...

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Rapid Identification of Life-Threatening Bacteria in Hospitals

Soon in virtually every hospital it will be possible to identify the bacterial species responsible for an infection developing in a patient in a matter of a few minutes.

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"Without Pathology Tests, We Would Be Guessing" Health Professionals Know The Value Of Testing

After a simple collection, pathology staff tend to have little interaction with patients, so for International Pathology Day we spoke to three health practitioners to find out what pathology means for their patients.

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Microbiome Science Could Bring a Revolution in Medical Care

The human body is made up of roughly 10 trillion cells.  That's a huge number, but it's dwarfed by the 40 trillion or so bacterial cells that on and inside the body.

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We're Here for You - CSMLS National Med Lab Week 2015

Medical Laboratory professionals work around the clock to provide accurate and timely results vital to medical decisions about your health.

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Life-Saving Procedure May Increase Risk Of Heart Disease

A person's risk of developing heart disease could be affected by experiences including anaemia before birth, researchers have found.

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New Test Could Offer Easier Monitoring For Millions With Emerging Chronic Liver Disease

A new blood test may provide a safer, relatively pain-free alternative to liver biopsy for some people with chronic liver disease.

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Christchurch Microbiologist May Have Cracked Crohn's Disease 

Research by Christchurch Microbiologist John Aitken has recorded a major advance in the treatment of Crohn's disease, which affects 20,000 New Zealanders.

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Chickens Ma Help Repel Malaria-Carrying Mosquitoes

In a perhaps unexpected finding, the smell of live chickens could help in the fight against malaria, new research shows.

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Yellow Fever Declared an Epidemic in DR Congo

The Democratic Republic of Congo has declared a yellow fever epidemic in three provinces, including the capital Kinshasa

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Cervical Screening Change Criticised

The decision to introduce a new screening test is "premature and wrong" and poses a risk to women's health.

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Autistic boy's 'massive pain threshold' hides true extent of injury

The parents of an autistic boy whose summer was ruined after a playground tumble are raising money for a well earned holiday.

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Woman bitten on toe by deadly snake, survives massive internal bleeding

She's lucky to be alive after she survived a deadly snake bite that caused massive internal bleeding.

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Two Auckland pools closed after discovery of legionella

An Auckland Council spa pool has been closed after the discovery of the bacteria causing Legionnaire's Disease.

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Two Surgically amputated legs discovered at Newcastle tip

Authorities were scrambling on wednesday to find the source of two surgically amputated legs discovered dumped at the Summerhill tip in the Newcastle area

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Worthing Hospital project inspired by boys legacy goes global

A project inspired by an eight-year old boy from Sampting who suffered with leukaemia is going global.

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The first ever In-Human Gene Editing will try and combat Hemophilia

Researchers at Californias Sangamo Biosciences are going to be the first to use the CRISPR genome editing techniques to tackle human ailments in a US FDA- appoved study.

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I'm Slim so why am I at risk of Diabetes

Diabetes is on the rise around the world, and nowhere more rapidly than in developing countries that are adopting the sugary, starchy diet that has plagued the richer world for years.  And it turns out that Asians and especially South Asians, are particularly vulnerable.

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A Microbiologist Recreated "Starry Night" With Bacteria In A Petri Dish

If only Vincent van Gogh could have lived to see this strikingly accurate reproduction of his iconic "Starry Night" -- especially since, instead of oil canvas, the work is a bacteria on petri.

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New Device Helps Find Veins

(CNN) - There is some good news for people who hate needles.  A new medical device helps cut back the number of jabs you get when blood is being drawn.

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The hidden profession that saves lives

As an undergraduate microbiology major and MS student in virology, I envisioned a career in the clinical laboratory at some exciting hospital conducting microbiological testing to identify disease-causing microbes.

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What happened to my gut microbes after 10 days of eating McDonalds and junk food

mcdonalds-piledThe idea was hatched on a family holiday in Brazil, two Christmases ago.  My father was researching microbes in the gut, which make up as much as 1.4 kilograms of our body weight and play a big role in our health, from diabetes to obesity.

He was wondering about testing all the family. It was perfect timing. I was thinking about what project to take on in my final-year dissertation for my degree...

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Programming bacteria to detect cancer

Probiotic bacteria 2Liver cancer is one of the most difficult cancers to detect, but synthetic biologist Tal Danino had a left-field thought:  What if we could create a probiotic, edible bacteria that was"programmed" to find liver tumors? His insight exploits something we're just beginning to understand about bacteria...

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Doctors Doctors inject HIV into dying girl with amazing results

HIV ImagePatients that we are treating on this trail have absolutely no other options left for them...

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Google scientists create lens to measure blood sugar levels in tears

contactlensGoogleGoogleX, the creators of Google Glass, have a new offering: a contact lens that can monitor diabetics' blood sugar levels by testing their tears. GoogleX developers are not only making computers wearable and cars driverless, they're also using their expertise to help diabetics keep a watchful eye on their health...

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Cancer diagnosis delays blamed for more than 120 deaths

Novikovaimage1More than 120 cancer patients have died or been left terminally ill in the past decade after their doctors failed to pick up their disease earlier.

In a new report, the Health and Disability Commissioner found general practitioners were increasingly being blamed by patients for missing cancers, with 243 docors facing complaints in the decade to 2013...

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