Immunology

"One-stop shop to speed up cancer diagnosis"

Special centres that are aimed at speeding up cancer diagnosis are being introduced across Englan

How did gonorrhoea become drug resistant?

Mutations to the bacterium Neisseria gonorrhoea have been identified, that enable resistance to ceftriaxone, which could lead to the global spread of ceftriaxone-resistant “superbug” strains.

Gut bacteria drive autoimmune disease

Bacteria found in the small intestines of mice and humans can travel to other organs and trigger an autoimmune response, states a new paper.

24/7 laboratory service

With round-the-clock working becoming the norm in the NHS, Training Officer Chika K Eze looks at its potential impact for pathology departments.

Preventing allergic reactions

Researchers have discovered a new mechanism in which an antibody can prevent allergic reactions in a broad range of patients.

Hubs install POCT analysers

Thame and Marlow Community Hubs, within Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust, have each recently installed HORIBA Medical’s latest point-of-care testing analyser, the Microsemi CRP.

March Journal-based learning

Each article’s contents should be read, researched and understood, and you should then come to a decision on each question. The pass mark is 17 out of 20 questions answered correctly. JBL exercises may be completed at any time until the published deadline date. Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at: www.ibms.org/cpd/jbl

New serology assays

Vircell has added a number of new assays to its VirClia range, enhancing the extensive portfolio of chemiluminescent monotests for infectious disease serology.

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