April 2019

Fungus might play role in Crohn’s disease

A fungus commonly found in human hair follicles also resides in the gut and might play a role in Crohn’s disease, it is reported.

Second person to be clear of HIV

A UK patient’s HIV has become “undetectable” following a stem cell transplant – in the second case of its kind.

Blood clot discovery

Scientists have discovered new ways in which the body regulates blood clots, which could lead to the development of better treatments to help prevent and treat conditions including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia.

“POCT benefits patients and cuts costs”

On-site pathology testing is allowing remote Australians to receive effective emergency medical treatment, while saving millions, according to researchers.

April journal-based learning exercises

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

April: Tech news

Latest tech news for April.

Here to Help: How to upgrade your membership

In response to the recent IBMS members’ survey, membership manager Sandra Shevlin answers your queries about how to upgrade.

The big question: Is the NHS falling behind the technology curve?

Three professionals discuss whether or not the NHS is falling behind the technology curve.

My Lab: clinical biochemistry and immunology

Immunology Manager and Pathology Training Lead Matthew Smith gives a guided tour of his lab at the North West Anglia NHS Foundation Trust.

Detecting atrial fibrillation

Could routine screening for atrial fibrillation be in the pipeline? Jonathan Mant is leading the programme that he hopes will be the catalyst.

Cancer screening

With a new report showing that targets for cervical, breast and bowel cancer screening programmes in England have been missed, we explore the limitations and ask what action is needed.