August 2019

Urine test for prostate cancer

Scientists have developed a urine test to diagnose aggressive prostate cancer and predict whether patients will require treatment up to five years earlier than standard clinical methods.

US city bans e-cigarette sales

San Francisco has become the first US city to ban sales of e-cigarettes until their health effects are clearer.

Helpful and harmful gut immune cells

A type of immune cell that contributes to inflammatory bowel disease exists in two forms – “good” and “bad”.

Fear of the needle

With a new report showing increasing scepticism around the safety and effectiveness of vaccines, we look at the social drivers behind this shift and ask what can be done to increase uptake.

Hayley wins CPD award

IBMS Associate Hayley Pincott has received the Cyril Sanders Memorial Award for her exemplary CPD.

Efficient regulation

A more consistent and transparent regulatory system can only be for the good, writes Sarah May.  

August journal-based learning exercises

Please select your choice of correct answers and complete the exercises online at:

August news in numbers

A breakdown of science news this month, in numbers.

Here to Help: Free IBMS Congress talks pt.2

Jocelyn Pryce, IBMS Deputy Head of Education, highlights complimentary talks and workshops in Hall 4 over the four days of Congress 2019.

High hopes for pioneering CAR-T

NHS patients with lymphoma have been given a pioneering treatment that genetically reprogrammes their immune system to fight cancer.

My Lab: Red cell immunohaematology

Specialist Biomedical Scientist Helen Owens gives a guided tour of her reference laboratory at NHS Blood and Transplant, Newcastle.