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Crimes

Forensic Science Warning Declining Standards Could Lead To Crimes

Crisis in forensic science has brought some of the country’s largest private laboratories to the brink of collapse, risking miscarriages of justice, an inquiry has warn. The House of Lords science and technology committee has called for urgent reforms to forensic science provision, warning that declining standards could lead to crimes going unsolved and an…

Cortisol level among Police

The Differences Between The Cortisol Level Of Police, Civilians

New research from U of T Mississauga reveals significant differences; between police officers and civilians in a study that analyzed saliva samples for levels of the stress hormone cortisol. “Occupational concerns are a high priority to police and the public”; says Associate Professor Judith Andersen of the Department of Psychology. “Identifying risk factors inherent in…

Farmer Suicide

Study Identifies Factors Associated With Farmer Suicide

Georgia farmers are champions at tackling challenges they can see bad weather, insects and livestock disease, to name a few. Their higher than average suicide rate, however, indicates they may need some support in addressing stress and depression. A new study led by a University of Georgia researcher, in collaboration with epidemiologists from the Georgia…

Adults

Most Adults Dying Prematurely Of Natural Causes

The research, published recently in PLOS One, discover key factors relating to premature adult deaths by analyzing autopsy reports and medicolegal death investigation records of 1,282 people between the ages of 25 and 59 who died in Harris County in 2013. According to landmark research publish in 2015, there has been a dramatic surge in the…

Suicide

Biomarker Reveals PTSD Sufferers At Risk Of Suicide

The risk of suicide among individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is much higher than the general population, but identifying those individuals at greatest risk has been difficult. However, a team at Yale has discover a biological marker link to individuals with PTSD who are most likely to think about suicide, the researchers report May…

Pain Patients

Amid Opioid Prescriber Crackdown, Officials Reach Out To Pain Patients

A pharmacist in Celina, Tenn., was one of 60 people indicate on charges of opioid related crimes last week, in a multistate sting. John Polston was charged with 21 counts of filling medically unnecessary narcotic prescriptions. He was also Gail Gray’s pharmacist and the person she relied on to regularly fill her opioid prescriptions. They take…

Good Nutrition

Researchers To Blame For Good Nutrition Misinformation

The search for “scientific truth” is never direct. Rather, hills, curves and even the occasional U turn describe the journey. They experience this firsthand as an author of a report publish recently; so in the Journal of The American Medical Association studying the diets of nearly 30,000 individuals. They find evidence of higher rates of…

Gene Mutations

Tracing The History Of Aggrecan Deficiency In Gene Mutations

On Sunday, April 28, a team of researchers receive the 2019 Human Growth Award at the Pediatric Endocrine Society’s Annual Meeting for their abstract, entitled “Clinical Characterization and Trial of Growth Hormone in Patients with Aggrecan Deficiency: 6 Month Data,” and present this at the PES Presidential Poster Session. Children’s Hospital Medical Center Eirene Alexadrou,…

Drug Industry

Drug Industry Patents Go Under Senate Judiciary Committee’s Microscope

Congress isn’t making much headway in finding a solution to the problem of soaring prescription drug prices, but lawmakers from both parties are tinkering on the edges with legislation that aims to increase competition among drugmakers. A comprehensive piece of drug-pricing legislation is a high priority for Senate Finance Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, (R-Iowa) and…

Physician Suicides

Five Things To Know About Physician Suicides Rates

Physician suicide is an urgent problem with rates higher than suicide rates in the general public, with potential for extensive impact on health care systems. A Five things to know about practice article in CMAJ(Canadian Medical Association Journal) provides an overview of this serious issue. Mortality is higher physicians Suicide is the only cause of…

Lie Detector

Brain Imaging Lie Detector Can Be Beaten With Simple Techniques

People have certain physical ‘tells’ when they conceal information and studies show that good liars can prevent these ‘tells’ being detected by displaying physical red herrings of their own. But scientists have now shown that even a brain imaging technique called fMRI, which in theory is much harder to trick; so can be beaten by…

Syndrome DNA

Sensitive Sensor Detects Down Syndrome DNA With Blood Test

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Down syndrome is the most common birth defect, occurring once in every 700 births. However, traditional non-invasive prenatal tests for the condition are unreliable or carry risks for the mother and fetus. Now, researchers have developed a sensitive new biosensor that could someday be used to…