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Forensic Software

Serious Problems With Forensic Software Designed To Assess The Age

New research from North Carolina State University and the University of South Florida finds significant flaws in recently released forensic software designed to assess the age of individuals base on their skeletal remains. The researchers report that, on average, the software’s age estimates are off by more than 14 years. Estimating someone’s age at death,…

Blood Scandal

UK Opens Inquiry Into Tainted Blood Scandal That Killed 2400

A long-awaited inquiry is opening in Britain into how contaminated blood was use to treat thousands of people in the 1970s and ’80s, killing at least 2,400. Thousands of hospital patients – many of them hemophiliacs – were infected with HIV or Hepatitis C through tainted blood products, largely imported from the United States. Contaminated blood…

Opioid Fraud

Dozens Of Doctors In 7 States Charged In Opioid Fraud Bust

Dozens of medical professionals in Appalachia, a region hard-hit by the U.S. opioid crisis, have charge with writing hundreds of thousands of illegal prescriptions and committing healthcare fraud, federal prosecutors said on Wednesday. Sixty people, including 31 doctors, were accuse of illegally prescribing opioid drugs in exchange for cash and sexual favors in the rural,…

Drug distributor

Criminal Case Against Major Drug Distributor

The U.S. government on Tuesday filed its first criminal charges against a major drug distributor and company executives over their alleged roles in fueling the nation’s opioid epidemic by putting profits ahead of patients’ safety. Rochester Drug Co-operative Inc (RDC); one of the 10 largest U.S. drug distributors; agreed to pay a $20 million fine…

Strong Emotions

Time Doesn't Erase Grief, Strong Emotions Connect To The Victims

It was April 1999 when the mass shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado shock a nation. Video of students desperately sprinting from the school to safety under the watch of arm police flood televisions across the nation. Images from such events and thoughts of the people who died can trigger strong emotions for people…

Mental Health Problem

Legal Profession Has Mental Health Problem Which Is An Issue

Set in a fictional firm in New York, the TV series Suits glamorises the life of lawyers working in a modern corporate firm. One of the main characters, Harvey Specter, dresses impeccably in an expensive designer suit and expects others around him to do the same. The lawyers in the firm are hugely ambitious; so…

Safe Harbor

Researchers To Develop And Test 'Safe Harbor' Standards Of Care

A team of researchers from Vanderbilt University’s schools of Law, Medicine and Management has received a five-year research grant from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality of the Department of Health and Human Services to develop and test “safe harbor” standards of care base on scientific evidence. A goal of the project is to…

Firearms Safely

Many Older U.S. Gun Owners Don't Store Firearms Safely

Roughly one-third of older people in the U.S. may live in households with guns and a new study suggests that many of those firearms are not store in the safest way: lock and unload. Researchers examine survey data from 4,428 men and women age 65 and older in Washington State. Overall, 1,696 participants, or 39%;…

Fingerprint

Fingerprint Database Help Scientists To Identify New Cancer Culprits

Scientists in Cambridge and London develop a catalogue of DNA mutation ‘fingerprints’ that could help doctors pinpoint the environmental culprit responsible for a patient’s tumour—including showing some of the fingerprints left in lung tumours by specific chemicals found in tobacco smoke. Their DNA, the human genome, comprises of a string of molecules known as nucleotides.…

DNA Testing

Experts Call For Making DNA Testing Mandatory In Violent Crimes

In a compelling debate on forensic DNA technology’s role in fighting crime, organised at the Foreign Correspondents Club-South Asia, forensic, legal, and policy experts attribute the rise in crimes against women in India to more reporting of cases rather than an extraordinary spike in violence. DNA evidence is conclusive evidence. It will enhance the credibility of India’s…

Philippines

New Species Of Early Human Found In The Philippines

An international team of researchers have uncovered the remains of a new species of human in the Philippines, proving the region played a key role in hominin evolutionary history. The new species, Homo luzonensis is name after Luzon Island, where the more than 50,000 year old fossils were found during excavations at Callao Cave. Understanding…

Assisted Suicide

New Jersey Enacts Law On Assisted Suicide For Terminally Ill

Gov. Phil Murphy on Friday signed legislation making New Jersey the seventh state to enact a law permitting terminally ill patients to seek life-ending medication. New Jersey will join six other states and the District of Columbia; that have similar laws once it goes into effect in August. Murphy, a Democrat, signed the Medical Aid…