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Leicester researchers introduce alternative method to diagnose cause of death

Leicester researchers introduce alternative method to diagnose cause of death

Researchers from the University of Leicester and University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust have introduced an alternative method to diagnose the cause of death, which in many cases can replace the need for the traditional invasive autopsy. This can be purchased by the family and will be performed within the NHS hospitals. [More]
Ranit Mishori awarded Macy Foundation grant to educate medical trainees about health needs of refugees

Ranit Mishori awarded Macy Foundation grant to educate medical trainees about health needs of refugees

The Josiah Macy Jr. Foundation has awarded a President's Grant to Georgetown family medicine physician Ranit Mishori, MD, MHS, FAAFP, to create a comprehensive curriculum to educate health professions students, residents and clinicians about the health needs of immigrants, migrants, torture survivors, asylum seekers and refugees. [More]
New technology can detect illegal drugs from a single fingerprint

New technology can detect illegal drugs from a single fingerprint

An innovative technology pioneered by Sheffield Hallam University academics can detect the presence of a range of illegal and designer drugs from a single fingerprint, which could be a valuable new tool in bringing drug dealers and other criminals to justice. [More]
ESCMID introduces two new study groups to create networks for forensic and veterinary microbiology

ESCMID introduces two new study groups to create networks for forensic and veterinary microbiology

The European Society of Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases launched two new study groups; the Forensic and Postmortem Microbiology Study Group and the Veterinary Microbiology Study Group. [More]
New research suggests pedophiles more likely to have facial anomalies

New research suggests pedophiles more likely to have facial anomalies

New research suggests pedophiles are more likely to have superficial facial flaws, known as Minor Physical Anomalies (MPAs). They are also more likely to be left-handed, says Fiona Dyshniku of the University of Windsor in Canada. She led an investigation into the prevalence and distribution of physical anomalies among men who are sent for sexological assessment. [More]
Total costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise

Total costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome on the rise

As more infants are born to mothers with dependence on prescription pain medications, the costs of treatment for babies with neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS) have increased dramatically, suggests a report in the March/April issue of the Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. [More]

New, noninvasive test can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint

Research published today in the journal Analyst has demonstrated a new, noninvasive test that can detect cocaine use through a simple fingerprint. [More]
Human microbiome contains unique fingerprints, shows study

Human microbiome contains unique fingerprints, shows study

A new study shows that the microbial communities we carry in and on our bodies—known as the human microbiome—have the potential to uniquely identify individuals, much like a fingerprint. [More]
First evidence-based guideline released to ensure patient safety

First evidence-based guideline released to ensure patient safety

Today, the College of American Pathologists and the National Society for Histotechnology released the first evidence-based guideline to ensure patient safety through the uniform labeling of paraffin blocks and slides. [More]
BMC pathologists develop protocols for processing, preserving forensic evidence

BMC pathologists develop protocols for processing, preserving forensic evidence

Boston Medical Center pathologists have developed a set of protocols for processing and preserving forensic evidence, such as shrapnel, bullets and other projectiles, in surgical specimens (i.e. amputated limbs, injured organs, etc.) after a terrorist attack based on lessons learned from the Boston Marathon bombing. [More]
Rob Knight wins Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science

Rob Knight wins Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science

Rob Knight was named winner of a Creative Promise Prize in Biomedical Science for his groundbreaking research on microbial communities and the development of computational tools that honed the analysis of microbial data. [More]

Thermo Fisher Scientific to resell Prosolia’s PaperSpray® technology as factory option to its mass spectrometers

Labs performing clinical research and forensic toxicology of dried sample spots can now purchase Thermo Scientific mass spectrometry (MS) systems equipped from the factory with PaperSpray technology, designed to virtually eliminate sample preparation for screening and quantitation of drugs in biological fluid samples. [More]
Pressure BioSciences introduces PCT-HD System to global proteomics market

Pressure BioSciences introduces PCT-HD System to global proteomics market

Pressure BioSciences, Inc., a leader in the development and sale of broadly enabling, pressure cycling technology ("PCT")-based sample preparation solutions to the worldwide life sciences industry, today announced the commercial release of the PCT-HD system. [More]

Anthropology researchers find skeletal variation in pre-Columbian South America

A team of anthropology researchers has found significant differences in facial features between all seven pre-Columbian peoples they evaluated from what is now Peru - disproving a longstanding perception that these groups were physically homogenous. The finding may lead scholars to revisit any hypotheses about human migration patterns that rested on the idea that there was little skeletal variation in pre-Columbian South America. [More]

SCIEX and Labor Berlin Collaboration to Advance Forensic Testing

SCIEX announced today a research collaboration with Labor Berlin, the largest clinical laboratory in Germany, for the development of a hybrid Quadrupole Time-of-Flight (TOF) MS/MS reference library of relevant forensic chemical compounds [More]
Sigma-Aldrich announces release of Next-Gen Sequencing Oligos

Sigma-Aldrich announces release of Next-Gen Sequencing Oligos

Sigma-Aldrich Corporation today announced that Sigma Life Science, its innovative biological products and services business, released Next-Gen Sequencing Oligos, custom next-generation sequencing adapters that improve target sequence assembly. [More]
Investigators develop microbiome map of New York City subway system

Investigators develop microbiome map of New York City subway system

The microbes that call the New York City subway system home are mostly harmless, but include samples of disease-causing bacteria that are resistant to drugs -- and even DNA fragments associated with anthrax and Bubonic plague -- according to a citywide microbiome map published today by Weill Cornell Medical College investigators. [More]
Psychopath’s persistent violent behaviour associated with brain abnormalities

Psychopath’s persistent violent behaviour associated with brain abnormalities

Psychopathic violent offenders have abnormalities in the parts of the brain related to learning from punishment, according to an MRI study led by Sheilagh Hodgins and Nigel Blackwood. "One in five violent offenders is a psychopath. [More]
Vital Medical Services to provide on-site treatment to local inmates at Glendale Police Department

Vital Medical Services to provide on-site treatment to local inmates at Glendale Police Department

Vital Medical Services, a Glendale, CA-based private medical care provider, has earned a one-year contract enabling them to examine and treat local inmates on-site at the Glendale Police Department. On-site treatment is a more cost-effective approach that will provide considerable savings to the city. [More]
Research links increase in sudden cardiovascular death with consumption of cocaine

Research links increase in sudden cardiovascular death with consumption of cocaine

A joint piece of research conducted by the UPV/EHU, the Basque Institute of Forensic Medicine, and the Biomedical Research Centre Network into Mental Health of the Carlos III Institute of Health links, for the first time, the increase in sudden cardiovascular death with the recent consumption of cocaine. In people in the 19-49 age bracket this risk is quadrupled. [More]
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