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Study examines forensic cases of hypothermia deaths in South Australia and Sweden

New research from the University of Adelaide shows that the state of South Australia has a higher rate of deaths from extreme cold compared with the northern European nation of Sweden. [More]
New study analyses risk factors and mortality among heroin, cocaine consumers admitted to treatment

New study analyses risk factors and mortality among heroin, cocaine consumers admitted to treatment

A new study analyses the risk factors and excess mortality among heroin and cocaine consumers admitted to treatment in Spain. The results reveal that the fatality rate among consumers of both drugs is 14.3 times higher than for the general population, while among those only using cocaine, it is 5.1 times higher. [More]
Research examines differences between male and female brain that contributes to violent behavior

Research examines differences between male and female brain that contributes to violent behavior

Human behaviors such as violence depend on interactions in the brain between genetic and environmental factors. An individual may be more vulnerable to developing violent behaviors if they have predisposing factors and are then exposed to stress, abuse, or other triggers, especially early in life. [More]
Adolescent consumption of energy drink is strongly associated with substance use, says study

Adolescent consumption of energy drink is strongly associated with substance use, says study

​Nearly one-third of US adolescents consume high-caffeine energy drinks or "shots," and these teens report higher rates of alcohol, cigarette, or drug use, reports a study in the January/February Journal of Addiction Medicine, the official journal of the American Society of Addiction Medicine. [More]
Thermo Fisher Scientific fourth quarter revenue increases 6% to $3.47 billion

Thermo Fisher Scientific fourth quarter revenue increases 6% to $3.47 billion

Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., the world leader in serving science, today reported its financial results for the fourth quarter and full year ended December 31, 2013. [More]
Researchers use natural DNA molecules to build DNA nanoarchitectures

Researchers use natural DNA molecules to build DNA nanoarchitectures

A Rutgers-Camden scholar is performing research as part of a collaborative effort with Arizona State University to make significant advancements in nanotechnology. [More]

Ancient Peru healers drilled holes in the cranium for treatment

Cranial surgery is tricky business, even under 21st-century conditions (think aseptic environment, specialized surgical instruments and copious amounts of pain medication both during and afterward). [More]

States report surges in health plan sign-ups; California at the front of the pack

The increase has ranged from 30 percent to 40 percent, reports ABC News. In California, an estimated 50,000 people picked a health plan in the first week of December. News outlets also reported on the latest developments in Maryland, Oregon and Minnesota. [More]
First Edition: December 20, 2013

First Edition: December 20, 2013

Today's headlines include reports about the action taken by the administration to relax a health law requirement just four days before the deadline. [More]

Research shows that person's skull is insufficient to make positive ID of human remains

Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person's skull to make positive identifications of human remains. [More]
New research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins

New research project to genetically discriminate "identical" monozygotic twins

Eurofins Scientific, a European leader in Genomics Services, Forensics and Paternity Testing, announces a milestone in genetic and forensic research. [More]
Eurofins successfully completes genetic and forensic research project on twins

Eurofins successfully completes genetic and forensic research project on twins

Eurofins Scientific, one of the global leaders in Genomics Services, announces a research breakthrough in genetic discrimination between identical monozygotic twins. [More]
Released prisoners with schizophrenia three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners

Released prisoners with schizophrenia three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners

New research from Queen Mary University of London shows released prisoners with schizophrenia are three times more likely to be violent than other prisoners, but only if they receive no treatment or follow-up support from mental health services. [More]
Predicting a person's tall stature from DNA is feasible, shows new study

Predicting a person's tall stature from DNA is feasible, shows new study

Predicting adult body height from genetic data is helpful in several areas such as pediatric endocrinology and forensic investigations. However, despite large international efforts to catalogue the genes that influence the stature of humans, knowledge on genetic determinants of adult body height is still incomplete. Now DNA-based prediction of taller-than-average body height is feasible, as reported by researchers from the Netherlands and Sweden in an article published in Springer's journal Human Genetics [More]
Researchers use computer modeling to investigate complex relationships between spread and evolution of HIV virus

Researchers use computer modeling to investigate complex relationships between spread and evolution of HIV virus

Researchers at Los Alamos National Laboratory are investigating the complex relationships between the spread of the HIV virus in a population (epidemiology) and the actual, rapid evolution of the virus (phylogenetics) within each patient's body. [More]

White House struggles to save health law

The Associated Press reports the president needs breakthroughs on three fronts: the cancellations and technology messes and the crisis in confidence among his own supporters. Meanwhile, The Wall Street Journal reports the White House is probing how the rollout flopped despite what they had believed was sufficient planning. [More]
First Edition: November 18, 2013

First Edition: November 18, 2013

Today's headlines include reports about the political implications of the healthcare.gov difficulties as well continued coverage of reaction to President Barack Obama's policy cancellation fix. [More]
Epidemiological methods used during investigation of fatal injuries makes results more accurate

Epidemiological methods used during investigation of fatal injuries makes results more accurate

Epidemiological methods used during the investigation of fatal injuries makes the results more accurate, and allows for greater legal certainty of conclusions. Michael Freeman will address this as he defends his thesis at Umeå University, Sweden, on November 6. [More]
CDC and NIH collaborate to create Sudden Death in Young Registry

CDC and NIH collaborate to create Sudden Death in Young Registry

A registry of deaths in young people from conditions such as heart disease and epilepsy is being created to help researchers define the scope of the problem and set future research priorities. The National Institutes of Health and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention are collaborating to create the Sudden Death in the Young Registry. [More]

Scientists identify dangerous amount of methamphetamine analog in workout supplement Craze

An international team of scientists have identified potentially dangerous amounts of methamphetamine analog in the workout supplement Craze, a product widely sold across the U.S. and online. [More]