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August 26, 2016

Female Forensic Scientists More Stressed Than Males

Aug. 18, 2016 — Women may be at the forefront of the fast-growing forensic science field, but they're also more stressed than their male counterparts, indicates new ... read more

Forensic Research Finds Bone Density Affects Size of Bullet Holes

Aug. 3, 2016 — A proof-of-concept study finds that the density of bones in the skull affects the size of bullet holes in the skull. The finding is useful for law enforcement officials and medical examiners seeking ... read more

Shaken Baby Syndrome Accepted as Diagnosis by Majority of Physicians

July 22, 2016 — Survey data reveals a high degree of medical consensus that shaking a young child is capable of producing subdural hematoma (a life-threatening pooling of blood outside the brain), severe retinal ... read more

Research Highlights the Legal Issues of Certifying Emotional Support Animals

July 12, 2016 — Service animals are recognized by the ADA as those whose training helps them serve a specific disability-related function. However, people not necessarily exhibiting a mental or physical disability ... read more

Fighting Against Counterfeit Medicine

Apr. 25, 2016 — Around the world, especially in developing nations, counterfeit medicines are a real problem. Until now, in many countries there hasn't been a standard protocol to conduct investigations and ... read more

Mar. 22, 2016 — Forensic researchers have for the first time established science-based standards for identifying human remains based on X-rays of an individual's spine, upper leg or the side of the ... read more

Clues to the Causes, Risk Factors for and Prevention of Drowning Deaths

Mar. 17, 2016 — An international team of researchers has published an extensive review of scientific literature on factors involved drowning fatalities. They outline how the fear of drowning, fitness level, fatigue, ... read more

Tying Lipstick Smears from Crime Scenes to Specific Brands

Mar. 14, 2016 — It's a common TV show trope: detectives find a lipstick mark at a crime scene, they send a sample to the lab, and suddenly they have a lead. Real-life analyses aren't nearly as fast or ... read more

Professor Urges Physicians to Help Victims of Torture Seeking Asylum

Mar. 7, 2016 — Refugees seeking asylum in the United States are twice as likely to be granted protection if their application is supported by medical documentation of ... read more

Chemists Devise New Approach for Rapidly Identifying 'Legal Highs'

Mar. 3, 2016 — Chemists have developed a new approach which now allows for rapid screening and identification of ‘legal highs’ or novel psychoactive substances ... read more

Mar. 1, 2016 — The first gene identified for greying hair has been discovered by an international study, confirming greying has a genetic component and is not just environmental. The study analyzed a population of ... read more

Study Finds Consistent Link Between Violent Crime and Concealed-Carry Gun Permits

Feb. 29, 2016 — A new study finds a significant relationship between firearm crime and subsequent applications for, and issuance of, concealed-carry gun ... read more

Bath Salts Difficult to Detect in Biological Samples, Study Finds

Feb. 19, 2016 — Synthetic cathinones or 'Bath salts' continue to be popular among recreational drug users and a new study highlights the challenges associated with the detection of these drugs in ... read more

Feb. 12, 2016 — Odorology is a technique that uses specially-trained dogs to identify human scent. It is used in police investigations to establish that an individual has been at the scene of a crime. However, there ... read more

Rhino, Tiger and Snow Leopard DNA Found in Chinese Medicines

Feb. 4, 2016 — More should be done to stop the use of endangered species in traditional Chinese medicines, with snow leopard, tiger and rhinoceros DNA still being found in remedies, according to a leading ... read more

Testosterone Influences Regulation of Emotions in Psychopath's Brain

Jan. 21, 2016 — Psychopaths exhibit reduced control over their emotional actions, brain research has demonstrated. Researchers have now discovered that the quantity of testosterone a person produces influences the ... read more

Bite-Mark Analysis Can Lead to False Convictions, Landmark Research Shows

Jan. 8, 2016 — Forensic science is a vital crime-fighting tool in today’s criminal justice system. But it can also lead to false convictions, according to an expert, whose study proves that bite-mark analysis is ... read more

Vertebrate Decomposition Study Provides Potential New Tool for Forensic Science

Dec. 10, 2015 — A new study indicates unique and changing microbial communities present during the decomposition of human cadavers look to be a reliable 'clock' for forensic ... read more

Dec. 9, 2015 — Forensic medicine has long employed molecular biology to link, for instance, tiny amounts of organic material to a suspect. Yet such methods are less useful when it comes to finding out which shot or ... read more

Dec. 2, 2015 — Researchers using modern imaging techniques on hearts more than 400 years old found at an archeological site were able to learn about the health conditions of the people buried there, according to a ... read more

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