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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044506/a-retrospective-study-of-the-investigation-of-homicidal-childhood-asphyxial-deaths
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Theodore T Brown, Nick I Batalis, Joni L McClain, Tracey Corey, Kim A Collins, Jeffrey M Jentzen, Joseph A Prahlow
As one of the leading causes of traumatic deaths in newborns, infants, and young children, there is no anatomic or microscopic feature that is pathognomonic for asphyxial deaths. Instead, pathologists rely on investigation information, including confessions and/or witness statements, and potential evidence at the scene. Twenty cases of homicidal newborn, infant, and young children asphyxial deaths were reviewed, which included death and police investigation reports and autopsy reports, as well as histology slides of lung sections...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044350/a-singular-case-of-asphyxia-by-choking-on-a-handkerchief-accidental-event-or-suicide-to-shut-up-spirits
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A De Donno, M Marrone, V Santoro, A Ostuni, A Cassano, I Grattagliano, F Introna
Choking in adults can prove fatal, despite resuscitation attempts. The manner of death can be natural, homicide or accident. When a death is due to choking, one must consider what conditions contributed to or predisposed the person to choking (eg. alcohol, drugs and physical and mental impairments). Homicidal deaths by choking are relatively uncommon, being more frequently accidental. The diagnosis of death by choking is made at autopsy when the airway is found occluded. If the individual had an occluded airway and the object or food was removed during resuscitation, the only way to make the diagnosis would be on the history...
September 2017: La Clinica Terapeutica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040841/-caught-with-a-body-yet-protected-by-law-calling-911-for-opioid-overdose-in-the-context-of-the-good-samaritan-law
#3
Amanda D Latimore, Rachel S Bergstein
BACKGROUND: To address soaring opioid overdose fatality rates, 41U.S. states have passed Good Samaritan Laws (GSLs) extending legal immunity to overdose bystanders who call for emergency assistance. This study, conducted during the period that followed implementation of a GSL, aimed to characterize current factors determining the decision to call for emergency medical help (911) at the scene of an overdose with specific attention to exploring the role of the GSL as one such factor in decision-making...
October 14, 2017: International Journal on Drug Policy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040557/divergence-and-convergence-in-cause-specific-premature-adult-mortality-in-mexico-and-us-mexican-hispanics-from-1995-to-2015-analyses-of-4-9-million-individual-deaths
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Luz Myriam Reynales-Shigematsu, Carlos Manuel Guerrero-López, Mauricio Hernández Ávila, Hyacinth Irving, Prabhat Jha
Background: Mexicans and US Mexican Hispanics share modifiable determinants of premature mortality. We compared trends in mortality at ages 30-69 in Mexico and among US Mexican Hispanics from 1995 to 2015. Methods: We examined nationally representative statistics on 4.2 million Mexican and 0.7 million US deaths to examine cause-specific mortality. We used lung cancer indexed methods to estimate smoking-attributable deaths stratified by high and lower burden Mexican states...
September 23, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29040329/sexual-homicides-in-south-africa-a-national-cross-sectional-epidemiological-study-of-adult-women-and-children
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Naeemah Abrahams, Shanaaz Mathews, Carl Lombard, Lorna J Martin, Rachel Jewkes
METHODS: We conducted a retrospective national mortuary based study to identify all adult female homicides (18 years and older) and all child homicides (boys and girls < 18 years) in 2009 in a randomly selected, proportionate sample of mortuaries. Victim, perpetrator and crime data were collected in three processes: from the mortuary register, the autopsy report and from police with the identification of sexual homicides validated across the data collection processes. FINDINGS: Among the 2670 (95% CI: 2311-2979) adult women killed in 2009, 494 (95% CI: 406-574) were identified as sexual homicides which was 19...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29039132/violent-injury-and-neighborhood-racial-ethnic-diversity-in-oakland-california
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Joshua Berezin, Sara Gale, Amani Nuru-Jeter, Maureen Lahiff, Colette Auerswald, Harrison Alter
Racial and ethnic segregation has been linked to a number of deleterious health outcomes, including violence. Previous studies of segregation and violence have focused on segregation between African Americans and Whites, used homicide as a measure of violence, and employed segregation measures that fail to take into account neighborhood level processes. We examined the relationship between neighborhood diversity and violent injury in Oakland, California. Violent injuries from the Alameda County Medical Center Trauma Registry that occurred between 1998 and 2002 were geocoded...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Urban Health: Bulletin of the New York Academy of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034416/time-since-death-in-a-case-of-simultaneous-demise-due-to-a-single-gunshot-an-issue-concerning-the-use-of-henssge-s-nomogram
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Simone Cappelletti, Edoardo Bottoni, Paola Antonella Fiore, Marco Straccamore, Claus Henssge, Costantino Ciallella
We report a case of a double homicide in which the victims, a man and his daughter, were simultaneously killed by a single gunshot. The temperature-based nomogram method for estimation of the time since death was used to ascertain the reliability of the method in a case of simultaneous demise, where the exact time of death was obtained from the analysis of security cameras.In the case presented, the victims differed for a great number of parameters (e.g., atmospheric conditions, thermal insulation of lower trunk, and, above all, body weight), except for the time of death, that was simultaneous...
October 15, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29032023/social-determinants-of-drug-related-mortality-in-a-general-population
#8
Sanna Rönkä, Karoliina Karjalainen, Pekka Martikainen, Pia Mäkelä
BACKGROUND: We investigated the association between social determinants and a broad selection of drug-related deaths in a general population. METHODS: We conducted a follow-up of an 11% random sample of working-age Finnish residents for 1996-2007 linked with an oversampling of deaths and population registration data on social characteristics. We defined total drug-related deaths as those from psychoactive substance use disorders and drug-induced poisonings (drug-induced deaths) as well as drug-related accidents, homicides, illnesses, and suicides...
October 4, 2017: Drug and Alcohol Dependence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29025831/spending-on-social-and-public-health-services-and-its-association-with-homicide-in-the-usa-an-ecological-study
#9
Heather L Sipsma, Maureen E Canavan, Erika Rogan, Lauren A Taylor, Kristina M Talbert-Slagle, Elizabeth H Bradley
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether state-level spending on social and public health services is associated with lower rates of homicide in the USA. DESIGN: Ecological study. SETTING: USA. PARTICIPANTS: All states in the USA and the District of Columbia for which data were available (n=42). PRIMARY OUTCOME MEASURE: Homicide rates for each state were abstracted from the US Department of Justice Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reporting...
October 12, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020264/examining-the-association-between-temperature-and-emergency-room-visits-from-mental-health-related-outcomes-in-california
#10
Rupa Basu, Lyndsay Gavin, Dharshani Pearson, Keita Ebisu, Brian Malig
Temperature and morbidity has been explored previously. However, the association between temperature and mental health-related outcomes, including violence and self-harm, remains relatively unexamined. We obtained daily counts of mental health-related emergency room visits involving injuries with external cause from the California Office of Statewide Health Planning and Development from 16 California climate zones from 2005 to 2013, and combined them with data on mean apparent temperature, a combination of temperature and humidity...
August 11, 2017: American Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29017638/the-difference-between-living-and-dying-victim-characteristics-and-motive-among-nonfatal-shootings-and-gun-homicides
#11
Natalie Kroovand Hipple, Lauren A Magee
Using both official and unofficial data sources, researchers examined nonfatal (n = 617) and fatal shooting (n = 159) victim characteristics over an 18-month period in Indianapolis. This research revealed that the typical shooting victim was male, non-White, almost 29 years old, had been arrested prior to inclusion in this study, and had been shot more than once. Interestingly, this research supports the notion that nonfatal shooting and homicide victims are different, especially as they relate to victim age, gunshot wound severity, and shooting motive...
October 10, 2017: Violence and Victims
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29016639/do-black-lives-matter-in-public-health-research-and-training
#12
Molly Rosenberg, Shabbar I Ranapurwala, Ashley Townes, Angela M Bengtson
OBJECTIVE: To examine whether investments made in public health research align with the health burdens experienced by white and black Americans. METHODS: In this cross-sectional study of all deaths in the United States in 2015, we compared the distribution of potential years of life lost (PYLL) across 39 causes of death by race and identified key differences. We examined the relationship between cause-of-death-specific PYLL and key indicators of public health investment (federal funding and number of publications) by race using linear spline models...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28988068/decapitation-in-reality-and-fine-art-a-review
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Valentina Nikolić, Slobodan Savić, Vaso Antunović, Slobodan Marinković, Charlotte Andrieux, Irina Tomić
The aim of our study was to examine all types of decapitation from forensic literature, including our own case, and to analyze the presentation of beheading in fine art, popular literature, and music. To do this, over 200 scientific articles in regard to decapitation were analyzed, as well as more than 10,000 artworks, and several hundreds of literary works and music pieces. In addition, a macroscopic examination of a decapitated victim was performed. Finally, a multislice computerized tomography (MSCT) examination of the cervical spine in two live volunteers was undertaken to present the osteological relationships...
September 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28977429/determination-of-propofol-by-gc-ms-and-fast-gc-ms-tof-in-two-cases-of-poisoning
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Paolo Procaccianti, Fiorenza Farè, Antonella Argo, Eleonora Casagni, Sebastiano Arnoldi, Sara Facheris, Giacomo Luca Visconti, Gabriella Roda, Veniero Gambaro
Two cases of suspected acute and lethal intoxication caused by propofol were delivered by the judicial authority to the Department of Sciences for Health Promotion and Mother-Child Care in Palermo, Sicily. In the first case a female nurse was found in a hotel room, where she lived with her mother; four 10 mg/mL vials and two 20 mg/mL vials of propofol were found near the decedent along with syringes and needles. In the second case a male nurse was found in the operating room of a hospital, along with a used syringe...
August 28, 2017: Journal of Analytical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28976977/children-bereaved-by-fatal-intimate-partner-violence-a-population-based-study-into-demographics-family-characteristics-and-homicide-exposure
#15
Eva Alisic, Arend Groot, Hanneke Snetselaar, Tielke Stroeken, Elise van de Putte
BACKGROUND: In the context of violence against women, intimate partner homicide increasingly receives research and policy attention. Although the impact of losing a parent due to intimate partner homicide is intuitively obvious, little is known about the children involved. We aimed to identify all children bereaved by parental intimate partner homicide in the Netherlands in the period 2003-2012, describe their demographics and family circumstances, and assess their exposure to prior violence at home and to the homicide itself...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28975202/state-intimate-partner-violence-related-firearm-laws-and-intimate-partner-homicide-rates-in-the-united-states-1991-to-2015
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Carolina Díez, Rachel P Kurland, Emily F Rothman, Megan Bair-Merritt, Eric Fleegler, Ziming Xuan, Sandro Galea, Craig S Ross, Bindu Kalesan, Kristin A Goss, Michael Siegel
Background: To prevent intimate partner homicide (IPH), some states have adopted laws restricting firearm possession by intimate partner violence (IPV) offenders. "Possession" laws prohibit the possession of firearms by these offenders. "Relinquishment" laws prohibit firearm possession and also explicitly require offenders to surrender their firearms. Few studies have assessed the effect of these policies. Objective: To study the association between state IPV-related firearm laws and IPH rates over a 25-year period (1991 to 2015)...
September 19, 2017: Annals of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963682/comprehensive-examination-of-conventional-and-innovative-body-fluid-identification-approaches-and-dna-profiling-of-laundered-blood-and-saliva-stained-pieces-of-cloths
#17
G Kulstein, P Wiegand
Body fluids like blood and saliva are commonly encountered during investigations of high volume crimes like homicides. The identification of the cellular origin and the composition of the trace can link suspects or victims to a certain crime scene and provide a probative value for criminal investigations. To erase all traces from the crime scene, perpetrators often wash away their traces. Characteristically, items that show exposed stains like blood are commonly cleaned or laundered to free them from potential visible leftovers...
September 29, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28963636/persistence-of-dna-on-clothes-after-exposure-to-water-for-different-time-periods-a-study-on-bathtub-pond-and-river
#18
Janine Helmus, Sarah Zorell, Thomas Bajanowski, Micaela Poetsch
DNA traces on clothes of drowned bodies can provide important evidence for police investigations, especially in cases of suspected suicides or homicides. However, it is generally assumed that the water "erodes" a large part of the DNA depending especially on the exposure time. In forensic casework, DNA of suspects could be found frequently on clothes of drowned bodies after hours, sometimes days of exposure to water. This study was conducted to attempt a general statement about the conditions under which sufficient DNA remains can be expected for molecular genetic analysis...
September 30, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28956148/rna-dna-co-analysis-from-bloodstains-on-aged-polyvinyl-alcohol-gloves-prepared-for-securing-evidence-from-the-hands-of-victims-of-fatal-gunshot-injuries
#19
Melanie Grabmüller, Cornelius Courts, Burkhard Madea, Tim Eichhorst, Christian Schyma
In contrast to cumulative techniques (e.g., tape-lift) for qualitative gunshot residues (GSR) analysis, topographic methods are commonly applied to preserve the integrity of evidence from a shooter's or victim's hand in cases of gun-related crimes. Topographic sampling techniques employing adhesive foils, latex, or the polyvinyl alcohol (PVAL) method enable unambiguous sampling of biological and non-biological trace material while preserving its spatial distribution and relation to each other. The PVAL method in particular allows for a topographically veridic and quantitative conservation of traces of GSR and biological stains that are embedded in the PVAL glove, because it completely removes these traces from the hand...
September 27, 2017: International Journal of Legal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28954159/repercussions-of-homicide-on-victims-families-a-literature-review
#20
Daniella Harth da Costa, Kathie Njaine, Miriam Schenker
This study aimed to perform a integrative literature review on the repercussion of homicide on victims' families from 1990 to June 2015. It was noted that the majority of studies on the subject has been conducted in the United States. Fewer studies carried out in Brazil and in other countries have been located. Four main themes have been identified: impact on health, the family system in the post-homicide period, re-victimization factors and post-homicide facilitating aspects. Findings of this study point to the importance of interdisciplinary care focused on this public, considering their health, social, financial and legal needs...
September 2017: Ciência & Saúde Coletiva
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