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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698062/the-clandestine-multiple-graves-in-malaysia-the-first-mass-identification-operation-of-human-skeletal-remains
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Mohd Suhani Mohd Noor, Lay See Khoo, Wan Zafirah Zamaliana Alias, Ahmad Hafizam Hasmi, Mohamad Azaini Ibrahim, Mohd Shah Mahmood
The first ever mass identification operation of skeletal remains conducted for the clandestine graves in Malaysia consisted of 165 individuals unearthed from 28 human trafficking transit camps located in Wang Kelian, along the Thai-Malaysia border. A DVI response was triggered in which expert teams comprising of pathologists, anthropologists, odontologists, radiologists and DNA experts were gathered at the identified operation centre. The Department of Forensic Medicine, Hospital Sultanah Bahiyah, Alor Star, Kedah, located approximately 75km away from Wang Kelian, was temporarily converted into a victim identification centre (VIC) as it is the nearest available forensic facility to the mass grave site...
May 27, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691950/posttraumatic-stress-and-burnout-symptoms-in-forensic-doctors-and-staff-in-a-mortuary
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İlhami Kömür, Rifat O Ozdemirel, İsmail Ozver, Bünyamin Başpinar, Muhammet Demir, Fatih Gönen, Eyüp Kandemir, Murat Emul
We aimed to investigate burnout and posttraumatic stress symptoms in mortuary staff members who work for the Council of Forensic Medicine where more than 4500 autopsies are annually performed.The data were collected from 142 mortuary staff members from the Council of Forensic Medicine, Turkey. The participants were divided into the following 4 groups: forensic medicine specialists (n = 40, 28.2%), forensic medicine residents (n = 54, 38.0%), autopsy technicians (n = 24, 16.9%), and other staff members (n = 24, 16...
July 4, 2017: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28659072/improving-interdepartmental-communication-following-a-patient-death
#3
Nina Whittle
When patients die in emergency departments (EDs), it is important to record information that can be shared with staff in other departments, such as the mortuary and bereavement office. This can be a time-consuming exercise but, if information is omitted, it can increase families' distress by delaying documents such as death certificates. This article describes how a new, tick-box-style death-in-department checklist was introduced in a London hospital adult ED to increase and improve communication and information sharing between the ED, the mortuary and the bereavement office...
June 29, 2017: Nursing Management (Harrow)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28656956/-the-coroner-s-autopsies-in-the-great-britain-the-problems-related-to-the-quality-of-the-studies-standardization-auditing-financial-support-and-the-approaches-to-their-solution
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I Yu Makarov, V A Fetisov, B A Filimonov, A A Gusarov
The objective of the present study was to analyze the experience of the coroners and pathologists in the Great Britain based on the results of the coroner's autopsies and recommendations of the experts involved in the activities carried out in the framework of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death program (NCEPOD). The recommendations are designed to reform the country's medical examiner system, improve the equipment of the mortuary facilities, and optimize funding for the autopsy studies...
2017: Sudebno-meditsinskaia Ekspertiza
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648968/comparison-of-unbiased-stereological-estimation-of-total-number-of-cresyl-violet-stained-neurons-and-parvalbumin-positive-neurons-in-the-adult-human-spiral-ganglion
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C Kaur, I Pal, S Saini, T G Jacob, T C Nag, A Thakar, D N Bhardwaj, T S Roy
Estimation of total number of neurons in the Spiral Ganglion (SG) at various ages and their functional status is important as these neurons are constantly exposed to noise and other environmental factors that may lead to neuronal loss with aging due to excitotoxic damage. Parvalbumin (PV) is a calcium-binding protein (CBP), found in highly metabolically active neurons. It helps in buffering cytosolic calcium, which is essential for neurotransmitter release. The neurons in the adult human SG express PV more strongly than other CBPs like calbindin and calretinin...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28571496/occupational-variation-in-end-of-life-care-intensity
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Joseph A Hyder, R Sterling Haring, Daniel Sturgeon, Priscilla K Gazarian, Wei Jiang, Zara Cooper, Stuart R Lipsitz, Holly G Prigerson, Joel S Weissman
BACKGROUND: End-of-life (EOL) care intensity is known to vary by secular and geographic patterns. US physicians receive less aggressive EOL care than the general population, presumably the result of preferences shaped by work-place experience with EOL care. OBJECTIVE: We investigated occupation as a source of variation in EOL care intensity. METHODS: Across 4 states, we identified 660 599, nonhealth maintenance organization Medicare beneficiaries aged ≥66 years who died between 2004 and 2011...
January 1, 2017: American Journal of Hospice & Palliative Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542797/application-of-geographic-information-systems-to-investigating-associations-between-social-status-and-burial-location-in-medieval-trino-vercellese-piedmont-italy
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Marissa C Stewart, Giuseppe Vercellotti
OBJECTIVES: Socioeconomic status differences in skeletal populations are often inferred from skeletal indicators of stress and burial location. However, to date, the association between osteometric parameters and spatial location in relation to socioeconomic status in medieval Italy has not been explicitly tested. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study examined the spatial distribution of osteometric data in the medieval (8th-13th c.) cemetery of San Michele di Trino (Trino Vercellese, VC, Italy) to determine whether skeletal correlates of socioeconomic status correspond with privileged burial locations...
May 24, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539653/a-second-mortuary-hiatus-on-lake-baikal-in-siberia-and-the-arrival-of-small-scale-pastoralism
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Robert J Losey, Andrea L Waters-Rist, Tatiana Nomokonova, Artur A Kharinskii
The spread of pastoralism in Asia is poorly understood, including how such processes affected northern forager populations. Lake Baikal's western shore has a rich Holocene archaeological record that tracks these processes. The Early Bronze Age here is evidenced by numerous forager burials. The Early Iron Age (EIA) is thought to mark the arrival of pastoralists, but archaeological remains from this period have received little analysis. New radiocarbon dates for EIA human remains from 23 cemeteries indicate that no burials were created along this shore for ~900 years...
May 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501359/the-ebola-epidemic-in-liberia-and-managing-the-dead-a-future-role-for-humanitarian-forensic-action
#9
Stephen Cordner, Heinrich Bouwer, Morris Tidball-Binz
With some of their economies, communities and health systems weakened by decades of war and poor governance, it was no accident that an epidemic of Ebola virus disease broke out in west Africa. Being spread in part by contact with body fluids of those who had died from the disease, funerary rites and the way dead bodies were managed were important modes of transmission. The Liberian Red Cross, supported by the International Federation of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies and the International Committee of the Red Cross, undertook the challenging task of managing the dead bodies in Monrovia during the epidemic...
April 25, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497872/deviant-burials-and-social-identity-in-a-postmedieval-polish-cemetery-an-analysis-of-stable-oxygen-and-carbon-isotopes-from-the-vampires-of-drawsko
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Lesley A Gregoricka, Amy B Scott, Tracy K Betsinger, Marek Polcyn
OBJECTIVES: Deviant burials can reveal important information about both social and individual identity, particularly when the mortuary record is supplemented by an examination of skeletal remains. At the postmedieval (17th to 18th c. AD) cemetery of Drawsko (Site 1), Poland, six individuals (of n = 285) received deviant, anti-vampiristic mortuary treatment. A previous study using radiogenic strontium isotope ratios ( x¯= 0.7112 ± 0.0006, 1σ, n = 60) found that these "vampires" were in fact locals, not migrants to the region targeted for deviant burial due to their status as immigrant outsiders...
May 12, 2017: American Journal of Physical Anthropology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453817/epidemiology-of-sudden-cardiac-death-in-cameroon-the-first-population-based-cohort-survey-in-sub-saharan-africa
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Aimé Bonny, Kemi Tibazarwa, Samuel Mbouh, Jonas Wa, Réné Fonga, Cecile Saka, Marcus Ngantcha
Background: Incidence estimates of sudden cardiac death (SCD) in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) are unknown. Method: Over 12 months, the household administrative office and health community committee within neighbourhoods in two health areas of Douala, Cameroon, registered all deaths among 86 188 inhabitants aged >18 years. As part of an extended multi-source surveillance system, the Emergency Medical Service (EMS), local medical examiners and district hospital mortuaries were also surveyed...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414985/sharp-and-blunt-force-trauma-concealment-by-thermal-alteration-in-homicides-an-in-vitro-experiment-for-methodology-and-protocol-development-in-forensic-anthropological-analysis-of-burnt-bones
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Ioana Macoveciuc, Nicholas Márquez-Grant, Ian Horsfall, Peter Zioupos
Burning of human remains is one method used by perpetrators to conceal fatal trauma and expert opinions regarding the degree of skeletal evidence concealment are often disparate. This experiment aimed to reduce this incongruence in forensic anthropological interpretation of burned human remains and implicitly contribute to the development of research methodologies sufficiently robust to withstand forensic scrutiny in the courtroom. We have tested the influence of thermal alteration on pre-existing sharp and blunt trauma on twenty juvenile sheep radii in the laboratory using an automated impact testing system and an electric furnace...
March 29, 2017: Forensic Science International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394281/was-jack-the-ripper-a-slaughterman-human-animal-violence-and-the-world-s-most-infamous-serial-killer
#13
Andrew Knight, Katherine D Watson
Hundreds of theories exist concerning the identity of "Jack the Ripper". His propensity for anatomical dissection with a knife-and in particular the rapid location and removal of specific organs-led some to speculate that he must have been surgically trained. However, re-examination of a mortuary sketch of one of his victims has revealed several aspects of incisional technique highly inconsistent with professional surgical training. Related discrepancies are also apparent in the language used within the only letter from Jack considered to be probably authentic...
April 10, 2017: Animals: An Open Access Journal From MDPI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321035/disaster-victim-identification-using-orthopedic-implants-in-the-2011-east-japan-earthquake-and-tsunami
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Norio Numata, Haruka Makinae, Wataru Yoshida, Masao Daimon, Hideki Murakami
On March 11, 2011, an earthquake (magnitude 9.0) devastated Japan's east coast, and the associated tsunami resulted in social and mechanical destruction. Search for the missing people is still ongoing. Surgical implants are common in the general population. Medical implants usually have lot numbers, and their forensic use is common for victim identification. This investigation was conducted mainly in the cities of Kamaishi and Otsuchi, both of which were affected by the tsunami disaster in 2011. We visited 6 mortuaries with the police between March 20 (9 days after the tsunami) and April 20 (40 days after the tsunami) to examine the presence of surgical scars and related information...
March 2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290309/polydactyly-suggesting-local-husbandry-of-pre-columbian-camelids-a-case-from-castillo-de-huarmey-archaeological-site-northern-coast-of-peru
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Weronika Tomczyk, Miłosz Giersz
Three camelid metapodials with polydactyly (additional digits) were found at the Wari culture archaeological site (dated to the Middle Horizon) of Castillo de Huarmey. The anomalous bones were excavated among numerous remains, and presumably represent animals that were sacrificed within the principal mortuary mausoleum. The bones derive from at least two individuals. The etiology of the deformities remains unknown, but the most probable causes include low genetic diversity in the herd or unintended effect of selective breeding...
March 2017: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290305/a-rare-probable-chondroblastoma-of-the-calcaneus-in-a-pre-columbian-subadult-from-illinois
#16
Maria Ostendorf Smith, Christopher E Nicosia
Discrete cystic or tumorous intraosseous lesions can arise from a variety of benign and malignant conditions as well as trauma and infection. They are clinically rarely observed in the calcaneus. A fourteen-to-seventeen-year-old subadult recovered from a Late Woodland (∼AD 800-1100) period mortuary context in the Mississippi River Valley of central Illinois presents with a single lytic intraosseous lesion on the posterior right calcaneus that bilaterally perforates the cortex. The lesion, although primarily anterior to the epiphyseal plate, does breach it...
March 2017: International Journal of Paleopathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28287121/tool-use-for-corpse-cleaning-in-chimpanzees
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Edwin J C van Leeuwen, Katherine A Cronin, Daniel B M Haun
For the first time, chimpanzees have been observed using tools to clean the corpse of a deceased group member. A female chimpanzee sat down at the dead body of a young male, selected a firm stem of grass, and started to intently remove debris from his teeth. This report contributes novel behaviour to the chimpanzee's ethogram, and highlights how crucial information for reconstructing the evolutionary origins of human mortuary practices may be missed by refraining from developing adequate observation techniques to capture non-human animals' death responses...
March 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28280581/cultural-factors-that-affected-the-spatial-and-temporal-epidemiology-of-kuru
#18
J T Whitfield, W H Pako, J Collinge, M P Alpers
Kuru is a prion disease which became epidemic among the Fore and surrounding linguistic groups in Papua New Guinea, peaking in the late 1950s. It was transmitted during the transumption (endocannibalism) of dead family members at mortuary feasts. In this study, we aimed to explain the historical spread and the changing epidemiological patterns of kuru by analysing factors that affected its transmission. We also examined what cultural group principally determined a family's behaviour during mortuary rituals...
January 2017: Royal Society Open Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193766/molecular-mechanisms-of-chronic-wasting-disease-prion-propagation
#19
Julie A Moreno, Glenn C Telling
Prion disease epidemics, which have been unpredictable recurrences, are of significant concern for animal and human health. Examples include kuru, once the leading cause of death among the Fore people in Papua New Guinea and caused by mortuary feasting; bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE) and its subsequent transmission to humans in the form of variant Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (vCJD), and repeated examples of large-scale prion disease epidemics in animals caused by contaminated vaccines. The etiology of chronic wasting disease (CWD), a relatively new and burgeoning prion epidemic in deer, elk, and moose (members of the cervid family), is more enigmatic...
February 13, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101750/mortuary-operations-following-mass-fatality-natural-disasters-a-review
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Madelyn Anderson, Jodie Leditschke, Richard Bassed, Stephen M Cordner, Olaf H Drummer
This is a critical review to discuss the best practice approaches to mortuary operations in preparation for and the response to natural, mass fatality, disaster events, as identified by a review of published articles. The Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analysis Protocols (PRISMA-P) Statement guided the identification of potential articles to use in this critical review. Subsequent searches were also conducted to identify articles relating to heat wave, and flood mortality. All identified peer-reviewed studies published in English which discussed the preparation and response of mortuaries to mass fatality natural disasters occurring in developed countries were included...
March 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
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