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Forensics research to make cadaver dogs more efficient
Specially-trained victim recovery dogs can perform phenomenal feats in sniffing out the whereabouts of bodies and body parts, even beneath mounds of rubble or deep below water. But University of Huddersfield researcher Lorna Irish is investigating ways in which they can carry out their grim but vital tasks even more efficiently.
When good intentions go wrong in nursing
By Joan Spitrey
Each day, every minute, nurses make countless decisions. Rigorous training, education and experience are supposed to prepare the nurse to respond appropriately when faced with decisions regarding patient care.
Although safety nets are put in place and procedures are developed, they often do not cover every situation nurses face in their shifts caring for patients. Often these decisions are made with the best intentions, but may not follow established protocols, policies or just good practice. Herein lies the question: If the patient is not harmed, is there a foul?
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Hundreds take part in 'slut walk' against sexual assault
Several hundred people rallied and marched in downtown Chicago during an annual event called Slut Walk Chicago.
Some of the mostly women in the crowd went topless with some well-placed x’s on their breasts made of duct tape.
The event is part of an international “Slut Walk” movement.
Elder Abuse and Cultural Diversity: Implications for Research and Practices
This nail polish could help prevent date rape
Four men have teamed up to empower women to prevent sexual assault by giving them a way to detect date-rape drugs. Women will be able to wave over help before a sexual assault occurs when wearing this life- saving nail polish.
Students from North Carolina State University's Materials Science and Engineering department created "Undercover Colors" nail polish that changes colors when it comes in contact with the date-rape drugs Rohypnol, Xanax and GHB.
Demanding Justice Report 2014
Administration offers new tweak to birth control rule
The Washington Post
The Obama administration, still facing legal challenges to its requirement that employer health plans provide no-cost birth control to female employees, outlined a new policy to ensure that female workers at religiously-affiliated nonprofits can still receive contraception, even if their employers object.
The administration also intends to offer a similar work-around to for-profit businesses after the Supreme Court's bitterly debated 5-4 decision in June that owners of closely held firms could refuse contraception coverage if it conflicts with their religious beliefs.
Serious lack of research on preventing violence against people with disabilities
Even though the researchers looked for studies that evaluated the effectiveness of any kind of prevention efforts for people with any kind of disability in any country, they only found 10 studies that fit their criteria. Based on pre-set standards, the article deemed that all 10 of these studies were weak in their research methods, and none of them found that the prevention strategies they studied were effective.
Nurses are versatile link in healthcare
For many years, a nurse was looked upon as little more than a handmaiden.
“Most people think nurses give shots or is someone who wears a cap,” said Dana Samson, facilitator for the Accelerated Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BSN) at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. “I know mine’s somewhere around here, but we don’t wear them anymore.”
Today, nurses work collaboratively with others in the medical profession to achieve the best outcomes possible for their patients.
Man accused of raping other man who retaliated by biting his penis wins right to delay medical examination
The Courier Mail
A man accused of raping a love-interest who retaliated by biting him on the penis won a rare reprieve from the court after objecting to a police request for a medical examination to verify his injury.
The 25-year-old, who cannot be identified, was granted bail in the Brisbane Magistrates Court on two counts of rape that allegedly took place at his apartment in the early hours of a recent Sunday morning.
Will wearable technology become part of the nurse's uniform
By partnering with innovative technology startup Wearable Intelligence, the makers of Google Glass, physicians at BIDMC are able to scan a barcode on the wall that immediately transmits vital patient information — such as allergies, medication regimens, vital signs and lab results — directly to their field of vision.
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