The Australian Rick Morton December 13, 2013
POLICE officers who tasered a Brazilian tourist in Sydney before he died could be charged with assault over their roles in the incident, the Police Integrity Commission said this morning.
“The Police Integrity Commission referred a brief of evidence to the Office of the Director of Public Prosecutions recommending that consideration should be given to the prosecution of a number of police officers,” a release says.
The Cairns Post Caitlin Guilfoyle December 13, 2013
“WHERE there is Mum, there is home … but where are you Mum, where is home?”
Words of a young man robbed of his mother left a courtroom in silence yesterday.
The statement came after Klaus Julius Andres was found guilty of murdering his wife Li Ping Cao, 42, after admitting he dissolved her corpse in a bath of acid until just 10 porcelain teeth remained.
The Courier Mail Janelle Miles December 13, 2013
A BACTERIAL outbreak at a Brisbane private hospital has killed two patients and infected at least two others, forcing authorities to lock down part of the facility.
Greenslopes Private Hospital, on Brisbane’s south, had last night isolated its rehabilitation unit from the rest of the facility and suspended all admissions.
Two men, aged in their 90s, have died from the streptococcus A infections with another two patients testing positive to the bacteria.
Authorities are testing all patients and staff in the unit for the bacteria, including those who had been discharged in the past two weeks.
Queensland Health has been notified of the infections and the deaths of the two men.
J. Burnett [et al.] (2013) Academic Forensic Pathology, 3(4):458-467
Elder mistreatment (EM) and elder self-neglect (SN) are risk factors for mortality. Medical examiners (ME) seldom investigate EM and SN as potential influences of death in older adults. Recognizing forensic markers associated with EM and/or SN may lead to further
investigation into EM and SN as potential contributors and thus, may impact the cause and manner of death.
Methods: One-hundred and ninety-two Adult Protective Services (APS)-substantiated EM and SN cases 65 years of age and older, residing in Houston, Texas in Harris County with ME records were matched on age, race, gender and socio-economic status to individuals with ME records and no APS history. A conditional logistic regression was conducted to identify variables that reliably predict ME cases with an APS history.
Results: APS cases had significantly higher odds of having a history of pressure sores (OR: 2.4; 95% CI = 1.2 – 4.9), but had significantly lower odds of presenting with abnormally high body mass indexes (OR: 0.5; 95% CI = 0.3 – 0.9).
Conclusion: These data suggest that forensic case information such as a decedent history of pressure sores may indicate a past history of elder mistreatment or self-neglect. In contrast, having an abnormally high body mass index may indicate a lack of APS history. More studies are needed to better define these predictors and to identify other predictors that may assist forensic pathologists in identifying deaths in older adults that may have been impacted by EM and/or SN.
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Aust. Network News 13 December 2013
The World Health Organisation says the number of people diagnosed with cancer in the world has leaped to more than 14 million new cases each year.
The data for 2012 shows a significant rise on the 12.7 million cases diagnosed in 2008.
In that time, the number of deaths has also gone up to 8.2 million in 2012, an increase of more than eight percent on the 2008 figure of 7.6 million.
BBC News 12 December 2013
A new review of “legal highs” could lead to sweeping changes to UK drug legislation, the Home Office has said.
Legal highs – officially known as psychoactive substances – are synthetic drugs which can be bought online and sometimes in shops.
The review follows concern drug laws are not flexible enough to tackle them.
Deaths from legal highs in England and Wales almost doubled to 52 last year. The government said it was “determined to clamp down on the reckless trade”.
APN Newsdesk 11th Dec 2013
A YOUNG boy has died after being hit by a car on Russell Island.
The nine-year-old was hit by a car on Canaipa Rd on Tuesday about 4.50pm.
He died at the scene.
The 41-year-old driver was not hurt.
The Forensic Crash Unit is investigating the circumstance surrounding the child’s death.
Earlier this week, a two-year-old boy was hit by a car at Augustine Heights, south-east of Ipswich, after he ran out onto the road.
He was taken to the Mater Hospital in Brisbane with life-threatening injuries.
Police investigations are continuing.
ABC News 12 December, 2013
A 70-year-old man has been found guilty of murdering his wife in Cairns in far north Queensland in 2011.
Klaus Andres had pleaded not guilty to murdering his 42-year-old wife Li Ping Cao, but he admitted to disposing of her body with acid in October that year.
Brisbane Times Marissa Calligeros December 12, 2013
An afternoon spent catching tadpoles in a dam ended tragically for two young boys on Tuesday.
The boys, aged six and 10, ventured out on to the property on Atkinson Dam Road in the farming community of Churchable, 100 kilometres west of Brisbane, about 2pm.
The six-year-old was visiting the home of his friend, while his parents went in to town.