Category Archives: Forensic pathology

Coronial autopsies, Disaster victim identification, Mortuary practice, forensic histology, forensic odontology, forensic skeletal examination, forensic anthropology, ethics, Legislation (i.e. Coroners Act), evidence provided at courts/in trials (expert evidence) by pathologists, Deaths in custody.
Focus on Queensland content unless wide reaching consequences (i.e. Evidence challenged in court, changes in equipment/methodology, malpractice)

Y chromosome linked to cancer and death risk in men

BBC News 22 October 2014

The male Y chromosome may have a role in prolonging men’s lives and fighting cancer, scientists have said.

Research into 1,153 elderly men at the University of Sweden found those who had lost part of their Y chromosome died on average 5.5 years earlier than those who had not.

Women live on average 7.5 years longer than men in Europe and the reasons behind this are not fully known.

Cancer Research said the study was “intriguing”.

Scientists assessed how many blood cells had age-related loss of the Y chromosome (LOY) through blood tests in the men, aged between 70 and 84.

Myth Busted: Ancient Humans May Not Have Been Redheads

Live Science Tanya Lewis 22 October 2014

Ancient humans found with red hair weren’t necessarily redheads in life, but may have acquired their carrot tops after death, a new study finds.

The findings are not only important for archaeology, but also for conservation efforts and forensic investigations, according to the study published Oct. 21 in the journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

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Man charged over Gerhard Wagner cold case disappearance

Brisbane Times  October 22, 2014 Kristian Silva

Police believed they have cracked a 15-year cold case mystery, charging a man with the murder of Brisbane man Gerhard Wagner

Robert James Wagner, 53, was charged by detectives from Queensland Police’s homicide squad on Wednesday morning.

Antonio inquest adjourned, date to be fixed

Townsville Bulletin 22 October 2014

THE coroner investigating the disappearance of a Bowen teenager more than 16 years ago has promised to explain the cause of the unexpected delay of the inquest when it resumes.

Central Coroner David O’Connell has been examining the disappearance and presumed murder of Rachael Joy Antonio, 16, on Anzac Day in 1998, since August and has so far heard two weeks of evidence and testimony.

Mr O’Connell had planned to hear the third week of evidence this week, but was forced to delay the inquest.

Gold Coast mother Kymberlie Shepherd dies after suffering rare amniotic fluid embolism during childbirth

Gold Coast Bulletin October 22, 2014  Stephanie Bedo

Kymberlie Shepherd, 26, a much-loved Gold Coast dance teacher, died giving birth to Kyden Thomas Bede Kelly after suffering a rare complication that strikes just 6.1 times in every 100,000 deliveries. Continue reading…

Ebola crisis: Australia’s chief medical officers to discuss safety of health workers after US upgrades protective guidelines

ABC News October 21, 2014 Sophie Scott

Australia’s chief medical officers will meet in Sydney on Thursday to discuss the safety of the nation’s health workers after authorities in the United States upgraded the initial guidelines for workers exposed to Ebola.

The US Centres for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released new recommendations for American health workers overnight.  Continue reading…

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Police find body in the Brisbane River

Brisbane Times October 21, 2014 Kristian Silva

Police have found the body of 21-year-old Ben Reddich who went missing in the Brisbane River two days ago.