Brisbane Times Harriet Alexander June 23 2016
The gun law reforms enacted after the Port Arthur massacre 20 years ago did not only bring about an uninterrupted hiatus on mass shootings in Australia, but precipitated a decline in all intentional deaths, including those that did not involve firearms.
Research published in the prestigious American journal JAMA demonstrates fears that gun suicides would merely be replaced by other methods have proved misguided, with an initial spike in suicide deaths immediately following the buyback followed by a steady downward trend.
Read more: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/health/the-rate-of-all-suicides-and-homicides-in-australia-has-declined-since-the-gun-buyback-20160622-gpp4wp.html
Link to JAMA article: http://jama.jamanetwork.com/article.aspx?articleid=2530362
ABC News Raveen Hunjan 23 June 2016
A family is calling for more testing to prevent the sudden death of young people, with new research uncovering a genetic mutation is present in one in four unexplained deaths.
It took Kathy Curtis more than a year to learn she had unknowingly passed a genetic fault on to her son Ben, who died suddenly in his sleep aged 30.
“Seeing I was the one that gave it to him, I found it quite confronting and questioned my ability as his mother,” she said.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-23/genetic-link-behind-sudden-death-of-young-people-study-shows/7534864
Brisbane Times: http://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/national/health/when-death-is-the-first-sign-anything-is-wrong-sudden-cardiac-death-in-young-people-20160621-gpof8x.html
Link to article in NEJM: http://www.nejm.org/doi/full/10.1056/NEJMoa1510687?query=featured_home
ABC The World Today: http://www.abc.net.au/worldtoday/content/2016/s4487518.htm
Posted in Clinical pathology, Forensic pathology, Leadership / Management, Research
Tagged Cause of death, Children, Genetic mutation, Genetic testing, Long QT Syndrome, sudden cardiac death, unexplained deaths, young adults
June 16, 2016
Each time we go for a blood test to investigate or keep track of an illness, or have a tissue sample from a Pap test or suspicious mole sent off for analysis, the wheels of the pathology industry are put to work.
Pathology in Australia is big business. One company draws an annual revenue of almost A$4 billion. And a proportion comes from the public purse, via Medicare rebates.
Read more: https://theconversation.com/how-pathology-australia-advocates-for-patient-care-to-achieve-big-corporate-profits-60568
Gold Coast Bulletin Jessica Elder 11 June 2016
Three days after she went mission, Linda Reed’s remains were found in bushland at Gaven. She had been sexually assaulted, tied up with a bikini top and left to drown in a creek puddle. Convicted murderer, Craig Andrew McConnell, was charged with Linda’s death, but was acquitted due to insufficient evidence after the chief witness died of a heroin overdose shortly before the trial.
Pathologist Dr Tony Ansford gave evidence at McConnell’s failed hearing, that Linda Reed probably drowned in the muddy creek bed. He said grit, mud and copious quantities of fluid were found well down in her airways, indicating she had drowned. Her body was partly decomposed and Dr Ansford said he could not tell if she had been strangled.
Read more: http://www.goldcoastbulletin.com.au/news/crime-court/loved-ones-want-justice-for-linda-reed-who-was-abducted-from-pacific-fair-and-killed/news-story/95b01ac172290a4d7ff305caf23919b6
9News AAP 9 June 2016
Detectives are confident they’ve recovered all human bone fragments from an inner-Brisbane park and are working with anthropologists to solve a decades-old mystery. Forensic anthropologists have taken a measurement from the jaw bone to try to determine gender.
ABC Rural Craig Zonca 9 June 2016
The 2016-17 Queensland budget will include a $10.8 million boost to the state’s biosecurity agency.
The additional funds will be spent over the next four years and are in response to a review of Queensland’s biosecurity system that called for an urgent funding injection.
The review found that Biosecurity Queensland lacked the capacity and capability to respond to the ever-increasing number of pest and disease threats.
Read more: http://www.abc.net.au/news/2016-06-09/biosecurity-boost-in-qld-budget/7496988
Link to Queensland Biosecurity Capability Review: