NOWCastSA: News about the Zika virus outbreak

February 7, 2016

In San Antonio, local health care professionals are preparing for potential cases of Zika virus originating from travel to affected areas outside the United States, and possible local outbreaks in South Texas.  The following is from a Jan. 27, 2016 news release from the Univeristy of Texas Health Science Center.  Patrick S. Ramsey, M.D., M.S.P.H., […]


Senior Journal: Successful study of anti-aging drug with monkeys wins new grant

February 7, 2016

The search for eternal youth marches on with a new grant from the National Institute on Aging for work to continue on the effects of the drug rapamycin on the lifespan and healthy aging of middle aged marmoset monkeys. The grant comes on the heels of a study with the animals showing the anti-aging drug […]



Wall Street Journal: Commission recommends ban on bite-mark evidence

February 7, 2016

A Texas commission recommended Feb. 12 that the state suspend the use of bite-mark evidence in criminal cases pending additional research, becoming the first agency in the nation to discredit a forensic ​technique​ that has come under intense scrutiny in recent years. Read the full story at The Wall Street Journal


Reuters: Panel recommends halt to bite-mark evidence

February 7, 2016

An influential Texas scientific panel recommended on Feb. 11 that bite-mark analysis not be admissible as evidence in courts, a decision experts said could lead judicial systems in other states to exclude it too. Read the full story at Reuters


The Rivard Report: The changing science of sports head trauma

February 7, 2016

“Concussion,” the Will Smith film recounting Dr. Bennet Omalu’s quest to reveal the consequences of traumatic brain injuries in sports, is the latest headline-grabbing item about sports head trauma. It follows multiple real-life tragedies of sports heroes like football Hall of Famer Mike Webster, as well as a stream of research that links repeated sports […]