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 […]

Alzheimer’s News Today: Brain cell death is linked to damage in protective skeleton

February 7, 2016

Researchers have discovered that the skeleton surrounding the nucleus of brain cells is dysfunctional in Alzheimer’s disease patients, which could lead to neuronal death. The study, “Lamin Dysfunction Mediates Neurodegeneration in Tauopathies,” was published in Current Biology. Read the full story at Alzheimer’s News Today

ABC News: Nurse, HSC grad, sweetly sings to 4-year-old cancer patient

February 5, 2016

A video of a nurse, Brandon Waterhouse, a hematology-oncology nurse at Texas Children’s Hospital in Houston and a graduate of the School of Nursing at the Health Science Center, singing to a 4-year-old girl with leukemia went viral this week after her father posted it on Facebook. View the story and video

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TPR: The Source: With Zika In San Antonio, what should we know?

February 4, 2016

The World Health Organization has declared Zika and its suspected link to birth defects a global health emergency. More than 20 countries in Latin America have reported an outbreak and a rare case of the Zika virus being transmitted through sex has been reported here in Texas. Listen to the full story at Texas Public Radio