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The Wellcome Collections Unveils Their New Exhibition Brains
2015-03-11 12:06:31

Donating your brain to science is a little taboo. We delve into why people think this and why science needs a steady stream of brains.

Questions Raised About Longstanding Forensic Identification Technique
2013-12-11 10:28:31

Forensic experts have long used the shape of a person’s skull to make positive identifications of human remains. But those findings may now be called into question, since a new study from North Carolina State University shows that there is not enough variation in skull shapes to make a positive ID.

2012-12-26 12:56:35

Among deployed U.S. service members who died of combat or unintentional injuries between 2001-2011 and underwent autopsies, the prevalence of coronary atherosclerosis was 8.5 percent, with factors associated with a higher prevalence of the disease including older age, lower educational level and prior diagnoses of dyslipidemia, hypertension, and obesity.

2012-10-26 12:40:05

The NHS should implement a non-invasive alternative to autopsies, according to a Department of Health-commissioned report by leading UK experts within the field of post-mortem cross-sectional imaging.

2012-01-17 10:07:38

TV crime shows like Bones and CSI are quick to explain each death by showing highly detailed scans and video images of victims' insides.

2011-03-01 14:17:46

A new non-surgical post-mortem technique that has the potential to revolutionize the way autopsies are conducted around the world has been pioneered by forensic pathologists and radiologists at the University of Leicester in collaboration with the University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust.

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2009-09-30 13:05:00

The first-ever scientific autopsy of an Egyptian mummy concluded that the woman had died from complications with ovarian cancer, but a new study has shown that conclusion may have been wrong.

2009-08-09 16:37:47

A 39-year-old Illinois man died of natural causes at a Chicago hospital after falling ill at the Lollapalooza music festival, authorities say. The Chicago Sun-Times reported Saturday that authorities said Jeffrey Grimm of Oak Park died after being rushed in critical condition from the music festival to a hospital Friday. An autopsy revealed Grimm died of hemopericardium from an aortic dissection and cardiovascular disease.

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2009-07-22 09:10:00

A privately hired pathologist agrees with the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office that Michael Jackson had Propofol in his system, sources told E! News.


Word of the Day
sudarium
  • A handkerchief.
  • Specifically— The legendary sweat-cloth; the handkerchief of St. Veronica, according to tradition miraculously impressed with the mask of Christ; also, the napkin about Christ's head (Johu xx. 7).
  • In general, any miraculous portrait of Christ.
The word 'sudarium' comes from a Latin word meaning 'a handkerchief'.