September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court will decide whether a police officer who stops a suspected drunk driver can force him or her to take a breath test or have blood drawn at a hospital. Judges across the nation are split over whether forcing someone to undergo a blood test constitutes an "unreasonable search" prohibited by the 4 th Amendment. The decision, due early next year, will define the powers of the police and the rights of motorists who are suspected of driving while intoxicated.
September 25, 2012 |
There are a lot of strange things that get stolen out on the endless acres of American rangeland, a vast and often underguarded expanse, but Karen Gibson of rural Wyoming may have found the strangest: horsehair. Gibson recently reported to authorities in Fremont County that someone cut the hair from her horse's tail. The report is the latest in a peculiar crime spree -- authorities have more than 30 reports that people are stealing horsehair across three Wyoming counties. Investigators aren't sure of the motive, but they say that horsehair can be valuable and is often used to create belts, paintbrushes and the bows of musical instruments.
September 25, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - The Supreme Court has agreed to decide whether motorists suspected of drunk driving who refuse to take a breath test can be forced to have their blood drawn at a hospital. The ruling in a Missouri case, expected early next year, will help define the powers of the police and the rights of motorists when they are stopped for driving while intoxicated. In most states, as a condition of obtaining a license, applicants must consent to submit to a test of their breath, blood or urine if stopped on suspicion of drunk driving.
August 27, 2012 |
Are you an early-bird-gets-the-worm kind of person, or do you need a bulldozer to shove your head off the pillow each morning? Scientists in Japan say they can tell the setting of your body's circadian clock just by examining a small blood sample. In a report published Monday in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences , researchers said they have developed a convenient method of estimating an individual's personal body time by examining the concentration of hormones and amino acids in two blood samples taken 12 hours apart.
August 22, 2012 |
If sport is about mythmaking, then clean sport might be the biggest myth of all. Baseball was reminded of this the hard way Wednesday when Bartolo Colon of the Oakland Athletics was suspended 50 games after testing positive for testosterone. Melky Cabrera of the San Francisco Giants was suspended 50 games last week for the same reason. Two pennant races, two key players, two suspensions - and you say your sport is clean? No sport can ever be completely clean, not with competitors eternally in search of the slightest edge.
July 25, 2012 |
LONDON - Big Brother with test tubes was pouring forth here Wednesday. If you are an Olympic athlete, he will be watching you. Actually, he will be watching you urinate in a bottle or roll up your sleeve for his needle insertion. His name is WADA, short for World Anti-Doping Agency, and his message is crystal clear: Cheating at the London Games will be hazardous to your health, especially your psychological health. Asked what sort of stigma a British athlete might face with a positive doping test, the answer was as pointed as a javelin.
July 6, 2012 |
Scientists can now sequence the entire genome of a fetus from samples of a pregnant woman's blood, several recent studies have shown. It will come as no surprise that bioethicists are plenty interested in these developments and the benefits and thorny issues they will raise. The technology -- and the issues -- are discussed at length in a commentary this week in the journal Nature Medicine by Diana Bianchi of the Mother Infant Research Institute at Tufts Medical Center. Because a pregnant woman's blood carries pieces of fetal DNA, researchers can devise tests to tell with a high degree of certainty whether the fetus carries extra chromosomes (as an extra chromosome 21 in Down syndrome, for example)
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July 4, 2012 |
In the weeks after former Commerce Secretary John Bryson's bizarre series of hit-and-run collisions in the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said his blood tests would be pivotal in deciding whether to file criminal charges. On Tuesday, Los Angeles County prosecutors revealed that Bryson tested positive for a small amount of Ambien, a popular sleep aid, after he was found alone and unconscious behind the wheel of his Lexus last month. But authorities concluded the accidents were caused by a seizure Bryson suffered and said he should not face criminal charges in connection with them.
May 27, 2012 |
A Long Beach hospital charged Jo Ann Snyder $6,707 for a CT scan of her abdomen and pelvis after colon surgery. But because she had health insurance with Blue Shield of California, her share was much less: $2,336. Then Snyder tripped across one of the little-known secrets of healthcare: If she hadn't used her insurance, her bill would have been even lower, just $1,054. "I couldn't believe it," said Snyder, a 57-year-old hair salon manager. "I was really upset that I got charged so much and Blue Shield allowed that.
May 6, 2012
Re "The testing glut," Opinion, May 2 Kudos to the medical specialty boards for recommending limits to unnecessary testing. A patient without symptoms who undergoes a routine exam will have at least 15 different blood tests done in addition to a number of radiological studies. These tests are usually negative, or they may be borderline and provoke further testing. Medical specialty boards are informing, but physicians must be receptive. Furthermore, patients should know that excessive testing is not good medicine.