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Johns Hopkins team develops software that cuts time, cost from gene sequencing
A team of Johns Hopkins University researchers has developed a new software that could revolutionize how DNA is sequenced, making it far faster and less expensive to map anything from yeast genomes to cancer genes. (2020-12-03)

Experiencing police brutality increases mistrust in medical institutions, impacts health
There is plenty of data showing that police brutality leads to mistrust of police and law enforcement. Researchers from Lehigh University and the University of Minnesota set out to see if experience with police brutality might affect health by causing mistrust in medical institutions. Through an analysis of data gleaned from a survey of 4,000 people living in urban areas about their experiences with police brutality, they found that there is a relationship between police brutality and mistrust in medical institutions. (2020-01-30)

Ultrasound to guide treatment strategy not beneficial in early RA
According to new research findings presented this week at the 2019 ACR/ARP Annual Meeting, a treatment strategy guided by ultrasound information use does not appear to provide better treatment decisions in patients with early rheumatoid arthritis. The study didn't find any additional reduction in MRI inflammation or structural damage when compared to a conventional treat-to-target strategy. (2019-11-09)

Exposure to police violence reported often, associated with mental health issues
Exposure to police violence is increasingly recognized as a public health issue in the United States. In this survey study of 1,000 adults in Baltimore, Md., and New York, N.Y., exposure to police violence was reported by many residents, especially those who were racial/ethnic and sexual minorities. (2018-11-21)

Electric eels leap to deliver painful, Taser-like jolt
The electric eel has always been noted for its impressive ability to shock and subdue its prey. It's recently become clear that electric eels also use a clever trick to deliver an intense, Taser-like jolt to potential predators: they leap from the water to target threatening animals, humans included, above water. Now, a researcher reporting in Current Biology on Sept. 14 has measured (and experienced) just how strong that jolt can be. (2017-09-14)

Researchers successfully test modified stun gun with heart monitoring capability
Researchers at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center have successfully tested a prototype conducted electrical weapon capable of recording a subject's heart rate and rhythm while still delivering incapacitating electrical charges. (2016-08-09)

US police killed or injured more than 55,000 people during 'legal interventions' in 2012
US police killed or injured an estimated 55,400 people during legal stop and search incidents and arrests in 2012, reveals research published online in the journal Injury Prevention. (2016-07-25)

Electric eels make leaping attacks
Vanderbilt biologist Kenneth Catania has accidentally discovered that can electric eels make leaping attacks that dramatically increase the strength of the electric shocks they deliver and, in so doing, has confirmed a 200-year-old observation by famous 19th century explorer and naturalist Alexander von Humboldt. (2016-06-06)

Taser shock disrupts brain function, has implications for police interrogations
New research from a first-of-its-kind human study by Drexel University and Arizona State University reveals that the burst of electricity from a stun gun can impair a person's ability to remember and process information. In a randomized control trial, volunteer participants were subjected to Taser shocks and tested for cognitive impairment. Some showed short-term declines in cognitive functioning comparable to dementia, raising serious questions about the ability of police suspects to understand their rights at the point of arrest. (2016-02-04)

Report raises concern over health risks of Tasers
Tasers are increasingly being used by UK police yet recent studies suggest the health risks are greater than previously thought, reports The BMJ this week. (2015-11-17)

Electric eel: Most remarkable predator in animal kingdom
Recent research on the electric eel by Vanderbilt University biologist Ken Catania has revealed that it is not the primitive creature it has been portrayed. Instead, it has a sophisticated control of the electrical fields it generates that makes it one of the most remarkable predators in the animal kingdom. (2015-10-28)

Electric eels curl up to deliver even more powerful shocks
Electric eels temporarily paralyze their prey by shocking them with electricity using a series of brief, high-voltage pulses, much as a Taser would do. Now, a researcher has discovered that the eels can double the power of their electrical discharge by curling up their bodies. In bringing their tail up and around, the eels sandwich prey between the two poles of their electric organ, which runs most of the length of their long, flexible bodies. (2015-10-28)

MouthLab: Patients' vital signs are just a breath away
Engineers and physicians at the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine have developed a hand-held, battery-powered device that quickly picks up vital signs from a patient's lips and fingertip. (2015-08-24)

Electric eels deliver Taser-like shocks
A Vanderbilt biologist has determined that electric eels possess an electroshock system uncannily similar to a Taser. (2014-12-04)

Tasered youth fare as well as adults, new research says
Adolescents who are tasered by law enforcement officers do not appear to be at higher risk for serious injury than adults, according to new a new study from Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center researchers. (2012-09-18)

Wake Forest Baptist study suggests Tasers don't cause cardiac complications
William P. Bozeman, M.D., an associate professor of emergency medicine at Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center, and colleagues reviewed 1,201 cases of real-life Taser uses by law enforcement agencies but found none in which the devices could be linked to cardiac complications, even when the Taser probes landed on the upper chest area and may have delivered a shock across the heart. (2012-06-28)

Stun guns not safe for citizens, but benefit police, study finds
The use of stun guns by police significantly increases the chances of citizen injury, yet also protects the officers more than other restraint methods, according to the most comprehensive research to date into the safety of stun guns in a law enforcement setting. (2012-05-01)

UCSF heart doctors uncover significant bias in TASER safety studies
The ongoing controversy surrounding the safety of using TASER electrical stun guns took a new turn today when a team of cardiologists at the University of California, San Francisco announced findings suggesting that much of the current TASER-related safety research may be biased due to ties to the devices' manufacturer, TASER International Inc. (2011-05-06)

2 studies examine medical consequences of police use of force during restraint
Dr. Jared Strote at the University of Washington Medical Center led a group that examined the medical records of nearly 900 patients subdued by the Seattle Police Department with a Taser over a six-year period. (2009-05-17)

Stun guns may cause seizures
Stun guns, in certain circumstances, may result in brain-specific complications such as seizures, according to a new case report published in CMAJ. (2009-03-16)

First study to test real-world effects of stun gun use raises questions about safety
The rate of sudden deaths increased six-fold in the first year that California law enforcement agencies deployed the use of stun guns, according to a UCSF study. Findings also showed a two-fold increase in the rate of firearm-related deaths during the same time period. (2009-01-22)

Rice political scientists co-author report on ethnic/racial aspects of Taser use by Houston police
A new report co-authored by Rice political scientists Mark Jones and William Reed with colleagues at the University of Houston finds patterns and/or aberrations in the use of Tasers related to ethnicity, gender, race and geography. (2008-09-09)

Nationwide independent Taser study results suggest devices are safe
A nationwide study examining the safety of Tasers used by law enforcement agencies suggests the devices are safe, causing a low occurrence of serious injuries. (2007-10-08)

Tests show healthy humans not harmed by Taser
A study conducted by emergency medicine physicians at the University of California, San Diego Medical Center showed no lasting effects of the Taser on healthy test subjects. (2007-05-17)

Testing the taser on human subjects -- preliminary physiological measurements
There has been some controversy regarding the use of the Taser in controlling subjects in police custody, including reports of deaths. In a paper to be presented at the 2007 Society for Academic Emergency Medicine Annual Meeting, preliminary results of Taser exposure on healthy subjects will show that no short-term effects were observed. (2007-05-16)

News briefs from Heart Rhythm 2006
New studies being presented at HEART RHYTHM 2006 include (2006-05-18)

Police toy with 'less lethal' guns
New Scientist has learned that the US National Institute of Justice (NIJ) is funding research into three (2005-04-27)

Stun weapons to target crowds
A frightening new breed of wireless stun gun to use in crowd control is being readied for sale in the US and Europe. The weapons are designed to debilitate many people at once over long-range by sweeping a lightening-like beam of electricity across them. Human rights groups are appalled, saying the weapons could inflict pain on innocent bystanders or be used as a new instrument of torture. (2004-06-16)

Sharp shock awaits trespassers
Plans are underway to roll out non-lethal landmines that immobilise assailants or intruders with a high-voltage electrical shock. The technology, which has yet to be deployed, could be used to handle security at nuclear facilities or to guard perimeter fences in prisons. Some experts remain unconvinced and are questioning its safety. (2003-04-23)

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