Dr Anna Williams, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Anthropology at the University of Huddersfield writes about the Dental Arcade Game, which aims to improve forensic anthropologists’ and odontologists’ determination of age at death from dental eruption by improving the reference data sets used – they are currently out of date and based on limited population samples. See Anna’s blog entry for more information – you can help!
Michelle Starr of CNET reports that forensic analysis of the naturally mummified corpse of Dante Aligheri’s patron, Cangrande I della Scala shows that the nobleman is likely to have died from digitalis poisoning. Evidence of tuberculosis and osteoarthritis was also found.
Bill Madden’s blog entry of 14 March 2014 considers the court’s dicta on the nature of expert evidence in Cooper v Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust  EWHC 664, which stated that the court must ‘evaluate the witness and the soundness of his opinion…and the extent to which they are supported by the evidence’.
This audit assessed the effectiveness of administration of the Medical Specialist Training Program (STP) by the Australian Department of Health. The STP is a grants program with competitive annual funding rounds, with state health departments and specialist colleges providing advice to the Department in order to direct grant disbursement through the colleges. The ANAO has recommended improvements aimed at improving transparency and equity.
David Gadiel, Senior Fellow at the Centre for Independent Studies, explores the idea that the government should abolish the Medicare Schedule Fee, deregulating the market, and avoiding the problems associated with paying GPs incentives to bulk-bill and the politically flammable Medicare co-payment issue.