Why forensic science isn’t really science and how it could be killing innocent people



Nine days before death row inmate Earl Washington’s scheduled execution, his lawyers informed the state of Virginia that it was about to murder an innocent man. Forensic analysis of semen introduced at trial had convinced the jury that Washington, whose mental abilities matched those of a 10-year-old, had brutally raped and murdered a young woman in 1982. Washington’s lawyers uncovered evidence that the analysis was faulty. The state halted the impending execution, and following a gubernatorial pardon, Washington was released from prison in 2001. He had been there for 17 years. read more

Celery Kills Cancers

It is not new news that celery is one of the healthiest foods you can eat, and should be a part of any balanced, healthy diet. For some, celery is just a garnish for a plate of hot wings, but a recent study has shown that celery has a benefit you might not know about: the ability to kill cancer cells. read more

Vitamin D and Dangers for African Americans

Current practice may over-diagnose vitamin D deficiency

Date: November 20, 2013
Source: Massachusetts General Hospital

The current “gold standard” test for measuring vitamin D status may not accurately diagnose vitamin D deficiency in black individuals. A team of researchers has found that genetic differences in a vitamin D carrier protein may explain the discrepancy between the prevalence of diagnosed vitamin D deficiency in black Americans and a lack of the usual symptoms of vitamin deficiency. read more