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Bad Police Fingerprint Work Undermines Chicago Property Crime Cases

Eyewitness testimony was shaky, so Cook County prosecutors relied on a fingerprint lifted from a laptop as their key evidence in the trial of a juvenile charged with robbery. The strategy did not go well. Presiding over the 2016 case, Judge Stuart…

Eyewitness testimony was shaky, so Cook County prosecutors relied on a fingerprint lifted from a laptop as their key evidence in the trial of a juvenile charged with robbery. The strategy did not go well. Presiding over the 2016 case, Judge Stuart…

Eyewitness testimony was shaky, so Cook County prosecutors relied on a fingerprint lifted from a laptop as their key evidence in the trial of a juvenile charged with robbery. The strategy did not go well. Presiding over the 2016 case, Judge Stuart…

Oct 15, 2019
Among Hurricane Harvey's many bad effects: riskier childbirth for women

A new study of Hurricane Harvey data shows how much havoc big storms wreak on newborns.

A new study of Hurricane Harvey data shows how much havoc big storms wreak on newborns.

A new study of Hurricane Harvey data shows how much havoc big storms wreak on newborns.

Oct 8, 2019
A polio-like disease continues to afflict children and baffle researchers

No single virus or pathogen was consistent across all the cases, making it hard to pinpoint what is causing the polio-like symptoms.

No single virus or pathogen was consistent across all the cases, making it hard to pinpoint what is causing the polio-like symptoms.

No single virus or pathogen was consistent across all the cases, making it hard to pinpoint what is causing the polio-like symptoms.

Oct 1, 2019
Is red meat really that bad? Here’s what you should know about the latest controversy.

A controversial analysis says there’s no good evidence that red meat harms individual health.

A controversial analysis says there’s no good evidence that red meat harms individual health.

A controversial analysis says there’s no good evidence that red meat harms individual health.

Sep 26, 2019
Teen tobacco habits show peer pressure can be a force for good

Peer-run talks that highlight misconceptions about tobacco could help adolescents keep away from cigarettes and vaping products.

Peer-run talks that highlight misconceptions about tobacco could help adolescents keep away from cigarettes and vaping products.

Peer-run talks that highlight misconceptions about tobacco could help adolescents keep away from cigarettes and vaping products.

Sep 19, 2019
Banning flavored vapes won’t stop deadly lung disease

As the number of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes continues to rise, lawmakers and governors in states across the country are pushing for regulations on the products — including bans on flavors and increased oversight of counterfeit…

As the number of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes continues to rise, lawmakers and governors in states across the country are pushing for regulations on the products — including bans on flavors and increased oversight of counterfeit…

As the number of respiratory illnesses linked to e-cigarettes continues to rise, lawmakers and governors in states across the country are pushing for regulations on the products — including bans on flavors and increased oversight of counterfeit…

Sep 19, 2019
So you want to try intermittent fasting. Here's how to do it.

When to eat, and when not to eat, that is the question. Unbelievable Wardrobe Malfunctions That Somehow Slipped Into Movies Giraffe Woman' Elongating Her Neck With Rings Removes Them 5 Years Later If Your Dog Licks Its Paws (Do This Every Day) 3 Ways…

When to eat, and when not to eat, that is the question. Unbelievable Wardrobe Malfunctions That Somehow Slipped Into Movies Giraffe Woman' Elongating Her Neck With Rings Removes Them 5 Years Later If Your Dog Licks Its Paws (Do This Every Day) 3 Ways…

When to eat, and when not to eat, that is the question. Unbelievable Wardrobe Malfunctions That Somehow Slipped Into Movies Giraffe Woman' Elongating Her Neck With Rings Removes Them 5 Years Later If Your Dog Licks Its Paws (Do This Every Day) 3 Ways…

Sep 10, 2019
Evidence shows Juul illegally marketed vaping as safer than smoking

In one instance, Juul representatives told students in school that its products were less harmful than cigarettes.

In one instance, Juul representatives told students in school that its products were less harmful than cigarettes.

In one instance, Juul representatives told students in school that its products were less harmful than cigarettes.

Sep 3, 2019
Having too much time to prepare for a hurricane could actually be a bad thing

Knowing about a storm too far in advance could mean unnecessary and counterproductive preparation and evacuation.

Knowing about a storm too far in advance could mean unnecessary and counterproductive preparation and evacuation.

Knowing about a storm too far in advance could mean unnecessary and counterproductive preparation and evacuation.

Aug 28, 2019
Johnson & Johnson will pay $572 million for the Oklahoma opioid epidemic—and this is just the beginning

The decision in Oklahoma could mean other companies not as centrally involved in the opioid crisis could also be held accountable.

The decision in Oklahoma could mean other companies not as centrally involved in the opioid crisis could also be held accountable.

The decision in Oklahoma could mean other companies not as centrally involved in the opioid crisis could also be held accountable.

Aug 27, 2019
Women Violently Choked by Partners Are Later Killed—But Doctors Miss the Signs

Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in May 2010. The attack that killed her wasn’t the first—he’d assaulted her before. To Kathryn Laughon, a forensic nurse examiner and…

Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in May 2010. The attack that killed her wasn’t the first—he’d assaulted her before. To Kathryn Laughon, a forensic nurse examiner and…

Yeardley Love, a 22-year-old lacrosse player at the University of Virginia, was murdered by her ex-boyfriend in May 2010. The attack that killed her wasn’t the first—he’d assaulted her before. To Kathryn Laughon, a forensic nurse examiner and…

Aug 20, 2019
Why strawberries look red, even when they aren't

These strawberries look red (almost), like fresh fruit should. But this tasty image doesn’t have any rosy hues in it at all. Zoom way in, and you’ll find that the pixels that make up this snack are actually shades of blue and green. You’re seeing…

These strawberries look red (almost), like fresh fruit should. But this tasty image doesn’t have any rosy hues in it at all. Zoom way in, and you’ll find that the pixels that make up this snack are actually shades of blue and green. You’re seeing…

These strawberries look red (almost), like fresh fruit should. But this tasty image doesn’t have any rosy hues in it at all. Zoom way in, and you’ll find that the pixels that make up this snack are actually shades of blue and green. You’re seeing…

Aug 15, 2019
Your annual checkup could soon include screening for illicit drug use

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends doctors should ask their patients about all the drugs they use.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends doctors should ask their patients about all the drugs they use.

The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends doctors should ask their patients about all the drugs they use.