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Murderer Phil Spector's Defense Argument Debunked
Researchers Debunk
Phil Spector's Defense
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Researchers Debunk Phil Spector's Defense

His lawyers claimed lack of blood spatter proved his innocence, but new studies cast doubt

(Newser) - Crime shows make blood-spatter analysis look foolproof, as easy as seeing flecks of blood and knowing from which direction an assailant fired a gun. But the reality is far trickier , as new research inspired by the 2003 murder of actor Lana Clarkson shows. The late music producer Phil Spector was...

US Facing 'National Crisis' on Blood Supply

Red Cross is warning of 'severe blood shortage' around the nation

(Newser) - "Every two seconds, someone in the US needs blood," per the American Red Cross. Now, however, "crucial patient care" is getting pushed off thanks to what the group says is a "severe blood shortage" nationwide, per the New York Times . In a release issued June 14,...

For Some COVID Patients, This Is Liquid Gold
For Some 
COVID Patients,
This Is Liquid Gold
NEW STUDY

For Some COVID Patients, This Is Liquid Gold

Convalescent plasma reduces risk of severe illness in small study

(Newser) - The FDA gave "investigational" approval for COVID-19 patients to receive blood plasma from recovered patients in the spring, then expanded that approval in the summer. Now results from a clinical trial are in, and they "conclusively point toward … beneficial effects" if administered early on, reports the New ...

Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen in Broad Daylight
Pope John Paul II's Blood 
Stolen in Broad Daylight
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Pope John Paul II's Blood Stolen in Broad Daylight

Cops have a suspect, who's been known to lift sacred relics, but vial of blood is still missing

(Newser) - Pope John Paul II died more than 15 years ago, but people still try to get their hands on relics of the Polish pontiff when they can—even his blood. That's what a man from Tuscany is accused of swiping, and Italian authorities are now trying to track down...

Coronavirus Fix Helped 'Critically Ill Patients' in China

New York's Mount Sinai Hospital leads the charge in America

(Newser) - A new study supports the notion that blood from recovered coronavirus patients can help others battle the disease, Fox News reports. Published in the Journal of the American Medical Association , it found positive results among five "critically ill" patients in China who received an experimental plasma transfusion. Four of...

Vampire Bats Engage in 'Horrifying French Kiss'
Vampire Bats Engage
in 'Horrifying French Kiss'
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Vampire Bats Engage in 'Horrifying French Kiss'

It's gross, but it keeps them alive

(Newser) - Vampire bats' diet exclusively consists of blood, and going even three days without it can be fatal for them. Luckily, and somewhat grossly, the animals will share regurgitated blood—notably, even among bats who aren't related. In a study published Thursday in Current Biology , researchers explain that they set...

Carrie Costume Fools Cops: They 'Thought I Was Dead'

'HAHAHAHA IM SO SORRY' adds Sidney Wolfe

(Newser) - Her car was totalled, but Sidney Wolfe walked away with only a bruised leg after a run-in with a deer last week in Ohio. Still, "everyone who was a first responder thought I was dead." That's because the 20-year-old Ohio woman, who appears in a Marshall University...

Family's Basement Has Been Filling With Blood for Weeks

A downside to living next door to a meat locker

(Newser) - If you're dealing with a basement water leak this fall, thank your lucky stars. As the Des Moines Register reports, an Iowa family has it much, much worse, having discovered "five inches of animal blood, fat, and tissue from a neighboring meat locker had seeped into the basement...

Woman Shows Up at ER, Learns Her Blood Turned Blue

'I'm weak and I'm blue,' she told doctors in Rhode Island

(Newser) - An emergency room doctor in Rhode Island says he treated a blue-blooded woman—and he doesn't mean she was an aristocrat. In a case described in the New England Journal of Medicine , Dr. Otis Warren says the 25-year-old woman arrived at a Providence hospital with "weakness, fatigue, shortness...

They Were Voting on a Bill. Then the 'Blood' Rained Down

Woman allegedly hurled menstrual cup with what 'appeared to be blood' at Calif. state senators

(Newser) - California's state senators trying to get through the last day of the legislative year in Sacramento got a somewhat early break Friday after a protester's actions spurred the evacuation of the Capitol's chambers. The Sacramento Bee and Los Angeles Times report that around 5:15pm, as the...

Blood Thick With Fat Clogs Hospital Filter—Twice
Man's Blood Thick With Fat
Clogs Hospital Filter—Twice
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Man's Blood Thick With Fat Clogs Hospital Filter—Twice

German doctors turned to bloodletting to save patient

(Newser) - Two hours after the blood was drawn, it might've been mistaken for milk. A cloudy white substance filled more than half of each of four test tubes lined up side by side. In one, only a small smudge of red could be seen. The 39-year-old diabetes patient who'd...

FDA: Beware of Young Blood Transfusions

They're 'potentially harmful,' and claims aren't proven

(Newser) - The FDA has come down hard on young blood transfusions, touted by startups in several states as an anti-aging "cure" that can improve strength, memory, and even reverse the effects of Alzheimer's. Infusions of blood plasma from young donors into older patients "should not be assumed to...

Coming This Spring: a Big Move to Smash Period 'Stigma'

Menstruation emoji will be represented by a single drop of blood

(Newser) - Due to a long-running push , you'll soon be able to throw the subject of menstruation into your online interactions, thanks to a new emoji that the Unicode Consortium is releasing this spring, per Mashable . Although everything from a red flashing light and double exclamation point to an erupting volcano...

A Serial Killer Murdered Her Son. She Was the One Found Guilty

The 'New York Times Magazine' looks at the case of Julie Rea

(Newser) - "I wouldn't wish it on a snake." So says Julie Rea of the life she has had since Oct. 13, 1997. That was the day she awoke to a scream and tussled with an intruder in her Illinois home. Her 10-year-old son, Joel Kirkpatrick, had been stabbed...

Sorry, Dexter: Blood Spatter Analysis May Be Bogus

ProPublica looks at how one man nearly single-handedly created the field

(Newser) - It looks like unassailable science when presented on shows like Dexter or CSI, and, far more significantly, in countless courtrooms across the nation. But as a report in ProPublica explains, the science behind blood-spatter analysis may not be as sound as people think. The story looks at how one man,...

Can Your Rare Blood Save This Toddler With Cancer?
Wanted: 'Extremely
Rare Blood' for
Sick Toddler
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Wanted: 'Extremely Rare Blood' for Sick Toddler

Donors for Florida girl need 'O' or 'A' blood type, with parents 100% Pakistani, Iranian, or Indian

(Newser) - A toddler in Florida has spurred a hunt for compatible blood donors, and the requirements are incredibly rigid. The little girl, identified as Zainab, 2, was diagnosed just a few weeks ago with neuroblastoma , a rare kind of blood cancer that typically only strikes children ages 5 and younger, WPLG...

Spa's 'Vampire Facials' May Have Had Scary Consequence

NM spa may have spread HIV, authorities say

(Newser) - "Vampire facials," in which a patient's blood is drawn and then injected back into their face after patelet-rich plasma is isolated, have resulted in real-life terror for the clients of a New Mexico spa. The state Department of Health says people who received the facials or other...

According to Their Blood, They 'Should Have Been Dead'

How the highest lab on the planet tried to unlock the secrets of human oxygen efficiency

(Newser) - Mike Grocott's resume may seem at odds with itself at first glance: The Brit is a professor of anesthesia and what Americans would call ICU-related medicine, and he also heads up Xtreme Everest, which has essentially put a lab higher than any other on Earth to study how oxygen-light...

Starbucks Suit: 'My Wife, Baby Just Drank Someone's Blood'

Calif. family sues chain after blood from barista found in their beverage cups

(Newser) - A California family has suffered "stress, nervousness, fright, anguish, grief, anxiety, worry, and shock for several months," says a release on a lawsuit they just filed—all because of a trip to Starbucks. KTLA reports on Amanda and Louis Vice, who say they visited a San Bernardino Starbucks...

One Whiff of Blood Molecule Separates Hunters, Hunted

Scent of E2D triggers widely different reactions in animals, including humans

(Newser) - Scientists have zeroed in on a molecule in blood whose very scent triggers alarm in humans but also beckons predators. In fact, one whiff of the E2D molecule causes animals of all kinds to act in "diametrically opposite" ways, suggesting that it's been around for eons and responses...

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