Friday, February 13, 2009

Domestic Abuse Has It's Own Injury Pattern

Domestic violence is believed to be vastly under-reported, and emergency and other physicians have long been urged to be on the alert for patients with unexplained injuries, or who show fear or shame. But the injuries themselves can tell the story. A new study in Archives of Facial Plastic Surgery found differences between injuries from car crashes, falls, or even assaults by strangers from those received from a domestic partner. Get the details from this LA Times article.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Animal Abuse and Domestic Violence Linked in LA Enforcement Efforts

The LA Times reports that people involved in dogfighting, cockfighting and other abuse are being targeted by teams from the LAPD and district attorney's office. The number of criminal cases filed has jumped, felony cases are being won, with jail time the penalty. The importance of this effort for women? In backing the measure, LAPD officials cited studies finding that animal abusers were often involved in other crimes, including child abuse and domestic violence.

Monday, February 2, 2009

Intermittent Fasting Pros and Cons

This excellent article in The LA Times explores the many benefits, and the few risks, of intermittent fasting - cutting back or eliminating eating on a regular basis for a meal, a day, whatever works for you. Apparently there are health benefits to the practice aside from losing weight, like slowing cognitive decline, lowering inflammatory marker levels, and making the body more sensitive to insulin. There's more, including an associated article with first-person accounts.