DNA Paternity Testing

pat_1From the beginning of time, doubts about the paternity of a child have fueled family strife. Until recently, those doubts could not be resolved with any certainty. DNA testing has changed that.. The technology has advanced over the last few years, the price of the test has come down, and business is booming. The process is straightforward: The lab needs a blood sample, a cheek swab, or a strand of hair pulled from the scalp with the roots and follicle attached. DNA testing costs less than $500, and results are available usually in two weeks. "With DNA, we can prove that he either is the father or he's not," said Gayla with DATCS.com/dna. "It is completely definitive." The consequences of such tests can be less straightforward for the families. Just as DNA testing has had a profound impact on the judicial system, releasing innocent prisoners who have spent years behind bars,...
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Suspect Infidelity? Have you Thought of Infidelity Testing?

dna infidelity testing datcsInfidelity testing is a DNA test that can help you draw conclusions and answer questions about the faithfulness of your partner. Infidelity DNA testing relies on testing the stains found on a garment or any items and seeks to determine either or both of the following: You might want the laboratory to determine whether there is just a single DNA profile or more than one DNA profile. The multiple gender profile DNA test for infidelity will not only tell you that there are 2 different DNA profiles present in the stain but also tell you whether the profiles are male or female. One would be surprised with the results of such a test. The second option is to actually provide a comparison DNA sample for the infidelity test. For example, once the lab confirms the presence of female DNA on you and your husband’s bed linen, you might wish to confirm...
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Parents Key to Preventing Alcohol, Marijuana Use by Kids

positive parenting prevents drug and alcholol abuse - drug and alcohol testing compliance services  Jan. 3, 2013 — New research from North Carolina State University, Brigham Young University and the Pennsylvania State University finds that parental involvement is more important than the school environment when it comes to preventing or limiting alcohol and marijuana use by children. "Parents play an important role in shaping the decisions their children make when it comes to alcohol and marijuana," says Dr. Toby Parcel, a professor of sociology at NC State and co-author of a paper on the work. "To be clear, school programs that address alcohol and marijuana use are definitely valuable, but the bonds parents form with their children are more important. Ideally, we can have both." The researchers evaluated data from a nationally representative study that collected information from more than 10,000 students, as well as their parents, teachers and school administrators. Specifically, the researchers looked at how "family social capital" and "school social capital"...
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Regular Marijuana Use by Teens Continues to Be a Concern

regular marijuana use by teens   Regular Marijuana Use by Teens Continues to Be a Concern  Jan. 01, 2013 — Continued high use of marijuana by the nation's eighth, 10th and 12th graders combined with a drop in perceptions of its potential harms was revealed in this year's Monitoring the Future survey, an annual survey of eighth, 10th, and 12th-graders conducted by researchers at the University of Michigan. The survey was carried out in classrooms around the country earlier this year, under a grant from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institutes of Health. The 2012 survey shows that 6.5 percent of high school seniors smoke marijuana daily, up from 5.1 percent five years ago. Nearly 23 percent say they smoked it in the month prior to the survey, and just over 36 percent say they smoked within the previous year. For 10th graders, 3.5 percent said they use marijuana...
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Before and After Pictures Reveal The Horror Of Meth And The Shocking Transformation In Faces Of Users Hooked On This Deadly Drug

The photos, that show a shocking Dorian Gray-like deterioration, were compiled from mug shots of drug users that were arrested repeatedly over the years. The continued drug use caused horrific damage to the drug users' skin with sores and scarring - that can be caused by uncontrollable scratching during a hallucination when the addict imagines bugs are crawling under their skin. Addiction touches nearly every family, ravaging physical and mental health, relationships, and personal finances. Mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, daughters and sons. No one is immune to the frightening long-term impact of hard drug abuse. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals who  fallen victim to the temptation of drug use - in this case, Methamphetamine - whose devastating effects are all too apparent. What follows is a sobering depiction of REAL individuals WARNING: Disturbing images Scroll Down for Video and Rehab Help. (Click Picture To Expand)  ...
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Synthetic Pot' Sending Thousands of Young People to ER

  TUESDAY Dec. 4, 2012 -- U.S emergency rooms tended to more than 11,400 cases of drug-related health complications specifically linked to the use of synthetic marijuana in 2010, a new government report reveals. Released Tuesday, The DAWN Report from the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) attaches a hard figure to the potential health risks associated with the growing use of synthetic marijuana. The report also puts such use in context, observing, for example, that actual marijuana use accounted for far more ER visits (exceeding 461,000) in the same time frame. "It's not an epidemic," acknowledged Rear Admiral Peter Delany, director of SAMHSA's Center for Behavioral Health Statistics and Quality. "But it's a growing problem. And people need to be thinking about it, and how we're going to deal with it." Since it first came on the scene in the United States in 2008, synthetic marijuana...
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Krokodil: Is A Designer Drug That Will Eat Your Flesh In Russia And May Be Headed To The States.

    It sounds like a direct-to-Netflix horror movie plot — a cheap, addictive drug available in a foreign land, that turns the user's skin a scaly green color. Soon it rots the flesh, causing the user's skin to emulate that of a crocodile, leaving bone and muscle tissue exposed to the world. But the Russian drug known as krokodil is real. Warning: Disburbing images of the effects of Krokodil below. This article may be shocking or upsetting for some people. Please proceed with caution. Right image via fritscdejong on Flickr. YouTube videos emanating from Russia displaying the aftereffects of Krokodil use have been available for months. The clips often spotlight the gore factor, displaying the gangrene, exposed bones, and scale-like skin that lent the drug its name. What makes people use a drug that will destroy their body, to the point where their bones are exposed and require amputation? Why...
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Facts about Drug and Alcohol Testing In The Workplace, Texas Laws.

Companies hoping for greater efficiency seek also to cut down the costs associated with abuse Since the 1990s, studies have shown that substance abuse is not only prevalent in the workplace, but that it is extremely costly to employers. About 70 percent of all drug users (including those that drink alcohol heavily) hold a job. The U.S. Department of Labor estimates that drug use costs employers between $75 billion and $100 billion each year in lost time, accidents, health care and workers’ compensation costs. The Small Business Administration further determined that employees with substance use issues cost their employers an average of $7,000 annually. Sixty-five percent of all accidents on the job are related to drugs or alcohol, and employees who abuse substances cause 40 percent of on the job injuries. The workers with a high rate of illicit drug use include construction workers, sales personnel, food preparation, wait staff, bartenders,...
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Study Finds Big Pharma Pushes Doctors To Overprescribe Drugs Instead Of LifeStyle Changes

Know anyone taking prescription drugs? The odds are enormous you do. And it's likely they are taking drugs they don't need because their doctors are too quick to fall under the influence of Big Pharma's aggressive drug sales reps. Consider these statistics: almost half of all Americans are currently diagnosed with a chronic condition and 40 percent of those older than 60 taking five or more medications. Is it really possible that many people in the U.S. have illnesses that need to be treated with multiple drugs? This question obviously raises issues about the nature of the relationship between the expanding definition of chronic illness and the explosion of prescription drug use in the U.S. -- issues Michigan State University anthropologist Linda M. Hunt, PhD., decided to research. Dr. Hunt looked into dramatic increases in the diagnosis of common, chronic conditions and the use of prescription drugs to treat these health...
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Scientists Accurately Predict Age With Saliva DNA Sample; SALIVA AS A PREDICTOR OF AGE

ScienceDaily (June 23, 2011) — Self-conscious about your age? Careful where you spit. UCLA geneticists now can use saliva to reveal how old you are. Promising research now shows that DNA Methylation of human saliva can be utilized to predict a person's age with a modest degree of accuracy. No doubt the technique will improve with refinement and ongoing technological advances. Inferential methods like this are invaluable, because they allow forensic investigators to build a suspect's profile without having to rely on database matches (as is the case with fingerprints, DNA, etc.). The June 22 advance online edition of the Public Library of Science (PLoS) ONE publishes the findings, which offer a myriad of potential applications. A newly patented test based on the research, for example, could offer crime-scene investigators a new forensic tool for pinpointing a suspect's age. "Our approach supplies one answer to the enduring quest for reliable markers of aging,"...
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Adolescent Pot Use Leaves Lasting Mental Deficits; Developing Brain Susceptible to Lasting Damage from Exposure to Marijuana

Lasting Mental Deficits For Adolescent Pot Users[caption id="attachment_3332" align="alignright" width="300"] ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team.  ScienceDaily (Aug. 27, 2012) — The persistent, dependent use of marijuana before age 18 has been shown to cause lasting harm to a person's intelligence, attention and memory, according to an international research team. Among a long-range study cohort of more than 1,000 New Zealanders, individuals who started using cannabis in adolescence and used it for years afterward showed an average decline in IQ of 8 points when their age 13 and age 38 IQ tests were compared. Quitting pot did not appear to reverse the loss either, said lead researcher Madeline Meier, a post-doctoral researcher at Duke University. The results appear online Aug. 27 in the Proceedings of the National Academy of...
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Never Feel Helpless

Written By Phil Bauer - Parent Advisory Board Member As a parent who has lost a son to medicine abuse, the past couple of weeks have been truly moving. The Partnership at Drugfree.org showed me some of the stories people shared about medicine abuse over this past week,and as a parent who has experienced the epidemic's effects firsthand, they really resonated with me. In 2004, my son Mark died from an accidental overdose of prescription drugs. We found a bag of loose pills in his room -- none of the drugs had been prescribed for him, or for anyone else in the family for that matter. I wish that I could tell Mark what I've learned about the dangers of abusing prescription drugs, but it's too late. At a time when most of life's experiences should lie just ahead, his life ended and I will always wonder if I could have...
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Gilmer ISD warns of new digital drug

By Richard Yeakley ryeakley@news-journal.com   A drug-like high could be as close as an app on a teen’s smartphone, and that has some area school officials concerned. An official at Gilmer High School warned parents Friday of the digital-drug craze known as “i-Dosing” that claims to produce a narcotic-like euphoria through sound. In an email to parents and guardians, Principal Greg Watson warned of the dangers of getting high through the app, including reports of people going into trances, becoming paranoid and some “extreme reactions that required immediate medical attention.” “These recordings are being called digital drugs because they can produce some of the same effects as illegal drugs,” Watson wrote to parents. “I just wanted you to be aware of what they are doing and to encourage you to be watchful and mindful of the situation.” Officials with Gilmer ISD were quick to state the letter was written to inform...
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2C-I or 'Smiles': A New Killer Drug That Every Parent Should Know About

Witnesses described the 17-year-old boy as "shaking, growling, foaming at the mouth." According to police reports, Elijah Stai was at a McDonald's with his friend when he began to feel ill. Soon after, he "started to smash his head against the ground" and began acting "possessed," according to a witness. Two hours later, he had stopped breathing. The Grand Forks, North Dakota teenager's fatal overdose has been blamed on a drug called 2C-I. The night before Stai's overdose, another area teen, Christian Bjerk, 18, was found face down on a sidewalk. His death was also linked to the drug. 2C-I--known by its eerie street name "Smiles"--has become a serious problem in the Grand Forks area, according to local police. Overdoses of the drug have also be reported in Indiana and Minnesota. But if the internet is any indication, Smiles is on the rise all over the country. DEA cracks down on...
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Synthetic Drug users and treatment

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 17, 2012 -- What many are beginning to notice lately is that synthetic drugs are rising in the ranks as far as dependency and medical issues are concerned. The days of cocaine and heroin being the bad guys on the block are changing as technology and the population rises. There are many things that could be accredited to the influx of drug addiction in the last decade, including the economy hardships thousands are facing. But who could have imagined that bath salts and synthetic marijuana would turn up on the list of dangerous psychoactive drugs? Yet it’s true. Countless emergency care facilities across the nation are facing more and more cases of synthetic drug abuse. A multitude of these cases have yielded violent outbursts, and aggressive and abusive behaviors. Health care professionals and law enforcement have made note of this side effect to be prevalent in encounters....
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Economy drives a spike as prescription abusers to cheaper, more dangerous choice

Prescription drug abusers turn to cheaper, more dangerous choice The tough economy is influencing Metro Detroiters' illegal drug choices, experts say, with prescription drug abusers turning to a cheaper — but more dangerous — alternative: heroin. During economic downturns, drug users go bargain-hunting like other consumers, said Lt. Darcy Leutzinger, head of Warren's Special Investigation Division, which handles narcotics. "People are going for what they can afford; the economy drives it," he said. "When times are tough, and the drug prices get too high, people want more bang for their buck. Heroin is cheaper than pills, and it's a high that lasts a long time." Prescription drugs such as Vicodin sell for as high as $15 a pill, depending on their strength, Leutzinger said. "OxyContin or the other heavy-duty painkillers can go for as high as $40 per pill on the street in the Detroit area, and as much as $60...
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DA: Bath salts suspected in Hawley head-gnawing attack

By Denis J. O’Malley The Times-Tribune, Scranton September 14, 2012 Authorities suspect the Doylestown man who allegedly gnawed on a woman’s head in Hawley after stripping his clothes and jumping from a second-story window on Friday may have been under the influence of bath salts. Richard Cimino Jr., 20, of Doylestown, had “allegedly” taken bath salts before the early morning incident Friday, said Wayne County District Attorney Janine Edwards, though that has not yet been confirmed by medical testing. Cimino remains in Geisinger Community Medical Center in Scranton recovering from injuries suffered when he jumped from the second-floor window of a vacant home on Hudson Street in Hawley on Friday, after he stripped down to his underwear and unsuccessfully tried to break into another nearby home. By the time he entered the vacant home at 521 Hudson St., Cimino had also taken off his underpants, state police said. After the jump,...
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Tempe Naked Man on Bath Salts No. 3: Noah McQueen Fought Imaginary Bugs in Coffee Shop

By Matthew Hendley Seriously, Tempe: put down the bath salts, and put on your clothes.For the third time this week, Tempe police have arrested a naked person doing really weird things, and in each case, the person in question told police they had ingested the chemicals known as "bath salts."The latest naked bath salts adventure occurred in the bathroom of Tempe's Xtreme Bean Coffee Company, where police say 18-year-old Noah McQueen was fighting imaginary bugs. Tempe Police Sergeant Jeffrey Glover tells New Times that store employees noticed McQueen seemed jittery and nervous yesterday when he walked into the store, and he headed straight for the bathroom.McQueen then barricaded himself inside the bathroom, causing enough of a stir for the cops to be called.Glover says police noticed McQueen was acting delusional, and he was "convinced that he was being eaten alive by bugs."After police broke down the door, not only was McQueen...
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Tempe Naked Man on Bath Salts No. 2: Police Say Michael Hurtado Was Making Out With a U-Haul Steering Wheel and a Cop Car

By Matthew Hendley The Tempe Police Department was probably not messing around Wendesday when it issued a public warning about the chemicals known as "bath salts."After finding 23-year-old Sean-Paul Branscome slamming himself against walls and jogging around a Tempe neighborhood in the nude on Sunday after admittedly ingesting bath salts, the cops responded to another naked-man-on-bath-salts incident just two days later.This time, police say it was Michael Hurtado admitting to using bath salts. Naturally, that admission only came after police say he crashed his truck, then got "fully naked," hopped in someone else's U-Haul truck, and started making out with the steering wheel. According to court documents obtained by New Times, Hurtado, 21, crashed his Chevy truck into a parking garage gate at the Vue in Tempe, an apartment building that's mostly filled with students from the nearby Arizona State University.Police heard from a witness that Hurtado got out of his...
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Tempe Joins the Naked-Man-on-Bath-Salts Train Thanks to Sean-Paul Branscome

By Matthew Hendley If you haven't heard a story recently about a naked person high on the chemicals known as "bath salts," you have not been paying attention. Thanks to 23-year-old Sean-Paul Branscome, the Tempe Police Department is holding a press conference right now to warn the public about the dangers of bath salts. That's because police say Brascome, 23, was slamming himself against walls while pacing on a sidewalk, before he got naked and went jogging through a neighborhood. He would eventually tell police that he had ingested bath salts. According to Tempe PD, the call came in Sunday morning about a man "walking up and down the sidewalk and throwing himself against walls" near Country Club Way and Guadalupe Road. While police were still on the phone with whoever called, Brascome got rid of his clothes and started running around. The cops set up a perimeter to catch him,...
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