Though the future Professor Gallop had been working for the UK's Forensic Science Service for just over three years, she had no direct experience of the aftermath of a violent killing. "It was the first time I had seen a dead body," she says now. "So I was rather nervous about how I would react, not wanting to be unprofessional in any way. "But when the time came and I saw her in the mortuary, she just looked incredibly peaceful, which in my experience is how victims of even the most vicious murders tend to appear. She looked very calm and peaceful, and she was a very beautiful young woman, and it was just incredibly sad." Professor Gallop would get used to seeing dead bodies during her career as one of the world's foremost forensic specialists. Over the past four decades, she has been central to some of the most notorious cases to ever come before the courts: Stephen Lawrence, Rachel Nickell and Roberto Calvi among many others. By any reckoning, though, it was an unlikely sequence of … [Read more...] about ‘I can all too easily see dead bodies’
You too can have a body like mine
Lying on a bed, wide awake, I'm fully aware that my eyelids are being sliced open. I've already had three-inch cuts made on both sides of my head and had those stapled back together. But this is no horror story. I can't feel a thing and I'm remarkably chipper. In fact the doctor, who is, with enormous delicacy, removing a sliver of skin from each of my eyelids, has just asked me to stop chatting because it's distracting him. After all, this is an operating theatre. Frankly, I'm surprised to find myself here. A few weeks previously, in my role as a beauty journalist, I'd been offered the chance to be one of the first women to try a new treatment — the T-lift, so called because it involves lifting the face from the temples. This is a facelift, but not as you know it. There are no visible scars because the incisions are behind the hairline at the sides of the upper face. It's performed when you are wide awake — without even sedation, let alone a general anaesthetic. Leah … [Read more...] about The 40 minute face lift you can have in your lunch break
Young people are disproportionately involved in road accidents and everyone has an opinion as to why and what to do about it. The consensus seems to be they are deficient in attitude, skills and experience. Yet, far from dealing directly with these issues, the suggestions that emerged from various insurance companies this week, such as spy-in-the-cab monitoring, outright night-driving bans and zero alcohol tolerance, seem somewhat Draconian. Have we waived all young people’s rights in our righteousness? It’s perhaps worth remembering that, last year, 17- to 25-year-old drivers of all motor vehicles were involved in 46,702 reported accidents, with 59.5 per cent injured, while 40- to 49-year-old drivers were involved in 48,965 reported accidents, with 45 per cent injured. Perhaps we all could do with improving our driving. And it starts here, with the driving test, your initial pitch at a licence to kill and maim on the Queen’s Highway. Perhaps we should be glad the … [Read more...] about Can an experienced driver like our own motoring expert pass his driving test 30 years later?
opinion Terry Gallagher Opinion contributor Published 5:00 AM EST Nov 12, 2018 Researchers announced last month that thanks to a compulsory vaccine program, Australia is on track to eradicate cervical cancer. This is due to almost universal vaccination against human papillomavirus (HPV), a virus which is responsible for 90 percent of cervical cancers. The vaccine itself is a medical breakthrough and has only been available for use since 2006. In just 12 short years, cervical cancer is becoming a rarity in Australia and will eventually be eliminated, saving thousands of Australians’ lives. According to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), each year HPV causes cancer in 33,700 men and women in the U.S. alone. Cervical cancer is not the only cancer caused by HPV; 70 percent of oropharynx cancers, for example, which were previously attributed only to alcohol and tobacco use, are caused by HPV. In Australia in 2016, 78.6 … [Read more...] about US can eradicate cervical cancer like Australia by requiring HPV vaccine
A SIZE 28 lingerie model who claims she was told to stop eating and kill herself by cruel bullies says she loves her fuller figure – and reckons most guys secretly want a plus-sized babe. Leah Stanley, 29, from New York, USA, wants to enable other women to embrace their curvy bodies after she grew up without a strong plus-sized influence. The social media consultant and content creator grew up the youngest of four sisters and was the only plus-size one of the four. Throughout her childhood Leah was always bigger – but was labelled “fat” by other children as the idea of being “plus-size” wasn’t a widely held notion. Leah has faced a lot of criticism for her UK size 28 figure, with many people telling her she is promoting an unhealthy lifestyle. Although she admits she does have negative days and criticises her own figure occasionally, Leah says that is just a negative attitude and that her weight does not define her. She hopes to become a role … [Read more...] about I was told to stop eating and kill myself by bullies… but I love my size 28 figure – and blokes do too