Friday, February 28, 2014

Forensic Toxicology On Making Sense of Substance Abuse At the Wheel

The toxicology data gathered during tests of a DUI suspect matter the most to prosecutors who may think the suspect committed other acts as a segue to the original offense. The substances found in the suspect’s bloodstream will also provide more clues regarding their mental state. For instance, Bieber admitted that he smoked a joint at a recording studio before the arrest, but the source of the marijuana is not yet known.

A skilled forensic toxicologist like Dr. Brautbar has an array of other skills to further shed light on any vague facts of the case. These include making recommendations to case handlers on further angles to pursuing and examining patients, as well as establishing cause and effect using all evidence at hand.

Friday, February 14, 2014

What Makes One a Good Toxicology Expert Witness

Just because some people may know a lot of things, it does not necessarily mean they are automatically qualified for job. In the case of a toxicology expert witness, having a wide knowledge of toxins does not mean he or she can serve as a good toxicology expert witness.
Having a good track record in the industry can help. The expert must also have good communication skills so he or she can explain things clearly in court and provide an unbiased approach on the case. 

The role of a toxicology expert witness changes from one case to another, but oftentimes, his or her basic role is to either support or refute some facts regarding a certain case, whether the toxin in question is alcohol, poison, prescription medications, illegal drugs, tobacco, pesticides, or any other chemical substance that could affect positively or negatively affect a human being. The reason why people opt to get a toxicology expert witness is because they are unbiased regarding the opinion they support or refute. 

If you need to hire a toxicology expert witness, check if they have experience regarding the different physical and mental medical effects of chemicals inside a human body. Lastly, see to it that they are not condescending when it comes to dealing with people. Social skills is important when it comes to dealing with cases in court.

Friday, February 7, 2014

For Child Safety: Major Chemicals to Avoid

Babies and toddlers tend to put their toys in their mouths while playing and curiously discovering the world around them. Medical experts advise that you pay extra attention to these 3 unsafe substances that can be in your child's toys. Knowing what to keep your eye on can help you deal with the situation properly.


Nervous system damage and delayed development are some effects of lead poisoning. Lead used to be a chief component of paint before federal law banned its use in 1978. However, the substance can still be found in older houses and some imported “play jewelry” and toys. 

How to Avoid 

Frequently mop floors, wipe surfaces with a damp cloth, and ensure that paint on surfaces is in good condition. Steer clear of imported toys and children’s jewelry from places that haven't banned the use of lead in toys. 

Bisphenol A (BPA) and Phthalates 

These two chemicals disturb the natural cycle of reproductive development: BPA influences early puberty in girls, and phthalates causes low testosterone in boys. Companies already stopped utilizing these substances to produce baby bottles and children’s sippy cups. However, some still use such substances to line food and beverage cans and bottled formula and to soften vinyl plastic, such as raincoats and backpacks. 

How to Avoid 

Refrain from microwaving food in plastic containers as this releases BPA and other harmful chemicals into the food. Avoid buying toys made from PVC plastic. Instead, purchase toxin-free toys and other items that are BPA-free and phthalate-free.