by Peter Rowan, MSc, FRCP (General Practitioner)a, Michael Hill, PhD, FRCP (Physician)b, G.A. Gresham, Sc.D, FRCPath (Professor)c, Edward Goodall, PhD, NTF (Senior Lecturer)d, Tara Moore, MSc, PhD (Fellow Professor)d
"The results of photographing subjects over 6 months demonstrated that the median time the bruises persisted in both groups was approximately between 18 and 19 days. There was no statistically significant difference between groups of bruises photographed with both the infrared digital camera that had been adapted to capture only infrared light, and with the standard camera which had the same lens fitted to it.The two groups of photographs of bruises imaged at the same time with the two cameras were not significantly different with regard to what skin changes could be detected. The use of the near infrared spectrum, with wavelengths that are longer than the human eye can detect, did not reveal significant evidence of bruising after it had faded from view to both the human eye and to a standard camera."
What has been described in the article below are classic signs of elder abuse. Every year, thousands of elders are abused by family or caretakers. What is elder abuse? It's "any knowing, intentional, or negligent act by a caregiver or any other person that causes harm or a serious risk of harm to a vulnerable adult."
Some examples of elder abuse are verbal abuse, such as screaming, shouting, cussing, belittling, intimidation, or deliberate infliction of mental pain. Physical abuse can be shoving, pushing, slapping, bruising, or throwing objects at the elder; with-holding of food or nourishment, medical attention, or care of bodily needs; imprisonment, or deliberately cutting off contact with others, and taking control of their finances, and assets, without legal consent.
Christopher Aber, 52, was ordered on Monday to stay at least 100 yards away from Rooney, 90, and his Los Angeles area home. Aber is the son of Rooney's eighth wife Jan.
"Chris has blocked Mickey's access to his mail and will not provide Mickey with any information about his finances, other than to tell him that Mickey is broke."
A local lawyer was given temporary conservatorship powers over Rooney and his estate, at the actor's request, in a ruling by a Los Angeles Superior Court judge.
According to court papers, Aber is a regular but unannounced visitor to Rooney's home, and the diminutive actor who was once a close friend and co-star of Judy Garland in the Andy Hardy movies hides in his room to avoid his stepson.
"He threatens, intimidates, bullies and harasses Mickey," according to papers in support of the stay-away order. "Mickey is effectively a prisoner in his home." Read More
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