July 17th, 2011

Rebekah Brooks arrested

Reasonable coverage can be found at the Guardian, which has been on the News Corp story early and often:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2011/jul/17/rebekah-brooks-arrested-phone-hacking-allegations

Terrible Reuters coverage can be found here:

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/17/us-newscorp-brooks-idUSTRE76G1LA20110717

Who wrote this thing? Georgina Prodhan. It has the _weirdest_ language in it, some of it _not_ attributed in quotes to other people:

"the flame-haired 43-year-old was promoted in 2009 to become chief executive of Rupert Murdoch's UK newspaper business"

Some of it in attributed quotes:

""At first, I wondered who this person flouncing around the office with big red hair like she owned the place was. I soon found out," said one ex-Sun reporter."

When did Reuters turn into a gossip column? The writer doesn't seem to be so young or inexperienced to chalk the style up to that -- maybe Brooks is just _really_ loathed in the industry and this is how that loathing manifests? Or maybe this is Reuters playing catchup? It's a background piece, where the Guardian piece contains useful information.

Autopsy guidelines proposed change

http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/07/17/us-alzheimers-autopsy-idUSTRE76G20M20110717

Plaques in the brains diagnosed after someone -- who may have been cognitively unimpaired right up until death -- has been the definitive way to diagnose Alzheimers.

"According to the proposed guidelines, patients who have memory problems caused by the disease will be diagnosed with Alzheimer's dementia, or in milder cases, mild cognitive impairment (MCI) due to Alzheimer's dementia.

The term Alzheimer's disease will be used to refer to the underlying changes in the pathology, Phelps said."

Further:

"The proposed guidelines offer much more detail about how to test people's brains at autopsy, specifying tests that should be done and asking pathologists to quantify the amount of plaque in the brain."

It looks like maybe they'll be mapping the location of plaques as well? The article is not completely clear. If the guidelines are adopted and implemented, perhaps we'll get a little clarity.