homicide

For a doctor, putting puzzle pieces together is essential to becoming a master diagnostician. Being a detective is a vital skill employed daily in medical practice. So, despite the fact forensics routinely involves the deceased and primary care the living, the two disciplines amazingly run in parallel, sharing much common ground.

As a result, a new report on expanding the use of science to estimate time of death better in suspected homicides caught my attention.

After all, I did consider being a medical examiner for a whole week many years ago -- until I recognized that working all day usually without windows in basements, never delivering happy news and being surrounded by the macabre day in and day out might not best gel with my optimistic nature and spirited...

Murders in America have increased recently. This has been made horrifyingly obvious by the tragic nightly news stories coming from Chicago, a city whose homicide rate has skyrocketed in the last few years. (The homicide rate in Chicago is a legitimate hockey stick graph.)

The homicide rate in Chicago, though extremely alarming, is not the nation's worst for a large city. That dubious distinction goes to St. Louis. Other cities with higher homicide rates than Chicago include Memphis, Baltimore, New Orleans, Detroit, Cleveland, and Birmingham. (The Economist has an excellent...

Your risk of death from a car crash, suicide, or homicide is different depending on the day of the week. That's the latest finding from the CDC's Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report.

The CDC calculated that, on the average day, 103 Americans die in car accidents, 121 from suicide, and 49 from homicide. But that's the average day. As it turns out, people die differently on Monday than they do on Saturday. (See chart.)

On every day of the week except Saturday and Sunday, people were most likely to die from suicide. The highest number of suicides occurred on Monday, which makes intuitive sense, since Mondays suck. The average number of suicides...

Overall, the average life expectancy in the United States continues its inexorable, salutary rise. The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) reported that life expectancy has increased by 11 percent in the last 40 years. For as long as such statistics have been recorded, there has been a substantial gap between the life expectancies between black and white Americans. However, while that gap has diminished since 1970, in 2010 white Americans...