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TV news skews viewer perception of threats to life and limb
Reporting in the first epidemiological study of its kind, UCLA researchers say television news in Los Angeles skews viewer perception of actual threats to life and limb, causing unwarranted anxiety over some risks while masking the danger of others. (2001-12-03)

Targeted policing is good for public health
A public-health article in this week's issue of THE LANCET proposes that an understanding of policing and the criminal justice system-especially the concept of deterrence-is integral to the implementation of effective public-health strategies worldwide. (2001-11-15)

New study: law officers promote gun locks, but don't seem to like using them
Law enforcement officers encourage the public to use special locks to make stored guns less dangerous, but they don't seem to like using the locks themselves, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study suggests. One surveyed officer said they are (2001-09-04)

New research shows workplace homicides more likely at smaller businesses open late, Saturdays
Smaller businesses, businesses that opened at their current locations within the past two years and businesses having only one worker on duty evenings and weekends are more likely than other workplaces to experience homicides, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. (2001-08-29)

Study ties economic woes to murder rates in some small cities
Homicide cases in small to mid-size cities in the nation's Rust Belt rose in the 1980s and 1990s, according to a new Ohio University study of 85 industrial cities in the Midwest and Northeast. The findings point to economic decline as one reason for the rising murder rates. (2001-05-14)

Alcohol intoxication increases vulnerability to violent crime
Alcohol intoxication greatly increases an individual's chance of becoming a victim of violent crime, according to a study from Northwestern University Medical School. The study found that while victims of violent crime are less likely to be intoxicated than are suspects -- except in cases of robbery - - being intoxicated contributes to violent victimization more than to violent perpetration. (2001-02-20)

Drop in homicide reflects fewer guns in hands of youth, says expert
The marked drop in homicide rates in Texas and across the country is tied dramatically to fewer guns in the hands of young people, according to a paper being presented at a convention of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Sciences (INFORMSĀ®) in San Antonio's Henry B. Gonzalez Convention Center on Monday, Nov. 6. (2000-10-31)

Pigs at sea reveal latest clues in homicide research
The bodies of homicide victims found at sea or washed up on shore could provide investigators with critical information needed to help solve the crimes. That's why Simon Fraser University forensic entomologist Gail Anderson is analysing underwater activity around six pig carcasses recently anchored in the ocean near Vancouver. (2000-07-23)

The sniffing detective
Chemists in Tennessee are working on an electric nose that can be 'waved over a body' to detect how long a person has been dead. The device detects and identifies different odours from a decomposing body and correlates it with different periods of time since death. (2000-06-13)

Taxi drivers most likely to be murdered at work, new UNC-CH research shows
Analysis of 15 years of on-the-job homicides in North Carolina shows taxi drivers are significantly more likely than others to be murdered at work, according to a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study. (2000-06-06)

Homicidal thoughts are common for teens, study says
April 20 marks the anniversary of the fateful day when Dylan Klebold and Eric Harris opened fire at Columbine High School -- the deadliest school-shooting spree in the history of the United States. While their actions were extreme, a new study indicates that their murderous thoughts may not be. (2000-04-03)

Investigators construct detailed classification system for child homicide by a parent
Investigators at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas are providing insight into a most disturbing crime - the killing of a child by a parent, or filicide. (1999-11-18)

Burglary rates may be down because drug trafficking is up
The sharp decline in burglary rates since 1980 is linked to a corresponding increase in drug trafficking and various kinds of fraud, according to two researchers. (1999-08-09)

Mental Health Services Should Aim To Improve Safety To Prevent Suicide And Homicide
In England and Wales, about 1000 people who commit suicide each year (nearly a quarter of all suicides) and about 40 of those who commit homicide (about eight per cent of all UK homicides) have had some contact with the mental health services in the year before death, suggest researchers from the National Confidential Inquiry into Suicide and Homicide by People with Mental Illness, at the University of Manchester. (1999-05-07)

Major Causes Of Early Childhood Death From Injury Identified
Homicide, accidental suffocation, motor vehicle accidents, fire, drowning, and choking were the major causes of injury- related death for children less than a year of age, according to a study by researchers at the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD). The study appears in the May 3 issue of Pediatrics. (1999-05-04)

Joblessness, Not Race, Drives Rates Of Violent Deaths Among Working-Age Americans In Chicago Study
All forms of violent death -- homicide, accidental death and suicide -- are more strongly linked to joblessness not race, say University of Washington demographers who studied Chicago census data vital records.They also found that the life- expectancy of poor working-age black males dropped 1 1/2 years between 1970 and 1990. (1999-02-11)

Recent Trends In Juvenile Crime Policy Are Driven By Fear, Not Fact, Says A National Expert On Juvenile Justice
In a new report released today, December 9, 1998, one of the nation's leading authorities on juvenile justice, Franklin Zimring, says youth policy in the United States is being driven by deeply flawed analyses of juvenile justice. (1998-12-09)

Vital Statistics Point To Encouraging Trends
An all-time high in life expectancy, a new low in the national infant mortality rate, and a sixth straight yearly decline in teen pregnancy rates were among the positive U.S. health trends cited in the latest Annual Summary of Vital Statistics published in the December issue of Pediatrics. (1998-12-07)

Study Of Murdered NC Women Shows 'Love' Can Be Health Hazard
CHAPEL HILL - Spouses, lovers or other sex partners killed more than half the 586 women homicide victims ages 15 and older who died in North Carolina between 1991 and 1993, a new University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill study shows. Domestic violence preceded at least two-thirds of the cases. (1998-11-05)

Researchers Identify Risk Factors For Infants Most Likely To Be Homicide Victims
An infant's chances of becoming a homicide victim during the first year of life are greatest if he or she is the second or later born child of a teenage mother, according to a study in the October 22 issue of The New England Journal of Medicine. The authors noted, however, that other studies of nonfatal child abuse suggest that a program to have home nurses visit expectant teenage mothers regularly could reduce the infant homicide rate. (1998-10-22)

Income Inequality's Death Toll: 140 Per 100,000 Population
Unequal income distribution in U.S. metropolitan areas is linked to almost 140 deaths per 100,000 population, according to a new study. This mortality difference exceeds the combined loss of life from lung cancer, diabetes, motor vehicle crashes, HIV infection, suicide, and homicide in 1995. (1998-07-09)

Income Inequality Is Directly Related To High Mortality Rates
University of Michigan epidemiologists shows that the size of the gap between the rich and the poor may tell us more about the health status of Americans than the usual economic indicators financial analysts and social scientists typically rely on. (1998-07-09)

Heart Disease Kills More Women In Poorer Neighborhoods
Women who live in neighborhoods where many families are headed by women are more likely to die from heart disease than women who live in neighborhoods with a greater proportion of two-parent families, new research has shown. This may explain in part why African American women die from heart disease more often than white women. (1998-06-22)

Reduction In College Drinking Will Require Coordination Between Students, Police, And School Administration
How should college campuses respond to underage drinking and driving after drinking? Hingson of Boston University argues that without a coordinated effort between the students, police, and school administration, the problem is simply pushed into another jurisdiction or not dealt with at the source. (1997-12-23)

Testosterone Linked To Violence In Female Inmates
Higher testosterone levels are linked with criminal violence and aggressive dominance among women in prison, says a Georgia State University study. Researchers measured testosterone in 87 female inmates at a maximum security prison and found it associated with both the violence of the women's crimes and their aggressive dominance in prison. (1997-09-23)

Dealing With Wife Abuse When Partners Are Patients Of The Same Physician
Researchers have developed guidelines to assist physicians in dealing with wife abuse when the male and female partners are patients of the same physician. The guidelines appear in the September 10 issue of The Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). (1997-09-10)

Neighborhoods And Violent Crime: A Multilevel Study Of Collective Efficacy
The Project on Human Development in Chicago Neighborhoods found that the quality of relationships between neighbors is an important factor in producing the safety and security of a neighborhood. (1997-08-14)

Pockets Of Concentrated Poverty Have More Domestic Violence
Using 1992 police reports of incidents of assaultive violence in Duval County, Florida, researchers found that the rate of incidents involving husbands, wives, girlfiends, and boyfriends was nine times higher in neighborhoods of concentrated poverty thanin other areas (1997-03-01)

Professor Appeals To Study Skeleton
A University of Wyoming forensic scientist has joined a court action to keep a skeleton discovered in Washington state last July, believed to be more than 9,300 years old, from being reburied by the Umatilla tribe and barred from further study. Under the Native American Graves Protection and Repatriation Act of 1990, tribes have a right to claim such skeletons in the interest of preserving religious and cultural traditions (1996-10-31)

Study Shows Suicide A Greater Danger To Police Officers Than Homicide
Police officers are eight times more likely to die by their own hand than by homicide and take their own lives at a much higher rate than other municipal employees, a study by University at Buffalo epidemiologists has shown. The study was reported in American Journal of Industrial Medicine. (1996-09-18)

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