Life and death basics

When ? According to the World Health Organization’s 2020 World Health Report, life expectancy averages 73.2 years in the developing nations and is approaching 80 years in some industrial nations. The causes and life-cycle timing of death are profoundly shaped by level of socio-economic development. Also shaped is the gender distribution of death. Globally, life … Read more

Accidental death

Accidental death is usually caused by one of three ways: Coma (failure of brain) Syncope (failure of heart) Asphyxia (failure of lungs) Coma Usually caused on one of four ways: Depressed fracture of the skull, compressing the brain. In homicide, this is usually caused by a direct head injury by bludgeoning by a blunt implement, … Read more


The American Heritage Dictionary explains that a disease is “A pathological condition of a part, an organ, or a system of an organism resulting from various causes, such as infection, genetic defect, or environmental stress, and characterized by an identifiable group of signs or symptoms.” Neurodegenerative diseases like Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s may soon be curable … Read more

Motor vehicles accidents

According to How we Die, 35 percent of trauma in the United States is caused by automobiles and 7 percent by motorcycles. (10% of trauma is from gunshots and another 10% is from stabbings. Pedestrians suffer 7-8% of the major injuries, and 17% occurs as the result of falls. The other 15% is from industrial … Read more

Work fatalities

According to the International Labour Organization, the workplace deathtoll of 1.1 million deaths exceeds the average annual deaths from road accidents (999,000), war (502,000), violence (563,000) and HIV/AIDS (312,000). Approximately one-quarter of those deaths result from exposure to hazardous substances which cause such disabling illnesses as cancer and cardiovascular, respiratory and nervous-system disorders. Workers suffer … Read more


Due to religious and social pressures, suicide is a largely under-reported phenomenon in our society. It is considered a sin or immoral act in many religions, and a crime in some jurisdictions whereas it is the mostly the result of our insane and corrupted society damage on individuals. Suicide is frequently highly stigmatized, and those … Read more


An epidemic is the rapid spread of disease to a large number of people in a given population within a short period of time; in meningococcal infections, an attack rate in excess of 15 cases per 100,000 people for two consecutive weeks is considered an epidemic. A pandemic is a type of epidemic (one with … Read more

Natural disasters

If we look at the average over the past decade, approximately 50,000 people globally died every year from natural disasters — earthquakes, volcanic eruptions, hurricanes, tsunamis, floods, wildfires and droughts, each year. This represents around 0.1% of global deaths. This was, however, highly variable to high-impact events and ranged from 0.01% to 0.4% of total … Read more