Mortality Research & Consulting

Life Expectancy of Persons with Profound Developmental Disabilities

This is a brief review of: Eyman RK, Grossman HJ, Chaney RH, Call TL. The life expectancy of profoundly handicapped people with mental retardation. N Engl J Med. 1990 Aug 30;323(9):584-9. Note: This review was revised on 25 May 2018 to correct an outdated url for the book Damages by Barry Werth. This study was […]

Case fatality rate of Covid-19: Losing more sleep over denominators

Corona virus disease 2019 (Covid-19) appears to have first infected humans in the Wuhan province of China sometime in late 2019.1 In many of the earliest identified cases, pneumonia, severe acute respiratory infection symptoms, rapidly developing acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS), acute respiratory failure, and death have occurred. The virus has since been identified in, and […]

Dr Reynolds to begin contract with the National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Dr Robert Reynolds has accepted an “out-of-this-world opportunity” to work with NASA scientists “to improve and interpret analytical assessments of research and astronaut health data”. Supported by a grant from the Translational Research Institute for Space Health (TRISH) at the Baylor College of Medicine, beginning 24 March 2019 Dr Reynolds will be working as a Visiting Data Scientist for […]

Reynolds and Day will present two posters at SPER and SER annual meetings 2018

The annual meetings of the Society for Pediatric and Perinatal Epidemiologic Research (SPER) and the Society for Epidemiologic Research (SER) will take place in Baltimore, Maryland from June 18 to 22, 2018. We will present a scientific poster at each of these meetings. At SPER, Mortality related to cerebral palsy in the United States: Analysis of multiple […]

Cerebral palsy life expectancy: The litigation connection

The 1998 book Damages by Barry Werth chronicles a malpractice lawsuit in the US related to the 1984 birth of a boy with a severe brain injury.1 The book describes the devastating effects on all parties to the lawsuit of the boy’s complicated birth and early life and the overarching and at times oppressive demands of the litigation […]

In the midst of an epidemiologic revolution

The 48th Annual Meeting of the Society for Epidemiologic Research took place in Denver, Colorado 16-19 June 2015. For me, the highlight of the Meeting was the 2015 Keynote Cassel Lecture delivered by Dr Judea Pearl: The Scientific Approach to Causal Inference. Dr Pearl is a computer scientist who has made fundamental contributions to artificial […]

Are doctors experts on life expectancy?

In Doctors are not experts on life expectancy1 David Strauss and Robert Shavelle noted that some clinicians testifying as expert witnesses on life expectancy did not have a very good grasp of the subject. As a result some were providing confusing and/or surprising opinions. The authors provided a number of examples. We can confirm that […]

Road traffic mortality

The CDC reports in the latest MMWR bulletin that road traffic accident fatalities declined for both males and females in the 15-19 and 20-24 year age groups during the period 1999 to 2011. Fatality rates declined by 49% for males aged 15–19 years, 52% for females aged 15–19 years, 29% for males aged 20–24 years, […]