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Illinois State Police investigate man's death in local police custodyupdated: Thu Dec 22 2011 20:29:00

Six police officers in North Chicago, Illinois, have been reassigned to desk jobs while Illinois State Police and local authorities investigate why a 45-year-old man died in police custody last month, officials said Thursday.

Star show jumping horse dies during competitionupdated: Mon Nov 07 2011 12:45:00

Authorities will have to await a necropsy to find out killed one of the equine world's top athletes, a stallion named Hickstead.

Inquest: Singer Amy Winehouse died of alcohol poisoningupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 04:41:00

Singer Amy Winehouse's death this summer was the result of alcohol poisoning, an inquest ruled Wednesday, as it reached a verdict of "death by misadventure."

Tony Bennett misses Amy Winehouseupdated: Thu Oct 27 2011 04:41:00

Jazz legend Tony Bennett says Amy Winehouse was the best.

Remains identified as those of missing California womanupdated: Tue Sep 20 2011 09:33:00

Human remains found over the weekend in northern California have been identified as those of Michelle Le, a nursing student who was last seen in a hospital parking garage more than three months ago, police said.

Attorney: Message, scalp bruises cast doubt on mansion suicideupdated: Wed Sep 07 2011 21:30:00

Details from the autopsy of a woman found hanging from a California mansion -- including exact words of a painted message -- bolster her family's contention that she didn't commit suicide as authorities determined, the family's lawyer says.

Coronado mansion death solved?updated: Wed Sep 07 2011 21:30:00

Did Rebecca Zahau commit suicide or was she murdered? Knut the Polar Bear Died by Drowningupdated: Fri Apr 01 2011 16:29:00

Necropsy results also determined that the animal had a swelling of the brain brought on by infection

Medical examiner keeps teen's brainupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 19:52:00

The parents of a teen who died in 2005 learn the medical examiner kept their son's brain. CNN's Elizabeth Cohen reports.

Parents shocked to learn examiner kept son's brainupdated: Wed Oct 27 2010 19:52:00

Andre and Korisha Shipley were still mourning the death of their 17-year-old son, Jesse, when two months after his funeral, they received shocking news from students of the same Staten Island, New York, high school Jesse had attended. Members of a forensic science club on a field trip to the morgue couldn't believe what they noticed on a cabinet in the medical examiner's lab.

Phones, paper 'chips' may fight diseaseupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 10:54:00

A chemistry professor at Harvard University is trying to shrink a medical laboratory onto a piece of paper that's the size of a fingerprint and costs about a penny.

The science of simplicityupdated: Thu Apr 01 2010 10:54:00

Chemist George Whitesides, who hopes to fight disease with comic book and computer chip technology, talks to CNN at TED.

Private autopsy: Ex-cop's third wife fought killerupdated: Thu Jul 23 2009 17:52:00

The private forensic pathologist who conducted an autopsy on Drew Peterson's third wife affirmed the official findings that ruled the death a homicide, a copy of the autopsy report shows.

Could Drew Peterson walk?updated: Thu Jul 23 2009 17:52:00

HLN's Jane Velez-Mitchell speaks with Lisa Bloom about a new autopsy of Drew Peterson's third wife, Kathleen Savio.

Teen diagnoses selfupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 09:26:00

KOMO brings us the story of a teen who was able to diagnose herself, after doctors were not.

Teen diagnoses her own disease in science classupdated: Thu Jun 11 2009 09:26:00

For eight years, Jessica Terry suffered from stomach pain so horrible, it brought her to her knees. The pain, along with diarrhea, vomiting and fever, made her so sick, she lost weight and often had to miss school.

Thailand tourist's lung tissue 'gone' after mysterious deathupdated: Sat May 30 2009 18:29:00

A pathologist hired by the family of one of two women whose mysterious deaths in Thailand drew worldwide attention says her "lungs were 100 percent congested," Jill St. Onge's fiancee and brother said.

Five steps to getting a second opinion onlineupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 13:52:00

In August, just days before her daughter was to start her sophomore year of college, Dr. Lucy Sauer faced a troubling choice: Should her daughter have a device surgically implanted in her chest to control her heart rhythm?

Getting a second opinionupdated: Thu Nov 06 2008 13:52:00

CNN's Elizabeth Cohen offers tips on how to get a second opinion from your living room. Unknown Disease Killing Fla. Treesupdated: Wed Jul 23 2008 21:00:00

The sabal palm, Florida's state tree, is under attack by a microscopic killer that has scientists stumped Tim Russert: His Sudden Death Explainedupdated: Mon Jun 16 2008 08:15:00

Despite passing a stress test on April 29, the newsman's personal doctor says he died of a heart attack

Savio death ruled homicideupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 15:06:00

The death of Kathleen Savio, Drew Peterson's third wife, has been ruled a homicide. CNN's Nancy Grace reports.

Missing woman's family has 'eerie feeling of dread' after autopsyupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 15:06:00

The family of a missing Illinois woman has an "eerie feeling of dread" after a ruling that her husband's previous wife was a victim of homicide, a spokeswoman said.

Death of former cop's third wife ruled a homicideupdated: Fri Feb 22 2008 11:58:00

A pathologist has determined that the death of the third wife of former police Sgt. Drew Peterson was a homicide, James Glasgow, the state's attorney in Will County, said Thursday.

Menendez brothers on trial: Jury sees dozens of gruesome photosupdated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:42:00

Developments in the retrial of Lyle and Erik Menendez from November 6-10, 1995

Kevorkian Case: Judge agrees to drop assisted suicide charge updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:04:00

A Michigan judge has granted prosecutors' request to drop the assisted suicide charge against Dr. Jack Kevorkian leaving only the murder charge intact for his upcoming trial.

Kevorkian Case: Judge denies request for new trial updated: Mon Dec 31 2007 10:03:00

In a ruling anticipated by Dr. Jack Kevorkian and his appellate lawyers, the trial judge who sent the reputed "Dr. Death" to prison in April rejected his request for a new trial. Pathologist: Drug Cocktail Killed Anna Nicole's Sonupdated: Tue Dec 11 2007 11:02:00

Anna Nicole Smith's 20-year-old son Daniel died as a result of a lethal combination of methadone and the antidepressants Zoloft and Lexapro, pathologist Dr. Govinda Raju said Monday.

Report probes New Orleans hospital deathsupdated: Wed Dec 05 2007 17:15:00

A state law enforcement investigators' report -- obtained by CNN from a confidential source close to the investigation -- into the deaths of patients at a New Orleans hospital in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina provides new details about the events that occurred at Memorial Medical Center.

Open verdict delivered on Woolmerupdated: Thu Nov 29 2007 12:06:00

An inquest into the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer ended in indecision, when a Jamaican jury was unable to determine the cause of death after hearing testimony from more than 50 people over five weeks. The Ethics of Erasing a Bad Memory updated: Mon Oct 15 2007 12:00:00

Doctor's View: A frightened cancer patient inadvertently heard terrible news. Anesthesia erased her memory. It was a snap decision -- and a compassionate one. But was it right?

Death after airport arrestupdated: Tue Oct 02 2007 21:37:00

A Phoenix police sergeant discusses an incident where a woman died following her arrest at the city's airport. No Foul Play in Cricket Coach's Deathupdated: Thu Jun 14 2007 18:05:00

Jamaican police put an end to a sports world mystery: the coach of Pakistan's World Cup team died of a heart attack Police End Cricket Coach Probeupdated: Tue Jun 12 2007 15:40:00

Pakistan World Cup cricket coach Bob Woolmer died from natural causes and was not strangled as police earlier concluded, the Jamaican police commissioner said

Police await Woolmer death reportupdated: Thu Mar 22 2007 04:19:00

Detectives were waiting on Thursday for a pathologist's report on the death of Pakistan cricket coach Bob Woolmer as his wife Gill said she did not rule out the possibility that he had been murdered.

Questions remain in whale shark deathupdated: Tue Jan 16 2007 10:00:00

Officials at the Georgia Aquarium said Tuesday that it could take weeks to figure out why Ralph the whale shark suddenly died last week.

BA planes, passengers deemed safe from radiationupdated: Sat Dec 02 2006 06:11:00

Three British Airways planes, grounded while authorities examined them for traces of radiation, have been cleared to return to service, officials with Britain's Health Protection Agency said Saturday.

Doctors seek poisoning clues during autopsyupdated: Sat Dec 02 2006 05:44:00

Pathologists took extreme precautions Friday performing an autopsy on the body of former KGB spy Alexander Litvinenko, who died after ingesting a fatal dose of the rare radioactive element polonium-210, according to the coroner's office.

Spy death post-mortem under wayupdated: Fri Dec 01 2006 10:09:00

A post-mortem examination on the body of poisoned ex-spy Alexander Litvinenko was being carried out in London Friday with special precautions being taken because of the nature of his death.

Cyril Wecht's next big case might be his ownupdated: Mon Sep 25 2006 10:51:00

For Cyril Wecht, arguably the country's most famous forensic pathologist, the last few weeks have been busy.

Katrina autopsy: Police shot mentally disabled man in backupdated: Mon May 22 2006 13:49:00

Autopsy results obtained by CNN show a mentally disabled man was shot in the back when he was killed by New Orleans police in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.

Fortune: Get hired back after a layoffupdated: Tue Apr 25 2006 10:51:00

Dear Annie: I was laid off by a well-known financial services company that was undergoing a major reorganization a couple of years ago. Now I hear through the grapevine that they're hiring again in the area where I used to work. I was very happy there and got great performance reviews. But I've always had the impression that companies don't like to rehire people they've laid off. Should I apply anyway, just in case? -Boomerang Banker

Tribunal: Milosevic not poisonedupdated: Fri Mar 17 2006 04:09:00

An interim toxicological examination of Slobodan Milosevic's body indicates the former Yugoslav leader was not poisoned, the president of the U.N. war crimes tribunal at The Hague said.

Lawyer: Milosevic did not alter medicationupdated: Mon Mar 13 2006 00:18:00

A lawyer for Slobodan Milosevic has denied news reports that the former leader of Yugoslavia altered his medication to discredit medical care at a Dutch detention center and be allowed to seek treatment in Russia.

Milosevic autopsy points to heart attackupdated: Sun Mar 12 2006 06:22:00

Preliminary autopsy results indicate that former Yugoslav President Slobodan Milosevic died of a heart attack, a spokeswoman for the U.N. war crimes tribunal said Sunday.

Tests could tell how whale lost its wayupdated: Mon Jan 23 2006 05:30:00

Marine experts who failed to rescue a stranded whale were waiting for test results that could help explain how the animal ended up in the shallow waters of London's Thames River.

Hutter an artist in the world of cellsupdated: Tue Nov 08 2005 16:15:00

Growing up in Yonkers, New York, a blue-collar suburb that borders the Bronx, Robert V.P. Hutter dreamed from the time he was 10 than he would become a great psychiatrist. He didn't.

Katrina turns pathologist into doctor for the massesupdated: Tue Oct 18 2005 15:09:00

Fate has a sense of irony, said Gregory S. Henderson, M.D., Ph.D. That's his explanation for the twist of fate that made him one of the few physicians available to the huddled masses trapped by Katrina's waters on the downtown streets of New Orleans -- "and I'm a pathologist!"

Labs scramble to purge virusupdated: Wed Apr 13 2005 07:57:00

Authorities are doing everything possible to ensure samples of a killer influenza virus sent to more than 4,000 laboratories worldwide are destroyed before anyone becomes infected, a top U.S. disease expert says.

Labs told to destroy killer virusupdated: Tue Apr 12 2005 23:31:00

The World Health Organization has told laboratories to immediately destroy samples of a flu virus after a Canadian lab identified it as a strain that triggered a 1957 pandemic.

Fortune: I Know What You Mean. And I Can't Do Anything About It.updated: Mon Apr 02 2001 00:01:00

Knowledge is power.

Fortune: Khrushchev's Revengeupdated: Mon Oct 12 1998 00:01:00

Some pretty good Russia jokes are making the rounds on Wall Street these days. A sampling:

Fortune: MEDICAL MIRACLES GENE TESTING STARTS TO PAY OFFupdated: Mon Aug 04 1997 00:01:00

Few medical topics get as much scary press as genetic testing. The typical story: A person learns from a DNA test that he's inherited a faulty gene predisposing him to, say, a fatal brain disease y...

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