Researchers from four universities, including University of Washington, conducted the first population-based survey since 2006 to estimate war-related deaths in Iraq and the first to cover the full-time span of the conflict.
All told, the researchers estimate nearly a half million people died from causes that could be attributed to the war. Their results were published Oct. 15 in the open access journal PLOS Medicine.
Researchers state with 95 percent certainty that there were approximately 461,000 excess deaths during the Iraq war, but the actual number could be as low as 48,000 or as high as 751,000. (For comparison, three years after the 2010 earthquake in Haiti, the death toll has been estimated anywhere between 46,000 and 316,000).
Researchers with UW’s Department of Global Health, UW’s Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation, Johns Hopkins University, Simon Fraser University and Mustansiriya University were part of the study team. Amy Hagopian, associate professor of Global Health at the University of Washington, was the lead author of this study.
“Policymakers, governments and the public need better data on the health effects of armed conflict,” she said. “Without this information, it’s impossible to assess the true human costs of war.”
The researchers found that for every three people killed by violence during the U.S.-led invasion and occupation of Iraq from 2003 to 2011, two died as a result of the collapse of the infrastructure that supports health care, clean water, nutrition and transportation.

According to Hagopian: "The news coverage has been roughly right, and followed the direction we set in our press release. The 'indirect deaths' emphasis has resonated as an important issue."
She said, some papers are certainly better than others, and a few important media outlets haven't carried it yet. Here's a sampling:

Day 4 and 5 Coverage

Day 2 and 3 Coverage

Day 1 Coverage

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Note: A study authored by global health Assistant Professor Amy Hagopian in February 2010 showing the doubling of childhood leukemia rates in southern Iraq province of Basrah is published in the American Journal of Public Health and receives wide press coverage.