Misc. Death and Dying News

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6/22/2017
Secondhand Smoke Still Plagues Some Cancer Survivors

Study found they face health risks from continued exposure

6/21/2017
Head Position May Not Affect Outcome After Stroke

International study suggests patients will do as well sitting up as following doctor's orders to lie on their backs

6/19/2017
With Climate Change, More Deadly Heatwaves Will Strike

Without interventions, three-quarters of planet's inhabitants will suffer, study suggests

6/16/2017
Addicts Try to Avoid Deadly Fentanyl, But Many Tragically Fail

Potent synthetic opioid now responsible for more than half of overdose deaths, study suggests

6/7/2017
U.S. Liver Cancer Deaths Have Doubled Since 1980s: Study

It's now fifth-leading cause of cancer death in men and No. 8 among women

6/6/2017
Publicly Funded Cancer Trials Gained Americans 3 Million More Years

Study looked at data stretching from 1956 and 2016

6/5/2017
Sudden Unexpected Infant Deaths May Be Underestimated: Study

Lack of standardized death investigations might leave some babies out of official counts

6/2/2017
Conquering One Big Cancer Side Effect: Fear

Three new therapy programs provide much-needed psychological support, researchers report

6/2/2017
Air Mattresses Linked to More Than 100 Infant Deaths

They can mold to a baby's face, leading to suffocation, researchers say

5/31/2017
Did a 1980 Letter Help Spark the U.S. Opioid Crisis?

Doctors may have been misled by report calling painkiller addiction 'rare'

5/24/2017
Sleepless Nights Could Pose Heart Risk Dangers

Less than 6 hours a night doubled chances of dying from heart disease, stroke, study suggests

5/24/2017
Hospital Protocol Helps Thwart Serious Infection

Study finds faster treatment leads to lower risk of dying from sepsis

5/24/2017
1 in 5 U.S. Kids Killed in Crashes Not Restrained Properly

Finding highlights importance of car seats, seat belts for young passengers

5/23/2017
At Major Teaching Hospitals, Lower Death Rates

Researchers assess 30-day survival for older patients

5/19/2017
Dying Patients Often Given Medicines That Won't Help Them

Study finds many still prescribed long-term disease-preventing medications

5/17/2017
Heart Disease the No. 1 Killer Worldwide

Low-cost, effective treatment programs are needed, researcher says

5/17/2017
Your Doctor's Age Might Affect Your Care

Study found older patients' hospital survival was slightly higher when their physician was younger

5/16/2017
Heart Health Might Be a Matter of Geography

U.S. counties where cardiovascular death rates are high or low sometimes sit side-by-side, study finds

5/15/2017
Study Looks at Parkinson's Effect on Life Span

2-year difference seen between people with degenerative brain diseases and their healthy peers

5/12/2017
Blood Vessel-Clearing Procedure Riskier on Weekends: Study

Though low overall, the odds of dying are doubled if angioplasty is done on Saturday or Sunday

5/11/2017
Coming This Summer: More Ticks and a Deadly New Tick-Borne Disease

People need to be extra cautious when outdoors, with more of the critters after a mild winter

5/2/2017
Life Expectancy Goes Up for Black Americans

But CDC report also found they're still more likely to die at an earlier age than whites

5/1/2017
Healthy Heart in Middle Age Delivers Big Dividends

Study found it was linked to longer, disease-free life

4/27/2017
'Brain Age' May Help Predict When You'll Die

An 'older' mind is linked to signs of physical and mental problems, study contends

4/26/2017
Grieving Friends Often Find Support Online

Study shows social networks help bring solace, healing after loved one dies

4/25/2017
Early Treatment Equals Better Results for Rheumatoid Arthritis

Study found less disability, lower risk of early death

4/25/2017
Opioid-Related Deaths Might Be Underestimated: CDC

Death certificates from drug-linked infections may not label painkillers as possible cause

4/24/2017
Waist Size, Not Weight, May be Key to Life Span

Even those who aren't overweight are at risk of death if they've got a paunch, researchers report

4/24/2017
Kids Face Their Own Death Risks When a Sibling Dies

Chance of death is greatest in year after the loss of a brother or sister, researchers report

4/24/2017
The Top 5 Conditions That Shorten Americans' Lives -- And Are Preventable

Obesity steals the most years of all, researchers say

4/24/2017
In America's Poorest Communities, a Greater Risk of Child Abuse Deaths

Study authors hope new national data will spur further research and targeted prevention efforts

4/21/2017
Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care

As treatment shifts to primary care doctors and hospitals, new strategies may be needed, researchers say

4/18/2017
Prince Harry's Journey Shows Grief Can Be a Long Road

Mental health experts say his decades-long struggle with his mother's death all too common for children

4/13/2017
Kidney Disease a Big Contributor to Heart-Related Deaths: Study

Finding points to need for screening for kidney function

4/6/2017
Fewer Than 1,000 Used Oregon's Right-to-Die Law by 2015

Discussing their death wishes is paramount for most, not actually hastening their demise, expert says

4/3/2017
As Weight Goes Up, So Does Death Risk

Heart disease, cancer, other illnesses start to take a toll, study says

4/3/2017
Guys, a Good Night's Sleep Might Save Your Life

Study suggests potential link between sleep deprivation and fatal prostate cancer

4/3/2017
Far Fewer Kids Are Dying Worldwide, but Gains Are Uneven

While study found great progress, problems persist in South Asia and parts of Africa

4/3/2017
Most U.S. Kids Who Die From Flu Are Unvaccinated

Researchers estimate about two-thirds of pediatric deaths could be prevented by flu shot

3/31/2017
Survival Continues to Improve for Most Cancers

Still, more progress is needed and racial disparities remain, U.S. report finds

3/30/2017
U.S. Pedestrian Deaths Surged to Record Levels in 2016

Experts point to widespread smartphone use as deadly distraction for drivers and walkers alike

3/29/2017
When Heart Stops Beating, Survival Better at Specialized Heart Centers

With cardiac arrest, they're more likely to perform procedures to clear blood vessels, study finds

3/27/2017
Expect More Deadly Heat From Climate Change, Study Suggests

Countries need to make plans and design interventions to cope with rising temps

3/27/2017
Just 17 U.S. States Require Defibrillators in Some Schools

Easy-to-use portable devices can prevent deaths from sudden cardiac arrest, researchers say

3/24/2017
Many Dialysis Patients Get Unnecessary Colonoscopies

Study finds that a limited life span offsets the benefits of the screening test

3/24/2017
Many Talks on End-of-Life Wishes End in Confusion, Study Shows

Just 3 out of 10 accurately understood what their loved one wanted

3/23/2017
Fewer Patients Die During Hospital Inspection Weeks: Study

Slight differences in death rates were possibly due to increased vigilance by staff, researcher suggests

3/22/2017
Heart Drug Digoxin May Raise Death Risk for Some Patients: Study

Those with irregular heartbeat are especially vulnerable right after starting the medicine, researcher says

3/21/2017
Common Cold Can Be Dangerous After Bone Marrow Transplant

Rhinovirus far more worrisome in those with weakened immune systems, researchers say

3/20/2017
Fewer U.S. Kids Overdosing on Opioids

But suicides involving these drugs are up more than 50 percent, study finds