Misc. Death and Dying News

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9/11/2015
Death Rate for Extremely Premature Infants Largely Unchanged

No major breakthroughs in care for tiniest babies since 1990s, researcher says

9/11/2015
California Right-to-Die Measure Could Soon Become Law

If approved, it would let doctors prescribe life-ending drugs to patients expected to die within 6 months

9/2/2015
Chewing Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 People Each Year: Report

British study is first to assess international impact of smokeless tobacco on adults

8/31/2015
Doctors Rarely Discuss Religion With Critically Ill, Study Says

Researchers find a significant need goes unfulfilled

8/27/2015
Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

Data from 188 countries show average life expectancy is now about 71 years

8/21/2015
Mandatory Life Jacket Laws Could Reduce Boating Deaths

Regulation would also result in fewer people dying from drowning, researchers say

8/13/2015
More Police Killed in States With High Gun Ownership: Study

Risk of dying on duty is three times higher in states with more households with firearms

8/13/2015
U.S. Bike Deaths Fall for Kids, But Rise for Adults

More men are switching to bicycles to commute, run errands, which may explain these trends

8/12/2015
Blood Chemical Test May Predict Risk of Heart Disease Death

But high-sensitivity troponin screening isn't yet approved in U.S.

8/10/2015
At Dutch Euthanasia Clinic, Requests From People 'Tired of Living'

Experts worry about 'slippery slope,' where aid in dying is more widely granted

8/6/2015
U.S. Infant Deaths At Lowest Rate Ever: CDC

But American babies still die at rates that are higher than other affluent countries

8/5/2015
Spicing Up Your Meals Might Extend Your Life

Regularly eating chili peppers, other hot foods linked to lower risk of death during study period

8/4/2015
Does Fatherhood When Young Boost Odds of Dying in Middle Age?

Men who became dads in their early 20s were more likely to die in their late 40s and early 50s, Finnish study finds

7/29/2015
Social Life May Be Key to Suicide Prevention for Women

Friendships, activities have protective effect in middle-age, study finds

7/28/2015
Deaths, Hospital Stays and Costs All Down Among U.S. Seniors

Study finds steady improvement among Medicare enrollees from 1999 through 2013

7/28/2015
Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium

Depression, personality disorders are some reasons people ask to die: study

7/23/2015
Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients

Study suggests those still able to work and perform daily tasks may benefit from forgoing such treatment

7/23/2015
Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S.

Experts point to dropping infant death rates, racial disparities in care and fertility treatments as factors

7/23/2015
Boa Constrictors Kill by Constricting Blood Flow: Study

Rat research counters long held belief that the snakes suffocated their prey

7/16/2015
Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer

Giving up cigarettes led to nearly a year of extra survival, study shows

7/14/2015
More Evidence a Healthy Diet Can Lower Risks of Heart Disease, Cancer

Poor adults with good nutrition had 20 percent lower odds of disease-related death during study period

7/13/2015
Climate Change May Already Be Costing American Lives

Study found big swings in temperature were linked to higher death rates among seniors in Northeast

7/9/2015
No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study

A second study finds many younger cancer patients still receive treatment, even as they near death

7/9/2015
Deaths From High Blood Pressure Should Plummet Under 'Obamacare': Study

Researchers estimate access to treatment could save 6,000 lives a year

7/8/2015
Less Education May Mean Shorter Lifespan, Study Suggests

But research only uncovered an association, not cause-and-effect relationship

7/7/2015
Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span

Study finds combination of diabetes, heart disease and stroke can cut up to 15 years of life expectancy

7/6/2015
Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

But complications or maternal death during delivery are still rare, experts say

7/2/2015
Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising

7/1/2015
Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike

Study of San Francisco data for 1997-2012 shows 35 percent death rate over 5 years for these patients

6/29/2015
Supreme Court Backs Use of Drug Implicated in 'Botched' Executions

Midazolam has been used by several states after some drug companies stopped selling chemicals used for capital punishment

6/24/2015
Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

West Africans were avoiding clinics for fear of catching the deadly virus, study finds

6/24/2015
Noisy Neighborhoods Tied to Higher Stroke Risk

Study suggests elderly may be even more affected by traffic sounds

6/18/2015
Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

Patients also did slightly better when original team of doctors treated them on readmission

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

6/13/2015
Chamomile Tea Tied to Longer Lives for Mexican-American Women

But study did not determine how much was consumed, and only found an association, not cause-and-effect link

6/8/2015
Doctors Can Influence End-of-Life Care

Terminally ill patients of physicians who frequently refer to hospice more likely to choose it, study says

6/8/2015
Scoring System May Predict Patient's Risk of Death in Next Year

For now, researchers see this as a tool for hospital comparisons, not patient care

6/8/2015
Large Majority of Americans Still Backs Death Penalty

Reports of 'botched' executions and shortage of lethal drugs haven't swayed opinions, HealthDay/Harris Poll finds

6/4/2015
Resuming Blood Pressure Meds After Surgery Linked to Better Outcomes

Study suggests delay in restarting drugs leads to more complications

6/3/2015
Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps the Heart in Type 2 Diabetes

But study showed it's not enough to prevent related deaths

6/3/2015
Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study

Experts say stricter air pollution regulations are needed

6/2/2015
Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Outcomes After Bypass

People taking a statin had lower risk of dying in weeks after the heart surgery, researchers say

6/1/2015
High-Fat Diet May Raise Prostate Cancer Death Risk

In study, patients who ate typical 'Western' fare had more than twice the odds of dying from the disease

5/29/2015
150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

But most at little risk of infection from the potentially fatal disease that's rare in U.S.

5/28/2015
Oil and Gas Industry Worker Death Rate Down by a Third

CDC report notes mortality declined even as industry boomed

5/28/2015
Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago

Wounds in ancient skull offer clues for evolutionary detectives

5/28/2015
Bigger Share of Deaths Worldwide Now Due to Cancer

Throat, lung cancers were leading cause of deaths, study finds

5/27/2015
MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds

Younger people with the disease appear to face an even greater risk of dying prematurely

5/27/2015
Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

5/26/2015
Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care