Misc. Death and Dying News

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5/1/2015
Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Small reduction seen with cholesterol-lowering drugs, but study couldn't prove cause-and-effect link

4/30/2015
Where You're Treated for Heart Attack Matters

Study finds survival difference of about one year between high- and low-performing hospitals

4/29/2015
Knowledge Is Power for Patients With Heart Failure

Death rates may be higher for those lacking clear grasp of doctor's instructions, study suggests

4/29/2015
COPD Tied to Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Experts weren't surprised, since smoking often contributes to the respiratory disease and heart trouble

4/24/2015
Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

Agency urges expanding access to the prescription antidote among EMS personnel

4/8/2015
Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds

No difference in outcomes between use of fresher or older red cells, researchers report

4/8/2015
Researchers Create One-Dose Ebola Vaccine

Animal tests are promising, but more work needed before human trials

4/8/2015
Stroke Patients May Face Increased Risk of Suicide

Danger is greatest in first two years after the brain attack, Swedish researchers say

4/7/2015
Alcoholics Face Greater Death Risk When Hospitalized

And they die an average of 8 years earlier than those with no drinking problem, study shows

4/7/2015
Many Very Ill Patients Choose 'Next of Kin' Who Aren't, Study Finds

But state laws may trump those choices, possibly leading to care delays

4/6/2015
Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lengthen Your Life: Study

Intense workouts seem more beneficial than less-intense ones, researchers say

4/2/2015
More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study

Growing, and aging, population behind the trend, and death rate is actually dropping

3/30/2015
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

3/27/2015
Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

Connection is likely due to limited mobility, researcher says

3/26/2015
U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC

Most marked increases seen in those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85

3/24/2015
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span

But study found you'll need to eat a lot to gain most benefit

3/18/2015
Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients

The drugs are use to treat delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression

3/16/2015
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

Adding the 'investigational biologic' evolocumab to statin therapy works better, study says

3/13/2015
Millions of Kidney Failure Patients Die for Lack of Treatment: Study

Dire need for low-cost dialysis techniques that could be used worldwide, researcher says

3/6/2015
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says

Findings useful for home births in developing countries

3/5/2015
Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

3/5/2015
Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.

CDC urges doctors, others to look for warning signs

3/4/2015
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

3/3/2015
Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers

U.S. government report finds 1 in 3 who died weren't wearing seat belts

3/2/2015
Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests

It hints, but doesn't prove, they might reduce risk of death from heart disease, other causes

2/27/2015
Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged

Big jump in rates seen during 2007-2010, when U.S. economy was lagging

2/25/2015
Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk

Study finds they are more likely to be hospitalized than those who can handle basic chores

2/25/2015
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients

Survival odds improve with longer stay, study finds

2/24/2015
2 of 3 Smokers Will Die Early If They Don't Quit, Research Shows

Findings confirm newer estimates that put toll of cigarettes much higher than previously thought

2/19/2015
More Americans Surviving Cancer Today Than 20 Years Ago

Study shows biggest improvements in people diagnosed between ages 50 and 64

2/13/2015
Flu Sending Record Numbers of Elderly to the Hospital: CDC

But the worst seems to be over as season continues to wind down, officials say

2/11/2015
U.S. Smoking Deaths May Be Underestimated, Study Suggests

Each year, 60,000 more smokers die from causes that have association with smoking, researchers say

2/11/2015
Eyes May Be Window to Outcomes After Stroke, Research Suggests

Thickness of optic nerve's sheath seemed tied to odds for patient death during the study period

2/11/2015
Mental Health Disorders May Shorten Life Span: Study

Researchers find people with psychiatric conditions live an average of 10 fewer years

2/10/2015
Blood Pressure Meds Lower Heart, Stroke Risks in Diabetics: Analysis

Patients did better even if they didn't actually have high blood pressure

2/9/2015
Researchers Identify 8 Signs of Impending Death

Findings could help families prepare and aid in end-of-life care choices

2/6/2015
Smoking Tied to Higher Death Risk After Colon Cancer

After 7 years of follow-up, researchers found smokers' odds of dying twice as high

2/6/2015
Type 1 Diabetes More Deadly for Women Than Men, Study Finds

Experts aren't sure why, but say better treatment and support needed for both sexes

2/5/2015
Blacks Account for More Than Half of New HIV Diagnoses: CDC

They also have highest death rate among those with HIV, despite the rate declining, reports say

2/2/2015
Many Americans Face Pain, Depression in Their Final Year

Study finds significant increase in symptoms, despite efforts to improve end-of-life care

2/2/2015
Certain Heart Drug, Antibiotic Combo Might Be Fatal for Seniors

Doctors should not prescribe spironolactone with trimethoprim-sulfamethoxazole, study says

1/29/2015
Liberals, Independents Win Life Span Sweepstakes, Study Claims

But researchers can't pinpoint why they outlived Republicans, Democrats over 30 years

1/27/2015
Prostate Cancer Patients Who Smoke Fare Worse, Study Finds

They were twice as likely to see disease spread, die from illness

1/23/2015
Stroke Survivors Who Live Alone Face Higher Risk of Early Death: Study

Men were particularly vulnerable in 12-year follow-up

1/21/2015
Sleep Position Linked to Death Risk for Those With Epilepsy

Researchers see similarities with sudden infant death syndrome

1/21/2015
Efforts to Curtail Tobacco Use Stalled in 2014, Report Says

Smoking still claims 500,000 lives a year in the United States

1/20/2015
Pneumonia Raises Heart Disease Risk for Years: Study

Findings underscore value of preventive vaccines

1/19/2015
Too Much Sitting Can Be Deadly -- Even if You Exercise, Review Finds

Researcher suggests ways to include movement in your day that goes beyond that hour at the gym

1/15/2015
Lupus Death Rates Vary by Race, Ethnicity, Study Finds

Asians, Hispanics most likely to survive the autoimmune disease

1/14/2015
Lack of Exercise More Deadly Than Obesity, Study Suggests

Just a 20-minute brisk walk each day can lower odds of early death, researchers add