Misc. Death and Dying News

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8/29/2014
Biggest Ever Weekly Rise in Ebola Cases, U.N. Agency Says

About 500 new infections reported across West Africa, including first case in Senegal

8/28/2014
Ebola Outbreak Could Infect 20,000 People, U.N. Says

World Health Organization unveils $489 million plan to combat the outbreak in West Africa

8/26/2014
VA Hospital Delays Didn't Cause Deaths, Investigators Say

But draft report still finds unacceptable scheduling problems, according to published report

8/25/2014
Fewer Painkiller Deaths in States With Medical Marijuana: Study

People with chronic pain may use pot instead of narcotics, researchers suggest

8/21/2014
Failing Vision Tied to Shorter Lifespans for Seniors

Link could be due to faltering ability to carry out daily tasks, researchers say

8/20/2014
Drug for Ebola-Like Virus Shows Promise in Monkeys

Finding could be big gain against deadly pathogens like Ebola, Marburg, researchers say

8/18/2014
WHO Urges Screening of Travelers to Contain Ebola Outbreak

Officials stress that transmission of virus requires direct contact with infected person

8/14/2014
Popular Southern Fare May Harm Your Kidneys

Study finds fatty, sugary foods raise risk of death linked to organ trouble

8/8/2014
Insurance Status May Affect Cancer Outcome: Study

Those with no coverage or Medicaid were diagnosed later, less likely to be alive two years later

8/5/2014
Hot Cars Can Quickly Prove Deadly for Kids

Expert offers tips on protecting small passengers from heat-related tragedies

7/30/2014
Extreme Weather Kills 2,000 in U.S. Each Year: CDC

Heat contributes to nearly one-third of those deaths, report finds

7/30/2014
Fruits, Veggies May Have Their Limits in Boosting Lifespan

Study shows a benefit, but that tapers off after 5 servings per day

7/29/2014
Heart Attack Patients Treated at Night, Weekends May Have Worse Outcomes

Timing of arrival at ER affects how quickly an angioplasty is done, research shows

7/28/2014
Running Could Add 3 Years to Your Lifespan

Just 5 to 10 minutes a day seems to bring benefits, study says

7/28/2014
Chronic Medical Conditions Can Shorten Seniors' Lives: Study

Preventing older people from developing additional illnesses may boost life expectancy, researcher says

7/23/2014
Parent's Death May Raise Risk of Early Death for Grown Children, Study Suggests

Odds of dying prematurely 50 percent higher in adults who'd lost a parent in childhood, researchers report

7/21/2014
No Change in Heart Attack Rates for Younger U.S. Adults

And women tend to fare worse than men, study finds

7/18/2014
Those With HIV Living Longer, International Study Finds

Deaths from AIDS-related causes, heart disease and liver disease have all dropped

7/16/2014
Antibiotics Often Prescribed Needlessly for Terminally Ill, Study Finds

Overuse of these drugs in hospice patients raises concerns about side effects, other issues

7/15/2014
Stroke Rates Declining Among Seniors, Study Shows

But, rate of brain attacks among those younger than 65 unchanged

7/11/2014
Depression May Make It Harder to Beat Prostate Cancer

Men with both conditions have worse survival odds, study contends

7/8/2014
Severe Obesity Cuts Up to 14 Years Off Life: Study

As weight climbs, so do related deaths from heart disease, diabetes and cancer, researchers say

7/3/2014
Teen Drinkers Risking Their Lives: Study

And when they take drugs, chances of serious health outcomes rise even higher, researchers report

6/26/2014
1 in 10 Deaths Among Adults Tied to Alcohol: CDC

Study also found those who died from drinking-related causes lost roughly 30 years of life

6/25/2014
Heart Monitoring May Prevent Some Strokes, Study Suggests

Irregular heartbeat that causes some attacks is often tough to detect, doctors say

6/25/2014
Some Acne Products Can Trigger Severe Allergic Reactions: FDA

In rare instances, reactions are potentially life-threatening, agency says

6/24/2014
Multiple Drug Use Fueling Drugged-Driving Fatalities: Report

Marijuana more common among younger drivers, prescription drugs among older drivers

6/23/2014
Quitting Smokeless Tobacco May Boost Survival After Heart Attack

Swedish study found those patients were half as likely to die within two years

6/21/2014
For Safety's Sake, Don't Leave Kids in Cars

Warmer weather puts them at risk of heat stroke, other dangers, expert says

6/18/2014
Mammography Cuts Breast Cancer Deaths by 28 Percent: Study

But experts say women still need risks, benefits spelled out

6/18/2014
Vitamin D: A Key to a Longer Life?

But experts aren't sure that vitamin D is responsible for lower risk of dying from heart disease, cancer

6/16/2014
After Death of a Spouse, Friends Might Help More Than Relatives

Family relationships can feel obligatory, not reduce stress, researcher explains

6/16/2014
Delinquent Teens More Likely to Die Violently as Adults: Study

They faced a death rate nearly twice as high as soldiers in Iraq, Afghanistan, researchers report

6/12/2014
Low Cholesterol Levels May Spell Trouble for Kidney Cancer Patients

Study found it was associated with spread of disease, raised death risk

6/10/2014
Insulin-Metformin Combo Tied to Poorer Survival in Diabetes Study

Other experts dispute the study's conclusions

6/6/2014
Use Prescription Painkillers Safely

Experts offer tips on how to avoid accidental overdose, addiction

6/6/2014
Sudden Death of Loved One Can Trigger Mental Health Issues

Risk of PTSD was greatest threat after a traumatic loss, researchers report

6/4/2014
Many With Heart Failure Aren't Told About End-of-Life Care: Study

Survey found nearly a third of health-care providers lacked confidence to discuss the topic with patients

6/4/2014
Cancer, Heart Disease Not Likely Killers of Those Over 100

Instead, 'acute' illnesses like pneumonia or sheer frailty bring about the end for the very old, study finds

6/3/2014
Antibiotic Lowers Death Risk for Elderly Patients With Pneumonia: Study

But azithromycin boosted chances of heart attack slightly in this vulnerable population

5/30/2014
Stopping Statins for Terminal Patients a Safe Option: Study

They didn't die sooner, had better quality of life than those who kept taking cholesterol drugs, researchers say

5/28/2014
Facing Death, Most U.S. Doctors Would Decline Extraordinary Measures

Discrepancy seen between their personal views, what they order for patients, researchers report

5/23/2014
Mental Illness Linked to Shortened Life Spans

Poor mental health can affect longevity as much or more than heavy smoking, study finds

5/20/2014
Foreclosures Tied to Higher Suicide Risk in Study

Research shows a spike in such deaths during the housing crisis of the 'Great Recession'

5/19/2014
Jury Still Out on Whether Doctors Should Screen for Suicide Risk

However, physicians should look for depression in their patients, governmental task force notes

5/19/2014
Windshield Washer Fluid May Be Source of Legionnaires' Disease

Study finds the potentially dangerous bacteria can exist for up to 14 months in the product

5/19/2014
Blood Infections Play Role in Up to Half of Hospital Deaths: Study

Treating these dangerous conditions also uses up a fifth of hospital expenditures, researchers found

5/19/2014
Sleeping Pill Use Tied to Poorer Survival for Heart Failure Patients

Study also found heightened odds for heart trouble in patients taking benzodiazepine sleep aids

5/19/2014
2 Drugs Offer Hope for Fatal Lung Disease

Doctors have had little to offer patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

5/16/2014
Sperm, Semen Defects May Be Linked to Shorter Life Spans

Men with 2 or more defects have more than double the risk of dying early, study suggests