Misc. Death and Dying News

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3/31/2014
Preventive Steroids May Not Help Heart Bypass

Common practice might instead cause harm, study finds

3/28/2014
Common Gout Drug Tied to Lower Risk of Early Death in Study

Researchers followed British patients taking allopurinol

3/28/2014
Smoking Bans Linked to Drop in Premature Births, Kids' Asthma Attacks

Smoke-free policies offer health benefits for people of all ages, study authors say

3/28/2014
Weight-Loss Surgery Cuts Risk for Heart Attack, Death: Study

People who are obese and at risk for heart disease should consider surgery, researchers say

3/28/2014
Underweight Even Deadlier Than Overweight, Study Says

Death risk nearly doubled for excessively thin people

3/26/2014
NIH Launches Online Resource for End-of-Life Issues

Website offers insights into emotional, physical and financial aspects of terminal care

3/26/2014
Hospital-Related Infections Hit Nearly 650,000 Patients in 2011: CDC

Specific source of dangerous germs still unclear in about half of cases

3/24/2014
Drunk-Driving Deaths Under-reported in U.S., Study Says

Researchers cite lag time between filing of death certificate, return of lab tests

3/19/2014
Alzheimer's Strikes Women Harder Than Men: Report

And those over 60 twice as likely to get the brain disease than breast cancer

3/18/2014
Same Meningitis Strain Behind Drexel, Princeton Outbreaks: CDC

Drexel student recently died from the bacterial infection

3/18/2014
More Muscles Linked to Longer Life, Research Suggests

Older adults with greater muscle mass had a lower risk of death during study period

3/17/2014
Teens Often Copycat Others Who Drink and Drive: Study

If kids have ridden with a drunk driver, they're more likely to drive while impaired, researchers find

3/14/2014
When a Parent Dies, What Helps a Child Cope?

Study suggests grieving can affect school performance; mental health therapy an effective option

3/14/2014
Wider Waistline May Mean Shorter Lifespan: Study

Evidence review suggests extra inches raise risk of dying younger, regardless of body weight

3/13/2014
Overdoses, Cellphone-Linked Car Crashes Among Top Causes of Fatal Injury in U.S.

National Safety Council report also cites increasing numbers of falls among elderly

3/13/2014
Trauma Center Closures Tied to Higher Death Risk for Injured Patients

California study suggests longer travel time makes a difference

3/11/2014
New Knees, Hips May Also Help the Heart

Joint replacement might boost physical activity in arthritis patients, study author says

3/10/2014
Spring Break Drunkeness a Dangerous Tradition

Expert says thousands of college students injured each year after drinking too much, and some die

3/7/2014
Study Finds Doctors Prescribing More Sedatives

Frequent use of these powerful drugs along with narcotic painkillers may explain more medication deaths

3/5/2014
Alzheimer's May Kill Far More Americans Than Thought

Researchers report that the toll from the incurable brain disease exceeds death certificate statistics

3/4/2014
High-Protein Diets in Middle Age Might Shorten Life Span

But same study found the reverse was true when people reached old age

3/3/2014
Study Finds 1 in 3 Tennesseans Uses Narcotic Painkillers Each Year

And national research shows majority of prescription drug abusers supplied through family, friends

3/3/2014
Binge Drinking May Double Older People's Risk of Dying

Episodes of heavy consumption can damage organs, study author says

3/2/2014
Eye-Catching Labels Urged for Fast-Tracked Antibiotics

Letter to Congress from medical groups focuses on 'superbug' threat

2/27/2014
Getting Teeth Pulled Before Heart Surgery May Pose Serious Risks

Study found 8 percent of those who did suffered a heart attack, stroke, kidney failure or death

2/26/2014
Skin Cancer May Have Driven Evolution of Black Skin

Researchers note that Africans without any dark pigment often die young of the disease

2/26/2014
Nurse Caseloads, Education Tied to Surgery Outcomes

Each case added to workload linked to higher risk of patient death, researchers say

2/25/2014
Vigorous Exertion at Work May Trigger Heart Attacks, Strokes

Study looked at circumstances of firefighters who died on the job

2/24/2014
Ovarian Cancer Gene May Point to Early Removal of Ovaries: Study

In particular, women with BRCA1 mutation should have surgery by age 35, researchers say

2/24/2014
Thyroid Tumors May Be More Dangerous for Cancer Survivors: Study

Researchers still found 'excellent' survival rates for both primary, secondary disease

2/12/2014
Infection-Triggered Strokes Deadlier for Blacks, Study Finds

Further investigation needed to understand this racial disparity, researchers say

2/12/2014
Annual Mammograms Don't Reduce Breast Cancer Deaths, Study Contends

But some outside experts cite flaws in the 25-year review of screening's effects on women

2/11/2014
U.S. Officials Target Escalating Drug Overdoses

Deadly epidemic is driven by abuse of narcotic painkillers and heroin

2/10/2014
Fewer Heart Patients Now Dying From Heart Disease, Study Shows

Better surgical techniques, greater use of heart meds behind trend, researchers report

2/7/2014
Survival Rates Similar After Accidents, Acts of Violence: Study

Cause of traumatic injuries not necessarily related to likelihood of survival, surgeon says

2/7/2014
Obesity May Raise Death Risk From Tongue Cancer

Small study compared outcomes in patients three years after surgery for early disease

2/6/2014
Kidney Injury During Surgery Tied to Risk of Heart Problems

Study from Taiwan followed thousands of post-op patients

2/5/2014
Fatal Car Crashes Involving Pot Use Have Tripled in U.S., Study Finds

Researchers note that increase included men and women, and all age groups

2/4/2014
Climate Change Predicted to Boost Heat-Related Deaths

Growing elderly population most at risk from extreme temperatures, U.K. researchers warn

2/3/2014
Added Sugar in Diet Tied to Death Risk From Heart Trouble

Sugar can be 'hidden' in savory foods as well as desserts and soda, experts note

2/3/2014
Study Ties Home Births to Higher Infant Death Rates

Analysis of midwife-assisted deliveries suggests non-hospital setting, rather than practitioner type, is key factor

1/29/2014
Slow Reaction Times May Be Harbinger of Early Death

Study found the effect was not altered by age, sex, ethnicity, socioeconomic background or lifestyle

1/28/2014
Study Probes Origins of 2 Ancient, Deadly Plagues

Different strains of rodent-borne germ likely caused 6th-century outbreak and the Black Death, researchers say

1/27/2014
Experts Uneasy About Deadly MERS Virus

Worldwide spread of the respiratory infection has not yet been seen but the potential remains, they say

1/27/2014
Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope

Writing lyrics, making videos helped them get through grueling treatment, connect with others, study found

1/27/2014
Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study

Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

1/22/2014
Older Patients May Fare Better in Trauma Centers That Treat More of Their Peers

Study also found they do worse in hospitals with higher volumes of young patients

1/22/2014
'Buzzed' Drivers Who Are Under Legal Limit to Blame in Many Fatal Crashes

Study of 500,000 lethal U.S. collisions finds no amount of drinking safe before getting behind the wheel

1/22/2014
Children Who Lose Close Relative at Risk of Mental Problems: Study

Youngest kids, those exposed to suicide most likely to develop illnesses such as schizophrenia, researchers found

1/22/2014
Timing of Heart Attack Tied to Death Risk

Large review finds patients arriving at hospitals in off-hours have 5 percent higher odds of dying