Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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

Slow Reaction Times May Be Harbinger of Early Death

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

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

Experts Uneasy About Deadly MERS Virus

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

Music Therapy May Help Teens With Cancer Cope

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

Twenty U.S. Kids Hospitalized Each Day for Gun Injuries: Study

Nearly a third of these shootings are accidental, study finds

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

'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

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

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

Progress Against Cancer May Be Greater Than Thought

Gains in saving patients' lives are obscured by increase in lifespans, study says

Walk, But Stay Safe: Tips for Pedestrians

Use crosswalks, beware at intersections, carry flashlights at night, CDC advises

U.S. Health Officials Urge Renewed Fight to Stamp Out Cigarette Use

Diabetes, colorectal and liver cancer, rheumatoid arthritis, erectile dysfunction among latest ills now linked to tobacco

Brain Injuries May Raise Risk of Early Death

Researchers find second head injury, suicide and assault are the main causes

Precancerous Cells on Cervix Tied to Higher Risk of Disease, Death

Large Swedish study also found risk increases with age

U.S. Flu Cases Continue to Climb

Southwestern states hardest hit, but infections still not at epidemic levels, CDC says

Racial Disparities in Deaths After Heart Surgery Tied to Hospital Quality

Nonwhites have less access than whites to high-quality hospitals, researchers say

U.S. Cancer Deaths Decline Again: Report

Better prevention, screening and treatment are keys to continued progress, experts say

Big Cigarette Tax Hikes Might Prevent 200 Million Deaths in a Century

Study authors suggest that nations triple tobacco taxes

U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers

Yearly testing will prevent some lung cancer deaths, experts conclude

Portable Bed Rails Can Pose Safety Hazard, FDA Says

Agency explains how to reduce potential for falling or being trapped

H1N1 Flu Spreading in South-Central U.S.

This flu strain tends to hit younger adults harder than older adults, CDC says

Drunk Driving Can Make Holiday Season Deadly

U.S. agencies countering with roadside detection, ignition-lock laws, new blood-alcohol technology

Study Questions Safety of Common Anesthesia Drug

Review tied etomidate to higher risk of death and heart problems compared to propofol

Experts: Don't Waste Your Money on Multivitamins

Three studies find the supplements don't help extend life or ward off heart disease and memory loss

Tough to Predict Profile of Mass Shooter: Report

Many factors converge over time before someone commits such a crime, experts say

New Look at Past Studies Highlights Importance of Mammograms

However, review didn't include women in their 40s, so debate may not end

Most Americans Don't Deal With End-of-Life Issues, Study Finds

Lack of awareness was most common reason cited for not having a living will

Bigger Breasts, Lack of Exercise Tied to Breast Cancer Mortality

But getting more exercise appeared to offer a level of protection, 11-year study found

Men Who Smoke After Cancer Diagnosis Face Higher Death Risk

Health-care providers should do more to help survivors quit, study says

Measles Still a Threat, U.S. Health Officials Warn

Sporadic outbreaks caused by travelers to countries without vaccination programs, doctors say

Bird Flu Doesn't Spread Easily to Humans, Scientists Say

New analysis of H7N9 strain might ease concerns of possible pandemic

U.S. Stroke Deaths Fell 30 Percent Over Past Decade

Experts unsure exactly why, but better prevention and after-stroke care may be factors

Mild Heart Disease May Pose Equal Risks for Men and Women

Study calculated chances of heart attack and cardiac death

Ecstasy Use on Rise Again Among U.S. Teens: Report

Alcohol contributing to ER visits from hallucinogen, federal officials say

Swine Flu's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

Study updates estimate from 2009 pandemic to nearly 203,000 deaths worldwide

As More Meningitis Cases Hit Colleges, Experts Urge Awareness

Symptoms include sudden fever, headache, neck stiffness, vomiting and sensitivity to light

FDA Approves New Treatment for Hepatitis C Infection

Olysio may cut down on side effects while achieving good responses in patients, experts say

Health Disparities Persist in America: Report

CDC finds race, sex, education, location and wealth among key factors in these inequalities

Eat Nuts, Live Longer?

Study linked a daily handful of any nut to 20 percent reduction in death risk over 30 years

Too Much Testosterone May Be Unhealthy for Older Men

Study found males with levels of the hormone in the mid-range had lowest death risk

Quitting Smoking May Help Seniors' Hearts Sooner Than Thought

Study found reduced death rates from heart-related causes within 8 years

Women More Likely to Die in Hospital After Heart Attack

And white men more likely than women to undergo procedures to open up blocked arteries, study finds

Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Have Early Warning Signs

Study of men highlights importance of seeking medical help for chest pain, shortness of breath

Timely Surgery Tied to Better Outcomes After Hip Fracture

Small study looked at death rates, major complications

Heart Disease No. 1 Cause of Pregnancy-Related Deaths in California: Study

Researchers say one-third of these deaths could be prevented

Racial Differences Seen in Pancreatic Cancer Death Rates

Although dropping for blacks, overall death rates still higher than for whites, study finds

Tobacco Myths Continue Half-Century After Landmark U.S. Report

And Americans continue to die from smoking-related lung cancer, experts note

Overweight Men May Face Higher Death Risk From Prostate Cancer: Study

Strongest link seen in patients with more aggressive disease