Misc. Death and Dying News

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8/26/2013
Worse Outcomes Seen When Patients Leave Hospital Against Medical Advice

Large study found more readmissions, higher death rates

8/26/2013
Parents Deliberately Making Child Ill Can Be Deadly

Family violence expert warns doctors to be on lookout for Munchausen syndrome by proxy

8/20/2013
Cancer-Surgery Complications Rise While Death Risk Drops

Decade-long study covered 2.5 million U.S. patients

8/15/2013
Obesity's Death Toll May Be Much Higher Than Thought

Study shows 18 percent rate of related deaths in U.S. adults aged 40 and up, compared to earlier estimates of 5 percent

8/15/2013
8/14/2013
18-Year Study Finds Drug Cut Prostate Cancer Risk

Follow-up focused on finasteride, the active ingredient in Proscar and hair-loss drug Propecia

8/14/2013
Respiratory Therapy May Lower Death Risk for Some Sleep Apnea Patients

Study looked at those who also have the respiratory condition COPD

8/14/2013
Link Between Obesity, Diabetes and Death Risk Is Complicated

In large U.S. study, body weight mattered more for non-diabetics

8/14/2013
Pregnant and Obese: Early Deaths Noted Among Offspring

Study findings suggest need for weight control before conception

8/13/2013
Sports-Related Sudden Death More Likely to Occur in Men: Study

Screening for heart problems might need to be tailored to gender, experts say

8/8/2013
Kidney Dialysis Patients May Fare Better When Docs Have Lighter Caseloads

Study found a 2 percent increased risk of death for every 50 additional patients

8/8/2013
Black Infants in U.S. Twice as Likely to Die as Whites: CDC

South has highest rates of infant mortality, gov't report finds

8/7/2013
China Bird Flu Appears to Have Spread From Person to Person

Single reported case does not mean pandemic is likely, although vigilance is needed, experts say

8/1/2013
U.S. Gun Violence: Murders Down, Suicides Up, CDC Reports

Limiting access to guns is the only solution, expert says

7/30/2013
Pond Scum Holds Dangers for People, Pets

Water with 'blue-green algae' can cause liver failure, and possibly death, in dogs

7/30/2013
Meth Use Tied to Deadly Brain Infection in Mouse Study

A generally harmless fungus caused death in animals injected with methamphetamine, researchers say

7/29/2013
U.S. Panel Backs Routine Lung CT Scans for Older, Heavy Smokers

Yearly testing will prevent some lung cancer deaths, experts conclude

7/23/2013
Details Emerge on Rabies Transplant Death

Organ donor had trapped raccoons, was bitten at least twice, investigation reveals

7/23/2013
Bright Lights, Safe Cities

Risk of death from injuries higher in rural areas of U.S., study finds

7/18/2013
U.S. Blacks Still Lag Whites in Life Expectancy: Study

Heart disease, cancer and murder main contributors to four-year disparity, experts say

7/18/2013
Living Long and Healthy After 65 Depends on State: CDC

Race also influences your healthy life expectancy, researchers say

7/17/2013
Highest-Risk Smokers Benefit Most From CT Scan Screening: Study

Findings may aid development of lung cancer-testing guidelines, researchers say

7/17/2013
Following Blood Pressure-Drug Schedule May Be Critical to Survival

Risk of stroke, death increased for patients who weren't compliant, study finds

7/16/2013
Sickle Cell Anemia on Rise in Newborns Worldwide

More than 400,000 cases annually expected by 2050, study shows

7/16/2013
Signs of Potential Trouble for Nursing Home Residents

Multiple hospitalizations for dehydration, certain infections raise risk of death, study finds

7/12/2013
Just Cutting Back on Smoking May Not Boost Lifespan

Quitting entirely is only way to extend longevity, study contends

7/12/2013
2 Million Deaths a Year Could Be Due to Air Pollution: Study

Rises in ozone caused by humans mostly to blame, researchers say

7/11/2013
Youth Murder Rate Hits 30-Year Low: CDC

But decline in homicides among men and blacks has slowed, researchers report

7/10/2013
No Significant Change in U.S. Women's Life Expectancy

Expert says U.S. has had slow progress compared to other countries

7/10/2013
U.S. Lagging Other Countries on Many Health Measures

Report finds some gains, but also many areas where Americans' health is slipping

7/2/2013
Growing Brain Aneurysms More Likely to Burst: Study

Smoking also increases risk of dangerous rupture, researchers say

7/2/2013
Study Ties Red and Processed Meats to Worse Colon Cancer Survival

Patients may be wise to cut down on these foods, experts say

6/27/2013
Speed a Factor in One-Third of Deadly Crashes Involving Teen Drivers

Report includes tips for parents to promote safer driving

6/26/2013
Young Men Less Likely to Survive Melanoma Than Women: Study

White males made up about 40 percent of deadly skin cancer patients, but more than 63 percent of deaths

6/18/2013
Scans Uncover Dangerous Hardening of Abdominal Aorta

MRI study found higher risk of future stroke, heart attack

6/12/2013
Restless Legs Syndrome Tied to Earlier Death Risk

Older men with condition have 39 percent increase in mortality, study suggests

6/12/2013
Even 'Hands-Free' Devices Unsafe While Driving: Report

They cause mental distraction that can lead to crashes, experts warn

6/11/2013
Mammography Doesn't Reduce Breast Cancer Death Rates: U.K. Study

But U.S. expert cites flaws in study, notes other research came to different conclusions

6/11/2013
Sleep Apnea May Boost Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death

Study findings bolster suspected link between sleep disorder and heart-related death

6/10/2013
Too Little Known on How Primary Care Docs Can Prevent Child Abuse

U.S. panel couldn't make recommendations about kids without obvious signs of maltreatment

6/10/2013
Tweaking Dietary Fat Mix Might Boost Prostate Cancer Survival

Men who subbed vegetable oils, avocados, nuts for animal fats fared better in study

6/8/2013
Drowning Prevention Measures to Keep Kids Safe in Water

Tragedy can occur with few warning signs, expert says

6/5/2013
Alzheimer's Drugs May Benefit Heart, Study Finds

Fewer heart attacks, deaths for patients taking cholinesterase inhibitors

5/30/2013
Joblessness Tied to Shortened Lifespans for Less-Educated Women

Gap in longevity between better- and least-educated women is growing, study finds

5/28/2013
New China Bird Flu May Be Resistant to Tamiflu

In study, 3 severe cases involved virus that didn't respond to the flu drug

5/22/2013
Underactive Thyroid and Heart Failure a Bad Combination: Study

Hypothyroidism impact varies by race, with blacks at increased risk of death, findings suggest

5/22/2013
American Cancer Society Celebrates 100 Years of Progress

One million cancer deaths avoided since 1990s, group says

5/22/2013
More Kids Getting Donor Organs, But Gaps Persist, Study Finds

Researchers looked at whether change in U.S. donor criteria made a difference

5/16/2013
Heart Risks Last Beyond Hospital Discharge, Study Finds

Likelihood of death, readmission remains high for more than 30 days after heart failure, heart attack

5/16/2013
Fitness in Middle Age May Help Shield Men From Cancer Later

Study found even modest improvements seemed to lower disease risk