Misc. Death and Dying News

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3/13/2013
Breast Cancer Radiation Has Long-Term Heart Effects: Study

But expert says cancer-fighting benefits outweigh heart-disease risks

3/13/2013
Relatives Who Witness Loved One's CPR Fare Better: Study

Researchers found they were less likely to suffer PTSD, depression or anxiety later

3/12/2013
Major Bleeds After Heart Procedures May Raise Death Risk: Study

But strategies exist to modify this risk, researchers say

3/12/2013
Lung Transplant Hazard May Rise With Obese Recipients, Smoking Donors

Study found more 'primary graft dysfunction,' which is tied to higher death risk

3/12/2013
Gay Men Who Marry Now Living Longer, Study Says

Better HIV/AIDS treatment accounts for improved longevity, researchers note

3/8/2013
Space Heater Safety Tips Can Help Prevent Burns, Fires

Experts give advice on where to place, how to use devices

3/8/2013
Health Benefits of Marriage Mostly Apply to Those Already Healthy

When sickness arrives, married aren't at lower death risk than unmarried people, study says

3/7/2013
Defibrillator Patients Who Lose Weight May Fare Worse

With CRT-D implant, study linked even slight weight loss to higher risk of heart failure, death

3/7/2013
Skipping Aspirin Before Artery Procedure May Boost Death Rates

Recommended pre-op therapy neglected in 7 percent of angioplasty patients, study finds

3/7/2013
Processed Meat May Play a Part in Early Death: Study

It found those who ate the most increased their risk of dying prematurely by 44 percent

3/6/2013
Do More Gun Laws Mean Fewer Gun Deaths?

Study says that seems to be the case, but at least one expert calls the research flawed

3/6/2013
Mental Illness May Raise Risk of Being Murdered

Swedish study found 5 times higher chance of becoming a victim

3/5/2013
'Nightmare' Bacteria Spreading in U.S. Hospitals, Nursing Homes: CDC

Half of those infected die from this antibiotic-resistant bacteria

3/5/2013
Report Details Steps to Boost Patient Safety

Leadership is needed for change to occur, experts say

2/27/2013
Sibling's Death May Boost Your Own Risk of Dying From Heart Attack: Study

Stress, unhealthy coping methods can follow after losing a brother or sister

2/26/2013
Mother's Drinking Increases Risk of Infant's Death: Study

Babies of women with alcohol problems during or after pregnancy had three times the risk of sudden, unexplained death

2/26/2013
Gene Disorder Screen Benefits Baby Boys, Girls Equally: Study

It was previously thought that the deadly form of the birth defect was easier to spot in girls

2/25/2013
Lung CT Scans Could Save Thousands of Lives, Study Finds

About 12,000 cancer deaths could be avoided each year by screening all eligible Americans, experts say

2/21/2013
Flu Vaccine Fell Short for Seniors This Season: CDC

Report shows it only provided 9 percent protection against the nastiest strain of the virus

2/20/2013
Smog May Boost Death Risk for Heart Attack Survivors

British study followed 150,000 patients after discharge from hospital

2/19/2013
Gene Mutation's Benefit for Ovarian Cancer Patients May Not Last: Study

Women with BRCA variant found to have better 3-year survival, but advantage fades by 10-year mark

2/18/2013
North American Shark Attacks Hit Decade High

Expert says figures in line with human population rise, not cause for alarm

2/18/2013
Youth Smoking, Obesity May Lead to Early Death

Study found first raised risk by 86 percent, while second increased it by 39 percent

2/18/2013
Smoggy Air Tied to Heart Attacks: Study

Houston research tracked peaks in ozone, pollution levels

2/15/2013
Rich/Poor Divide Linked to Hospital Readmissions in Study

With greater gaps in income within an area, rehospitalization rates go up, findings show

2/14/2013
Alcohol Blamed for 1 in Every 30 Cancer Deaths: Study

Research suggests that even a little drinking can raise odds for malignancy

2/13/2013
Calcium Supplements May Raise Odds of Heart Death in Women

Study also found combined risk from dietary calcium, pills

2/6/2013
Some Whooping Cough Strains Now Outsmarting Vaccine

Current vaccine is still best protection against the disease, experts say

2/6/2013
Re-Analysis Refutes Diet Guidelines Favoring Vegetable Fats

Choosing products like safflower oil may be less heart-healthy than believed

2/5/2013
Shift to Hospice Care Often Comes Too Late, Study Finds

Almost a third of patients didn't get palliative care until final three days of life, often after ICU stay

2/4/2013
Calcium Supplements May Raise Men's Death Risk From Heart Disease

Study did not find similar threat to women, however

2/1/2013
Program to Spot Painkiller ODs Saves Lives: Study

Goal is to teach family, friends what to do when someone has taken too many pills

1/31/2013
Belly Fat May Raise Odds of Early Death for Thin Heart Patients

Larger waist size dangerous even when weight is normal, study says

1/31/2013
More Child Gun Injuries in States With Self-Defense Laws

But study found no improvement from other laws meant to curb children's access to firearms

1/31/2013
Marriage May Cut Heart Attack Risk for Both Spouses

Finding lends support for vow to take 'in sickness and in health'

1/30/2013
Many Cocaine Deaths Determined by Genes, Study Says

Common mutations in white people greatly increase risk of dying from the drug, researchers contend

1/29/2013
Erectile Dysfunction May Signal Hidden Heart Disease

Large study found even mild impotence was tied to greater odds of future hospitalization, death

1/29/2013
Implanted Defibrillator Patients Prefer Device Off if Very Ill: Survey

Heart experts consider point when benefit of shocks no longer outweighs disturbance

1/24/2013
Preventing Kidney Disease May Cut Diabetes Deaths, Study Says

10-year mortality for those with both conditions was 31 percent

1/24/2013
ER Admissions Over Holidays Linked to Higher Death Rates

Hospital in Scotland found public holiday emergency cases more likely to die within a week or month

1/23/2013
Longtime Smokers Lose a Decade of Life

Large study of U.S. smokers found quitting by age 35 reduces effect most, but it's never too late

1/23/2013
Too Much Sitting May Lower Odds of Surviving Colon Cancer

Study also found that staying active reduced the risk of dying

1/22/2013
Signs of Brain Damage Show Up in Scans of Living, Retired NFL Players

The small study isn't definitive, but hope is the findings could one day help prevent devastating injuries

1/22/2013
Obese Drivers May Be More Likely to Die in Car Crashes

Seat belt positioning could be one reason, study authors say

1/18/2013
Uncontrolled Risk Factors Put Stroke Survivors in Danger

Smoking, high blood pressure especially dangerous for those with subarachnoid hemorrhage

1/17/2013
U.S. Lung Cancer Deaths Highest for Blacks in Segregated Areas: Study

Public health efforts needed in these regions, researchers say

1/17/2013
Cases of Rare But Deadly Encephalitis Rising Among Kids, Report Finds

Increase in Eastern equine encephalitis may be partly due to warming climate, more exposure to mosquitoes, researcher says

1/16/2013
Fetal Deaths Up Among Unvaccinated Moms in H1N1 Pandemic: Study

Pregnant women need flu shot to protect unborn child, experts say

1/16/2013
Just How Severe Is This Flu Season?

It may be easing already in parts of the U.S., ramping up in others, experts say

1/14/2013
Heavy Smoking May Raise Odds for Lethal Bladder Cancer

Study author called for individualized treatment based on this and other risk factors