Misc. Death and Dying News

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4/1/2013
Eat Fish, Live Longer?

Study finds link between blood levels of omega-3s and longevity

4/1/2013
Doctors Don't Ask About End-of-Life Plans, Study Finds

Many patients' charts don't reflect their final wishes, Canadian researchers say

3/29/2013
Pregnant Women Under Stress May Be at Higher Risk for Stillbirth

Support for stress should be part of prenatal care, study author says

3/28/2013
CDC Launches New Graphic Antismoking Ads

Emotional ads put a face to devastating effects from both smoking and secondhand smoke

3/27/2013
Too Few Americans Pass Last Days in Hospice Care: CDC

Report highlights need for alternative care at end of life, expert says

3/25/2013
Isolation, Loneliness May Raise Death Risk for Elderly

Study found lack of social contact a bigger predictor of early death than just feeling alone

3/22/2013
Antibiotic Linked to Heart Problems in COPD Patients

Study looked at clarithromycin use for lung conditions, but didn't prove cause-and-effect

3/21/2013
Excess Salt a Factor in 2.3 Million Deaths Annually Worldwide

Study finds overconsumption may have contributed to 15 percent of heart-related fatalities in 2010

3/21/2013
Patient Wishes Should Guide End-of-Life Care, Researchers Say

Less pain, lower costs seen when treatment is tailored to meet dying person's goals

3/20/2013
Man Dies After Parasitic Worms Invade Lungs

Steroid treatment for inflammatory disorder may have spurred 'hyperinfection,' report says

3/19/2013
Anxiety, Depression May Triple Risk of Death for Heart Patients: Study

Researcher recommends stress-reducing measures

3/19/2013
Stroke Before Age 50 Linked to Raised Risk of Early Death

Study authors stress that improved diet, quitting smoking can minimize the odds

3/19/2013
Sugary Drinks Tied to 25,000 U.S. Deaths a Year

Study estimated beverages' role in worldwide obesity and heart disease, diabetes, some cancers

3/19/2013
A Third of U.S. Seniors Die With Dementia, Study Finds

Report tallies enormous medical, financial and caregiver toll of conditions like Alzheimer's

3/18/2013
Patients' Health Care Costs Unaffected by Doctors' Sex: Study

Findings counter previous research that suggested female physicians had lower patient death rates, costs

3/14/2013
Blacks With Kidney Disease Should Watch for Blood Pressure Shifts: Study

Daily fluctuations in hypertension might warn of early death, researchers say

3/14/2013
High-Fat Dairy Foods Linked to Worse Survival After Breast Cancer

Connection may come from hormones found in animal fat, researcher suggests

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