Misc. Death and Dying News

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11/7/2012
Programming Change in Defibrillator Implants May Lower Death Risk: Study

Slightly raising threshold for shock delivery also reduced unneeded distress, pain for patients

11/7/2012
Women Don't Fare as Well as Men With Implanted Defibrillators: Study

They were more likely to have complications, die after the heart rhythm devices were implanted

11/7/2012
Report Details Start of Steroid Meningitis Outbreak

More federal oversight needed to prevent repeat occurrences, expert says

11/6/2012
Walk Your Way to a Longer Life, Study Says

Physical activity after age 40 can increase life expectancy by up to 7 years, researchers find

11/6/2012
Winter Brings Rise in Heart-Related Deaths, Study Finds

Regardless of climate, U.S. areas had same seasonal mortality pattern

11/1/2012
Fewer U.S. Kids Dying of Diabetes: CDC

More than 60 percent decline over 4 decades is likely due to better treatment, awareness

10/31/2012
Black Breast Cancer Patients May Have Higher Death Risk in First 3 Years

Study found biggest gap between black, white women with specific tumor type

10/29/2012
Many Mistakenly Think Radiation Might Cure Terminal Lung Cancer

Palliative radiation therapy can ease pain, but 64 percent in study thought it could cure their cancer

10/29/2012
Women Who Quit Smoking May Gain Up to 10 Years of Life: Study

And the earlier they stopped smoking, the better the results

10/25/2012
Smokers at Higher Risk of Another Stroke: Study

Quitting before brain attack occurs cuts chances of second stroke, heart attack or death

10/24/2012
Many Terminal Cancer Patients Put False Hope in Chemo, Study Finds

Doctors must improve their message, researchers say

10/24/2012
Millions May Be Taking Vitamin D Unnecessarily, Analysis Suggests

Health experts disagree on safe levels needed to prevent illness

10/23/2012
Doctors Warn About High Levels of Caffeine in Some Energy Drinks

Concerns follow reports that Monster beverages may have been linked to five deaths in recent years

10/22/2012
More Antibiotic Use Tied to Rise in Diarrheal Infections in Hospitals: Study

Kids, elderly especially vulnerable to serious consequences from C. difficile bacteria

10/22/2012
Heart Disease Risk Factors Also Tied to Death From Prostate Cancer

Following prevention guidelines might have added benefit for men, study suggests

10/22/2012
GI Bleeding Deaths Drop in U.S., Study Finds

As treatment improved over 20 years, costs most than doubled

10/19/2012
A Parent's Grief Highlights Flu Shot's Importance

General good health is no protection from infection or death, CDC study shows

10/18/2012
Depression, DNA Linked to Higher Death Risk in Bladder Cancer Patients

However, study did not prove a cause-and-effect link

10/18/2012
Health Tip: Prevent Carbon Monoxide Poisoning

Have heating systems serviced annually

10/17/2012
Surgery May Spur Rise in Heart Deaths After Cancer Diagnosis: Study

Suggests that stress may not be the culprit behind the phenomenon

10/17/2012
Healthy Lifestyle Boosts Survival Odds for Older Women With Cancer

Regular exercise had most significant benefit in study

10/16/2012
Alcoholism Shortens Life More Than Smoking: Study

Women have the highest risk of dying prematurely, researchers report

10/16/2012
Millions of Healthy Years of Life Lost to Cancer Worldwide

Study findings illustrate disease's burden 'quite starkly,' author says

10/15/2012
Big, Rapid Gains Made in Human Lifespan: Study

Researchers say 72 is the new 30

10/15/2012
Study Shows Bicycle Helmets Save Lives

For cyclists killed in crashes, head injury much more likely among non-helmet wearers

10/12/2012
Official: Pharmacy Tied to Meningitis Outbreak May Have Broken State Law

More calls for greater oversight of so-called compounding pharmacies

10/11/2012
Meningitis Outbreak Throws Spotlight on 'Compounding' Pharmacies

Raises questions about cost-cutting pressure in health care and lack of oversight, experts say

10/10/2012
Pinball Analogy May Help Grief-Stricken Move Forward

Knowing that mourning takes an unpredictable course provides a sense of relief, researcher says

10/10/2012
Melanoma Odds Doubled for Transplant, Lymphoma Patients: Study

Early detection of this serious skin cancer is critical

10/9/2012
Teens Want Voice in End-of-Life Decisions

New guide helps seriously ill teens and young adults talk about their needs

10/8/2012
HIV Deaths Declining for Most, But Not All, Americans

Study found greatest improvement in whites, better-educated groups over 14-year period

10/8/2012
Nearly Half of Children With Autism Wander From Safety: Survey

Advocates say a system such as Amber Alerts is needed for these kids

10/5/2012
Shootings at Hospitals a Rarity, Study Finds

People known to assailant are usually intended targets, researchers say

10/4/2012
Severe Anemia Linked to Higher Death Risk After Heart Surgery

Condition should be treated before elective procedures if possible, researcher says

10/4/2012
Diabetes Screening May Not Lower Overall Death Rates

10-year British study found no survival benefit for population at large

10/3/2012
'Junk Food' May Significantly Hike Risk of Stroke, Researchers Say

Western diet tied to health problems in young rats after just 2 months, study finds

10/2/2012
Use of Medicare Skilled Nursing Benefit Is High at End of Life: Study

Financial concerns may deter many from using hospice provision, researchers say

10/2/2012
Common Heart Medicine May Not Be Effective for Some: Study

One expert, however, says beta blockers have proven benefits

9/29/2012
Heart Disease Deaths in Europe Dropping: Report

But researchers say obesity, diabetes could threaten progress made

9/26/2012
New Symptoms Tied to Death Risk in Severe Kidney Disease

Studies found warning signs besides high blood pressure, diabetes

9/21/2012
Cancer Portrayed Too Grimly in Movies, Study Suggests

Many popular films use death as plot device even though survival is much improved, researcher says

9/21/2012
'Half-Match' Marrow Transplants Help Some With Sickle Cell

Small study suggests potential new option one day in treatment of the blood disease

9/21/2012
Survival After General Anesthesia Vastly Improved: Study

However, the trend is seen mostly in developed countries, researcher says

9/20/2012
Secondhand Smoke Takes Big Illness, Expense Toll

Study found blacks most affected, including for death among infants exposed in womb

9/20/2012
Suicide Now Kills More Americans Than Car Crashes: Study

Prevention efforts lowered traffic fatalities, more attention needed for suicide, experts say

9/20/2012
Thin Placenta Might Be Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death Later in Life

Reduced nutrients, impaired development of fetus may raise risk in adulthood, study suggests

9/19/2012
FDA Warns Against Use of Diarrhea Drug From El Salvador

Ingredient in Intestinomicina linked to serious health problems, including bone marrow toxicity

9/18/2012
Heart Deaths Rise With Extreme Temperatures, Study Finds

Heat waves deadlier than cold snaps, researchers find

9/18/2012
Self-Harm Associated With Premature Death in Study

Causes include suicide, accidents and disease, researchers say

9/17/2012
Cancer Overtakes Heart Disease as Top Cause of Death Among U.S. Hispanics

But their total death rate for cancer has dropped in past 3 years, report shows