Misc. Death and Dying News

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9/14/2012
Medicare Gaps Leave Many With Big Bill at End of Life, Study Finds

Health care spending in the final 5 years exceeds total household assets for one in four seniors

9/12/2012
U.S. Expands SIDS Prevention Effort

NIH 'Safe to Sleep' campaign now includes all sleep-related infant deaths

9/10/2012
Electrolyte Problem Raises Post-Op Death Risk: Study

Patients with low sodium levels in the blood also had more complications such as infections

9/10/2012
Tight Blood Sugar Control Won't Help Babies After Heart Surgery

Infection rates, survival didn't change, but more risk for low blood sugar seen in study

9/5/2012
It's Possible to Be Obese and Heart-Healthy: Studies

However, some experts contend that being 'fit and fat' is the exception, not the rule

9/4/2012
Millions of Americans Have Uncontrolled High Blood Pressure: CDC

Yet most have regular access to medical care, report notes

8/31/2012
U.S. Military Seeks to Reduce Humvee Crash Injuries

Motor vehicle accidents, many in Humvees, account for nearly a third of personnel deaths

8/31/2012
Smoking After Stroke Triples Risk of Death Within Year: Study

The sooner patients resumed habit after leaving hospital, the worse they fared

8/30/2012
8/29/2012
Kids With Neurological Conditions at Higher Risk of Flu Death: CDC

Medical, parenting groups working to increase flu vaccination, awareness

8/29/2012
ER Study Shows Drop in Deaths After Trauma Injury

Experts say advances in treatment, better guidelines over past decade may explain trend

8/28/2012
Missed Diagnoses in ICU Often Have Deadly Results: Review

About 1 in 4 in intensive care has undiagnosed, sometimes potentially fatal, conditions

8/28/2012
Belly Fat May Hit Your Heart the Hardest

Study finds risk of cardiovascular death highest in those with 'central obesity'

8/22/2012
Spouses of Heart Attack Victims May Face Heightened Depression Risk

And men more susceptible than women to psychological problems, study finds

8/21/2012
2 Tests May Improve Heart Patients' Care, Studies Suggest

But experts say coronary artery calcium scans, best at predicting disease, have drawbacks

8/21/2012
Close Relative's Early Death May Raise Your Heart Risk: Study

But healthy lifestyle lessens the odds of cardiovascular disease, expert says

8/20/2012
Dense Breasts Not Linked to Cancer Deaths

Worse breast cancer survival seen with low-density tissue in obese women, study finds

8/16/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning: An Underestimated Threat

Study finds 450 Americans die, more than 2,000 are hospitalized each year

8/16/2012
Chickenpox Cases Fall 80% Over Decade: CDC

Two-dose schedule will deliver further improvement, experts say

8/15/2012
Three Kids Dead From Codeine After Surgery: FDA

Youngsters who metabolize the pain killer faster than usual are at risk, experts warn

8/14/2012
Parents' Religious Beliefs Can Complicate Kids' End-of-Life Care

Hoping for a miracle might lead them to request futile treatments for their children, researchers say

8/10/2012
Daily Aspirin May Cut Cancer Deaths, Another Study Finds

But drug has bleeding risks and shouldn't be used solely to prevent cancer, experts say

8/8/2012
Mechanical Device Helps Kids Waiting for Heart Transplant

Pediatric ventricular assist device buys time for young patients with severe heart failure

8/8/2012
Underinsured Heart Disease Patients Die Sooner, Study Finds

Insurance status seems to be a better predictor of survival than race, researchers say

8/7/2012
Weekends More Fatal for Older Patients With Head Injury: Study

Death risk rose when hospital admission occurred on Saturday, Sunday

8/6/2012
More Evidence That Exercise Helps Fight Diabetes

Studies found staying active cut death risk in type 2 disease, which weight training helped prevent in men

8/6/2012
Severely Obese Donors Raise Risks for Kids With Liver Transplant

Children with organs from these adult donors were more likely to lose grafts and die, study found

8/3/2012
Low Vitamin D Levels May Raise Death Risk in Older Adults: Study

Although cause and effect not proven, frail seniors appeared most vulnerable

8/3/2012
Extreme Heat Biggest Weather Killer, Expert Warns

Older people who live alone at greater risk for heat-related illness

8/1/2012
Even Mild Depression, Anxiety Hurts the Heart: Study

The risk rises as chronic mental distress becomes more intense, study says

7/30/2012
Abandoning PSA Screening Could Cost Lives: Study

Testing could save 17,000 men from advanced prostate cancer, researcher says

7/25/2012
People With Darker Skin Still at Risk for Melanoma

Expert describes how skin cancer looks, ways to protect yourself

7/20/2012
Serious Mental Illness Tied to Higher Cancer, Injury Risk: Studies

Causes may include gaps in screening, preventive care and lifestyle differences, researcher says

7/19/2012
Tornadoes Don't Have to Be Deadly, Experts Say

Having a 'safe room' nearby, staying alert to warnings key to saving lives, CDC notes

7/19/2012
Fatal Car Crashes Less Likely in Major Cities, CDC Study Finds

Urban sprawl may be a factor in higher crash death rates in metro areas in the South, researchers say

7/18/2012
Inactivity May Kill as Many Worldwide as Smoking: Report

Lack of exercise linked to cancer, diabetes and heart disease, which cause about 10% of deaths worldwide

7/18/2012
Reducing Ozone Limits Would Save Lives, Report States

Up to 2,480 deaths could have been averted if current standard was met, researchers say

7/17/2012
Mammograms Have 'Limited or No Effect' on Breast Cancer Deaths: Study

But other experts cite limitations of Swedish study, encourage regular mammograms

7/17/2012
Japan Nuke Disaster Will Kill Up to 1,300 People Worldwide, Study Estimates

Most fatalities, tied to radiation, will occur in Japan, Stanford scientists predict

7/11/2012
Dutch Euthanasia Rates Unchanged After Legalization

Deeper examination of process involved is necessary, medical-ethics expert notes

7/9/2012
Stroke Patients Hospitalized on Weekends Don't Seem to Do As Well

U.K. study shows worse outcomes for those admitted on Sundays

7/9/2012
Teach Prescribers About Dangers of Long-Acting Pain Meds: FDA

Abuse, misuse, deaths from narcotic painkillers on the rise

7/9/2012
What Makes the End-of-Life Experience Peaceful?

Prayer, meditation and a caring doctor, not hospitals and treatments, survey of dying patients finds

7/6/2012
Dogs May Mourn as Deeply as Humans Do

Experts say many canines exhibit clear signs of grief when their owner or animal housemate dies

7/3/2012
Methadone for Pain Relief Leading Cause of Fatal Overdoses: CDC

Drug is complex, overprescribed, CDC director says

6/29/2012
Minorities Less Likely to Use Hospice Care: Study

Finding suggests there are differences that need to be addressed, researcher says

6/27/2012
College Athlete Deaths in Workouts Spur New Guidelines

Many players may need more time to acclimatize, athletic trainer's group says

6/26/2012
Pandemic H1N1 Flu Killed Far More Than Reported: Study

Scientists now estimate 2009 toll was 15 times higher, with majority of fatalities in Africa and southeast Asia

6/25/2012
Even Brief Ozone Exposure May Raise Fatal Heart Risk: Study

Air pollution claims 40,000 to 50,000 lives in U.S. each year

6/19/2012
High Rates of Untreated Kidney Failure Seen in Elderly

Prevalence of advanced kidney disease among older adults underestimated, researchers say