Misc. Death and Dying News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

6/19/2012
Hospitalization May Be 'Tipping Point' for Alzheimer's Decline

Study also found delirium added to risk of mental deterioration, even death

6/18/2012
Loneliness, Living Alone Might Shorten Life

Studies suggest doctors should ask patients about support systems

6/14/2012
Motorcycle Helmet Laws Save Lives and Dollars: CDC

Yet, states are repealing these laws, experts warn

6/13/2012
Targeted Radiation for Lung Cancer May Carry Risks

Case report warns the relatively new treatment killed airway tissue in woman with early-stage disease

6/7/2012
Many Suffer Leg, Lung Clots While Hospitalized: CDC

Risk of potentially deadly blockages rises with age; prevention efforts urged

6/5/2012
Statewide Program Improved Heart-Attack Survival: Study

North Carolina patients were transferred more quickly to hospitals that perform lifesaving procedure

6/5/2012
Lifespan Gap Shrinks Between Whites, Blacks

Still, report shows about a 4 to 5.5 year difference in U.S.

6/4/2012
Runners May Live Longer

But research also finds that too much high-intensity running may harm heart

6/4/2012
Immune System Glitch Linked to Greater Risk of Death

People with this flaw are four times more likely to die of a serious disease, study finds

5/30/2012
High Blood Sugar May Make Pneumonia Deadlier

Patients with community-acquired infection plus high glucose levels need monitoring, study finds

5/24/2012
Strokes More Common in Southern States: CDC

Little decline seen in past 5 years, minorities hardest hit

5/23/2012
Study Spots Early Warning Signal for Sudden Cardiac Death

Risk higher when electrical impulses travel more slowly through lower chambers of the heart

5/23/2012
Cancer Docs Often Deal With Own Grief, Doubts When Patients Die

Study found some cope through physical, emotional distance as sadness becomes too much

5/22/2012
Injury-Linked Deaths Vary Widely Among States

Report finds too few states require proven safety policies that would save lives

5/22/2012
No Progress in Reducing U.S. Motorcycle Deaths: Report

Recommendations include more helmet use, encouraging all drivers to share the road

5/21/2012
Night Staffing With Critical Care Docs May Lower ICU Death Rates

However, study didn't find similar benefit for all hospitals

5/21/2012
Sleep Apnea Linked to Higher Cancer Death Risk

Cancer compensates, spreads in search for oxygen, researcher suggests

5/16/2012
Daily Coffee May Help Keep Grim Reaper Away

Three cups linked to 10% lower odds of dying from typical causes, federal study finds

5/15/2012
U.S. Assistance to Africa Cut AIDS-Related Deaths: Study

Evaluation attributes more than 740,000 lives saved to the program launched in 2003

5/15/2012
Inhaled Steroids Lead to Big Drop in Asthma Deaths at Texas Hospital: Study

They reduce inflammation in the lungs, improving control of asthma symptoms

5/14/2012
A Little More Education, a Little Longer Life?

Long-term study found an association between the two

5/10/2012
Pot Belly Boosts Risk of Sudden Cardiac Death: Study

Carrying weight in your midsection adds to obesity's dangers

5/9/2012
Angioplasty May Be Risky for Those With Poor Leg Circulation

Procedure to open heart arteries linked to raised death rate in people with peripheral artery disease

5/4/2012
Men's Breast Cancer Often More Deadly, Study Suggests

Males typically older at diagnosis, often have larger tumors, experts find