Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

5/2/2012
Aspirin as Effective as Warfarin for Heart Failure: Study

Doctors, patients may opt for cheaper, over-the-counter aspirin, researchers say

5/1/2012
Tasers Can Trigger Fatal Heart Trouble, Study Says

Study looked at eight healthy men who became unconscious after receiving shock

4/30/2012
Heart Attack Survival Varies Widely Among Hospitals, Study Finds

Simple changes in administrative procedures can save lives, researchers say

4/25/2012
Early Menopause Tied to Osteoporosis in 29-Year Study

Nearly doubled risk seen in women who went through 'change' before age 47

4/24/2012
Measles Deaths Falling Worldwide

But more than 100,000 still die each year, report says

4/23/2012
Wartime Killing May Raise Veterans' Thoughts of Suicide

Impact of deadly combat on mental health receives too little attention, study indicates

4/23/2012
Stricter Seat Belt Laws Get Teens to Buckle Up, Study Shows

In states where police can stop and ticket unbelted vehicle occupants, more high schoolers 'click it'

4/21/2012
On-the-Job Injuries Can Be Lethal to U.S. Teens

88 lost their lives to workplace trauma in 2010 alone, study found

4/16/2012
Death From Accidental Injuries Among Kids Drops 30%: CDC

Biggest decrease seen in car crashes; suffocations among infants, poisoning rates went up

4/11/2012
Codeine After Surgery Could Endanger Certain Kids: Study

In children with rare gene mutation, post-tonsillectomy death seemed to be due to reaction to pain medicine

4/10/2012
Tax Day May Drive Up Fatal Crash Rates

But expert notes study finding doesn't make it clear whether stress causes the spike

4/9/2012
Climate Change Could Be Tough on Seniors' Health: Study

Wide temperature swings in summer could lead to 10,000 excess deaths in U.S. per year

4/4/2012
Cancer Diagnosis May Raise Odds for Suicide, Heart Attack Death

Risk appears greater for hard-to-treat disease, Swedish researchers say

4/3/2012
Reported Decline in U.S. Pneumonia Deaths May Be False: Study

Dips in hospitalizations, deaths may reflect diagnosis coding changes

4/3/2012
Veggies Like Broccoli, Cabbage May Help Fight Breast Cancer: Study

High intake of cruciferous vegetables associated with lower death rate, researchers say

4/3/2012
Young Women Who Drink and Drive at Higher Risk of Fatal Accident

Risk now matches that for young male drivers who drink, researchers say

3/27/2012
Bypass Surgery May Be Better Than Angioplasty for Seniors

Study found those with multi-vessel heart disease showed reduced risk of dying four years later

3/26/2012
Too Much Sitting Can Kill You, Study Suggests

Eight hours or more a day raises risk, even if you exercise, researchers find

3/16/2012
Depression Tied to Earlier Death in Heart Patients

Study found a greater risk of death within 7 years of receiving stent implant

3/16/2012
Poor Reading Skills Might Be Fatal for Older Folks

Inability to understand medical instructions associated with higher death rates in 5-year study

3/14/2012
Anti-Smoking Efforts Saved 795,000 Lives Over 25 Years: Study

Public smoking bans, higher cigarette taxes, increased risk awareness all helped

3/14/2012
U.S. Deaths From Gastro Infections Doubled Over 8 Years: CDC

Easily transmitted germs such as norovirus and C. difficile are prime culprits

3/13/2012
Higher Spending Tied to Better Outcomes in Ontario Hospitals

But researchers note that Canada spends much less per person on health care costs than United States

3/13/2012
75-Year Study Finds Dramatic Rise in U.S. Lifespans

Less smoking, better meds fuel lower death risk rates across all age groups since 1935

3/12/2012
Red Meat Can Be Unhealthy, Study Suggests

Researchers contend diets laden with steaks, burgers boost death rates; beef industry disputes claim