Misc. Death and Dying News

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12/19/2012
Gene Therapy Shows Promise for Rare Children's Brain Disorder

Treatment targets chemical that wreaks havoc on nerve cells in kids with Canavan disease

12/19/2012
For Psychiatric Patients, Cancer Is Often Spotted Too Late

An Australian study found they're more likely to be diagnosed when disease has already spread

12/17/2012
Shorter Hospital Stays Don't Compromise Care, Study Finds

Earlier discharge corresponds with lower readmission and death rates in VA hospitals

12/13/2012
Stress, Depression Linked to Raised Stroke Risk in Seniors

People with the greatest distress had triple the risk of stroke-related death

12/13/2012
How Well Do You Rise From Sitting on the Floor?

Ability to do this simple task may predict risk of dying, study suggests

12/12/2012
Fainting in Healthy People May Be First Sign of Heart Trouble

Large Danish study suggests that even a single swoon merits a thorough health evaluation

12/12/2012
U.S. Lifestyles Thwarting Heart Health Progress: Report

While there's been improvement, Americans still need to get off the couch and eat right

12/11/2012
Even Light Smoking Boosts Women's Risk of Sudden Heart Death: Study

As few as 1 to 14 cigarettes daily doubled risk, researchers found

12/11/2012
Coffee May Lower Risk of Death From Mouth Cancer: Study

Drinking more than 4 cups per day also lowered odds of dying from a type of throat cancer

12/11/2012
Women Far More Likely to Live to 100 Than Men: U.S. Census

More than 80 percent of all centenarians were white, lived in urban areas

12/7/2012
Acute Kidney Injuries Up Sharply in U.S.

Data likely 'just the tip of the iceberg,' researcher says

12/7/2012
Avastin Won't Extend Breast Cancer Survival: Study

Costly drug comes with serious side effects, researchers say

12/6/2012
Cleaner Air in U.S. Boosting Life Expectancy, Study Finds

Continuing to reduce fine particle air pollution prolongs survival, researchers say

12/6/2012
Childless People Die Sooner, Study Says

After infertility treatment, death rates were two to four times higher among couples without kids

12/5/2012
Flesh-Eating Fungal Infection Can Follow Natural Disasters, Study Finds

Five people died from mucormycosis after 2011 Joplin, Mo., tornado

12/3/2012
Under Similar Stress, Rich Live Longer Than Poor: Study

People with money have more methods for coping, one expert says

11/30/2012
Aspirin May Reduce Risk of Liver Cancer, Death From Liver Disease

Large, decade-long study also found some benefit from other NSAIDs

11/28/2012
Statins Plus Exercise Best at Lowering Cholesterol, Study Finds

Moderate exercise reduced death risk even without drugs, but not as much

11/28/2012
High Blood Pressure During Pregnancy Tied to Later Heart Trouble

Effect is strongest in women who have only one child, study finds

11/25/2012
Carbon Monoxide Poisoning Hazards Rise in Colder Weather

Heating devices such as fireplaces, furnaces, lanterns can emit deadly gas

11/21/2012
Sleep Positioners Linked to Infant Suffocation: CDC

These devices endanger babies' lives and should not be used, U.S. agencies warn

11/21/2012
Weak Muscles in Teen Years Linked to Early Death in Men

Low strength levels in youth may raise risk as much as high blood pressure or being overweight, study suggests

11/21/2012
Routine Checkups Don't Cut Cancer, Heart Deaths: Study

Large evidence review suggests standardized screenings aren't that helpful for the 'worried well'

11/20/2012
Smokers, Nonsmokers Alike Urged to Learn About Lung Cancer

Knowing symptoms, early detection could cut rates of this deadly disease, expert suggests

11/20/2012
Hanging Suicides Up in United States

Biggest increase seen among middle-age adults, study finds

11/19/2012
Many Surgical Complications Occur After Patients Go Home

In study, those with post-op problems both in and out of hospital had highest rates of reoperation, death

11/15/2012
Strong Social Support Seems to Boost Breast Cancer Survival

Quality, not just quantity, of personal relationships linked to better outcomes, researchers say

11/13/2012
Later End-of-Life Discussions May Mean More Aggressive Treatment

Study suggests earlier talks might contribute to care aimed at easing suffering

11/12/2012
Black Patients With Kidney Cancer Fare Worse Than Whites: Study

Possible reasons for disparity include fewer blacks undergoing surgery

11/12/2012
Study: Rheumatoid Arthritis Plus Depression May Be Deadly

Risk of mood-related mortality greater for men

11/9/2012
Black Women With Both HIV, Hep C Less Likely to Die From Liver Disease

Study compared black, white and Hispanic women with both viruses

11/8/2012
DNA 'Telomere' Length Tied to Aging, Death Risk

Large study shows association, but doesn't prove cause-and-effect

11/7/2012
High-Carb Diet Linked to Colon Cancer Recurrence in Study

Other dietary factors also seemed to increase risk of cancer return

11/7/2012
Heart Failure Patients May Be at Higher Risk for Cancer: Study

But whether heart failure is the cause isn't clear, expert says

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