Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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