Misc. Death and Dying News

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3/7/2012
Hope and Optimism May Cloud Judgment in ICUs

Family members tend to put good spin on bad news, which may lead to poor decisions, researchers say

3/6/2012
Lack of Vitamin D May Harm Older Women's Health

Better prevention, treatment of deficiency needed for nursing home patients, researchers say

2/28/2012
Family Tree May Aid Treatment of Inherited Heart Disorders

Archived data may help pinpoint age range when genetic heart rhythm disorder death risk rises

2/28/2012
Sleeping Pills Linked to Raised Risk of Death, Cancer: Study

Researchers warn against chronic use, but one expert said underlying health woes could also be a factor

2/23/2012
Study Links 'Body Clock' to Sudden Cardiac Death

Discovery might lead to new ways to prevent or treat the fatal heart problem

2/23/2012
Chemical Used to Strip Bathtubs Linked to Worker Deaths: CDC

10 products containing methylene chloride associated with 13 fatalities in U.S. since 2000

2/20/2012
Hepatitis C Now Kills More Americans Than HIV

Middle-aged most often affected, and many are unaware they have been infected, CDC says

2/17/2012
Living to 100 May Be Tougher Than You Think

Study suggests death rate keeps rising at same pace after age 80

2/16/2012
Illicit Drug Use May Be Driving Rise in Ectopic Pregnancies in Florida

CDC says cases indicate need for earlier access to prenatal care, drug awareness

2/13/2012
Exercise a Defense Against Dementia: Study

Odds of dying from brain deterioration were less for physically fit individuals

2/6/2012
Certain Cancer Drugs May Have Fatal Side Effects: Analysis

Risk is very small, but doctors, patients should be made aware, investigators say

2/3/2012
Hard Drug Use in Middle Age Could Prove Fatal, Study Finds

Those who continue to 'dabble' into their 50s tend to be at greater risk for bad outcomes in general

2/3/2012
Malaria's Global Death Toll Much Higher Than Thought

Study estimates 1.2 million die each year, nearly double previous estimates

2/1/2012
Sleep Apnea May Be Tied to 'Silent' Strokes, Study Finds

Other research also suggests rapid memory loss may be linked to a fatal brain attack

1/26/2012
Gang Murders Taking Toll on Young Males, CDC Says

Most of these homicides involve guns, but criminal drug activity isn't often a factor

1/25/2012
Frying With Olive, Sunflower Oil OK for Heart, Study Finds

Type of cooking oil determines fried foods' link to heart disease, death risk

1/23/2012
Abortion Safer for Women Than Childbirth, Study Claims

Risk of death, though small, is 14 times higher in full-term pregnancy

1/20/2012
Study Highlights Features of High-Quality Primary Care

Interventions promoting access to comprehensive, patient-centered care might cut health disparities

1/19/2012
Antidepressants Might Raise Fall Risk in Nursing Homes

Residents with dementia taking so-called SSRIs seem to be at higher risk of injury, study suggests

1/16/2012
Drop in Melanoma Deaths Limited to Educated Whites: Study

Rates not declining in skin cancer patients with less schooling, researchers say

1/11/2012
Americans Living Longer, Report Finds

Better treatments, screening for many diseases may explain trend, experts say

1/9/2012
Grief Is a Real Heartbreaker, Study Finds

Stress, anxiety may increase heart attack risk in the weeks after a loved one's death

1/8/2012
Why Some People Live to 110

'Supercentenarians' appear to have built-in protection against disease, study finds

1/4/2012
Race, Gender, Dementia May Affect Parkinson's Survival

Large study found higher death risk among men

1/4/2012
Cancer Incidence, Death Rates Continue to Drop: Report

One million lives saved, largely because of improved prevention, detection and treatment

12/30/2011
U.S. Blacks More Likely to Die of Colon Cancer Than Whites: Study

This gap in survival is widest among those diagnosed with advanced disease, research shows

12/21/2011
'27 Club' Debunked: Musicians Aren't Prone to Die at That Age

But, they do face a higher risk of premature death, researchers report

12/20/2011
Screening Alone Not Enough to Prevent Sudden Death in College Athletes

Testing of all athletes, not just Division I players, and safe training methods required, researchers say

12/20/2011
Treating High Blood Pressure May Add Years to Life

Study found those who took blood pressure meds lived a day longer for every month of treatment

12/20/2011
Drug Overdoses Kill More Americans Than Car Accidents: CDC

Almost half of drug poisonings are now from abuse of prescription painkillers, researchers note

12/16/2011
Presumed Consent Wouldn't Boost U.S. Organ Donation: Study

European countries with 'opt-out' donation don't have higher rates, researchers say

12/7/2011
Some States Make Stopping Smoking Easier Than Others

Maine, North Dakota are quit-friendly; Georgia is not, lung experts say

12/6/2011
Most U.S. Presidents Live Longer Than Their Peers

Stress of the White House doesn't seem to shave years from a man's life, study finds

12/1/2011
Time of Surgery Doesn't Influence Results, Study Says

You're no more likely to die if operated on at 7 p.m. versus 9 a.m., researchers find

11/23/2011
Merck to Pay $950M to Settle Probe of Vioxx Marketing

Controversial painkiller was pulled from the market in 2004 due to heightened heart attack, stroke risk

11/22/2011
More Blacks Die in Hospital After Diverticulitis Surgery

Racial differences in survival were seen even among those with health insurance, study finds

11/21/2011
Fewer Dying in U.S. From Throat, Mouth Cancer, Study Finds

Death rates improved most for patients with more than 12 years' education

11/21/2011
Siblings Deeply Affected By Child's Cancer Death

Many kids reported feeling more mature, compassionate

11/15/2011
Fewer Disease Risk Factors Yet More Fatal Heart Attacks

Healthier profile might delay cardiac problems until old age, researchers say

11/14/2011
Experimental Drug for Irregular Heart Rhythm Raises Death Risk: Study

Dronedarone trial cut short after excess of deaths in patients with permanent form of atrial fibrillation

11/14/2011
Sepsis Plus Heart Rhythm Disorder Linked to Stroke, Death

Hospital patients with severe blood infections and new atrial fibrillation found at higher risk

11/14/2011
Blood Thinner Xarelto Shows Promise for Heart Patients

Study found it cut odds of death and heart attack, but bleeding risk needs monitoring, experts say

11/11/2011
Flu Hits 90 Million Children Under 5 Each Year

Global tally also includes 20 million kids with flu who develop potentially deadly pneumonia

11/8/2011
New Guidelines Issued for Genetic Heart Disease

Experts outline recommendations for treating hypertrophic cardiomyopathy

11/4/2011
Earthquakes Put Millions of Lives, Major Cities at Risk

One of three victims will die from their injuries in massive temblors, researchers estimate

11/3/2011
Death Toll From Listeria Outbreak Hits 29

Another 139 people sickened in 28 states, CDC reports

11/1/2011
Women No More Likely to Die After Angioplasty

But study finds they have more risk factors for heart disease than men

11/1/2011
Deaths From Abuse of Painkillers Triple in a Decade: CDC

Almost two-thirds of overdose deaths are from opioid pain relievers, agency says

10/31/2011
Could Happy Lives Be Longer Lives?

Study shows an association, but cause-and-effect isn't clear

10/28/2011
Stress Linked to Higher Mortality Risk Among Men

Even moderate but sustained stress might have deadly effects, study suggests