Misc. Death and Dying News

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7/29/2011
Drop in Breast Cancer Death Rates May Not Be Linked to Screening Rates

European study found better care, health systems at play, but experts not sure same is so in U.S.

7/27/2011
Caution Urged in Intensive Treatment of Type 2 Diabetes

Such therapy may double the risk of dangerously low blood glucose levels, study finds

7/25/2011
Smoking After Heart Attack Raises Risk of Dying

Study found those who quit for good were more likely to be alive a year later

7/25/2011
Chickenpox Vaccine May Wipe Out Related Deaths: Study

U.S. mortality rate dropped from about 105 to just 14 in 2007, research shows

7/19/2011
Do-Not-Resuscitate Orders Tougher When It's Not Patient's Call

Study found surrogate decision-making causes delay, boosts costs

7/19/2011
As Waistline Expands, So Does Death Risk for Kidney Patients

Belly fat better predictor of mortality than body-mass index alone, study finds

7/18/2011
Specialists More Likely to Spot Deadly Skin Cancer

Self-screening helps, but doctors better at finding early stage melanoma, study shows

7/14/2011
Suicide Among Veterans All Too Common, Study Finds

Those who attempt suicide have overall higher risk of death from all causes, researchers say

7/14/2011
Certain Painkillers May Raise Odds of Stroke, Heart Attack: Study

NSAIDs, which include ibuprofen, aspirin and other meds, might hike risks for heart patients, researchers say

7/12/2011
More U.S. Men Die From Cancer Than Women: Study

But disparity mirrors differences in incidence, not ability to fight disease, researchers say

7/12/2011
Bladder Cancer Patients Not Getting Recommended Care: Study

Complex guidelines rarely followed in full for high-grade tumors, researchers find

7/11/2011
Deaths Up, Care Levels Down at Teaching Hospitals in July

Problem linked to the annual mass exodus of experienced medical residents as newbies pour in, researchers say

7/11/2011
Study: Potassium Boosts Heart Health, Salt Harms It

Combo of high sodium, low potassium called 'double whammy' for cardiovascular risk

7/10/2011
Risk of Lightning Strikes Rises in Summer

About 55 people in U.S. are struck and killed each year, but many deaths are avoidable, researchers say

7/8/2011
Europe's Suicides Up, Road Deaths Down After Economy Tanked

Researchers say death trends reflect effects of financial crisis

7/7/2011
Special Talk Therapy Seems to Help Dying Patients

'Dignity therapy' can enhance their quality of life and their dignity, study finds

7/6/2011
New Combo Therapy May Prevent TB, Save Lives in People With HIV

Simpler, shorter drug regimen has potential to transform treatment of tuberculosis worldwide, researchers say

7/5/2011
Colon Cancer Death Rates Continue to Drop, CDC Reports

But, 22 million people who need screening haven't gotten one, researchers add

7/5/2011
Medical Futility Trend Seen in Neonatal Deaths

Infants' 'peace' led to withholding, withdrawal of life support in NICUs, study finds

7/1/2011
Avastin Rejection Supported by Cancer Experts

Drug's value as metastatic breast cancer treatment still unclear, they say

6/30/2011
Who Should Get a CT Scan to Screen for Lung Cancer?

While the tests can save lives, they're not for everyone, experts say

6/29/2011
More Evidence CT Scans Better at Detecting Lung Cancer

Earlier treatment improves survival chances, experts say

6/28/2011
Longest Trial Ever Confirms Mammograms' Benefits

They save far more lives than previously thought, researchers say

6/27/2011
Life Expectancy Improves for Type 1 Diabetics

15-year gain noted for those diagnosed after 1965, study finds

6/24/2011
Even One Glass of Beer, Wine Boosts Car Crash Risk: Study

'Buzzed' drivers more likely to speed, neglect seat-belts and be in the striking vehicle, results show

6/24/2011
Drug Use May Play Role in 25% of Driver Deaths, Study Finds

Cocaine, amphetamines and pot each accounted for one-quarter of positive tests in victims

6/21/2011
Smoking, Prostate Cancer a Deadly Mix

But risk drops for men who have given up tobacco for 10 years, study finds

6/21/2011
Making Sure Child's Play Doesn't Turn Into Gunplay

Nationwide 'ASK' campaign urges parents to ask if unlocked guns are present in playmates' homes

6/21/2011
Older Women With Breast Cancer Probably Won't Die From It: Study

Heart disease more likely cause of death, researchers find

6/21/2011
FDA Unveils Graphic Images for Cigarette Packs

The warnings must appear on all products, advertising by September 2012

6/17/2011
Deaths Exceed Births in 24% of U.S. Communities: Report

Rural America hit hardest by 'natural decrease' as young move elsewhere, study finds

6/17/2011
Gene Study Sheds Light on Often Fatal Heart Condition

Duplicate in chromosome 16 region linked to raised threat of aneurysm that causes aortic dissection

6/15/2011
Rushed Discharge After Weight-Loss Surgery May Raise Risks

Complications, deaths far more likely in patients sent home on same day as gastric bypass, study finds

6/15/2011
U.S. Found to Be Losing Ground in Life Expectancy

Some Mississippi women can expect to die younger than women in El Salvador, new analysis claims

6/15/2011
Could Sleeping on Left Side Help Prevent Stillbirth?

Study finds higher rates of this tragic outcome when women slept on back or right side

6/14/2011
Too Much TV Raises Risk of Diabetes, Heart Disease and Death

Analysis found two hours a day increased chances of health problems by up to 20%

6/14/2011
Life Often Shorter for the Homeless: Study

Substance abuse, psychiatric disorders raise risk of early death

6/13/2011
Weight-Loss Surgery May Not Lower Death Risk: Study

But there's still evidence it reduces obesity-related health problems, researchers say

6/13/2011
Heart Attack Victims Face Greater Risk of Dying When Ambulances Are Diverted

Medicare patients turned away from nearest hospital more likely to die, study finds

6/11/2011
Insect Stings Hold Deadly Risk for Some

New guidelines issued to help diagnose, treat those with insect allergies

6/6/2011
After Colon Cancer Surgery, Early Chemo May Pay Off

Every 4-week delay of chemotherapy measurably reduces odds of survival, study finds

6/1/2011
High-Risk Surgeries Getting Safer: Study

Fewer deaths during cancer and cardiac operations seen, researchers say

5/26/2011
New Drug Extends Survival for Men With Advanced Prostate Cancer

Zytiga lengthened survival to nearly 15 months, vs. about 11 months for men on placebo, study says

5/25/2011
CDC Report Shows Bacterial Meningitis Cases on the Decline

Vaccines have reduced disease rate in young but death rate remains unchanged

5/19/2011
Earlier PSA Test Best Predicts Risk of Dying From Prostate Cancer: Study

This may cut down on unnecessary screening, researchers say

5/18/2011
End-of-Life Care Differs Between U.S., Canada, Study Finds

Researchers say data comparison could help guide improvements in care

5/18/2011
FDA Advisers Urge Infant Doses for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers

Would better protect those under 2 who use products like Children's Tylenol, experts say

5/17/2011
FDA Panels to Weigh Dosing Labels for Kids' OTC Fever Relievers

Might better protect those under 2 who use products like Children's Tylenol, experts say

5/16/2011
ICU Patients May Benefit From 'Telemedicine'

Lower rates of death and complications seen for patients monitored remotely, study finds

5/16/2011
New Drug Extends Life a Bit in Advanced Prostate Cancer

Zytiga lengthened survival to 14.8 months, versus 10.9 months for men taking placebo, study says