Misc. Death and Dying News

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5/16/2011
Hospice Care More Common in Wealthier Areas, Study Finds

Communities with high household incomes, larger populations have more access to end-of-life care

5/16/2011
Kids Taking ADHD Drugs at Low Risk for Heart Problems: Study

But industry-sponsored study doesn't allay fears, one expert says

5/13/2011
Gene Variant Linked to Sudden Cardiac Death Risk in Blacks

Roughly 13% of people of African descent may be at risk of potentially fatal heart arrhythmias: study

5/12/2011
U.S. Murder Toll From Guns Highest in Big Cities: CDC

And the homicide rate was highest among children and teens

5/10/2011
Ring Finger Length Linked to ALS, Study Suggests

But whether this has any effect on risk of 'Lou Gehrig's disease' is unknown, researchers say

5/2/2011
Bin Laden's Death Brings Comfort, but Not an End to Anxieties

It will mean some closure for many, but sense of threat lingers, experts say

5/2/2011
Less-Than-Optimal Sleep May 'Age' the Brain

Researchers found too much, too little sleep linked to cognitive decline in middle age

4/29/2011
Study: Implants Affect Breast Cancer Diagnosis But Not Survival

It found higher rate of false negatives, cancer that had spread to lymph nodes among women with implants

4/27/2011
Report: California Cities Have Worst Air Pollution in U.S.

But the country's 25 smoggiest cities have all improved since last year's review, researchers say

4/25/2011
Death Rates Among People With High Blood Pressure Falling

But they're still at raised risk over those without hypertension

4/24/2011
Hospital Infection Raises Death Risk for Bowel Patients

Those who contract C. difficile are six times more likely to die, study finds

4/22/2011
HIV Kids Growing Up Well, Study Finds

With survival improved, researchers now look at long-term complications

4/21/2011
Higher Death Rates Seen in Central Line Dialysis Patients: Study

Those who received treatment through tube in the abdomen and other methods were more likely to survive

4/20/2011
Inhaled Meds May Save COPD/Pneumonia Patients' Lives

Corticosteroids cut death rates among older people with both respiratory diseases, study found

4/20/2011
Many With Autism Also Have Treatment-Resistant Epilepsy: Study

Their seizures also tend to start earlier in childhood, research suggests

4/19/2011
Minority Kids With Heart Defects More Likely to Die in Childhood

Black children affected have 32% greater odds of dying before five than white peers, study finds

4/18/2011
People With DNR Orders More Apt to Die After Any Surgery

Death and complication rate higher even in non-emergency procedures, study found

4/16/2011
Having Both Autism and Epilepsy Linked to Raised Death Rates

Study found nearly 40% of brain tissue donors with autism also had epilepsy

4/14/2011
Suicide Rates Rise and Fall With the Economy: CDC

Working-age people are at highest risk during recession, researchers say

4/8/2011
Unemployment Plays Role in Early Deaths, Research Shows

Young men are particularly vulnerable to negative health effects of job loss, analysis indicates

4/7/2011
Certain Diabetes Drugs Better for Heart Health, Study Finds

Metformin, the usual first choice medication, said to lead the pack

4/7/2011
'Retail Therapy' Might Really Work

Daily shopping prolonged survival among elders by 27%, say Taiwanese researchers

4/6/2011
Overall Health May Be Key to Beating Breast Cancer

Poorer wellbeing linked to a 65% raised risk of death from any cause in study patients

4/5/2011
U.S. Vets' Heart Failure Death Rates Seem to Be Improving

Study looked at elderly patients who had been hospitalized between 1999 and 2008

4/5/2011
Sudden Cardiac Death More Common in Young Athletes Than Thought

Findings highlight need for screening those participating in school sports, experts say

4/1/2011
When Pets Outlive Owners, 'Retirement Homes' Offer Refuge

Vet schools now offer lifelong care or new homes for animals left behind, for a price

3/31/2011
U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to Fall

Report suggests that better screening, diagnosis and treatments are paying off

3/29/2011
Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal

Global improvements among kids 4 and under not matched among those 15 to 24, study finds

3/24/2011
U.S. Tuberculosis Cases Hit Record Low, CDC Says

But minorities, those not born in the U.S. and HIV-positive patients still most likely to be affected

3/24/2011
High Smog Levels Might Threaten Lung Transplant Success

Study found exposure doubled risk of rejection, death in patients

3/22/2011
Trauma Patients Seem More Likely to Survive on Weekends

Victims may benefit from more attention outside of regular weekday hours, researchers say

3/16/2011
U.S. Death Rate at All-Time Low: CDC

Americans living longer than ever, but gap widens between blacks, whites

3/14/2011
Heavy Drinking Might Raise Risk of Death From Pancreatic Cancer

Large study found 36% increased chance of succumbing to disease among hard liquor drinkers

3/11/2011
Fans of Winning Teams Linked to Fatal Crashes

Close score may spur aggressive, testosterone-fueled driving, researchers suggest

3/9/2011
Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

3/8/2011
Risk of Death May Linger for Trauma Survivors

Those discharged to skilled nursing facilities face highest risk, study finds

3/3/2011
Kidney Transplant Patients Urged to Keep Fit to Survive

Low levels of physical activity linked to raised risk of early death, researchers warn

3/2/2011
Tight Blood Sugar Control May Put Some Diabetics at Risk

Death risk higher in those with type 2 and heart disease striving for 'normal' glucose levels: study

3/2/2011
Diabetes Ups Death Risk Overall, Study Shows

Cancer, infectious diseases, even suicide, more common among diabetics

2/28/2011
Medical Surrogates May Pay Emotional Price for Crisis Decisions

Stress, guilt, doubt greatest for those whose loved ones didn't convey end-of-life requests, study says

2/24/2011
Type 1 Diabetes Patients Need New Kidney Therapies: Study

Recent advances not enough in preventing end-stage disease, researchers say

2/22/2011
Car Ignition 'Interlocks' Thwart Alcohol-Impaired Drivers

In a review of such programs, CDC found a 67% drop among motorists re-arrested for drunk driving

2/17/2011
U.S. Flu Season Picking Up, CDC Reports

37 states report widespread activity; vaccination recommended

2/16/2011
New Factor May Spot Heart Risks in Healthy People: Study

How quickly heart rate returns to normal after premature contraction may predict disease, death

2/16/2011
America's Health a Mixed Bag: Report

Life expectancy rates are up, but so are obesity levels, CDC says

2/15/2011
Obesity Alone Raises Risk of Fatal Heart Attack, Study Finds

Analysis suggests something about carrying extra weight is at play

2/14/2011
Diet High in Fiber Might Lengthen Your Life

Eating lots of whole grains reduced risk of dying from any cause, study found

2/13/2011
Spate of Hunter Injuries Spurs New Call for Tree Stand Safety

14 falls, 4 deaths in Alabama during recent hunting season leads experts to urge more caution

2/11/2011
Few Stroke Patients Given Clot-Buster Quickly Enough: Study

Analysis finds age, gender, race play part in who gets it within 60-minute window

2/4/2011
Video Suggests Mother Chimps May Grieve Death of an Infant

Study may improve understanding of how other primates respond to mortality, researchers say