Misc. Death and Dying News

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2/2/2011
United States Sees Record Drop in Teen Births From 2007-09

Notable decreases found across all racial and ethnic groups, CDC says

2/1/2011
For-Profit Hospices May Prefer Certain Types of Patients: Study

They're more likely to admit people that require less intense care, but a longer stay

1/31/2011
Survival After Stroke Better for Blacks

Reasons aren't clear, but more aggressive care may be why, researchers say

1/31/2011
Super Bowl Loss Really a Heart Stopper for Some Fans

Defeat raises hometown rates of cardiac-related deaths; win may have opposite effect, study finds

1/28/2011
More People Choosing Hospice at Life's End

With focus on comfort, people often feel more in control, with less distress

1/28/2011
Woman's Life Refutes a Hospice Myth

More than 6 years after starting care, 91-year-old remains at home

1/25/2011
Cancer Doctors Urge Earlier End-of-Life Care Talks

Palliative care options often offered too late, oncologist group says

1/25/2011
Smoking, Obesity Slowing U.S. Life Expectancy Gains: Report

Although U.S. spends more on health care, life expectancy is shorter than in most other developed countries

1/20/2011
Breast Cancer Patients With Diabetes May Fare Worse

Having both diseases greatly increases the chances of dying, review finds

1/20/2011
Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought

But it was common in cancer patients with other mood disorders, researchers found

1/19/2011
Nurses' Long Shifts May Put Hospital Patients at Risk: Study

Fatigue linked to work schedules needs more study, researcher says

1/19/2011
Daily Fruit, Veggies May Cut Risk of Heart Disease Death

Extra servings linked to greater reductions in risk, study suggests

1/17/2011
Worsening Depression Adds to Heart Failure Risks: Study

Routine mental health screening for heart patients may be 'prudent,' researchers say

1/17/2011
Warfarin Use May Raise Risk of Death From Traumatic Injuries

Researchers found chances almost doubled; say ER docs need to check elderly patients

1/13/2011
Heart Rhythm Disorder May Double Death Risk for Dialysis Patients

Study finds dramatic rise among those with atrial fibrillation being treated for kidney disease

1/11/2011
Not All Heart Failure Drugs Boost Survival Equally

Comparison study found patients taking candesartan outlived those on losartan

1/7/2011
Quality of Life Key Measure in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

Studies of treatments should include their effect on patients' well-being, researchers say

1/7/2011
Many Survivors of World Trade Center Attacks Suffered PTSD: Study

Starting evacuation late, being on a higher floor upped risk for psychological trauma

1/6/2011
Mentally Ill in Nursing Homes Often Lack Advance Care Plans

But they are among the groups that most need them, researchers say

1/6/2011
Guidelines Issued for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

Infectious disease specialists seek to standardize treatment for potentially deadly germ

1/6/2011
1/6/2011
Infant Organ Donors Could Help Meet Transplant Needs: Study

Some good could come from tragic loss, researchers suggest

1/5/2011
FDA Launches Review of Tobacco Products

New, changed items can be no more harmful than products already on market

1/5/2011
Exercise May Improve Odds Against Prostate Cancer Death

Study found three hours or more of vigorous activity a week upped patients' long-term survival

1/3/2011
In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo

Depression may hinder disease management, researchers say

12/23/2010
Better Methods Needed to Measure Hospital Quality: Experts

Using patient death rates to assess care found to be unreliable in Massachusetts study

12/23/2010
Obese Drivers at Higher Risk of Death in Car Crashes: Study

Findings might have implications for car design, car safety testing, researchers say

12/22/2010
Death Rates Higher for Those With Lasting Epilepsy: Study

But children who outgrow seizures don't face same increased risk

12/22/2010
Recurrence of Oral Cancer Found to Signal Poor Outcome

Prognosis varies by timing and location of disease, study suggests

12/20/2010
Liver Cancer Survival Rates May Be Worse for Blacks

Black patients had 12 percent higher death rate than whites, study finds

12/20/2010
C-Sections Continue 12-Year Climb: U.S. Report

But overall birth rate dips, possibly because of sagging economy, expert says

12/17/2010
Kidney Disease Could Be More Deadly for Kids With Lupus

Researcher suggests that risk stems from damaging effect on the heart

12/15/2010
Second Brain Death Exam Unnecessary, Study Finds

Families sometimes have to endure an extra day or more of waiting for final diagnosis

12/15/2010
Death Rate From Heart Disease, Stroke Drops Off Over Decade

But success is costly and much too limited, experts say

12/13/2010
Few Lives Saved by Ovarian Cancer Screening: Study

Efforts to reduce death rate should focus on prevention, treatment, researchers say

12/9/2010
U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Slightly

Deaths from stroke, infant mortality decline, federal report finds

12/1/2010
Obesity Can Shorten Life, Analysis Finds

But being too skinny was also linked to decreased longevity, researchers discovered

11/29/2010
Peripheral Arterial Surgery Outcomes Worse for Women: Study

Higher risk of death, complications compared with men, researchers found

11/24/2010
Holiday Drinking Can Kill, Experts Warn

Drunk-driving accidents, heart problems, home injuries are preventable, say U.S. emergency doctors

11/22/2010
Tiniest Newborns With Down Syndrome Face Other Health Risks

Combination linked to higher rates of life-threatening heart, lung, digestive disorders, study finds

11/19/2010
Young Motorcycle Riders Suffering More Brain Injuries

Tough universal helmet laws needed to protect them, study finds

11/19/2010
Weekend Admissions May Raise Death Risk in Kidney Patients

Risk of death for end-stage patients 17 percent higher than on weekdays, study finds

11/19/2010
Outreach, Enforcement Can Curb College Kids' Drinking: Study

Community, college-based efforts seemed to lower off-campus consumption, researchers say

11/16/2010
Severe Bacterial Strain Found in Cystic Fibrosis Patients in Canada

Germ ups odds of lung transplant, even death, and was first spotted in Britain, researchers say

11/16/2010
Hospital Care Deadly for Some, U.S. Study Finds

About 15,000 Medicare patients die a month because of adverse events, researchers say

11/15/2010
Study Urges Teens to Cut Down on Salt

Doing so could reduce risk of high blood pressure, heart disease later in life

11/15/2010
Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied to Stroke Deaths in Blacks: Study

But death risk doubled for D-deficient whites, researchers said

11/15/2010
Death of Loved One May Trigger Elevated Heart Rate

Worrisome signs seemed to revert to normal within 6 months, study suggests

11/12/2010
Awareness of COPD Growing, But More Lung Testing Urged

U.S. survey found 69% now know about chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

11/10/2010
Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study

Every hospital should start using checklists to safeguard against errors, experts say