Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

People With DNR Orders More Apt to Die After Any Surgery

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

Having Both Autism and Epilepsy Linked to Raised Death Rates

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

Suicide Rates Rise and Fall With the Economy: CDC

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

Unemployment Plays Role in Early Deaths, Research Shows

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

Certain Diabetes Drugs Better for Heart Health, Study Finds

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

'Retail Therapy' Might Really Work

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

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

U.S. Vets' Heart Failure Death Rates Seem to Be Improving

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

Sudden Cardiac Death More Common in Young Athletes Than Thought

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

When Pets Outlive Owners, 'Retirement Homes' Offer Refuge

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

U.S. Cancer Rates Continue to Fall

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

Death Rates of Children, Young Adults Show Reversal

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

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

High Smog Levels Might Threaten Lung Transplant Success

Study found exposure doubled risk of rejection, death in patients

Trauma Patients Seem More Likely to Survive on Weekends

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

U.S. Death Rate at All-Time Low: CDC

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

Heavy Drinking Might Raise Risk of Death From Pancreatic Cancer

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

Fans of Winning Teams Linked to Fatal Crashes

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

Americans Have Worse Health Than English Peers, Study Finds

This held true from birth to old age, researchers report

Risk of Death May Linger for Trauma Survivors

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

Kidney Transplant Patients Urged to Keep Fit to Survive

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

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

Diabetes Ups Death Risk Overall, Study Shows

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

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

Type 1 Diabetes Patients Need New Kidney Therapies: Study

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

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

U.S. Flu Season Picking Up, CDC Reports

37 states report widespread activity; vaccination recommended

New Factor May Spot Heart Risks in Healthy People: Study

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

America's Health a Mixed Bag: Report

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

Obesity Alone Raises Risk of Fatal Heart Attack, Study Finds

Analysis suggests something about carrying extra weight is at play

Diet High in Fiber Might Lengthen Your Life

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

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

Few Stroke Patients Given Clot-Buster Quickly Enough: Study

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

Video Suggests Mother Chimps May Grieve Death of an Infant

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

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

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

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

Survival After Stroke Better for Blacks

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

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

More People Choosing Hospice at Life's End

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

Woman's Life Refutes a Hospice Myth

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

Cancer Doctors Urge Earlier End-of-Life Care Talks

Palliative care options often offered too late, oncologist group says

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

Breast Cancer Patients With Diabetes May Fare Worse

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

Fewer Cancer Patients May Be Depressed Than Thought

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

Nurses' Long Shifts May Put Hospital Patients at Risk: Study

Fatigue linked to work schedules needs more study, researcher says

Daily Fruit, Veggies May Cut Risk of Heart Disease Death

Extra servings linked to greater reductions in risk, study suggests

Worsening Depression Adds to Heart Failure Risks: Study

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

Warfarin Use May Raise Risk of Death From Traumatic Injuries

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

Heart Rhythm Disorder May Double Death Risk for Dialysis Patients

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