Misc. Death and Dying News

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Not All Heart Failure Drugs Boost Survival Equally

Comparison study found patients taking candesartan outlived those on losartan

Quality of Life Key Measure in Breast Cancer Clinical Trials

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

Many Survivors of World Trade Center Attacks Suffered PTSD: Study

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

Mentally Ill in Nursing Homes Often Lack Advance Care Plans

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

Guidelines Issued for Drug-Resistant Staph Infections

Infectious disease specialists seek to standardize treatment for potentially deadly germ

Infant Organ Donors Could Help Meet Transplant Needs: Study

Some good could come from tragic loss, researchers suggest

FDA Launches Review of Tobacco Products

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

Exercise May Improve Odds Against Prostate Cancer Death

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

In Women, Diabetes Plus Depression a Deadly Combo

Depression may hinder disease management, researchers say

Better Methods Needed to Measure Hospital Quality: Experts

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

Obese Drivers at Higher Risk of Death in Car Crashes: Study

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

Death Rates Higher for Those With Lasting Epilepsy: Study

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

Recurrence of Oral Cancer Found to Signal Poor Outcome

Prognosis varies by timing and location of disease, study suggests

Liver Cancer Survival Rates May Be Worse for Blacks

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

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

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

Kidney Disease Could Be More Deadly for Kids With Lupus

Researcher suggests that risk stems from damaging effect on the heart

Second Brain Death Exam Unnecessary, Study Finds

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

Death Rate From Heart Disease, Stroke Drops Off Over Decade

But success is costly and much too limited, experts say

Few Lives Saved by Ovarian Cancer Screening: Study

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

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops Slightly

Deaths from stroke, infant mortality decline, federal report finds

Obesity Can Shorten Life, Analysis Finds

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

Peripheral Arterial Surgery Outcomes Worse for Women: Study

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

Holiday Drinking Can Kill, Experts Warn

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

Tiniest Newborns With Down Syndrome Face Other Health Risks

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

Young Motorcycle Riders Suffering More Brain Injuries

Tough universal helmet laws needed to protect them, study finds

Weekend Admissions May Raise Death Risk in Kidney Patients

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

Outreach, Enforcement Can Curb College Kids' Drinking: Study

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

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

Hospital Care Deadly for Some, U.S. Study Finds

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

Study Urges Teens to Cut Down on Salt

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

Vitamin D Shortage Not Tied to Stroke Deaths in Blacks: Study

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

Death of Loved One May Trigger Elevated Heart Rate

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

Awareness of COPD Growing, But More Lung Testing Urged

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

Hospital Checklists Reduce Surgical Complications, Deaths: Study

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

Smoking May Raise Risk of Death in Women With Breast Cancer

Likelihood of dying from breast cancer or other causes was significantly higher, study found

Study Warns of Risks for Early Dialysis

Guidelines on when to start treatment need to be reexamined, experts say

New Malaria Drug Proves Effective in Study of African Children

Artesunate should replace quinine as the treatment of choice worldwide, researchers say

Older Americans Sicker Than British Peers...

... But they live just as long, study suggests

Almost Half of Elderly Report Pain in Life's Final Months

Arthritis appears more to blame than other conditions, study reports

Most Health Proxies Would Make End-of-Life Decisions Themselves: Study

Only 5% surveyed would cede full power to a doctor, poll finds

Drop Seen in Rate of End-Stage Kidney Disease in Diabetics

However, as diabetes has surged actual number of cases rose, review of U.S. data found

Fatal Crashes Involving Teens Continue Decline: CDC

Parental involvement, graduated licensing programs save lives, report says

Lessons From Flight Crews Can Help Surgical Teams Work Better

Pre-op briefings and checklists cut deaths at VA hospitals, study found

Depression, Anxiety May Raise Surgery Risks

Death rate slightly higher in patients with psychiatric illness, study finds

Even Well-Controlled Diabetes May Present Post-Surgery Risk

Study also finds high blood sugar levels in non-diabetics ups death risk

Strength Training May Help Kidney Patients Live Longer, Healthier

Over 5 years, those with largest mid-arm muscles 37 percent less likely to die, study found

Gulf War Nerve Agent Tied to Late-Onset Heart Damage in Mice

Signs appeared 10 weeks after exposure to low-dose sarin, researchers found

U.S. Hispanics Outlive General Population: CDC

Experts can't pinpoint one single cause but say lifestyle may help

Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screens

Advanced cancer patients should not be put through futile testing at end of life, experts say