Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

11/9/2010
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

11/8/2010
Study Warns of Risks for Early Dialysis

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

11/6/2010
New Malaria Drug Proves Effective in Study of African Children

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

11/4/2010
Older Americans Sicker Than British Peers...

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

11/1/2010
Almost Half of Elderly Report Pain in Life's Final Months

Arthritis appears more to blame than other conditions, study reports

10/29/2010
Most Health Proxies Would Make End-of-Life Decisions Themselves: Study

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

10/28/2010
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

10/21/2010
Fatal Crashes Involving Teens Continue Decline: CDC

Parental involvement, graduated licensing programs save lives, report says

10/19/2010
Lessons From Flight Crews Can Help Surgical Teams Work Better

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

10/19/2010
Depression, Anxiety May Raise Surgery Risks

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

10/18/2010
Even Well-Controlled Diabetes May Present Post-Surgery Risk

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

10/15/2010
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

10/13/2010
Gulf War Nerve Agent Tied to Late-Onset Heart Damage in Mice

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

10/13/2010
U.S. Hispanics Outlive General Population: CDC

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

10/12/2010
Earlier Hospice Care Urged for Terminal Prostate Cancer

Waiting too late means less benefit for patients, families, experts suggest

10/12/2010
Many With Terminal Cancer Still Getting Routine Screens

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

10/11/2010
End-of-life Care for Heart Failure Patients Changing: Study

More in U.S., Canada using hospice, out-patient care, with a potential for lower costs, researchers say

10/11/2010
No Heart Benefit Seen From Folic Acid Supplements

Extra doses of the B vitamin don't lower risk of stroke, cancer or death, large-scale analysis finds

10/8/2010
Weight-Loss Drug Meridia Pulled From U.S. Market

FDA cites product's increased risk for heart attack and stroke

9/30/2010
Blacks More Likely to Die in Motorcycle Crash Than Whites

Despite better helmet-wearing behavior, black riders at greater risk, data shows

9/29/2010
Infant Sleep Positioners Dangerous, U.S. Health Officials Warn

12 babies in the last 13 years suffocated in them, FDA and CPSC say in public health advisory

9/29/2010
Leaving Hospice Prematurely May Hike Health Expenses

ER visits, hospitalizations, home care increase the tally almost five-fold, study finds

9/27/2010
Black Patients Less Likely to Get End-of-Life Care They Request

Those dying are more likely than whites to receive aggressive life-prolonging treatment against their wishes, study finds

9/27/2010
New Tool Helps Predict Stroke Patient's Risk of Death in Hospital: Study

Computer calculation also helps doctors develop better care plan, researchers say

9/27/2010
Physical Abilities May Affect Survival After Breast Cancer

Patients who struggle with daily activities more likely to die from other causes, study finds

9/23/2010
Texting Taking a Deadly Toll on Roads

Cell phone use sends distracted driving fatalities soaring, U.S. report finds

9/23/2010
Heart Defects Affect Racial Differences in Newborn Deaths: CDC

Gestational age seems to play a role, but reasons unclear, researchers say

9/22/2010
Mammograms Cut Breast Cancer Death Rates, But Only Modestly: Study

Norwegian study findings stir renewed debate over the value of routine screening

9/21/2010
Researchers Identify Markers for Aplastic Anemia Risk

Shorter 'caps' on chromosomes prior to treatment predict higher odds of relapse, death, researchers find

9/16/2010
Depression, Heart Disease Combo May Up Odds of Death

Together, they quadruple risk of dying from heart attack, stroke, study finds

9/15/2010
Maternal Deaths Worldwide Decline by One-Third

But 1,000 such deaths still occur each day, report says

9/13/2010
Dying at Home Often Easier on Cancer Patients, Caregivers

Those left behind more likely to develop psychiatric problems if loved one dies in hospital, study finds