Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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