Misc. Death and Dying News

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8/3/2010
Patient's Pulmonary Valve May Substitute for Donor Aortic Valve

Procedure led to improved survival, quality of life, study found

7/27/2010
Close Ties With Others Might Lengthen Life, Review Finds

Strong support system seems to have significant health benefits, researchers say

7/20/2010
Screening for Sepsis Could Save Lives, Researchers Say

Emergency surgery, co-existing illness, age over 60 linked to deadly blood infection, study found

7/16/2010
Health, Money Woes May Boost Bowel Cancer Deaths in Blacks

More study needed to explain other factors, researchers say

7/16/2010
More Study Urged on Risks, Benefits of Earlier HIV Therapy

Increased death risk noted in patients currently not recommended to start antiretrovirals: study

7/15/2010
Diabetics Urged to Confer With Their Doctor About Avandia Use

Health risks posed by an unauthorized change of medications could be great, experts say

7/14/2010
Method of Failed Suicide May Predict Successful Attempt

Those who first try hanging, suffocation tend to eventually kill themselves, research shows

7/13/2010
Health Tip: Dealing With Grief

Suggestions for coping with a major loss

7/7/2010
Suicide Barriers on Bridges May Send Jumpers Elsewhere

Research suggests that people will choose a different location of comparable height

7/6/2010
Lung Transplant Outcome Might Hinge on Hospital Location

Risk of premature death can be much higher at 'high-risk' transplant centers, U.S. study finds

7/6/2010
ICU Deaths More Likely on Weekends, Review Reveals

Reduced staffing might be one explanation, researchers say

7/2/2010
Serious Mental Illness Can Take Toll on Life Span

Study finds patients living in conventional setting lose 14.5 years of 'potential life'

7/1/2010
Scientists Spot Gene Variants That Predict Longevity

Grouping determined whether person lived to 100 with 77% accuracy

6/28/2010
End-of-Life Care Has 'Room for Improvement'

Researchers urge hospitals to provide more evaluation, communication for dying patients

6/25/2010
Thunder Shouldn't Be Ignored, Weather Experts Warn

Safety campaign urges people to get indoors fast, stay there during storms

6/25/2010
Reverse in Death Rates Seen for Urban, Rural U.S. Residents

City dwelling has gained advantage over country living since mid 80s, data shows

6/25/2010
Diabetes May Double Risk of Heart Attack, Stroke

People with the condition account for 10% of deaths from cardiovascular disease, study suggests

6/24/2010
Diabetes Seems to Up Risks for Lung Disease Patients

Longer hospital stays, more deaths noted in those with COPD plus high blood sugar

6/14/2010
Health Plan May Influence 5-Year Rectal Cancer Survival

Privately insured at advantage over uninsured or Medicaid patients, research shows

6/11/2010
Mystery of Santa Rosa Mummy May Be Solved

Clot caused by rare condition was likely fatal for 13th century girl, researchers say

6/11/2010
Family Caregivers Share Experiences of Dying Patients

Carers need support throughout illness, not just during end-stage and bereavement, study finds

6/8/2010
Use of Long-Term Acute Care Hospitalization Growing

The number of such facilities doubled over 10 years in U.S., researchers found

6/8/2010
Stress-Relief Program Helped Those Facing Breast Cancer Twice

Intervention boosted quality of life, longevity after disease returned, study found

6/7/2010
Experts Revise Guidelines for Determining Brain Death

The keys: coma with a known cause, absence of brain stem reflexes, breathing has permanently stopped

6/3/2010
Lead Poisoning Unlikely Cause of Beethoven's Death

Technology helped researchers analyze bone fragments to rule out one of many theories

6/1/2010
Shorter Hospital Stays May Hinder Heart Failure Patients

Quicker discharge tied to more readmissions, at-home deaths, study finds

6/1/2010
Surviving Cardiac Arrest Depends on Your Location

Study found death rate up to three times higher in poorer neighborhoods

6/1/2010
Frequent Urination at Night Linked to Raised Death Risk

Study found correlation was strongest for those under 65

5/29/2010
'Click It or Ticket' Coming to a Seat Belt Checkpoint Near You

National safety campaign will be in full force through June 6 to try to stem vehicular deaths

5/24/2010
Swimming Lessons OK for Toddlers, Experts Say

Pediatricians' group policy change based on evidence that some kids may benefit

5/24/2010
Global Death Rate for Children Lower Than Thought

But progress in United States, Canada lagging behind other developed countries, study finds

5/21/2010
Lifestyle Affects Survival in Non-Hodgkin's Lymphoma

Pre-diagnosis smoking, obesity and alcohol use raise death risk, research shows

5/20/2010
Stroke Incidence Down, But Not for Blacks

No clear explanation for the difference, study says

5/13/2010
Suicide Leading Cause of Violent Death: CDC

Homicide was second-leading cause, 16-state survey found

5/13/2010
Women Who Marry Younger Men May Die Earlier

The reverse was true for males tying the knot with younger females, study found

5/12/2010
Almost Half of Deaths in Kids Under 5 Occur in 5 Countries

Two-thirds of cases due to infectious diseases, researchers report

5/10/2010
6 to 8 Hours of Shut-Eye Is Optimal for Health

Too little sleep ups risk for early death, and too much could signal illness, experts say

5/7/2010
After Violent Death, Bereaved Should Decide Whether to View Body

Loved ones should be given the choice, researchers say

5/7/2010
Tumor Cells in Blood Affect Breast Cancer Survival

In metastatic disease, more circulating cells means higher risk of death, study finds

5/5/2010
Car Crashes Leading Cause of Teen Deaths in U.S.

But CDC report finds murder, suicide and illnesses also kill many teens

4/30/2010
U.S. Infant Deaths on the Decline

But the U.S. still fares worse than many other countries, CDC experts say

4/30/2010
Rates of Premature Adult Death Declining Worldwide

But even with overall lower mortality, some nations have lost ground, report shows

4/29/2010
Canadians Leading Longer, Healthier Lives Than Americans

U.S. study points to lack of universal health care, economic equality as reasons why

4/28/2010
Tight Blood Sugar Control May Not Harm Diabetics

Re-analysis of a landmark study refutes link between intensive therapy, higher death risk

4/26/2010
Four Unhealthy Behaviors Linked to Premature Death

People who smoke, drink, rarely exercise, and skimp on fruits and veggies die earlier than usual, study finds

4/23/2010
FDA Targets Safety Problems With Infusion Drug Pumps

More than 56,000 reports of problems, 500 deaths have prompted agency to act

4/22/2010
Youngest Preemies' Survival Rate Unchanged

Babies born at 22, 23 weeks living only days longer despite treatment advances, study finds

4/16/2010
Respiratory Infections Major Cause of Childhood Deaths

New measures needed to prevent and treat RSV worldwide, researchers say

4/14/2010
Test May Measure Suicidal Tendencies

'Implicit associations' might help mental health workers gauge patient's state of mind, researchers say

4/14/2010
Maternal Deaths Continue to Decline

Nearly 80% of fatalities are in 21 countries, study finds