Misc. Death and Dying News

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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
Lifespan of Muscular Dystrophy Patients Differs by Race: Study

Why whites with MD live longer than blacks still a mystery, researchers say

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

9/13/2010
Operating Soon After Hip Fractures May Save Lives

Risk of death rises with delay, study finds

9/10/2010
In Sudden Cardiac Arrest, Chest Compressions Matter

Outside hospital setting, using it before defibrillation may save lives, study found

9/10/2010
Can Basic Physical Tests Help Predict Death Risk?

Poorer results on balance, mobility and strength tests linked to higher mortality rate, study contends

9/8/2010
Working Overtime Adds to Heart Risk for Out-of-Shape Men

But being physically fit seems to protect those who work longer hours, researchers say

9/3/2010
Pedestrian Death By Car More Likely Among Uninsured, Minorities

Blacks, Hispanics also more likely to be hit by a vehicle, study shows

9/1/2010
To Not Sleep, Perchance to Shorten Your Life

Study finds insomniac men were more likely to die earlier

8/30/2010
Stent Implantation Linked to Blood Clot Risk in Black Patients

Race was strongest predictor of clotting after one month, study found

8/26/2010
Doctors' Religious Beliefs Can Color Their Care of Terminally Ill

Survey found agnostics, atheists almost twice as likely to make choices that hasten end of life

8/26/2010
CDC Revises Death Estimates From Flu

Mortality ranged from an annual low of 3,300 to a high of 49,000 during last 30 years

8/25/2010
Health Care Gap May Raise Rates of Colorectal Cancer Death in Blacks

Less screening, later diagnosis among black patients, researchers found

8/25/2010
Migraine With Aura Linked to Small Rise in Heart, Stroke Risks

Experts say individual risk is low, more research is needed

8/24/2010
Survival Rates Better for Certain Heart Transplant Patients

Those who had procedure for hypertrophic cardiomyopathy did better long-term, study finds

8/24/2010
Heart Risks the Same With 2 Diabetes Drugs: Study

Finding conflicts with previous research that found Avandia riskier than Actos

8/18/2010
Palliative Care May Boost Mood, Survival

Lung cancer patients had better quality of life, longer survival, study finds

8/9/2010
Wider Waist May Raise Death Risk Later in Life

Study suggests it increases chances of heart trouble, cancer, respiratory disease, independent of weight

8/4/2010
Device May Help Spot Hidden Graves Without Digging

Air test allows investigators to detect bodies buried beneath concrete, scientists say

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