Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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