Misc. Death and Dying News

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4/12/2010
Many Terminal Cancer Patients May Be Overtreated

Radiation therapy designed to ease pain can go on too long and be ineffective, study finds

4/5/2010
Childhood Cancer Survivors At Higher Odds of Early Death

Life expectancy is reduced by 10 years on average, study finds

4/2/2010
Start Talking About Life's End Well in Advance

Though uncomfortable for some, conversations should be ongoing, too

3/31/2010
Advance Directives Help Assure End-of-Life Wishes Are Honored

Nearly one-third of those dying needed someone else to make decisions, research finds

3/30/2010
More Family Support Can Raise Fears For Some Elderly

In British study, anxieties over dying rose among older people cared for in minority households

3/29/2010
Diabetics Face Higher Death Risk After Cancer Surgery

Study found they were 50% more likely to die in month following operation

3/29/2010
Officials See Uptick in H1N1 Swine Flu Cases

New activity reported in southeastern U.S.; health officials still urge vaccinations

3/29/2010
Massage Fosters Healing in Bereaved Relatives

Release of relaxation hormones has positive effects, researchers say

3/26/2010
Big Smiles, Longer Lives?

Folks with widest grins in photos outlived others, suggesting happiness extends life

3/26/2010
U.K. Veterinarians at Quadrupled Risk for Suicide

Attitudes on life and death, access to lethal drugs may contribute, study suggests

3/24/2010
Breast Cancer's Return in Original Tumor Site a Bad Sign

Such cases are few after time, but death risk is then much higher, researchers say

3/24/2010
End-of-Life Care Planning Eases Stress for Relatives

Advance directive improves odds that wishes will be followed, study shows

3/24/2010
Mammograms May Not Boost Survival, Danish Study Suggests

But U.S. expert says screening is best way to prevent breast cancer deaths

3/23/2010
When Heart Is in Crisis, High Blood Pressure a Good Sign

Study finds better survival rates a year after intensive care

3/23/2010
Healthy Living Adds Years to Life

But disparities in longevity still tied to geography, race and income, study shows

3/22/2010
Light Drinking Good for the Heart

Two studies confirm previous evidence that it reduces mortality

3/22/2010
Where Cancer Treatment Takes Place May Influence Outcome

Death rates same for blacks, whites at specialized cancer centers, research shows

3/19/2010
More Patients Die in Crowded Hospitals

But occupancy levels change daily, so don't base choice solely on numbers, experts say

3/16/2010
Cancer Articles Tend to Focus on Positive Outcomes

Newspaper, magazine stories shy away from negative side effects, end-of-life care, review finds

3/15/2010
Risk of Death Persists After a Hip Fracture

Older people who suffer a break up to eight times more likely to die, study finds

3/15/2010
Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers in the Millions and Rising

Numbers have grown steadily since the 1990s; baby boomer epidemic predicted

3/15/2010
Psoriasis Tied to Raised Heart Risk

Skin ailment boosts odds for heart attack, stroke, and inflammation may be key, researchers say

3/12/2010
'Pill' Won't Shorten Your Life: Study

And it may even be beneficial, researchers find

3/9/2010
Kidney Donors Go On to Lead Long, Healthy Lives

Study of more than 80,000 who gave one up shows procedure carries few risks

3/9/2010
Obese Colon Cancer Survivors Face Poorer Prognosis

Study found chances of recurrence, death higher than among normal-weight patients

3/7/2010
Gene Variant May Help Some Overcome Adversity

It appears to disconnect the link between stress and death risk, researchers say

3/5/2010
More Info Needed on Problems With Insulin Pumps

Not clear if troubles stem from the devices or patient error, FDA panel says

3/4/2010
As Temperatures Rise, So Do Cocaine Deaths

N.Y. study finds that weather warmer than 75 degrees poses added risks

3/4/2010
Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked

Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

3/4/2010
Pre-Diagnosis Diet Linked to Ovarian Cancer Survival

Food choices in years prior to illness may extend or shorten life, study finds

3/4/2010
As Pro Baseball Players Get Bigger, So Do Their Health Risks: Study

But N.Y. Mets team doctor disputes finding, saying better training, diet fueling the increase

3/3/2010
High Hormone Level Linked to Cancer Death in Older Men

More study needed to see if IGF-1 readings can predict risk

3/3/2010
Food-borne Illnesses in U.S. Cost $152B Annually

Report urges Congress to pass vigorous food-safety legislation

3/2/2010
Death After Discharge Rates Higher in Elderly ICU Patients

Risk highest among those who had mechanical ventilation, study finds

3/1/2010
Some Parents Consider Hastening a Sick Child's Death

Desire to save kids terminally ill with cancer from further pain prompts feelings, survey finds

2/22/2010
ICU Patients Gain From Team Approach to Care

Care from pharmacists, respiratory therapists and an 'intensivist' increases the odds of survival, study finds

2/18/2010
Kidneys From Older Donors Suitable for Seniors

More could be transplanted if doctors would put them on the list, study suggests

2/10/2010
Premature Death Could Await Obese Kids

They have double the odds of dying before age 55, study finds

2/9/2010
Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes

Study found larger, for-profit hospitals more likely to insert them

2/8/2010
Handgrip Strength Helps Predict Death Risk in Elderly

As grip declines, so does survival, study finds

2/5/2010
Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Not Cost-Effective: Study

But testing of high-risk couples could be viable, researchers say

2/1/2010
Stem Cell, Bone Marrow Transplants Both Benefit Leukemia Patients

Little difference in survival found 10 years after therapies, study says

1/29/2010
Fake Drugs Bought on the Web Pose Big Health Risks

2.5 million men in Europe alone may have taken counterfeit Viagra, study says

1/28/2010
Over 70 and Overweight May Add Years to Life

Normal weight not always a benefit, study of seniors suggests

1/27/2010
Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Millions of Children Worldwide

Trials in Africa, Mexico show it protects from the common diarrhea-causing disease

1/26/2010
U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

Violators using interstate roadways now subject to fines up to $2,750

1/22/2010
Stillborn Case Linked to Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

Bacteria from mouth traveled through bloodstream to placenta, researchers say

1/21/2010
Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA Bacteria

Method could help fight this and other dangerous infections, scientists say

1/14/2010
Haiti Faces Serious Health Risks in Quake's Wake

Lack of medical care, safe drinking water top list of threats, experts say

1/12/2010
FocusDriven Seeks to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

Federal government, safety group target use of cell phones and texting devices