Misc. Death and Dying News

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Where Cancer Treatment Takes Place May Influence Outcome

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

More Patients Die in Crowded Hospitals

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

Cancer Articles Tend to Focus on Positive Outcomes

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

Risk of Death Persists After a Hip Fracture

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

Non-Melanoma Skin Cancers in the Millions and Rising

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

Psoriasis Tied to Raised Heart Risk

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

'Pill' Won't Shorten Your Life: Study

And it may even be beneficial, researchers find

Kidney Donors Go On to Lead Long, Healthy Lives

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

Obese Colon Cancer Survivors Face Poorer Prognosis

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

Gene Variant May Help Some Overcome Adversity

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

More Info Needed on Problems With Insulin Pumps

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

As Temperatures Rise, So Do Cocaine Deaths

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

Hearts of Hospice Patients Being Needlessly Shocked

Researchers say defibrillators can be turned off on admission

Pre-Diagnosis Diet Linked to Ovarian Cancer Survival

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

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

High Hormone Level Linked to Cancer Death in Older Men

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

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

Report urges Congress to pass vigorous food-safety legislation

Death After Discharge Rates Higher in Elderly ICU Patients

Risk highest among those who had mechanical ventilation, study finds

Some Parents Consider Hastening a Sick Child's Death

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

ICU Patients Gain From Team Approach to Care

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

Kidneys From Older Donors Suitable for Seniors

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

Premature Death Could Await Obese Kids

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

Too Many With End-Stage Dementia Get Feeding Tubes

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

Handgrip Strength Helps Predict Death Risk in Elderly

As grip declines, so does survival, study finds

Screening for Spinal Muscular Atrophy Not Cost-Effective: Study

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

Stem Cell, Bone Marrow Transplants Both Benefit Leukemia Patients

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

Fake Drugs Bought on the Web Pose Big Health Risks

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

Over 70 and Overweight May Add Years to Life

Normal weight not always a benefit, study of seniors suggests

Rotavirus Vaccine Could Save Millions of Children Worldwide

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

U.S. Bans Texting by Truck and Bus Drivers

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

Stillborn Case Linked to Bleeding Gums During Pregnancy

Bacteria from mouth traveled through bloodstream to placenta, researchers say

Genetics Used to Track Transmission of MRSA Bacteria

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

Haiti Faces Serious Health Risks in Quake's Wake

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

FocusDriven Seeks to Crack Down on Distracted Drivers

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

Doctors Put Off End-of-Life Talks With Terminally Ill

Frank conversations about hospice and preferred place of death are often needed, experts say

TV Watching May Shorten Your Life

Too much sitting raises your risk of dying from heart disease, researchers say

EPA Unveils Stricter Smog Standards

Move would improve air quality and benefit people with asthma, heart and lung disease, among others, agency says

Slim Risk of Death After Joint Replacement

Mortality risk highest within first 26 days after hip or knee surgery, study finds

Hazards of Obesity Now Rival Smoking in U.S.

Little difference seen in loss of quality-of-life years between the two, study finds

Her Music Eases the End for Dying Patients

Therapist brings songs and comfort to hospice patients and their families

Post-Surgical Risks Highest in Older Adults

After common abdominal operations, likelihood of death rises with age, study finds

Nearly 5 Million Doses of Nasal Swine Flu Vaccine Recalled

Tests reveal slight drop in potency, but not enough to require revaccination, FDA says

As Swine Flu Wanes, So Does Public's Fear

About 60 million people have received H1N1 vaccine, CDC says

Spiritual Needs Rank High as Death From Cancer Nears

Being 'at peace with God' affects medical choices, study finds

Doctor's Orders Influence Baby's Sleep Position

'Back to Sleep' advice most effective when it comes from physician, study finds

Life Expectancy in U.S. Hits New High

Deaths also at all-time low, government report shows

HIV Therapy Linked to Fewer Suicides

Better mental health care still needed for those with the virus, expert says

Swine Flu Infection Rates Continue to Fall

Just 14 states reporting widespread H1N1 activity, down from 25 states last week, CDC says

Swine Flu Has Infected 1 in 6 Americans: CDC

Children, young adults still bear the brunt of H1N1, with the most hospitalizations and deaths

Bad Behavior as a Kid Linked to Early Death in Men

Troubled boys more likely to die or be disabled by midlife, study finds