Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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