Misc. Death and Dying News

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4/28/2009
Smoking, Hypertension Each Account for 1 in 5 U.S. Deaths

Prevention efforts 'have run out of steam,' expert says

4/24/2009
Abnormal Heartbeat After Bypass a Bad Sign

Atrial fibrillation ups long-term risk of dying, researchers report

4/24/2009
Racial Disparity in Death Rate May Be Avoidable

About half of all deaths stem from treatable conditions, study finds

4/20/2009
Radiation Exposure Linked to Aggressive Thyroid Cancers

Environmental or therapeutic contact also led to poorer outcomes, study finds

4/17/2009
Death Certificates Incomplete for Suicide Victims

Failing to list mental disorders makes prevention more difficult, study finds

4/16/2009
Family Ties May Help Prevent Teen Suicide

Bonds with parents, more than peers, are key, study finds

4/16/2009
Mild Flu Season Coming to a Close

Outpatient visits, deaths were lower than previous year, CDC says

4/13/2009
Race May Not Be Key in Cancer Disparities

Study finds differences drop or disappear when scale is reduced

4/8/2009
Flu Strikes a Milder Blow This Season

Effective vaccine and more vaccinations among young people helped, experts say

4/7/2009
Tough Legislation on Underage Drinking Seems to Save Lives

Laws on purchase and possession of alcohol, zero tolerance prevent more than 700 deaths a year, study says

4/1/2009
Gene Mutation Doubles Risk of Aggressive Colon Cancer in Blacks

Study found whites much less likely to have this variant

3/30/2009
Super Bowl Loss Can 'Kill' Some Fans

Study found death rates rose after a defeat, and dropped after a victory

3/27/2009
Most Fatalities in Teen Crashes Are Not the Drivers

Stats show safety programs need to be extended to others on road as well, study finds

3/27/2009
Study Links Sugar Production in Yeast Cells to Longevity

Conservation of glucose for survival may apply to humans as well, researchers say

3/24/2009
Licorice May Block Absorption of Organ Transplant Drug

Study finds potential interaction with cyclosporine could lead to fatal complications

3/24/2009
Drug-Coated Sponges May Limit Catheter Infections

More than 10% of ICU patients are thought to develop these infections

3/23/2009
Too Much Red Meat May Shorten Life Span

Major study finds an effect, but critics say meat offers important nutrients

3/23/2009
Study IDs Gene Variants Tied to Sudden Cardiac Death

Finding could prevent fatal arrhythmias by limiting meds in those with risk factor

3/18/2009
Obesity Tied to Poor Pancreatic Cancer Surgery Outcomes

Study finds risk of disease recurrence, death nearly twice that of normal-weight patients

3/18/2009
Guidelines Suggested for Heart-Kidney Transplants

Study identifies factors that reduce survival rate for combo surgery

3/18/2009
Obesity Takes Years Off Your Life

It's similar to smoking when it comes to effect on longevity, researchers note

3/17/2009
Most Devout Most Likely to Fight Death to the End

Those with advanced cancer, strong faith more often wanted lifesaving measures, study finds

3/11/2009
Slight Cut in Salt Intake Would Mean Fewer Heart Attacks, Deaths

Just 1 less gram a day could produce dramatic results, study says

3/11/2009
Fear of Pain Drives Requests for Assisted Death

Symptom control is key, study says, as Washington becomes 2nd state to legalize procedure

3/9/2009
Dying Feel Abandoned by Docs in the End

Continuity of care, closure important for dying, families and docs, study finds

3/6/2009
Men Who Get Active in Midlife Live Longer

Effect of adding exercise equals that of stopping smoking, experts say

3/3/2009
Blood Thinner, Heartburn Drugs May Be Risky After Heart Attack

Patients taking Plavix, PPIs have 25 percent increased chance of death, rehospitalization

3/2/2009
Weekend Admission May Be Riskier for GI Bleeding

Studies find higher death rates, longer hospital stays and greater costs

2/27/2009
Even Mild Strokes Can Do Harm

But many people ignore the 'whisper' of trouble

2/26/2009
Car-Crash Death Rates Depend on Where You Live in U.S.

Northeast is best, south the worst; men and young adults also more frequent victims

2/25/2009
Antibiotic-Resistant Meningitis Reported in U.S.

Health officials worry that overuse of antibiotics may be to blame

2/25/2009
Obesity Just as Risky for Teens as Heavy Smoking

Men who were overweight youths are far more apt to die early, study finds

2/16/2009
Teaching Hospitals' Post-Op Gains Not Extended to Blacks

Whites seem to benefit more from improved expertise after surgery, but reasons unclear, study finds

2/13/2009
Researchers ID Biomarker for Fatal Prostate Cancer

Men with highest ionized serum calcium 3 times more likely to die, study finds

2/4/2009
New Standards Set for Heparin and Glycerin

Stricter testing is aimed at keeping tainted drugs, products off U.S. market

2/4/2009
Dialysis Patients Do Better at Higher Altitudes

Researchers say finding may one day lead to better treatment for those living near sea level

2/4/2009
Methamphetamine Abuse Costs U.S. $23.4 Billion

Study cites crime, court fees, productivity losses and deaths among consequences

1/27/2009
America's Top Hospitals Cut Patient Death Rate 27%

If all centers performed as well, nearly 153,000 lives might be saved annually, report finds

1/26/2009
More Accidental Infant Deaths Blamed on Suffocation in Bed

Black boys under age of 4 months most susceptible, analysis finds

1/23/2009
Acne Cream Not Linked to Raised Death Risk

Analysis of VA study that was halted early says retinoid tretinoin not the culprit

1/23/2009
Acute Respiratory Distress Syndrome as Deadly as Ever

Finding contradicts belief that death rate associated with condition has dropped

1/22/2009
New Brain Hemorrhage Guidelines Stress Quick Action

Hospitals with more expertise handling these attacks also boost survival outcomes

1/21/2009
Cleaner Air Equals Longer Life

Study shows drops in fine-particle pollution correlate with increases in life expectancy

1/9/2009
Antipsychotics Up Death Risk in Alzheimer's Patients

Long-term study says the drugs should only be used short-term, as last resort

12/31/2008
Preventive Use of Antibiotics Cuts ICU Deaths

Dutch researchers admit more review is needed on potential antibiotic resistance

12/29/2008
Family Needs to Know When Patient Survival Is Uncertain

In most cases, loved ones prefer doctors be honest about possible outcomes, study finds

12/22/2008
Rules Change Could Increase Hospice Use

Those who currently want it must give up aggressive treatments, researchers say

12/19/2008
Caregiving May Lengthen Life

Taking care of spouse decreases risk of death, study finds

12/17/2008
Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance

And those transferred between facilities also had higher mortality rates, study says

12/17/2008
Nature's Fury Makes South Most Dangerous Area in U.S.

But new 'death map' shows that no region is truly safe from extreme heat, weather