Misc. Death and Dying News

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8/29/2008
End-of-Life Choices a Complicated Affair

Study shows family wishes, doctor preferences often enter into decisions

8/27/2008
Mental Skills Can Decline Years Before Dying

Study of seniors found it's not all part of normal aging process

8/27/2008
4 More Deaths Reported Among Byetta Patients

Brings death toll to 6 associated with diabetes drug; exact cause unknown

8/26/2008
Findings Challenge Tight Glucose Control for Critically Ill Patients

Analysis of 29 previous studies found no significant difference in hospital death rates

8/21/2008
Text-Messaging Injuries Blamed on Distraction

Inattentiveness contacting others can lead to injuries, death while walking or driving

8/18/2008
Epilepsy Raises Drowning Risk

Seizures could boost the danger in tubs, pools, experts say

8/11/2008
Run for Your Life

Exercisers live longer and with fewer disabilities, study finds

8/8/2008
Turbulence Predicts Death Risk for Heart Failure Patients

Abnormal beating a marker for those most likely to die suddenly, study says

8/7/2008
Death From Febrile Seizure Rare in Children

Even in high-risk cases, Danish study finds rate similar to that of kids in general population

8/6/2008
GI Bleeding After Stroke Raises Death Risk

Triples mortality rate while still in hospital, study finds

7/31/2008
Bone Disease Test Shows Death Risk for Dialysis Patients

High alkaline phosphatase levels boosted mortality 25% in chronic kidney cases

7/28/2008
Researchers Map America's Deadliest Roads

Online satellite imagery also provides crash data in public policy effort to boost safety

7/25/2008
Hyperbaric Oxygen Therapy Extends Survival After Cardiac Arrest

Working with pigs, doctors almost double revival time after hearts stopped beating

7/25/2008
HIV Patients Living Longer

Antiretroviral therapy has increased life expectancy by 13 years, researchers say

7/24/2008
Worm Study Challenges Prevailing Theory of Aging

May not happen in humans, but genes may determine course of the process

7/23/2008
Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death Cut Racial Disparities

Black patients conferred better outcomes; organ pool increase cut wait time to transplant

7/21/2008
When Babies Die, Obstetricians Suffer, Too

Stillbirths, infant deaths caused one in 10 docs to consider giving up practice, survey says

7/19/2008
Falls Are Top Cause of Injury, Death Among Elderly

Not all homes are the same, but common sense measures can reduce the risk, expert says

7/10/2008
Alcohol's Impact on Heart, Stroke Risk Differs by Gender

Amount that may be beneficial for men is not good for women, study says

7/9/2008
ELS Plus CPR Boosts Blood Flow After Cardiac Arrest

Catheter procedure keeps heart tissue alive, benefits other organs, study finds

7/9/2008
Men Often Not Told of Severity of Wife's Cancer

Study finds almost 40% say docs never said condition was terminal until near death

7/1/2008
Extreme Heat a Deadly Risk for Older Adults

Their bodies don't cool quickly, so caution should rise with temperatures

6/26/2008
Chronic Kidney Disease Growing Globally

Researchers urge countries to make condition a public health priority

6/25/2008
Education, Income Affect Heart Attack Survival Rates

More schooling, more money linked to improved outcomes, study concludes

6/23/2008
Poorer Patients Have Poorer Survival After Cancer Diagnosis

Less affluent individuals had more advanced disease and were less likely to receive needed treatment

6/20/2008
Low Blood Sodium Predicts Mortality in PAH Patients

Routine measurement could be a vital indicator for treating narrowing of lung arteries

6/20/2008
CT Screens for Lung Cancer Not a Cure-All

Study says patients should think carefully about test that has no direct evidence of benefit

6/17/2008
Type, Severity of Iraq War Injuries Change Over Time

Insurgents' explosive devices killing more soldiers, leaving injured with more wounds, study says

6/17/2008
Inexpensive Compound Could Treat Severe Diarrhea

Finding may be 'magic bullet' to help millions of children in developing world, study says

6/17/2008
2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

Less invasive treatment using stent cut overall mortality almost in half, study finds

6/13/2008
Pursuit of Females Dates Way, Way Back

Skeletal findings suggest men fighting over women took place even in prehistoric times.

6/12/2008
Abnormal Sleep Patterns in Older Men Spell Trouble

Study found those who were outside the norm faced higher mortality rate

6/10/2008
Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

6/6/2008
'21 for 21': A Deadly Binge Drinking Ritual on College Campuses

It calls for drinking 21 alcoholic drinks on 21st birthday

6/5/2008
Hispanic Workers Dying at Higher Rates Than Others

Language, literacy barriers cited, particularly in construction jobs, CDC reports

6/2/2008
Black Cancer Patients Choose More Aggressive End-of-Life Care

Reasons unclear, but study suggests they had higher quality of life, were more at peace

6/2/2008
3-Drug Combo Improves Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes

Study finds treatment well-tolerated, kept tumors stable for almost 6 months

5/21/2008
ICU Docs Less Likely to Discuss End-of-Life Issues With Blacks

Underlying bias, discomfort may have led less than half to feel at ease with these talks

5/21/2008
Surgical Outcomes Depend on a Host of Variables

Studies show experience, hospital volume, race and location all matter

5/20/2008
More Dialysis Not Better in Acute Kidney Injury

Intensive therapy did not improve recovery or survival, researchers say

5/16/2008
Vitamin D Use Linked to Lower Mortality in Kidney Patients

Study finds chronic disease sufferers gain benefit from calcitriol, an oral form

5/14/2008
Death Gap Widens Between Educated and Those Not

Socioeconomic inequalities blamed for increasing disparity overall, study finds

5/8/2008
Study Offers Clues to Link Between Arrhythmia, Sudden Death

Uncovering molecular underpinnings could lead to new, genetically targeted therapies

5/8/2008
4/29/2008
Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

Loss of 40% or more of blood can be life-threatening

4/29/2008
Pituitary Hormone May Boost Women's Heart Risk

Thyrotropin levels increasing even within normal range associated with dangers

4/25/2008
Factors in Cancer Death Rates Stay Stagnant

Efforts that fueled recent declines have hit a plateau, report says

4/22/2008
Disparities in Life Expectancy Increasing

The poorest are dying even sooner than before, report shows

4/21/2008
Treating PTSD Helps Kids Deal With Loss

Camp-based therapy proved more beneficial than individual grief counseling, study finds

4/18/2008
Talk Therapy Proves Effective for Terminal Cancer Patients

Supportive group therapy diminished depression almost as much as drug treatments