Misc. Death and Dying News

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Worm Study Challenges Prevailing Theory of Aging

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

Kidneys Donated After Cardiac Death Cut Racial Disparities

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

When Babies Die, Obstetricians Suffer, Too

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

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

Alcohol's Impact on Heart, Stroke Risk Differs by Gender

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

ELS Plus CPR Boosts Blood Flow After Cardiac Arrest

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

Men Often Not Told of Severity of Wife's Cancer

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

Extreme Heat a Deadly Risk for Older Adults

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

Chronic Kidney Disease Growing Globally

Researchers urge countries to make condition a public health priority

Education, Income Affect Heart Attack Survival Rates

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

Poorer Patients Have Poorer Survival After Cancer Diagnosis

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

Low Blood Sodium Predicts Mortality in PAH Patients

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

CT Screens for Lung Cancer Not a Cure-All

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

Type, Severity of Iraq War Injuries Change Over Time

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

Inexpensive Compound Could Treat Severe Diarrhea

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

2nd Option Improves Abdominal Aorta Repair Outcomes

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

Pursuit of Females Dates Way, Way Back

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

Abnormal Sleep Patterns in Older Men Spell Trouble

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

Researchers Update Risk-of-Death Charts

Authors hope it will encourage disease/prevention efforts

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

It calls for drinking 21 alcoholic drinks on 21st birthday

Hispanic Workers Dying at Higher Rates Than Others

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

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

3-Drug Combo Improves Advanced Pancreatic Cancer Outcomes

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

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

Surgical Outcomes Depend on a Host of Variables

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

More Dialysis Not Better in Acute Kidney Injury

Intensive therapy did not improve recovery or survival, researchers say

Vitamin D Use Linked to Lower Mortality in Kidney Patients

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

Death Gap Widens Between Educated and Those Not

Socioeconomic inequalities blamed for increasing disparity overall, study finds

Study Offers Clues to Link Between Arrhythmia, Sudden Death

Uncovering molecular underpinnings could lead to new, genetically targeted therapies

Viscosity Enhancers Curb Bleeding Complications

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

Pituitary Hormone May Boost Women's Heart Risk

Thyrotropin levels increasing even within normal range associated with dangers

Factors in Cancer Death Rates Stay Stagnant

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

Disparities in Life Expectancy Increasing

The poorest are dying even sooner than before, report shows

Treating PTSD Helps Kids Deal With Loss

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

Talk Therapy Proves Effective for Terminal Cancer Patients

Supportive group therapy diminished depression almost as much as drug treatments

While Hospice Care Is Growing, Not All Have Access

Wealthier, better-educated communities have more facilities offering the end-of-life care, study finds

Few Countries on Track to Curb Maternal, Child Mortality Rates

Global initiative stymied by shortage of money, human resources, analysis concludes

Medical Errors Costing U.S. Billions

Mistakes resulted in 238,337 preventable deaths from 2004-06, survey finds

Report Finds Big Disparities in Well-Being of U.S. Kids

Huge gap exists between best and worst states, with Vermont on top and Louisiana at bottom

Seat Belt Use by Pregnant Women Could Save 200 Fetuses a Year

Those in car crashes where baby is injured or dies are unbelted 62% of the time

U.N. Seeks to Curb World's Traffic Deaths

Someone is killed or badly injured every six seconds, experts say

Home Defibrillators Fail to Boost Survival Rates

But they still may be valuable for heart attack patients, study suggests

Researchers Successfully Test Ebola Vaccines

Work in primates points to possible weapon against human infection with deadly disease

Anniversary of Parent's Passing Can Trigger Death

Sudden death occurred in 13 percent of fatal coronaries in study

Most Older Americans Living Longer and Better

But problems persist, such as disparities among races, report finds

Deep Sedation Becoming More Common for Dying Patients in Holland

Study doesn't make clear if practice is being carried out in lieu of euthanasia

Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes a Mixed Bag

Study finds quality of life suffers, but mental acuity may actually improve

Life Expectancy Tied to Education

In U.S., college-educated live longer than those who only finish high school, study finds

Depression After a Heart Attack Dangerous for Years

Study finds long-lasting increased risk of death, but no clear explanation why