Misc. Death and Dying News

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11/4/2008
Anxiety Linked to Heart Attack Can Raise Death Risk

The psychological toll appears to shorten lives, study finds

11/4/2008
Sudden Death Risk Highest 30 Days After Heart Attack

But mortality rate has declined over past 3 decades, study shows

11/3/2008
Diabetes, Hypertension Hasten Death in Alzheimer's Patients

They're more than twice as likely to die sooner, study finds

10/28/2008
Statins Reduced Death Risk From Pneumonia

One-third lower mortality for hospitalized patients, study found

10/27/2008
Seniors Tend to Stick With End-of-Life Care Preferences

Study found desires remained essentially unchanged over 3-year period

10/21/2008
Suicide Rates Rise Among Baby Boomers

Middle-aged white women at increasing risk, study finds

10/20/2008
Poverty Raises Mortality Risk With Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma

Getting chemotherapy did improve chances of survival, study found

10/17/2008
Delicate Debate Urged Over Withdrawal of Life Support

Gradual steps may benefit families but not the patient, and doctors need to communicate that more, study suggests

10/16/2008
Travel Was as Dangerous 500 Years Ago as Today: Study

Changing modes of transport have had little effect on unintentional injuries

10/15/2008
U.S. Ranks 29th in Infant Mortality

Rate is 50% higher than national goal, CDC says

10/15/2008
Smoking Makes You Old Before Your Time

It even affects quality of life in those who quit, Finnish study reports.

10/14/2008
Death Rate 70% Lower at Top U.S. Hospitals

If all centers performed as well, over 237,000 lives might have been saved, survey finds

10/10/2008
Older Diabetics With Depression Face Higher Death Rate

Study suggests poor self-care partly to blame

10/10/2008
Racial Disparities Exist in Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes

Blacks, the poor diagnosed at younger age, with more advanced disease, study says

10/9/2008
Drug Sorafenib Improves Kidney Cancer Outcomes

It helped older and younger patients, study says

10/8/2008
Oregon's Assisted Suicide Law May Overlook Depressed Patients

Study finds 1 in 4 terminally ill not getting treatment that could influence decision

10/7/2008
Patients Benefit From End-of-Life Discussions With a Doctor

Less likely to feel distress, more likely to enjoy better quality of life, study finds

10/6/2008
Pneumonia Vaccine Lowers Chances of Heart Attack

50% reduction in risk seen 2 years later in Canadian study

10/3/2008
Extended Work Absences May Signal Risk of Death

Problems tied to surgery or circulatory or psychiatric troubles a red flag, study suggests

10/2/2008
National Scorecard Ranks Palliative Care Across Country

Availability varies widely, and South comes out worst, researchers say

10/1/2008
Hard Decisions for the Littlest Lives

Study finds poor communication between doctors, parents of gravely ill newborns

10/1/2008
Beta Blockers May Cut Mortality in COPD Patients After Surgery

Preoperative use was well-tolerated without adverse respiratory effects, study finds

9/29/2008
Seniors in Poor Areas More Likely to Die After Surgery

Study raises questions about disparities in outcomes, but offers no concrete answers

9/22/2008
For Some Doctors, Empathy Is in Short Supply

Study finds they miss patients' cues about fears of well-being, even death

9/16/2008
Survival Rate Little Changed With Aortic Valve Disorder

Young adults with the common congenital heart defect don't have worse outcomes, study says

9/11/2008
Bacterial Infections May Be Overlooked in SIDS Cases

Toxins could cause 'chemical storm' in infants resulting in death, research suggests

9/10/2008
Survival Rates Improve for Kids With Blood Cancers

Advancements in treatment likely behind continued upswing, study concludes

9/8/2008
Once-Weekly Diabetes Drug Boosts Blood Sugar Control

But Byetta has also been linked recently to patient deaths

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