Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

12/16/2008
ICU Nutritional Program Failed to Boost Outcomes

Early feeding didn't cut length of stay either, study finds

12/15/2008
Colonoscopy Has a 'Right Side' Blind Spot

Procedure better at detecting problems on left side of colon, study says

12/14/2008
Gastric Bypass Success Sparks Debate

Should older people and those with diabetes have the weight-loss surgery?

12/9/2008
Dementia Often Missed as Cause of Death

This could skew the truth about deadliness of Alzheimer's, report says

12/9/2008
Painkillers Linked to Increase in Overdose Deaths

More popularity, availability of these medications may be reason, study suggests

12/2/2008
Rapid Response Teams Don't Cut Hospital Heart Attacks, Death Rates

Money may be better spent in other areas, experts say

11/28/2008
Beware of Toxic Toys This Holiday Season

Dangerous chemicals make some playthings unfit for kids, report claims

11/27/2008
Women Smokers Lose 14.5 Years Off Life Span

November is lung cancer awareness month, and doctors urge everyone to kick the habit

11/26/2008
Religion May Help Extend Your Life

Regular attendance is key, researchers say, but they don't know why

11/25/2008
New System Improves Distribution of Donated Livers

Gains reported for blacks, but women lagging behind men, study finds

11/25/2008
U.S. Cancer Rate-Death Rate Combo Drops for 1st Time

But smoking-related cancers continue to rise in some regions of country, report finds

11/24/2008
Continuous Blood Pressure Monitoring Predicts Risks

'Ambulatory' measures are better than readings in doctor's office, study says

11/18/2008
China Documents First Case of Tick-Borne Disease Spread

Human-to-human transfer caused by contact with blood, respiratory secretion

11/17/2008
Psychological Counseling Boosts Breast Cancer Outcomes

Interventions cut risk of recurrence, lengthened disease-free survival, study finds

11/12/2008
With Angioplasty, More Is Better

Hospitals that perform the heart procedure more often do better, study finds

11/12/2008
Excess Weight Ups Risk of Death, No Matter Where It Collects

But too much abdominal fat poses a bigger threat, study finds

11/12/2008
Gender Matches Benefit Heart Transplants

Best results achieved with male-to-male surgeries, study finds

11/12/2008
U.S. Gets a 'D' for Preterm Birth Rates

March of Dimes says 18 states plus Puerto Rico and District of Columbia get failing grades

11/7/2008
Smoking Coupled With Obesity Raises Death Risk

Two factors increase risk 8-fold, researchers say

11/6/2008
Green Areas Lower Health Inequities Between Rich, Poor

Having more parks, forests, playing fields affects health behaviors, study says

11/6/2008
Salmonella Outbreak Tied to Dry Dog Food Continues

Eight more people -- mostly young children -- infected, bringing total to 79, CDC says

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