Misc. Death and Dying News

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7/26/2007
Uncanny Kitty Senses Patients' Death

'Oscar' alerts dementia ward staff when the end is near

7/25/2007
End-of-Life Hospice Care Underused

Many of the dying gain access too late or not at all, experts say

7/23/2007
Better Grasp of Health Info May Boost Life Span

But a quarter of older adults have 'poor health literacy,' U.S. study finds

7/12/2007
Straight Talk From Docs on Grim Prognoses Works Best

Knowing the facts helps, even when outlook is poor, new research shows

7/12/2007
Health Tip: Dealing With Loss

Healthy ways to face your emotions

7/9/2007
Cataracts, Macular Degeneration Increase Risk of Death

Study found the link held true until age 75

6/28/2007
Breast Cancer Survival May Run in Families

Daughters of women who succumb to the disease have heightened risk of dying if they develop it, Swedish study finds.

6/28/2007
Global Warming Will Cause Rise in Death Rates

Toll won't be offset by milder winters, researchers predict

6/15/2007
Bengay Death Highlights OTC Dangers

Just because it's nonprescription doesn't mean it's harmless, experts caution in wake of teen track star's overdose from sports cream

6/14/2007
Single, Free, But Not So Healthy?

Married life often means longer life, especially for men, studies find

6/11/2007
Diabetes Cuts 8 Years Off Life

It boosts heart disease risk as well, new research shows

6/6/2007
Low Testosterone Levels Linked to Increased Mortality

But researchers stress there's no evidence that boosting levels will reduce risk

6/5/2007
Disagreement With Doctor on Health Hurts Cancer Patients

Those with advanced lung, colon cancers more likely to die if disconnect exists, study found

5/28/2007
Man's Best Friend Joins the Fight Against Cancer

New canine tumor tissue bank will help save dog and human lives, experts say

5/10/2007
World's Cancer Patients Face Inequities in Access to Newer Drugs

More than half will benefit, but it depends on where they live, study finds

5/9/2007
Dutch Euthanasia Rates Steady After Legalization

Move hasn't led to ongoing rise in cases, experts note

5/4/2007
Higher White Blood Cell Count May Boost Death Risk

45-year study shows a link, especially with heart disease

5/2/2007
U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Twice as High for Blacks

But overall rate down by 10% since 1995, study finds

4/11/2007
A Brother's Death, a Sister's Awakening

His inspiring fight against a crippling cancer taught her the value of life and love

4/10/2007
Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

It's one of top three causes of death among people under 45

4/3/2007
Breast Cancer Deaths Dropping Most in Women Under 70

Overall decline since 1990s attributed to tamoxifen, more screenings, experts say

4/2/2007
Young Black, Native-American Children at Higher Risk of Fatal Accidents

While the gap is closing, more education efforts are needed, study says

4/2/2007
U.S. Hospital Errors Continue to Rise

Rate increased to 3% between 2003-2005, analysis finds

3/25/2007
Drug Provides Short-Term Relief of Heart Failure Symptoms

But studies of tolvaptan say its use doesn't reduce risk of re-hospitalization or death

3/20/2007
High Rate of Psychiatric Woes in Children Bereaved by 9/11

Rates of PTSD and other conditions doubled in the years after the attacks, study found

3/19/2007
Obese Men With Prostate Cancer Face Higher Death Risk

Study finds 2.6-fold increase in chance of dying compared to normal-weight men

2/23/2007
Genetic Link to Suicidal Tendencies Nailed Down

A third study replicates finding that chromosome 2 region plays a vital role

2/20/2007
Stages of Grief Theory Put to the Test

Researchers find the bereaved do go through stages, but not necessarily as expected

2/5/2007
Teen Pregnancy Rates Hit All-Time Low

But Caesarean delivery rates climb to record high, report finds

1/31/2007
End-of-Life Communication Helps Families Cope With Loss

Just 10 extra minutes with health-care providers reduced stress and depression, study finds

1/29/2007
Top U.S. Hospitals Have 28% Lower Mortality Rate: Study

Annual survey finds growing gap between high-quality institutions and rest of the field

1/25/2007
Heavy Drinking Exacts Toll on Women With Hepatitis C

Imbibing eliminates survival advantage over men, study finds

1/25/2007
Looking for a Longer Life? Win a Nobel Prize

Study finds laureates gain almost 2 years time, not to mention the lofty social status

1/19/2007
Heart Rhythm Gene Linked to Sudden Infant Deaths

Fatal arrhythmia study suggests screening may identify babies at risk

1/16/2007
Health Tip: Using Hospice

Services focus on physical, emotional and spiritual support

1/11/2007
Prison Release a Dangerous Health Time for Many

Former inmates have higher immediate risk of death from drug overdose, homicide and suicide, study finds

1/8/2007
Excess Weight Boosts Risk of Death From Prostate Cancer

The heavier the man, the greater the threat, study finds

1/7/2007
Hospitals Embrace the Hospice Model

The goal: Make the prospect of death as natural and comfortable as possible

12/26/2006
Stroke Incidence Has Declined for 50 Years

But, 30-day mortality rate has decreased significantly only for men, study finds

12/21/2006
Future Flu Pandemic Could Cost 62 Million Lives: Report

Data from 1918-20 outbreak predicts poor countries would be hit hardest

12/21/2006
Insurance Doesn't Cure Health-Care Disparities

Blacks with colon cancer still have worse outcomes, study finds

12/18/2006
Moderate Alcohol Levels May Protect Brain After Trauma

But high blood levels are deadly, new study finds

12/5/2006
2 Studies Find Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner

Heart patients with such stents face higher sudden-death risk, cardiologists report.

12/4/2006
Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner, Study Suggests

Despite clotting dangers, the devices are still the best option, some cardiologists say

11/13/2006
Implanted Heart Devices Should Be Recyled After Death, Researchers Say

Morticians and patients willing to donate defibrillators and pacemakers for further use, survey finds.

11/7/2006
Jet Lag Shortens Life Span of Older Mice

Sleep interruptions may pose health risks for humans, too

11/3/2006
Posh Neighborhoods Tough on Poorer Residents' Health

Low-income people died earlier than if they lived in less-affluent areas, study found

10/18/2006
Surgery Better Than Stents at Stroke Prevention

French trial focused on patients with blocked arteries who showed symptoms

10/13/2006
You Can't Burn Too Much Energy

Research disproves theory that physical activity may actually decrease lifespan

10/12/2006
Diabetes Drugs Could Stop Deadly Sepsis

They reduced severe inflammation, restored heart function in animal trials