Misc. Death and Dying News

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10/4/2006
Sunday Blue Laws Limit Alcohol-Related Crashes, Deaths

When New Mexico repealed its ban, traffic deaths rose 42 percent, study found

9/29/2006
Many Nephrologists Unprepared to Make End-of-Life Decisions

60% cited unease, while more-experienced kidney specialists did not

9/25/2006
Diabetes a Greater Risk for Death Than Obesity

Being overweight may not always predict poor health outcomes, study finds

9/21/2006
Lead Levels May Not Be Stringent Enough

Study finds even 'safe' exposures may mean 25% higher risk of death from all causes

9/21/2006
Deaths From Kidney Cancer on the Rise

Expert suggests lack of effective chemotherapy drugs might explain trend

9/19/2006
Fetal Deaths Due to Preeclampsia Drop

Early delivery and better prenatal management behind trend, study says

9/12/2006
Long Life May Be Your Cup of (Green) Tea

The brew helps prevent an early demise, major Japanese study suggests

9/11/2006
U.S. Life Expectancy Tied to Race and Place

For example, Asian American women live decades longer than urban black males

8/31/2006
Infant Deaths After C-Sections Rise Even in Low-Risk Pregnancies

Danger to babies more than twice that of those delivered vaginally, study finds

8/31/2006
Home Visits Cut Death Risk for Seniors

Swedish study finds health worker interventions cut mortality rate in half

8/24/2006
Hospice Helps Dying Patients Avoid Hospitalization

Quality of life is better when terminal patients avoid hospital care, experts say

8/23/2006
Obesity Increases Chances of Early Death

Study found risk was two to three times greater than in normal-weight people

8/21/2006
Choice of Health Care 'Proxy' Often Surprising

A third of married people would choose someone other than spouse to decide their care, study found

8/16/2006
Killer Heat Waves Do Discriminate

Elderly who live in threatening, rundown areas most vulnerable, study suggests

8/10/2006
Staying Single May Shorten Life Span

U.S. study finds 58 percent increased death rate for singles vs. marrieds

8/7/2006
Shopping Carts Top List of Kids' Health Hazards

20,000 injured last year, child restraints urged

8/3/2006
With Time Running Out, Some Gain a Reprieve

Each year, a handful of 'dying' patients beat the odds, experts say

8/1/2006
Resistant Bacteria Blamed for High Hospital-Acquired Pneumonia Deaths

Patients twice as likely to die when infected with this stubborn strain, study finds

8/1/2006
9/11 Rescuers Have Reduced Lung Functions

New research finds rescue workers have reduction equivalent to 12 years of aging

7/29/2006
Heat-Related Deaths in U.S. on the Rise

Toll tops 150 as California reports 132 fatalities, mostly elderly

7/27/2006
Openness Helps Child When a Parent is Dying

The process is never easy, but access, honesty are key, experts say

7/26/2006
Predicting the Outlook for Coma Patients

New guidelines help to gauge a poor prognosis

7/25/2006
Young Type 2 Diabetics More Likely to Suffer Kidney Failure

Study of Native American tribe may have prevention message for all, researchers say

7/19/2006
Subtle, Deadly Form of Heart Failure on the Rise

Standard heart-pumping measurements won't pick up 'diastolic' form of the disease

7/13/2006
Smoking Linked to Higher Death Rate Among Poorer Men

Quitting could reduce gap in mortality rates between rich and poor, study says

7/11/2006
Women Run Greater Risk of Lung Cancer

But men are more likely to die from the disease, study finds

6/29/2006
Take Your Medicines, Save Your Life

Canadian researchers find even a placebo drug can lower your risk

6/23/2006
Ditch That Cell Phone in a Thunderstorm

The devices may prove deadly in a lightning strike, some doctors suggest

6/22/2006
Older Transfused Blood May Raise Risks After Surgery

Units near the 42-day storage limit could boost heart patients' chances of death, study finds

6/20/2006
When Treatment Fails, Should Medical Caring Stop?

One woman's final journey sheds light on the 'abandonment' some dying patients feel

6/12/2006
Defibrillator Recipients Face Increased Heart-Failure Risk

They need more care than they're getting to ensure their health, study says

6/5/2006
Counseling Helps Lung Transplant Candidates Cope

Telephone discussions ease the anxious wait for an organ, study finds

5/22/2006
5 States Get Failing Grades on Prostate Cancer 'Report Card'

Many not doing even the simplest things to encourage men to get tested, coalition says

4/27/2006
Heart Attacks Are Biggest Threat to U.S. Firefighters

Fatal motor vehicle crashes a close second for volunteers, report finds

4/19/2006
U.S. Death Rates Drop Dramatically

And life expectancy is going up, new government figures show

3/31/2006
Delaying Surgery for Bladder Cancer Costly

Patients who had operation after 93 days from diagnosis more likely to die, study says

3/31/2006
Hormone Can Predict Pulmonary Hypertension, Risk of Death

BNP serves as a marker in people with serious lung disease, study says

3/17/2006
Child's Death Can Trigger Parent's Suicide

Leftover painkillers in the home pose a particular threat, report says

3/6/2006
Pediatric End-of-Life Care Lacking

Parents recommend six areas of importance, reports study

3/5/2006
Antidepressants Boost Heart Patients' Death Risk

New research contradicts previous findings, experts say

3/2/2006
Vascular Abnormalities in Brain Linked to Shorter Life Span

Excess amounts of white matter may be sign of high blood pressure, study says

2/15/2006
Spouse's Hospitalization Can Take Heavy Toll

Stress boosts death risk for healthy partner, study finds

2/13/2006
Blood Test Predicts Death Risk In Patients With Shortness of Breath

A key protein shows how likely patients are to die within one year, study shows

2/9/2006
U.S. Cancer Deaths Drop for First Time in More Than 70 Years

Experts point to lifestyle changes, earlier screening and better therapies

2/7/2006
Civil War Vets Suffered Long After Battles Ended

Youngest soldiers in deadliest units had more illnesses, earlier deaths

1/27/2006
Gender, Ethnicity Sway Choices for End-of-Life Care

Women tend to want more life-extending interventions than men, study finds

1/19/2006
Katrina: It Could Have Been Worse, U.S. Report Says

But the number of people needing mental-health care will likely increase, experts contend

1/18/2006
Quality of Life Predicts Head and Neck Cancer Survival

Progress in the first year after surgery could be crucial, study suggests

1/10/2006
Nine States Have Banned Smoking in Public Places

But 40 fail to adequately finance tobacco-prevention programs, report says

12/19/2005
FDA Recalls Drug Used to Diagnose Appendicitis

NeutroSpec linked to 2 deaths, 20 'life-threatening' reactions, agency says