Misc. Death and Dying News

Date Posted
Article Title
3/21/2008
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

3/18/2008
Head and Neck Cancer Outcomes a Mixed Bag

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

3/11/2008
Life Expectancy Tied to Education

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

3/7/2008
Depression After a Heart Attack Dangerous for Years

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

2/28/2008
Scientists Find Cancer Culprits in Cigarette Smoke

Hydrogen peroxide and other oxidants cause lung cells to become malignant

2/27/2008
Two Drugs Found Equal in Treatment of Septic Shock

But vasopressin might be slightly better than norepinephrine in less severe cases

2/25/2008
Blood Clots in Legs, Lungs Predispose Patients to Repeat Episodes

They're at risk for new blockages within 3 years, study finds

2/22/2008
Heart Disease Deaths Over-Reported in New York City

Study says doctors overestimated in-hospital mortality by 51%

2/19/2008
Heart Attacks in Hospital More Deadly at Night, on Weekends

Study suggests staffing, systemic issues behind difference in mortality rates

2/19/2008
No Difference Found in Treatments for Acute Kidney Failure

Continuous vs. intermittent dialysis produced same results, analysis shows

2/19/2008
Missing Chromosome Improves Response to Brain Tumor Treatment

Findings show patients live average of 4 years longer than those without genetic abnormality

2/15/2008
Blacks Awaiting Lung Transplants Face Poorer Outcomes

Findings point to significant barriers to accessing timely care for minorities

2/10/2008
Spouse's Sickness Bodes Ill for Partner's Health

Stress of hospitalization may pose deadly burden

2/8/2008
FDA Warns of Children's Deaths Linked to Botox

Anti-wrinkle drug and competitor Myobloc under agency safety review

2/1/2008
Key Risk Factors for Suicide Consistent Across Globe

Sex, age, education, mental health and marital status underpin findings of 17-nation study

1/31/2008
1/25/2008
Short Birth Length Boosts Men's Suicide Risk

More than twice as likely as other adults to attempt to end own life, study finds

1/25/2008
Doctors Review End-of-Life Care Guidelines

Pain, shortness of breath, depression need intervention for all with serious illness

1/18/2008
Aspirin Resistance Boosts Heart Risks in Cardiac Patients

They're four times more likely to suffer heart attack, stroke and even death, study finds

1/10/2008
Dementia Diagnosis Typically Means Death Within Five Years

British study does show age, sex, existing disability can alter timetable

12/28/2007
Brain Turns to Positive Thoughts When Faced With Death

Unconscious response points to 'psychological immune system,' study suggests

12/20/2007
Uninsured More Likely to Die From Cancer Following Diagnosis

Report finds they're less likely to get screening tests, so have advanced disease

12/18/2007
Lack of Strong Thirst Signals Leads Elderly to Drink Too Little

Finding could explain why older people are prone to dehydration during heat waves

12/14/2007
Immigrants Less Likely to Report Family History of Cancer

Study suggests it results in poor screening, prevention efforts

12/12/2007
Cancer Patients Hold Fast to Belief That Opioids Mean Death

Docs need to educate that drugs such as morphine are more than just a last resort

12/7/2007
Mourning Death of Loved One Raises Your Risk of Dying

First month after loss is most vulnerable time, review shows

12/6/2007
Health Tip: End-of-Life Planning

Suggestions for caregivers

12/4/2007
Fitness, Not Fatness, Predicts a Longer Life

People in good shape tend to outlive folks who aren't, study finds

12/2/2007
Breaking Down Barriers to End-of-Life Care for Children

Effective communication with doctors and respect for role of parents are key, survey finds

11/13/2007
Vaccine-Preventable Deaths Reach New Low in U.S.

Tens of thousands of lives saved each year through immunization, study says

11/12/2007
Obesity Linked to Prostate Cancer Death Rates

Researchers aren't sure why mortality may be tied to weight

11/9/2007
Severe Urinary Problems Boost Death Risk in Older Men

Those over 45 face an almost 24-fold increase in mortality, study says

11/6/2007
Experts Propose Rules to Rate Hospitals' Safety

Concise reporting would ensure validity of patient safety findings, group says

11/6/2007
Obesity Leaves More Americans With Physical Limitations

But some extra weight may not lead to cardiovascular disease and cancer, research finds

10/3/2007
Study Finds Benefits With Drug-Coated Stents

Better outcomes for high-risk patients

9/12/2007
U.S. Life Expectancy Hits New High

Drops in deaths from heart disease, cancer and stroke fuel the trend

9/12/2007
Education Linked to Cancer Death Rates

Socioeconomic status and access to health care may explain the connection

9/10/2007
Small Incisions Make Heart Valve Surgery Safer

Death risk lowered for those who had undergone previous heart surgery, Belgian study finds

9/10/2007
Injuries, Deaths Tied to Consumer Drugs Rise Sharply

'Adverse events' more than doubled between 1998 and 2005

9/4/2007
Rock 'N' Roll: Sex, Drugs and an Early Exit

Pop stars twice as likely to die young compared to general population, study finds

8/22/2007
Weight-Loss Surgeries Extend Lives

Studies support expanded use of gastric bypass, banding, experts say

8/13/2007
Most Asian Men Have Better Prostate Cancer Survival Rates

Finding could help to govern treatment approaches, study suggests

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