Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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