Misc. Death and Dying News

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12/13/2016
Emergency Surgery Riskier for Kids in Poorer Countries

Seven times more likely to die within 30 days of abdominal procedures for appendicitis, hernias, study finds

12/7/2016
Heart Rate Change When Standing Up Might Predict Older Adult's Death Risk

People with slower heart rate recovery had higher odds of dying within 4 years, study found

12/6/2016
Patient Safety May Drop During Doc Rotations

Study suggests patient care info might not be relayed to new team, boosting risk of in-hospital death

12/5/2016
Just 1 Cigarette a Day Can Be Deadly: Study

Light smokers still faced an increased risk of early death

12/4/2016
Attempted Suicide Rates in U.S. Remain Unchanged

Men more often resorted to violent means, while women turned to poisoning, drowning, study finds

11/30/2016
It's Never Too Late to Stop Smoking

Even quitting in your 60s can add years to your life, researchers find

11/25/2016
Rural Appalachia Faces Growing Cancer Crisis, Research Shows

It's the only region in the U.S. that hasn't made big progress in fighting the disease

11/22/2016
Palliative Care Raises Quality of Life, But Doesn't Extend It

Researchers find value for extremely ill patients and their caregivers, but add that it doesn't affect survival

11/22/2016
U.S. Death Toll From Infectious Diseases Unchanged: Study

Although new threats have emerged, the number of people dying from infections has stayed relatively stable

11/22/2016
Smoking Plus Diabetes a Very Deadly Mix

Chances of an early death double if smoker also has the blood sugar disease, study finds

11/21/2016
Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists

Genetics and riskier behaviors may help explain the difference, researchers say

11/17/2016
CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death

Good news is that many can be prevented

11/17/2016
Low Blood Sugar Linked to Death Risk for Hospital Patients

Association was seen even if patient did not have diabetes

11/17/2016
Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

Study suggests that glum folks have higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease

11/17/2016
'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study

But at least one nutrition expert says it's too soon to draw conclusions

11/14/2016
Sharp Drop in Blood Pressure After Rx May Be Risky for Some Heart Patients

Early study suggests potential downside, but more research is needed, experts say

11/14/2016
West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought

Texas study estimates mortality rate from the mosquito-borne disease at 13 percent

11/14/2016
Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

Study found risk doubled among young users, but cause-and-effect not proven

11/11/2016
Kids React Differently When a Beloved Pet Dies

Some want a new animal right away, while others feel they need to honor the memory

11/8/2016
Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms

Suicide, overdoses are occurring when expecting and in first year of motherhood; depression a likely factor, study finds

11/3/2016
Graphic Cigarette Pack Labels May Cut U.S. Smoking Deaths

Researchers predict well over half a million lives would be saved over 50 years

10/31/2016
1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

Finding suggests efforts to encourage more planning aren't working, researcher says

10/28/2016
Stressful Jobs With Little Control/Shorter Life Spans?

Workers with more say in their jobs had better chance of living longer, study finds

10/24/2016
Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths

Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds

10/19/2016
Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Those with narrowed leg arteries and high levels of the byproduct had higher odds of dying early, study suggests

10/18/2016
Elective Surgeries on Fridays Are Safe: Study

Canadian review finds patients having procedures at tail end of work week face no greater death risk

10/17/2016
Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study

Death rates were higher in smaller community hospitals, Canadian study finds

10/13/2016
Breast Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S.

And the disparity between black and white women is narrowing, CDC says

10/6/2016
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations

Diabetes, drugs and guns contribute to disappointing statistics in new global report

10/5/2016
DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers

These potent prescription drugs are helping to fuel addiction crisis in U.S.

10/4/2016
Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients

Study found this standard treatment may do more harm than good for those whose heart stops suddenly in the hospital

10/3/2016
More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

Every half-teaspoon or so raises risk of premature death by 12 percent, study suggests

9/16/2016
Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

Brain cancer supplants leukemia as the leading killer

9/12/2016
Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

Study examines effects of early life adversities on children of World War I veterans

9/8/2016
COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

But rates up for black women and middle-aged people

9/7/2016
Delivering Twins at 37 Weeks May Help Prevent Stillbirths

If babies share placenta, delivery should probably occur a week earlier, research suggests

9/7/2016
Are Birth Control Pills Tied to Decline in Ovarian Cancer Deaths?

Rates down 16 percent in U.S., 8 percent in Canada, and 10 percent in Europe over a decade: study

9/1/2016
1 in 6 Younger Americans Wants to Die Before 80

Negative views of old age are powerful influence on how long people want to live, survey finds

8/31/2016
FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

These drugs will now carry 'boxed warning' detailing the threat

8/29/2016
Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise

Finnish study finds even moderate exercise lowers odds of early death

8/25/2016
Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

U.S. Surgeon General urges doctors to join the fight against opioid addiction epidemic

8/24/2016
Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

Report shows it will probably eclipse heart disease as leading cause of death in coming years

8/24/2016
Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

Early head trauma linked to psychiatric, financial issues as adults, study finds

8/23/2016
'Bagpipe' Lung Infection Kills Piper

Mold, fungi can collect in wind instruments, researchers explained

8/22/2016
Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

People are comfortable expecting more help from relatives, researchers say

8/22/2016
Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

Social media broaching once-taboo topics in very public forums, researchers report

8/17/2016
Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

Blood condition is common among older patients

8/17/2016
Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

Extreme stress may affect the way the body's cells function

8/16/2016
Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

Smoking, inactivity top the list of culprits, researchers say

8/15/2016
Cancer Now Leading Killer in 12 European Nations

Gains against heart disease and stroke, especially in Western Europe, likely behind the shift