Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

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