Misc. Death and Dying News

Date Posted
Article Title
11/2/2004
Annual Flu Shot a Lifesaver for the Elderly

Consecutive vaccines have cumulative effect, study finds

11/1/2004
Optimism Protects Against Death

Those with sunny outlook less likely to die of heart disease and other causes

11/1/2004
Genetic Link in Heart Valve Disease Deaths Found

Study finds up to 2.5 times the risk if relative died of it

10/27/2004
Shedding Pounds Lengthens Life

Mouse study found those that lacked weight-control gene were twice as heavy

10/22/2004
Health Tip: Why Women Live Longer

Or, why men die sooner

10/12/2004
Rehab Stays Shorter, but Death Rate Up

No clear explanation for mortality increase, researchers say

10/11/2004
Simple Kidney Test Predicts Heart Death

New study strengthens connection between two organ ailments

10/1/2004
Smoking Cuts Chances Against Head, Neck Cancers

Survival odds drop when there's a history of lighting up

9/27/2004
Gun Suicides Now Outpace Homicides

Study: U.S. firearms suicides higher in rural areas

9/23/2004
Alcohol Abuse Tied to 75,000 Early Deaths

CDC reports it wipes out 2.3 million potential years of life yearly

9/23/2004
Red Baron May Have Played Part in Own Demise

Study suggests earlier head wound hurt judgment on fatal flight

9/22/2004
Asthma Can Prove Fatal for Young Athletes

Kids with the disease need to take precautions on and off the playing field

9/15/2004
Confronting the Worst With a Dying Child

Many parents don't regret telling a child about impending death

9/13/2004
Complications After Stroke Increase Death Risk

Brain swelling, pneumonia particularly dangerous, study finds

8/31/2004
Age, Tumor Stage Affect Breast Cancer Death

Odds fall as women age, unless disease is advanced

8/19/2004
Shooting Up Triples Death Risk

New users of illegal injection drugs face hike in death risk early on, study finds

8/17/2004
Short Course of Hormone Therapy Boosts Odds With Prostate Cancer

Six months was enough to improve survival rates while reducing side effects

8/16/2004
Heart Pump Lengthens Lives

Helps congestive heart failure patients live longer

8/9/2004
Heart Drugs Don't Slow Lung Disease

ACE inhibitors, statins don't improve survival with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis

8/9/2004
Experience Counts With Coronary Bypass Surgery

Study says hospitals that handled more than 200 a year showed better survival rates

8/5/2004
Doctors Tend to Ignore Living Wills

Study finds family members or hopeful prognoses can sway decisions

8/3/2004
Suicide, Drug Use Claim Lives of Many Homeless Kids

They have death rate 11 times higher than that of other kids

7/30/2004
Cancer Survival Rates Low in Zimbabwe

Lack of access to care may explain lack of success against disease, study finds

7/27/2004
Doctors Not Heeding Living Wills

Hypothetical survey finds patient's desires often superseded

7/26/2004
The Body, Not the Mind, Predicts Cancer Survival

Nausea, shortness of breath, weakness may signal poor prognosis

7/7/2004
Lack of Insurance Tied to Early Death

Near-elderly without it 43% likelier to succumb prematurely

7/1/2004
Organ Donor's Rabies Kills 3 Recipients

There was no screening for rare virus

6/22/2004
Smoking Subtracts 10 Years From Life

But 50-year study sees great benefits of quitting

6/8/2004
Predicting Lifespans for Dementia Patients

Model gauges death risk for nursing home residents with advanced dementia

6/2/2004
Diabetes Increases Death Risk for Elderly

It means more premature deaths among those 65 and older, study says

5/28/2004
Death Does Not Take a Holiday

No evidence people can delay it to celebrate important events

5/27/2004
Young Males at Highest Risk of Early Death

Their death rate is three times that of young women

5/24/2004
Making the End Easier

Asking terminally ill their opinions improves palliative care in hospital

5/20/2004
Possible Causes of Sudden Cardiac Death Found

Arrythmia, artery problems strike people in prime of life

5/18/2004
Value of Living Wills Under Fire

Bucking conventional wisdom, studies suggest they just don't work

5/17/2004
Worrying About Health Costs Raises Death Rate

'Burdened' attitude toward money linked to poorer outcomes in heart patients

5/10/2004
Macular Degeneration Linked to Shorter Life Span

Researchers say systemic ills -- such as heart disease -- may be to blame

5/4/2004
Statins May Cut Death Risk After Surgery

Study finds benefit after any type of operation

4/28/2004
Predicting Trouble After Bypass Surgery

Abnormalities detected during procedure led to greater risk of later problems

4/13/2004
Pneumonia Raises Death Risk Even in Midlife

Study: People over 40 likelier to die sooner after hospitalization

4/7/2004
Secondhand Smoke Deadly for Nonsmokers

Study finds 15% rise in death rate when living with smoker

4/6/2004
Alzheimer's Reduces Life Span

Average survival after diagnosis -- 5.7 years for women, 4.2 years for men

3/18/2004
Level of Immune Cells Predict Chances Against Leukemia

Dendritic cells fight off cancer relapse following stem cell transplant

3/11/2004
Great Variation in End-of-Life Care

Even the best hospitals differ sharply, study finds

3/11/2004
Cancer Deadlier for Poor, Minorities

New data underscore racial, ethnic and economic disparities

3/10/2004
Bad Habits Faulted for One-Third of American Deaths

Tobacco, poor diet, lack of exercise top the list

3/10/2004
More Kidney Transplants Are Failing

Despite medical advances, rate of rejection is rising, study finds

3/8/2004
Holiday Heart Attacks More Deadly

Hospital understaffing may be the reason, researchers say

3/1/2004
Toddlers Face Injury Risk in Shield-Type Car Seats

Experts urge parents to stick to strap-in models instead

2/23/2004
Autopsy Study Reveals Missed Diagnoses

French researchers find they catch diagnostic errors in ICU units