Misc. Death and Dying News

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3/31/2006
Delaying Surgery for Bladder Cancer Costly

Patients who had operation after 93 days from diagnosis more likely to die, study says

3/31/2006
Hormone Can Predict Pulmonary Hypertension, Risk of Death

BNP serves as a marker in people with serious lung disease, study says

3/17/2006
Child's Death Can Trigger Parent's Suicide

Leftover painkillers in the home pose a particular threat, report says

3/6/2006
Pediatric End-of-Life Care Lacking

Parents recommend six areas of importance, reports study

3/5/2006
Antidepressants Boost Heart Patients' Death Risk

New research contradicts previous findings, experts say

3/2/2006
Vascular Abnormalities in Brain Linked to Shorter Life Span

Excess amounts of white matter may be sign of high blood pressure, study says

2/15/2006
Spouse's Hospitalization Can Take Heavy Toll

Stress boosts death risk for healthy partner, study finds

2/13/2006
Blood Test Predicts Death Risk In Patients With Shortness of Breath

A key protein shows how likely patients are to die within one year, study shows

2/9/2006
U.S. Cancer Deaths Drop for First Time in More Than 70 Years

Experts point to lifestyle changes, earlier screening and better therapies

2/7/2006
Civil War Vets Suffered Long After Battles Ended

Youngest soldiers in deadliest units had more illnesses, earlier deaths

1/27/2006
Gender, Ethnicity Sway Choices for End-of-Life Care

Women tend to want more life-extending interventions than men, study finds

1/19/2006
Katrina: It Could Have Been Worse, U.S. Report Says

But the number of people needing mental-health care will likely increase, experts contend

1/18/2006
Quality of Life Predicts Head and Neck Cancer Survival

Progress in the first year after surgery could be crucial, study suggests

1/10/2006
Nine States Have Banned Smoking in Public Places

But 40 fail to adequately finance tobacco-prevention programs, report says

12/19/2005
FDA Recalls Drug Used to Diagnose Appendicitis

NeutroSpec linked to 2 deaths, 20 'life-threatening' reactions, agency says

12/16/2005
U.S. Health Gains Starting to Slow: Study

Rates of early death, prenatal care, smoking stable in recent years; obesity way up

12/16/2005
Radiation After Lumpectomy Improves Survival Odds

International trial found it made a difference 15 years later

12/14/2005
More U.S. Hospitals Offer Palliative Care

Growth of specialty called a major change in U.S. health care

12/11/2005
Coping With the Loss of a Loved One During the Holidays

Expert offers suggestions to help you deal with the grief

12/9/2005
Are U.S. Health Experts Inflating Flu Statistics?

Journal article claims they are, but CDC expert denies the charge

12/8/2005
Pacifiers Prevent SIDS Deaths: Study

They cut the risk of mortality by 90 percent, researchers find

12/8/2005
Obesity, Blood Pressure Woes Haunt Aging Boomers

But life expectancy has hit an all-time high, annual U.S. health report finds

12/2/2005
Most Would Trust Doctors if Euthanasia Legalized

Just 20% of Americans surveyed said it would lower their faith in physicians

12/1/2005
Car Crashes Kill Many More People Than Terrorism

In the U.S. alone, the toll is 400 times higher, report says

11/30/2005
Abortion Pill Deaths Probed

Battle continues over Mifeprex's safety after rare cases of fatal infection

11/28/2005
Heart Failure Patients in Two Countries Compared

U.S. patients did better than Canadian ones in short run, but difference disappeared after a year

11/23/2005
Doctors Lack Training for End-of-Life Care

Dying patients pay the price, new study finds

11/17/2005
DNA Identification During Disasters Needs Improving

Investigators involved in 9/11 say better system needed to sort things out

11/15/2005
High-Dose Lipitor Equal to Lower-Dose Zocor

But study found Lipitor did reduce risk of some cardiovascular events

11/15/2005
Daily Aspirin a Smart Move After Menopause

Study suggests it reduced death risk in those with heart disease

11/7/2005
Children Living Among Non-Relatives at Risk for Violence

50 times likelier to die from injury than children living with biological parents, study finds

11/4/2005
Plavix Helps Heart Attack Patients Survive

Clot-buster lowered risk of second heart attacks, strokes and death in large trial

10/23/2005
Preparing for End-of-Life Decisions

Conversations with family, doctor are key

10/21/2005
Younger Retirees Face Higher Death Rate

Experts note health problems might explain trend

10/19/2005
ARDS More Common, More Fatal Than Thought

Study finds higher incidence, mortality rate for acute lung condition

10/19/2005
Prostate Cancer Screening Cuts Death Risk

Study found those patients who had taken PSA test annually had higher survival rates

10/18/2005
Studies Highlight Risks of Bariatric Surgery

Rehospitalization rates increased, and mortality rate higher for Medicare patients

10/17/2005
Quality Gap Widens Between America's Best, Worst Hospitals

Patients at higher death risk in poorest-performing centers, study finds

10/4/2005
U.S. Cancer Death Rates Keep Falling

Decline since 1990s has been steeper among men than women, new report finds

10/3/2005
More Heart Attack Patients Die in December

Reason why that month is associated with more deaths still a mystery to researchers

9/15/2005
Katrina's Next Challenge: Identifying the Dead

DNA matching will be put to the test, but time is an enemy

9/13/2005
U.S. Death Trends Show Successes, Failures

Big gains against heart disease, but diabetes, COPD deaths are rising, report finds

9/7/2005
Aggressive Therapy Best for Chest Pain

Large, ongoing British study finds it would save lives

9/1/2005
Health Tip: When Your Children Are Grieving

Signs that they may need professional help

8/30/2005
Body Size Matters After Bypass

Fact that women are smaller than men may explain higher death rate, study shows

8/9/2005
Dutch Doctors Handling Euthanasia Responsibly

Study finds they are following guidelines for requests carefully

8/5/2005
Lung Function Predicts Outcome of Stem Cell Transplant

Low test score linked to raised risk of respiratory failure, death, study found

8/2/2005
Injuries At Home Cause Most Childhood Deaths

Black children twice as likely as whites to die from those injuries, study says

7/15/2005
Incurable ALS Doesn't Doom Sufferers to Despair

Most patients near end of life not in state of emotional collapse, studies find

7/14/2005
Death a Little Easier on the Rich

Wealthy suffer less in final months than poor, study finds