Misc. Death and Dying News

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Better Grasp of Health Info May Boost Life Span

But a quarter of older adults have 'poor health literacy,' U.S. study finds

Straight Talk From Docs on Grim Prognoses Works Best

Knowing the facts helps, even when outlook is poor, new research shows

Health Tip: Dealing With Loss

Healthy ways to face your emotions

Cataracts, Macular Degeneration Increase Risk of Death

Study found the link held true until age 75

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.

Global Warming Will Cause Rise in Death Rates

Toll won't be offset by milder winters, researchers predict

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

Single, Free, But Not So Healthy?

Married life often means longer life, especially for men, studies find

Diabetes Cuts 8 Years Off Life

It boosts heart disease risk as well, new research shows

Low Testosterone Levels Linked to Increased Mortality

But researchers stress there's no evidence that boosting levels will reduce risk

Disagreement With Doctor on Health Hurts Cancer Patients

Those with advanced lung, colon cancers more likely to die if disconnect exists, study found

Man's Best Friend Joins the Fight Against Cancer

New canine tumor tissue bank will help save dog and human lives, experts say

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

Dutch Euthanasia Rates Steady After Legalization

Move hasn't led to ongoing rise in cases, experts note

Higher White Blood Cell Count May Boost Death Risk

45-year study shows a link, especially with heart disease

U.S. Infant Mortality Rate Twice as High for Blacks

But overall rate down by 10% since 1995, study finds

A Brother's Death, a Sister's Awakening

His inspiring fight against a crippling cancer taught her the value of life and love

Suicides Likelier in Homes With Guns: Study

It's one of top three causes of death among people under 45

Breast Cancer Deaths Dropping Most in Women Under 70

Overall decline since 1990s attributed to tamoxifen, more screenings, experts say

Young Black, Native-American Children at Higher Risk of Fatal Accidents

While the gap is closing, more education efforts are needed, study says

U.S. Hospital Errors Continue to Rise

Rate increased to 3% between 2003-2005, analysis finds

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

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

Obese Men With Prostate Cancer Face Higher Death Risk

Study finds 2.6-fold increase in chance of dying compared to normal-weight men

Genetic Link to Suicidal Tendencies Nailed Down

A third study replicates finding that chromosome 2 region plays a vital role

Stages of Grief Theory Put to the Test

Researchers find the bereaved do go through stages, but not necessarily as expected

Teen Pregnancy Rates Hit All-Time Low

But Caesarean delivery rates climb to record high, report finds

End-of-Life Communication Helps Families Cope With Loss

Just 10 extra minutes with health-care providers reduced stress and depression, study finds

Top U.S. Hospitals Have 28% Lower Mortality Rate: Study

Annual survey finds growing gap between high-quality institutions and rest of the field

Heavy Drinking Exacts Toll on Women With Hepatitis C

Imbibing eliminates survival advantage over men, study finds

Looking for a Longer Life? Win a Nobel Prize

Study finds laureates gain almost 2 years time, not to mention the lofty social status

Heart Rhythm Gene Linked to Sudden Infant Deaths

Fatal arrhythmia study suggests screening may identify babies at risk

Health Tip: Using Hospice

Services focus on physical, emotional and spiritual support

Prison Release a Dangerous Health Time for Many

Former inmates have higher immediate risk of death from drug overdose, homicide and suicide, study finds

Excess Weight Boosts Risk of Death From Prostate Cancer

The heavier the man, the greater the threat, study finds

Hospitals Embrace the Hospice Model

The goal: Make the prospect of death as natural and comfortable as possible

Stroke Incidence Has Declined for 50 Years

But, 30-day mortality rate has decreased significantly only for men, study finds

Future Flu Pandemic Could Cost 62 Million Lives: Report

Data from 1918-20 outbreak predicts poor countries would be hit hardest

Insurance Doesn't Cure Health-Care Disparities

Blacks with colon cancer still have worse outcomes, study finds

Moderate Alcohol Levels May Protect Brain After Trauma

But high blood levels are deadly, new study finds

2 Studies Find Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner

Heart patients with such stents face higher sudden-death risk, cardiologists report.

Drug-Eluting Stents Risky Without Blood Thinner, Study Suggests

Despite clotting dangers, the devices are still the best option, some cardiologists say

Implanted Heart Devices Should Be Recyled After Death, Researchers Say

Morticians and patients willing to donate defibrillators and pacemakers for further use, survey finds.

Jet Lag Shortens Life Span of Older Mice

Sleep interruptions may pose health risks for humans, too

Posh Neighborhoods Tough on Poorer Residents' Health

Low-income people died earlier than if they lived in less-affluent areas, study found

Surgery Better Than Stents at Stroke Prevention

French trial focused on patients with blocked arteries who showed symptoms

You Can't Burn Too Much Energy

Research disproves theory that physical activity may actually decrease lifespan

Diabetes Drugs Could Stop Deadly Sepsis

They reduced severe inflammation, restored heart function in animal trials

Sunday Blue Laws Limit Alcohol-Related Crashes, Deaths

When New Mexico repealed its ban, traffic deaths rose 42 percent, study found

Many Nephrologists Unprepared to Make End-of-Life Decisions

60% cited unease, while more-experienced kidney specialists did not