Misc. Death and Dying News

Date Posted
Article Title
2/17/2004
Statins Cut Deaths From Heart Failure

Drugs reduce mortality regardless of cholesterol levels

2/9/2004
Sports Can Trigger Asthma Deaths

Young, white males face highest risk of fatalities, study finds

1/21/2004
New Study Finds Inflammation a Bad Actor

Key protein puts those with valve disease at risk

1/15/2004
Tippling Rats Live Long and Prosper

But finding doesn't condone alcohol abuse

1/14/2004
U.S. Cancer Survival Rates Improving

But death rates hit harder among blacks and poor, report finds

1/14/2004
Cancer Patients Get Aggressive Care at End

Hospice becoming more common, but new drugs hold powerful appeal

1/6/2004
End-of-Life Care in U.S. Found Lacking

The dying need more respect, support and pain relief, study says

12/31/2003
Older Couples at Risk for Murder/Suicide

Professor finds desperate husbands are killing ailing wives, then themselves

12/30/2003
U.S. Bans Ephedra

Says diet supplement poses 'unreasonable risk'

12/26/2003
Holidays Hard for Those Who Have Lost Loved Ones

Understanding grieving process helps, experts say

12/23/2003
Sober Holidays, Safe Holidays

Campaign focuses on threat posed by drunk or drugged drivers

12/23/2003
'You Never Forget'

A woman rebuilds a life shattered by a drunk driver

12/19/2003
Snowmobile Deaths Increase in New England

Carelessness, inexperience, drinking blamed

12/18/2003
Titanic Survival Is a Wash

Those who made it through the disaster didn't live any longer than other people

12/18/2003
Go to the Head of the Class, Die Sooner

Study: Student-presidents in medical school don't live as long

12/10/2003
New Clue to Sudden Coronary Death

Tiny hemorrhage can cause plaque rupture

12/8/2003
Death, Hospital Risks Higher in Anemic Seniors

Experts say underlying cause of problem should be treated

12/1/2003
Virtual Colonoscopy Finds Colorectal Cancer

New CT scans using 3-D images accurately detect disease, researchers report

11/25/2003
U.S. to Probe Cause of Stillbirths

Project establishes five research, data collection centers

11/20/2003
Organ Donors By Default System Would Save Lives

Study says it would make many more organs available

11/19/2003
Pollution Part of SARS Death Risk

Study found patients in highly polluted areas in China twice as likely to die

11/14/2003
Vent Your Spleen, Live Longer

Research on elderly priests, nuns finds it beats bottling up anger

11/13/2003
Poverty Increases Death Risk After Heart Attack

Study finds those in poorest neighborhoods face 30% greater chance of mortality

11/13/2003
Pollution a Danger to Your Heart

Chronic exposure linked to increased cardiovascular disease death rates

11/12/2003
Dementia Caregivers Go From Distress to Relief

Most feel weight lifted when patient dies, research finds

11/11/2003
Wee Hours Deadliest for Heart Attacks in Hospital

Survival lowest during overnight hours, study shows.

11/10/2003
New Possible Link to SIDS Found

High levels of protein in infants' brains provide clue to cause of fatal syndrome

11/5/2003
Palliative Care at a Palatable Cost

Specialty hospital units offer better, more affordable care for terminally ill

10/31/2003
Older Women at Greater Risk of Death in Childbirth

While the numbers are small, the threat exists

10/30/2003
Mad Cow Disease Halted for First Time

Fatal brain disorder reversed in mice

10/3/2003
Americans Living Longer, Lazier Lives

Checkup finds big increase in diabetes, obesity

9/29/2003
Ecstasy Alone Can Kill

Illegal drug doesn't need to be combined with other drugs to be fatal, study finds

9/26/2003
A Helpless Vigil

Peter Putnam has Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, but how did he get it?

9/22/2003
Death Be Not Painful

Stress hormones don't rise due to fear or physical suffering, study says

9/17/2003
When to End Life Support Not Set in Stone

'Patient-centered' movement taking hold in ICUs

9/11/2003
Smoking Claimed 5 Million Lives in 2000

International report says toll was similar in developed and undeveloped countries

9/4/2003
Exercise Testing Predicts Heart Death

Patients slow to recover twice as likely to die, study says

9/2/2003
Decrease in Cancer Deaths Levels Off

But U.S. report sees declines in leading cancer killers

8/29/2003
U.S. Pedestrians, Cyclists Tempting Fate -- or Worse

Both pursuits are much safer in Europe, new research says

8/21/2003
Depression Doubles Death Risk in Bypass Patients

Feeling blue before and after surgery worsens the odds

8/11/2003
Breast Cancer Doesn't Preclude Pregnancy

Having a baby doesn't increase risk of death after women diagnosed with disease

8/6/2003
Depression Can Be Deadly for Cancer Patients

Symptoms cut survival time, study found

7/30/2003
London's Cold Days Can Be Killers

Study found winters there more harsh than in capital of Bulgaria

7/28/2003
Deaths from Pulmonary Embolisms Fall Sharply

Study finds rate drops 30% over 20 years

7/24/2003
Euthanasia Easier on Loved Ones, Study Says

Having time to prepare and say goodbye may ease the grief

7/23/2003
A Time to Die

Some hospice patients quietly stop eating, drinking

7/14/2003
Doctors Detail Their Role in Physician-Assisted Suicide

Study describes 80 cases of helping patients to die

7/11/2003
When Domestic Violence Turns Deadly

Study finds unemployment, access to guns and threats to kill major predictors of trouble

7/11/2003
Homeless More Likely to Die Early

Study finds transient lifestyle takes a toll

7/1/2003
Methadone Blamed in Dozens of N.C. Deaths

Study finds sixfold increase in four years