Misc. Death and Dying News

Date Posted
Article Title
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

2/18/2004
Grieving Children

Signs your child may need help

2/18/2004
Hospice May Not Be Cheaper Alternative

Comparison with traditional care finds hospice more costly

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