Misc. Death and Dying News

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1/21/2005
New Colon Cancer Marker Found

Levels of molecule may predict severity of disease and survival, researchers say

1/17/2005
Inappropriate Drugs Can Harm Nursing Home Patients

Wrong ones used intermittently linked to higher hospitalization, death rates

1/11/2005
Do Pharmacy Errors Spike at Start of the Month?

Study suggests rise in death rates may be due, in part, to drug mishaps

1/5/2005
Elderly Women With Cervical Cancer Face Tough Battle

They're more likely to die of the disease than younger women

1/5/2005
Some Cases of Sudden Cardiac Death May Start in Brain

Disrupted signals to heart may be fatal in stressful settings, study finds

1/4/2005
Study Unlikely to Change Use of Hypertension Drugs

Experts say diuretics safe enough, but alternatives do exist

12/29/2004
Study Urges End to Racial Gap in Health Care

Finds it could save far more lives than technological advances

12/27/2004
Long-Term Survival Not Tied to 'Excellence' Centers

Study compares five-year death rates at National Cancer Institute-designated facilities

12/22/2004
Obese People Can't Run From Health Risks

Physical activity doesn't reduce death rates, study finds

12/21/2004
Study Refutes Notion That Death Takes a Holiday

No spike or drop in cancer deaths seen around Christmas or birthdays

12/21/2004
Ill Loved Ones Deserve Special Care During Holidays

Listening to their needs, wants may be best gift you can give them

12/14/2004
A Puzzling Blood Pressure Drug Finding

Supposed danger of calcium channel blockers requires further study, experts say

12/13/2004
Death Rates Highest During Holidays

Study finds bump on Christmas and New Year's

11/30/2004
Elderly Better Off With Underactive Thyroid

Surprising study questions need for aggressive treatment

11/30/2004
Depression Linked to Higher Risk of Stroke Death

'Silent strokes' may be behind the emotional turmoil

11/29/2004
Scans Cite Scurvy as Cause of Settlers' Deaths

Imaging technology confirms it brought about French colonists' end

11/18/2004
Older Americans Can Expect Longer, Healthier Lives

Big gains in longevity for those over 65, report finds

11/17/2004
Researchers Closing In On 'Death Clock' Gene

It holds important clues to both cancer and aging

11/16/2004
Ozone Pollution Raises Death Risk

Study finds it's dangerous even at present EPA standards

11/15/2004
Stopping Breast Cancer in its Tracks

Chemical attraction behind spread of malignancies could be drug target

11/12/2004
Exercise Cuts Death Risk Later in Life

Study finds 35% less chance of dying in next 8 years

11/10/2004
Morphine Increases Death Risk for Heart Patients

Study found chances of trouble go up by almost 50 percent

11/10/2004
Vitamin E Linked to Higher Death Rates

Touted antioxidant may be harmful in doses of 400 IUs or more

11/10/2004
Gender, Ethnic Gaps Found in Heart Care

Men, blacks usually fare worse, studies find

11/8/2004
Minnesota Tops State-by-State Health Ranking

Improvements in Americans' health have slowed since 2000

11/7/2004
Stents Don't Lengthen Life

They don't increase long-term survival rates after angioplasty, study finds

11/5/2004
A Four-Legged Hospice Worker Eases the Suffering

Maggie the therapy dog offers unconditional love to all her patients

11/5/2004
Study Faults Popular Hypertension Drug

Atenolol doesn't prevent heart deaths, Swedish researchers say

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