Misc. Death and Dying News

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11/21/2016
Gender Gap in Life Expectancy Persists

Genetics and riskier behaviors may help explain the difference, researchers say

11/17/2016
CDC Reveals Top 5 Causes of Death

Good news is that many can be prevented

11/17/2016
Low Blood Sugar Linked to Death Risk for Hospital Patients

Association was seen even if patient did not have diabetes

11/17/2016
Pessimism May Take Unwelcome Toll on the Heart

Study suggests that glum folks have higher risk of death from cardiovascular disease

11/17/2016
'Yo-Yo Dieting' Hard on Older Women's Hearts: Study

But at least one nutrition expert says it's too soon to draw conclusions

11/14/2016
Sharp Drop in Blood Pressure After Rx May Be Risky for Some Heart Patients

Early study suggests potential downside, but more research is needed, experts say

11/14/2016
West Nile's Long-Term Death Toll May Be Higher Than Thought

Texas study estimates mortality rate from the mosquito-borne disease at 13 percent

11/14/2016
Marijuana Use Tied to Rare, Temporary Heart Malfunction

Study found risk doubled among young users, but cause-and-effect not proven

11/11/2016
Kids React Differently When a Beloved Pet Dies

Some want a new animal right away, while others feel they need to honor the memory

11/8/2016
Self-Harm a Cause of Death During Pregnancy and for New Moms

Suicide, overdoses are occurring when expecting and in first year of motherhood; depression a likely factor, study finds

11/3/2016
Graphic Cigarette Pack Labels May Cut U.S. Smoking Deaths

Researchers predict well over half a million lives would be saved over 50 years

10/31/2016
1 in 4 Seniors Doesn't Discuss End-of-Life Care

Finding suggests efforts to encourage more planning aren't working, researcher says

10/28/2016
Stressful Jobs With Little Control/Shorter Life Spans?

Workers with more say in their jobs had better chance of living longer, study finds

10/24/2016
Smoking Still Takes Big Toll in U.S. Cancer Deaths

Habit is linked to close to one-third of fatal cancers in people 35 and older, study finds

10/19/2016
Digestive Byproduct Tied to Meat Raises Risks for Some Heart Patients

Those with narrowed leg arteries and high levels of the byproduct had higher odds of dying early, study suggests

10/18/2016
Elective Surgeries on Fridays Are Safe: Study

Canadian review finds patients having procedures at tail end of work week face no greater death risk

10/17/2016
Seniors With Hip Fractures Fare Better in Large Teaching Hospitals: Study

Death rates were higher in smaller community hospitals, Canadian study finds

10/13/2016
Breast Cancer Deaths Continue to Decline in U.S.

And the disparity between black and white women is narrowing, CDC says

10/6/2016
U.S. Life Expectancy Lags Behind Other Wealthy Nations

Diabetes, drugs and guns contribute to disappointing statistics in new global report

10/5/2016
DEA Puts Quota on Production of Opioid Painkillers

These potent prescription drugs are helping to fuel addiction crisis in U.S.

10/4/2016
Cooling Therapy Might Not Help All Cardiac Arrest Patients

Study found this standard treatment may do more harm than good for those whose heart stops suddenly in the hospital

10/3/2016
More Research Cites Salt's Potential Health Risks

Every half-teaspoon or so raises risk of premature death by 12 percent, study suggests

9/16/2016
Childhood Cancer Death Rates Continue to Fall: CDC

Brain cancer supplants leukemia as the leading killer

9/12/2016
Does Losing a Father in War Shorten a Child's Life?

Study examines effects of early life adversities on children of World War I veterans

9/8/2016
COPD Deaths Down for Most Americans: CDC

But rates up for black women and middle-aged people

9/7/2016
Delivering Twins at 37 Weeks May Help Prevent Stillbirths

If babies share placenta, delivery should probably occur a week earlier, research suggests

9/7/2016
Are Birth Control Pills Tied to Decline in Ovarian Cancer Deaths?

Rates down 16 percent in U.S., 8 percent in Canada, and 10 percent in Europe over a decade: study

9/1/2016
1 in 6 Younger Americans Wants to Die Before 80

Negative views of old age are powerful influence on how long people want to live, survey finds

8/31/2016
FDA: Opioids Plus Sedatives Pose Fatal OD Risk

These drugs will now carry 'boxed warning' detailing the threat

8/29/2016
Over 64? Want to Cut Your Heart Disease Risk? Try Exercise

Finnish study finds even moderate exercise lowers odds of early death

8/25/2016
Synthetic Fentanyl Fueling Surge in Overdose Deaths: CDC

U.S. Surgeon General urges doctors to join the fight against opioid addiction epidemic

8/24/2016
Cancer on Course to Become Top Killer of Americans

Report shows it will probably eclipse heart disease as leading cause of death in coming years

8/24/2016
Kids' Mild Brain Injury Can Have Long-Term Effects

Early head trauma linked to psychiatric, financial issues as adults, study finds

8/23/2016
'Bagpipe' Lung Infection Kills Piper

Mold, fungi can collect in wind instruments, researchers explained

8/22/2016
Family Trumps Friends in Extending Seniors' Lives

People are comfortable expecting more help from relatives, researchers say

8/22/2016
Twitter Broadening Discussions About Death, Grief: Study

Social media broaching once-taboo topics in very public forums, researchers report

8/17/2016
Anemia Boosts Stroke Death Risk, Study Finds

Blood condition is common among older patients

8/17/2016
Child Abuse May Shorten Some Women's Lives

Extreme stress may affect the way the body's cells function

8/16/2016
Unhealthy Habits May Cost Canadians 6 Years of Life

Smoking, inactivity top the list of culprits, researchers say

8/15/2016
Cancer Now Leading Killer in 12 European Nations

Gains against heart disease and stroke, especially in Western Europe, likely behind the shift

8/8/2016
U.S. Maternal Death Rate Is Rising

Up 27 percent since 2000 among pregnant women or new mothers, but better reporting may play a role

8/1/2016
Fat May Not Hike Heart Attack Risk: Study

But it does raise diabetes risk, research with twins found

8/1/2016
Lots of Red Meat, an Earlier Grave?

People who eat more plant-based proteins lower risk of dying younger, study suggests

7/28/2016
Hour of Exercise a Day May Offset Sitting's Toll on Health

Study found risk of early death dropped when physical activity levels went up

7/27/2016
Exercise and Mortality

How dangerous is it really to be a couch potato?

7/26/2016
Flu Shot Tied to Fewer Hospitalizations, Deaths in Type 2 Diabetes Patients

Risk of dying dropped almost one-quarter over 7 years in those who got the vaccine

7/18/2016
Can Comedy Kill?

Standup comedians die earlier than actors, study suggests

7/18/2016
Poverty Takes Bigger Toll on a Man's Health If He's Black: Study

Low income raises risk of early death for black males, but not their white peers, researchers say

7/15/2016
Obamacare Paying Off With Improved Health Care: Report

But gains between 2011 and 2014 were often small, especially in poor communities

7/15/2016
Cancer Patients, Doctors Often Disagree About Prognosis

Those with advanced disease are likely to be more optimistic than their doctor, study shows