Misc. Death and Dying News

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6/6/2016
Useless Treatments Common in Young, Terminal Cancer Patients

3 in 4 get aggressive therapies with painful side effects in last months of their lives, study finds

6/2/2016
Why Stroke in Middle Age Is More Deadly for Blacks Than Whites

Attacks come more frequently for blacks at this early age, research shows

6/2/2016
Prince Died From Potent Prescription Painkiller: Autopsy

Music superstar apparent victim of opioid epidemic hitting the U.S., experts say

6/2/2016
Low-Dose Aspirin Tied to Longer Colon Cancer Survival

Study found most benefit seen in those taking the drug before their cancer diagnosis

5/26/2016
Global Recession May Have Contributed to Cancer Deaths

Health-care cuts, unemployment linked to more than 260,000 additional deaths, study finds

5/25/2016
Air Pollution Tied to Stillbirth in Small Study

More research needed to explore potential link

5/19/2016
States With More Gun Owners Have More Gun-Related Suicides: Study

But only association was found, not cause-and-effect

5/19/2016
U.S. Motorcycle Deaths Up 10 Percent in Last Year

Universal helmet laws would help save lives, report authors say

5/18/2016
Is Monthly Rotation of Medical Residents a Risky Time for Patients?

Chances of death increased during transitions in care, study finds, but researchers not sure why

5/17/2016
How Much Time Is Left? Doctors, Loved Ones Often Disagree

But that's not because surrogates misunderstand what they're told, study says

5/16/2016
Half of Heart Attacks Might Be 'Silent'

Without typical symptoms, many miss out on crucial medical care, experts say

5/10/2016
Obesity May Not Take Years Off Your Life: Study

Research suggests that 30 percent increased risk for early death has disappeared over the past 4 decades

5/5/2016
Stay Lean, Live Longer

Researchers found slimmest people had lowest chances of dying in two studies

5/4/2016
Seniors: Pump Iron, Live Longer

Twice-weekly strength training cut risk of dying during 15-year study

5/4/2016
Medical Errors: A Hidden Killer

Study claims they're the 3rd leading cause of U.S. deaths, but CDC doesn't track such data

4/29/2016
Smog May Boost Risk for Several Cancers

Study finds even small increases in pollution raised overall odds of dying from disease by 22 percent

4/22/2016
U.S. Suicide Rate Up 24 Percent Since 1999: CDC

Rates climbed the most among middle-aged men and girls aged 10 to 14

4/22/2016
Heavy Pot Use in Teen Years Linked to Shortened Life

But Swedish study couldn't prove marijuana caused premature deaths

4/21/2016
Teen Moms May Ignore Advice for Helping Babies Sleep Safely

Awareness of SIDS risk didn't spur young mothers to follow recommendations, study finds

4/19/2016
'Palliative Care' Gets a Bad Rap, Study Finds

Rebranding of name might reduce stigma among cancer patients and their families, researchers say

4/16/2016
Low-Fat Diets May Help Older Women With Breast Cancer Survive Longer: Study

A decade after diagnosis, there were 20 percent fewer deaths when compared to women in usual diet group

4/15/2016
Diabetes Steals Years, Adds Disabilities

Middle-aged adults will lose more than 3 years because of the disease, study estimates

4/13/2016
Study Questions Health Value of Switching From Butter to Vegetable Oils

But nutritionists stick by advice to lower saturated fat intake from meat, dairy products

4/12/2016
As States Raise Speed Limits, Road Deaths Rise, Report Finds

Researchers estimate there were 33,000 additional fatalities over past 2 decades

4/11/2016
Your Income, Hometown May Be Key to Your Lifespan

Certain areas in U.S. trend toward shorter lives, and poverty lowers life expectancy across the board, study finds

4/11/2016
Life-Saving Health Care in Poor Nations Would Cost $5 Per Person: Study

Money could expand basic health care services for mothers, babies and children in 74 nations

4/7/2016
Predicting Longevity May Be Simpler Than Thought

Study found age-related changes in DNA were not as accurate as factors such as age and mobility

4/5/2016
Many of Oldest Old Say They're at Peace With Dying

Study finds most people over 95 are simply grateful for every day

4/4/2016
Study: Smoking Hikes Chances of Early Death for Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients

But risk declines after quitting, researchers find

4/4/2016
Scientists Try to Stop Another Deadly Virus

Junin, an Ebola-like disease in Argentina, has a death rate of 20 to 30 percent

4/1/2016
Right Neighborhood May Mean 90 Extra Minutes of Exercise a Week

10-nation study shows those in activity-friendly urban areas walk a lot more

3/31/2016
Flu Shot Might Cut Stillbirth Risk

Australian researchers find possible link in large-scale study

3/30/2016
Study Asks, What Is a 'Good Death'?

Discussions must go way beyond treatments and deal with the patient's sense of peace, experts say

3/30/2016
Could a Low-Risk Surgery Help Your Chronic Heartburn?

Death rate from procedure lower than previously reported, study finds

3/28/2016
Cancer Patients Who Choose to Die at Home Live Longer: Study

They and their families should make choice based on preference, researchers say

3/24/2016
FDA Wants Generic Narcotic Painkillers to Be Abuse-Deterrent

One more step to combat the epidemic of potent painkiller abuse

3/24/2016
Spare Dying Patients Electric Shocks From Heart Device, Docs Say

Many unaware that implantable defibrillator can be turned off in final days

3/23/2016
Depression Tied to Worse Outcomes for Heart Patients

Heart attack, early death more common in depressed patients, study suggests

3/22/2016
Antipsychotic Drugs Tied to Risk of Early Death in Parkinson's Patients

But it's unclear whether the medications or the disease are the key factor; study only showed an association

3/22/2016
Moderate Drinking May Not Lengthen Life, Study Suggests

But other experts note that numerous studies have shown benefits of alcohol consumption

3/9/2016
U.S. Cancer Death Rate Continues to Fall

But there's been a concerning increase in liver cancer, experts say

3/8/2016
Pedestrian Deaths in U.S. Projected to Jump 10 Percent

Combination of more people walking, more traffic, more distractions could be to blame, report suggests

3/7/2016
Simple Changes in Bad Neighborhoods Might Lower Teen Murder Rates

Adding streetlights, maintaining vacant lots could make a difference, researchers suggest

3/3/2016
2/24/2016
Brain Cancers Both Common and Deadly Among Teens, Young Adults: Report

But types of tumors start to vary as people age, researchers add

2/18/2016
Fatal Overdoses Rising From Sedatives Like Valium, Xanax

When combined with narcotics, these drugs can be lethal, researcher says

2/16/2016
Overweight, Obese Kids Fare Worse in Hospital ICUs, Study Finds

Researchers not sure if equipment, dosing procedures are a mismatch or if excess weight is a factor

2/16/2016
Social Groups May Lengthen Retirees' Lives

Interpersonal activities are similar to exercise in extending life, researchers say

2/12/2016
5.5 Million Die Early From Air Pollution Worldwide

More than half of these fatalities occur in China and India, research shows

2/10/2016
Weight-Loss Surgery May Lengthen Older People's Lives: Study

But those under 35, and especially women, may not reap as much benefit