Misc. Death and Dying News

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Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

Narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin fueling the increase, researchers say

Toothlessness a Clue to Deadly Heart Disease?

Researchers can't be certain gum disease is the culprit

Standing on World Stage Has Its Perils

Elected leaders tend to die prematurely, study contends

Moderate Drinking May Benefit Early Stage Alzheimer's Patients

2 to 3 alcoholic drinks daily linked to reduced risk of death over 3-year study period

Depression May Be Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Survival

Doctors should be on the lookout for signs of the mood disorder, researcher says

Unhappiness Won't Kill You

Long-running U.K. study shows it's poor health that's linked to early death

Sense of Purpose in Life May Boost Longevity, Heart Health

Those who felt useful to others were 20 percent less likely to die during study period

Death and Disability From Injuries Down Worldwide: Study

Rate has dropped by nearly one-third since 1990

Making Sense of the Senseless Violence

After latest mass shooting stirs now-familiar fears, experts see growing psychological toll

Probiotics May Not Shield 'Preemies' From Serious Illness, Study Finds

More research on individual strains of these good bacteria may be needed

Post-Op Bacterial Infection Raises Odds for Complications, Death

Clostridium difficile can be devastating to patients recovering from surgery, experts say

Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests

Infant deaths, maternal infections lower on weekdays, study finds

Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths, Researchers Say

Many of these fatalities were preventable, study reveals

Drug Overdose Rates Soaring Among U.S. Youth

Report finds prescription painkillers, heroin largely to blame, with some states hit especially hard

Coffee Consumption and Mortality

Your daily fix of java may lower your risk of death.

Losing a Parent in Childhood May Raise Suicide Risk Decades Later

Rate of suicide for people who'd suffered such an early loss was double that of those who hadn't, study found

Belly Fat Is Bad, Even at a Normal Weight

When pounds collect around the middle, risk of premature death rises, study finds

Widely Used Antibiotics May Raise Heart Risks, Review Finds

Macrolides were linked to small, but significant, chances of sudden cardiac death

Race Gap in Life Expectancy Is Narrowing: U.S. Study

Difference is now less than four years, down from six in 1999

Rheumatoid Arthritis May Shorten Life Span: Study

Heart, respiratory problems were main contributors to early death, researchers found

Too Much TV Linked to Leading Causes of Death

Study found the more time spent in front of the tube, the greater the risk

Drugmaker Recalls Injectors Used to Treat Allergic Reactions

Sanofi's Auvi-Q injectors may not deliver right amount of life-saving drug

Despite Advances, Type 2 Diabetics Still Face Elevated Death Risk: Study

That's why it's imperative to eat right, control blood pressure and cholesterol, quit smoking, doctors say

Marriage May Aid Recovery From Heart Surgery, Study Finds

Greater risk of dying or disability seen among divorced, separated, widowed

No Need to Stop Taking Statins Before Surgery, Study Finds

Not using cholesterol-lowering drugs may boost risk of death during recovery from non-cardiac operations

Gene May Boost Death Risk for People With Mild Epilepsy

Discovery might allow doctors to screen patients and advise them of risk, researchers say

Study Refutes Notion That Obese Fare Better Against Chronic Ills

Prior research suggesting that excess weight may offer protection called flawed

Study Questions Findings That Prolonged Sitting Is Unhealthy

But researchers say promoting physical activity should remain a public health priority

Dying at Home Brings More Peace Without More Pain, Study Finds

Patients and loved ones found greater comfort spending final days together in familiar place

California Gov. Jerry Brown Signs Right-to-Die Bill Into Law

Doctors can now prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill

Injury Toll in U.S. in 2013: $671 Billion

Accidents and violence the driving forces, CDC officials report

U.S. Combat Deaths Declined Under 'Golden Hour Policy': Study

Under 2009 Pentagon rule, injured soldiers must be transported to treatment centers within 60 minutes

Younger Native Americans Face High Suicide Rate: Report

Experts say poverty may be the root of the problem, interventions are lacking

Smog Linked to Organ Rejection, Deaths in Lung Transplant Patients

But some antibiotics seem to reduce the risk, researchers find

Older Adults' Hearing Loss May Be Tied to Earlier Death

Findings don't prove that impaired hearing is to blame, but draw attention to quality-of-life issues

Dizziness After Standing May Hint at Higher Risk of Early Death

But other conditions, such as dehydration and diabetes, can also make you woozy, experts say

Many Critically Ill Patients Lack 'Do Not Resuscitate' Orders

After surviving cardiac arrest, only one in four let doctors know their wishes, study finds

Heavy Drinking Linked to Greater Risk for Alcohol-Related Cancers

Researchers say it's a risk factor for death and disability that can be controlled

Heating, Cooking Are Top Contributors to Air-Pollution Deaths Worldwide

Agriculture also accounts for significant proportion, study says

Cancer Still the Leading Cause of Death for U.S. Hispanics: Report

Lack of insurance is an obstacle to high-quality care, experts say

Hip-Fracture Surgery Risk Not Just Due to Age, Study Finds

Poor outcomes could stem from factors related to having an emergency procedure, expert suggests

Air Pollution Exposure May Boost Risk of Early Death

Fine toxic particles are absorbed deep into lungs and blood, researchers say

Removing All Visible Cancer Is Key to Treating Aggressive Brain Tumors

Study of almost 100 children also finds greater survival rate for girls than boys after surgery

California Lawmakers Pass Right-to-Die Measure

If signed into law by Gov. Jerry Brown, doctors could prescribe life-ending drugs to terminally ill

Death Rate for Extremely Premature Infants Largely Unchanged

No major breakthroughs in care for tiniest babies since 1990s, researcher says

California Right-to-Die Measure Could Soon Become Law

If approved, it would let doctors prescribe life-ending drugs to patients expected to die within 6 months

Chewing Tobacco Kills More Than 250,000 People Each Year: Report

British study is first to assess international impact of smokeless tobacco on adults

Doctors Rarely Discuss Religion With Critically Ill, Study Says

Researchers find a significant need goes unfulfilled

Gains in Life Spans Seen Around the Globe

Data from 188 countries show average life expectancy is now about 71 years

Mandatory Life Jacket Laws Could Reduce Boating Deaths

Regulation would also result in fewer people dying from drowning, researchers say