Misc. Death and Dying News

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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

2/10/2016
Smog's Health Effects Persist for Decades, Study Finds

Exposure to air pollution can increase risk of death from heart or lung disease for more than 30 years

2/9/2016
Homemade 'Dewshine' Can Be Deadly

2 teens have already died from toxic mix of soda and racing fuel, expert says

2/9/2016
Why Americans Have Shorter Lifespans Than People in Similar Nations

Study finds shootings, crashes and drug overdoses contribute to a 2-year gap in life expectancy

2/8/2016
Many in Hospice Don't Get Medical Visit in Last 2 Days of Life: Study

Findings led to an increase in Medicare payments to improve care, researchers say

2/5/2016
Surviving Spouse Still Influenced By the Other

Quality of life remains the same even after one partner dies, researchers report

2/4/2016
Majority of Americans and Canadians Expects Cancer Cure in Their Lifetime

And, about two-thirds don't see cancer diagnosis as inevitably fatal, Harris Poll finds

2/2/2016
U.S. Gun-Related Murder Rate 25 Times Higher Than Other Nations

Americans face 10-fold greater risk of dying by firearm violence, study finds

2/2/2016
For Super Bowl Fans, Flu Can Be an Unwanted Catch

Study finds spike in deaths among seniors who live in areas with teams in the game

1/29/2016
Study Confirms Eating Disorders' Deadly Toll

Those with anorexia 5 times more at risk of early death; bulimia also increases the risk, researchers say

1/29/2016
Suicide, Drugs Only Partly to Blame for Rising Deaths of Middle-Aged U.S. Whites

Commonwealth Fund also cites stalled progress against killers like heart disease, diabetes

1/29/2016
Worldwide Boost in Breast-Feeding Could Save 800,000 Lives: Study

Global economy would also benefit from more mothers nursing their babies, study contends

1/28/2016
More Women Killed by Someone They Know in States With High Gun Rates

Reducing firearms might cut killings by family members, researchers suggest

1/25/2016
Long-Term Smog Exposure May Boost Heart, Lung Disease Deaths

Study finds traffic pollution a big contributor

1/22/2016
Obesity Before Pregnancy Tied to Raised Risk of Newborn Death

Infant deaths related to premature delivery are doubled in obese women, researchers say

1/20/2016
Eating More Healthy Fats May Extend Life, Study Suggests

Could prevent more than a million heart disease deaths worldwide each year, researchers estimate

1/20/2016
During Pregnancy, Skin Cancer May Be Deadlier: Study

Pregnancy hormones may fuel melanoma, researchers say

1/20/2016
Irregular Heart Beat May Pose Bigger Threat to Women

Review found atrial fibrillation linked to higher risk of stroke, heart trouble, death in women

1/19/2016
Terminal Cancer Patients in U.S. Less Likely to Die in Hospitals

Study compares end-of-life practices in seven countries

1/19/2016
Doctors Choose Less Aggressive Care at End of Life, Studies Reveal

Findings suggest they understand limits of modern medicine better than the patients they treat do

1/19/2016
Families Say Hospice Better Than Hospital for Dying Cancer Patients

Doctors need to heed preferences of patients, prepare for end of life sooner, experts say

1/18/2016
High-Rise Living May Lower Your Chances of Surviving Cardiac Arrest

Above the 16th floor, odds of staying alive after heart stops are slim, study finds

1/18/2016
U.S. Ban on Gun Research Continues Despite Deadly Shootings

Crucial questions about firearms safety, training and injuries remain unanswered, experts say

1/15/2016
Low Bicarbonate Levels May Be a Danger for Seniors

Healthy older people have greater risk of death if blood bicarbonate level too low, research suggests

1/14/2016
Cancer No. 1 Killer of Asian-Americans, Hawaiians, Pacific Islanders: Study

Though incidence lower than among white Americans, researchers say

1/13/2016
Did Painkiller Crackdown Cause Heroin Epidemic?

New commentary says no, but others disagree

1/12/2016
Implanted Defibrillators Help Women as Much as Men: Study

For heart failure patients with the devices, death risk over 3-year period was 20 percent lower

1/7/2016
Cancer Death Rates Down 23 Percent Since 1991: Study

That translates to an additional 1.7 million survivors, expert says

1/7/2016
Organ Recipients at Raised Risk of Cancer Death, Study Finds

Researchers say immune system-suppressing drugs, poor health may leave these patients vulnerable

1/5/2016
Aspirin May Decrease Death From Prostate Cancer, Study Finds

Researchers suspect drug may help prevent spread of deadly disease

12/30/2015
Study Links Home Births to Slightly Higher Infant Death Risk

But overall odds are still low, experts say

12/28/2015
Hospitals' Brain Death Policies Vary Dramatically, Study Finds

Researchers fear organ donations might drop if potential donors don't think proper steps are taken every time

12/21/2015
Sudden Cardiac Arrest May Not Be So Sudden

Study found symptoms showed up a month before attack in roughly half of all cases

12/21/2015
Florida 'Pill Mill' Crackdown May Have Curbed Painkiller ODs

Tougher prescription laws might have also reduced heroin deaths, researchers suggest

12/21/2015
Being 'Fat But Fit' Won't Cut Your Risk of Premature Death

Study suggests benefits of physical fitness don't overcome risk from obesity

12/21/2015
End-of-Life Talk Often Comes Too Late for Blood Cancer Patients

Study found most lymphoma, leukemia specialists don't discuss hospice care until death is imminent

12/18/2015
Drug Overdoses Hit Record High: CDC

Narcotic prescription painkillers, heroin fueling the increase, researchers say

12/17/2015
Toothlessness a Clue to Deadly Heart Disease?

Researchers can't be certain gum disease is the culprit

12/15/2015
Standing on World Stage Has Its Perils

Elected leaders tend to die prematurely, study contends

12/11/2015
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

12/10/2015
Depression May Be Tied to Lower Breast Cancer Survival

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

12/10/2015
Unhappiness Won't Kill You

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

12/4/2015
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

12/4/2015
Death and Disability From Injuries Down Worldwide: Study

Rate has dropped by nearly one-third since 1990

12/4/2015
Making Sense of the Senseless Violence

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

11/25/2015
Probiotics May Not Shield 'Preemies' From Serious Illness, Study Finds

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

11/25/2015
Post-Op Bacterial Infection Raises Odds for Complications, Death

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

11/25/2015
Weekend Childbirth Riskier, British Study Suggests

Infant deaths, maternal infections lower on weekdays, study finds

11/24/2015
Ban Crib Bumpers Because of Rising Deaths, Researchers Say

Many of these fatalities were preventable, study reveals