Misc. Death and Dying News

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6/2/2015
Cholesterol Drugs May Boost Outcomes After Bypass

People taking a statin had lower risk of dying in weeks after the heart surgery, researchers say

6/1/2015
High-Fat Diet May Raise Prostate Cancer Death Risk

In study, patients who ate typical 'Western' fare had more than twice the odds of dying from the disease

5/29/2015
150 People May Have Had Contact With Lassa Fever Victim: CDC

But most at little risk of infection from the potentially fatal disease that's rare in U.S.

5/28/2015
Oil and Gas Industry Worker Death Rate Down by a Third

CDC report notes mortality declined even as industry boomed

5/28/2015
Murder Most Foul, 430,000 Years Ago

Wounds in ancient skull offer clues for evolutionary detectives

5/28/2015
Bigger Share of Deaths Worldwide Now Due to Cancer

Throat, lung cancers were leading cause of deaths, study finds

5/27/2015
MS May Raise Odds for Earlier Death, Study Finds

Younger people with the disease appear to face an even greater risk of dying prematurely

5/27/2015
Don't Give Heart-Healthy Patients Blood Pressure Drugs Before Surgery: Study

But those with three or four heart risk factors may benefit from getting beta-blockers

5/26/2015
Hospice May Help Ease Depression After Loss of Spouse

Study suggests improved coping for those whose loved ones had end-of-life care

5/22/2015
Can Asthma Protect Men From Prostate Cancer?

New research finds an association, but doesn't prove cause and effect

5/21/2015
Smoking Rates Continue to Drop in Many States: CDC

But some people are using alternative tobacco products in addition to cigarettes

5/21/2015
Breath-Holding Games Are Killing Swimmers, CDC Warns

Even seasoned athletes are drowning because of dangerous underwater behaviors, agency says

5/21/2015
Cold Weather a Bigger Killer Than Heat, Study Finds

But moderate, not extreme, temperatures more deadly, researchers say

5/20/2015
Fewer Motorcyclists Dying in Crashes: Report

But U.S. death toll still higher than a decade ago, researchers say

5/15/2015
Activity Improves Survival for Those With Implanted Defibrillators

People who are most active soon after getting heart device tend to live longer, researchers find

5/14/2015
Hand-Grip Strength May Provide Clues to Heart Health

Researchers found decrease was linked to higher risk of heart attack, stroke and premature death

5/8/2015
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder May Be Linked to Accelerated Aging

Study says condition might not be limited to mental health problems

5/7/2015
Study Sees Improving Survival Odds for Ovarian Cancer

Women diagnosed today 50 percent less likely to die than they were in the 1970s, researchers say

5/7/2015
J&J to Rely on Bioethicists for Guidance on New Drugs for Dying Patients

Terminally ill often have limited access to experimental medications

5/6/2015
Nursing Homes Using Hospice Care More, But at a Cost

Spending increased about $6,800 for those getting end-of-life comfort care, study says

5/5/2015
Heart Drug Digoxin May Not Be Best for Some Heart Patients

Review found it was tied to early death risk in those with irregular heartbeat, heart failure

5/1/2015
Can Statins Help Lower Lung Cancer Death Risk?

Small reduction seen with cholesterol-lowering drugs, but study couldn't prove cause-and-effect link

4/30/2015
Where You're Treated for Heart Attack Matters

Study finds survival difference of about one year between high- and low-performing hospitals

4/29/2015
Knowledge Is Power for Patients With Heart Failure

Death rates may be higher for those lacking clear grasp of doctor's instructions, study suggests

4/29/2015
COPD Tied to Raised Risk for Sudden Cardiac Death

Experts weren't surprised, since smoking often contributes to the respiratory disease and heart trouble

4/24/2015
Wider Use of Naloxone Could Cut Deaths From Drug Overdoses: CDC

Agency urges expanding access to the prescription antidote among EMS personnel

4/8/2015
Older Donated Blood Safe for Heart Surgery Patients, Study Finds

No difference in outcomes between use of fresher or older red cells, researchers report

4/8/2015
Researchers Create One-Dose Ebola Vaccine

Animal tests are promising, but more work needed before human trials

4/8/2015
Stroke Patients May Face Increased Risk of Suicide

Danger is greatest in first two years after the brain attack, Swedish researchers say

4/7/2015
Alcoholics Face Greater Death Risk When Hospitalized

And they die an average of 8 years earlier than those with no drinking problem, study shows

4/7/2015
Many Very Ill Patients Choose 'Next of Kin' Who Aren't, Study Finds

But state laws may trump those choices, possibly leading to care delays

4/6/2015
Regular, Vigorous Exercise May Lengthen Your Life: Study

Intense workouts seem more beneficial than less-intense ones, researchers say

4/2/2015
More People Dying of Heart Disease, Stroke Worldwide: Study

Growing, and aging, population behind the trend, and death rate is actually dropping

3/30/2015
Report Shows Progress in America's War on Cancer

Small, but steady declines in deaths seen over past decade

3/27/2015
Painful Knee Arthritis May Be Linked to Premature Death

Connection is likely due to limited mobility, researcher says

3/26/2015
U.S. Deaths Due to High Blood Pressure Keep Rising: CDC

Most marked increases seen in those aged 45 to 64 and those over 85

3/24/2015
More Whole Grains May Boost Life Span

But study found you'll need to eat a lot to gain most benefit

3/18/2015
Antipsychotics May Be Deadlier Than Thought for Dementia Patients

The drugs are use to treat delusions, hallucinations, agitation and aggression

3/16/2015
Experimental Drug Shows Promise in Lowering Cholesterol, Heart Attack Risk

Adding the 'investigational biologic' evolocumab to statin therapy works better, study says

3/13/2015
Millions of Kidney Failure Patients Die for Lack of Treatment: Study

Dire need for low-cost dialysis techniques that could be used worldwide, researcher says

3/6/2015
Common Antiseptic Can Prevent Infant Deaths, Study Says

Findings useful for home births in developing countries

3/5/2015
Seniors Bear Brunt of This Flu Season

CDC says 60 percent of hospitalizations, 79 percent of deaths were among those 65 or older

3/5/2015
Teen Suicides by Hanging on the Rise Across U.S.

CDC urges doctors, others to look for warning signs

3/4/2015
Heroin Overdose Deaths Quadrupled Since 2000

Lethal poisonings from prescription painkillers down slightly, U.S. report says

3/3/2015
Crashes Cause Majority of Deaths for Truck Drivers

U.S. government report finds 1 in 3 who died weren't wearing seat belts

3/2/2015
Nuts May Lengthen Your Life, Study Suggests

It hints, but doesn't prove, they might reduce risk of death from heart disease, other causes

2/27/2015
Study Links Recession to Spike in Suicides Among Middle-Aged

Big jump in rates seen during 2007-2010, when U.S. economy was lagging

2/25/2015
Heart Failure Patients Who Struggle With Daily Tasks at Greatest Risk

Study finds they are more likely to be hospitalized than those who can handle basic chores

2/25/2015
Early Hospital Release May Hurt Broken-Hip Patients

Survival odds improve with longer stay, study finds

2/24/2015
2 of 3 Smokers Will Die Early If They Don't Quit, Research Shows

Findings confirm newer estimates that put toll of cigarettes much higher than previously thought