Misc. Death and Dying News

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7/28/2015
Psychiatric Woes Often Drive Euthanasia Requests in Belgium

Depression, personality disorders are some reasons people ask to die: study

7/23/2015
Chemo May Worsen Quality of Life for End-Stage Cancer Patients

Study suggests those still able to work and perform daily tasks may benefit from forgoing such treatment

7/23/2015
Stillbirths Now Outnumber Infant Deaths in U.S.

Experts point to dropping infant death rates, racial disparities in care and fertility treatments as factors

7/23/2015
Boa Constrictors Kill by Constricting Blood Flow: Study

Rat research counters long held belief that the snakes suffocated their prey

7/16/2015
Lung Cancer Patients Who Quit Smoking Live Longer

Giving up cigarettes led to nearly a year of extra survival, study shows

7/14/2015
More Evidence a Healthy Diet Can Lower Risks of Heart Disease, Cancer

Poor adults with good nutrition had 20 percent lower odds of disease-related death during study period

7/13/2015
Climate Change May Already Be Costing American Lives

Study found big swings in temperature were linked to higher death rates among seniors in Northeast

7/9/2015
No Change in Number of 'Living Wills' by U.S. Cancer Patients: Study

A second study finds many younger cancer patients still receive treatment, even as they near death

7/9/2015
Deaths From High Blood Pressure Should Plummet Under 'Obamacare': Study

Researchers estimate access to treatment could save 6,000 lives a year

7/8/2015
Less Education May Mean Shorter Lifespan, Study Suggests

But research only uncovered an association, not cause-and-effect relationship

7/7/2015
Chronic Ills May Add Up to a Shortened Life Span

Study finds combination of diabetes, heart disease and stroke can cut up to 15 years of life expectancy

7/6/2015
Epilepsy Linked to Risks During Childbirth, Study Finds

But complications or maternal death during delivery are still rare, experts say

7/2/2015
Americans' Risk of Dying From Cancer Is Falling, CDC Finds

But, due to aging population, actual number of cancer deaths is rising

7/1/2015
Many U.S. AIDS Patients Still Die When 'Opportunistic' Infections Strike

Study of San Francisco data for 1997-2012 shows 35 percent death rate over 5 years for these patients

6/29/2015
Supreme Court Backs Use of Drug Implicated in 'Botched' Executions

Midazolam has been used by several states after some drug companies stopped selling chemicals used for capital punishment

6/24/2015
Ebola Linked to Rise in Malaria Deaths in Guinea

West Africans were avoiding clinics for fear of catching the deadly virus, study finds

6/24/2015
Noisy Neighborhoods Tied to Higher Stroke Risk

Study suggests elderly may be even more affected by traffic sounds

6/18/2015
Using Same Hospital for Complications After Surgery Lowers Death Risk: Study

Patients also did slightly better when original team of doctors treated them on readmission

6/15/2015
Smoking Blamed for Half of Deaths From Major Cancers in People Over 35

Eighty percent of lung cancer deaths linked to smoking, researchers say

6/13/2015
Chamomile Tea Tied to Longer Lives for Mexican-American Women

But study did not determine how much was consumed, and only found an association, not cause-and-effect link

6/8/2015
Doctors Can Influence End-of-Life Care

Terminally ill patients of physicians who frequently refer to hospice more likely to choose it, study says

6/8/2015
Scoring System May Predict Patient's Risk of Death in Next Year

For now, researchers see this as a tool for hospital comparisons, not patient care

6/8/2015
Large Majority of Americans Still Backs Death Penalty

Reports of 'botched' executions and shortage of lethal drugs haven't swayed opinions, HealthDay/Harris Poll finds

6/4/2015
Resuming Blood Pressure Meds After Surgery Linked to Better Outcomes

Study suggests delay in restarting drugs leads to more complications

6/3/2015
Tight Blood Sugar Control Helps the Heart in Type 2 Diabetes

But study showed it's not enough to prevent related deaths

6/3/2015
Rise in Deaths Even When Smog Is Below EPA Standard: Study

Experts say stricter air pollution regulations are needed

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