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Species take care of each other in ecological communities
Unspoken rules of existence in tropical rain forests mean no one species will take up too much space and squeeze others out, says new research conducted in part at the University of Alberta that shows how ecological communities regulate themselves. (2005-11-30)

Road deaths almost 400 times greater than those from international terrorism
The death toll from car crashes in developed countries is almost 400 times greater than the number of deaths caused by international terrorism, reports a study in the latest issue of Injury Prevention. In 2001 as many people died every 26 days on US roads as died in the terrorist bombings of 9/11, the study shows. (2005-11-30)

Study searches for deadly warning signs linking domestic violence victims
A new collaboration involving the University of Cincinnati School of Social Work, the Hamilton County Domestic Violence Death Review Panel and the Rape Crisis & Abuse Center of Hamilton County (formerly Women Helping Women) examines public information on intimate partner violence that ends in death. (2005-11-28)

Do increased levels of testosterone play a role in Sudden Infant Death Syndrome?
Sudden Infant Death syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of unexpected death in infants ages one week to one year old. Although the number of SIDS related deaths has decreased due to greater public awareness regarding infants' sleep positions, the cause of SIDS remains unknown. However, a study in the November issue of The Journal of Pediatrics shows that elevated testosterone levels may put infants at greater risk for SIDS. (2005-11-17)

Aspirin can cut death rates in postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease
Aspirin can significantly reduce death rates for postmenopausal women with cardiovascular disease (CVD), researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005. (2005-11-15)

Most NSAIDs raise risk of death after heart attack
Taking either COX-2 inhibitors or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) after a heart attack, especially in high doses, increases the risk of death, researchers reported at the American Heart Association's Scientific Sessions 2005. (2005-11-13)

End-stage renal disease incidence, prognosis improving for patients with diabetes
Patients with type 1 diabetes have an improved prognosis with regard to end-stage renal disease over the past four decades, and it appears the incidence of end-stage renal disease is lower than previously estimated, according to a study in the October 12 issue of JAMA. (2005-10-11)

New strategy could prevent leading cause of maternal death in Africa
A relatively cheap and easy to use drug could save the lives of thousands of women in the developing world, according to a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-09-29)

Death sentences linked to history of lynching in states
States that sentence the most criminals to death also tend to be the states that had the most lynchings in the past, a new study suggests. Researchers found that the number of death sentences for all criminals - Black and white - were higher in states with a history of lynchings. But the link was even stronger when only Black death sentences were analyzed. (2005-09-26)

Just one to four cigarettes daily triples risk of dying of heart disease or lung cancer
Smoking just one to four cigarettes a day almost triples a smoker's risk of heart disease and lung cancer, reveals a large study in Tobacco Control. (2005-09-21)

Researcher says Halloween no laughing matter for many youngsters
Halloween may seem like so much harmless fun, a time when adults enjoy laughing in the face of death, and implore their young children to do the same. According to a Penn State researcher, however, the humor of tombstones, monsters and other scary elements is often lost on kids at the ripe age of 6 or 7 -- many of whom don't find the holiday the least bit funny. (2005-09-21)

Patriarchal attitudes and practices explain half the discrepancy in life expectancy between sexes
Systematic male dominance - patriarchy - explains half the discrepancy in life expectancy between the sexes, suggests research spanning four continents in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2005-09-14)

Heart failure patients at greatest risk of death least likely to receive appropriate medications
Even though certain medications such as ACE inhibitors reduce the risk of death for patients with heart failure, patients at greatest risk often are not prescribed these medications, according to an article in the September 14 issue of JAMA. (2005-09-13)

Study reveals trends in US death rate, leading causes of death over 30 years
The death rate from all causes of death combined decreased by 32 percent between 1970 and 2002, with the largest decreases for heart disease and stroke, but with an increase in death rates for diabetes and COPD, according to an article in the September 14 issue of JAMA. (2005-09-13)

International conference on death, dying and disposal
Two hundred of the world's leading experts in death, dying and disposal will meet at a conference at the University of Bath this week to present and discuss their latest research findings. (2005-09-12)

A new player in the battle against hepatitis prevents inflammation and the death of liver cells
Scientists from the Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology (VIB) have again achieved a breakthrough in research on hepatitis. The researchers, connected to Ghent University, have discovered the function of one of the most important proteins involved in hepatitis. Using a mouse model, they have shown that the protein prevents inflammation of the liver as well as the death of liver cells. This discovery can form the basis for the development of a new therapy in the battle against hepatitis in humans. (2005-09-01)

80 year olds should be given heart bypass surgery
Doctors should not shy away from giving 80 year olds heart bypass surgery, suggests research published ahead of print in Heart. (2005-08-17)

Practical screening tools for severely malnourished children in sub-Saharan Africa
Even though severe malnutrition is a major cause of death among many hospitalized children in sub-Saharan Africa, the current recommended assessment method using weight for height to determine if a child is malnourished is not always feasible in these clinical settings. (2005-08-02)

Cancer quest boosted by renewal
The value of WEHI's research into devastating blood malignancies has been resoundingly affirmed with the renewal of a five-year US$6.25 million grant from the US-based Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. (2005-07-28)

Clinical factors can help determine risk of prostate cancer death after radical prostatectomy
Clinical factors including the time to biochemical recurrence following surgery can help predict the risk of prostate cancer death for patients following a radical prostatectomy, according to a study in the July 27 issue of JAMA. (2005-07-26)

Possible exposure to nerve agents and brain cancer deaths in Gulf War veterans
A new research paper to be published in the August 2005 issue of the American Journal of Public Health finds that Gulf War veterans who may have been exposed to nerve agents during the March 1991 weapons demolitions in Khamisiyah, Iraq, appear to have a higher risk for brain cancer death than veterans who were not exposed. (2005-07-25)

Bedsharing, even with non-smoking parents, may increase risk of SIDS
SIDS is the leading reason given for death among infants one month to one year old and sharing a bed with parents who smoke increases the risk of SIDS. However, even if parents are non-smokers, a study found a relationship between SIDS and bedsharing among infants less than 11 weeks old. (2005-07-07)

Rheumatoid arthritis patients are more at risk of coronary artery disease
Research published today in the journal Arthritis Research & Therapy shows that patients with rheumatoid arthritis suffer from accelerated coronary artery disease, and face an increased risk of death from cardiovascular disease, than individuals with coronary artery disease but no rheumatoid arthritis. (2005-06-28)

End-of-life study to focus on needs of Sikh and Muslim patients
A new project to help terminally ill Sikh and Muslim patients to have 'a good death' sensitive to their cultural and religious beliefs is to begin at the University of Edinburgh. The research -- the first in-depth study of its kind -- will aim to identify ways in which health professionals can better understand the palliative care needs of minorities and give patients the opportunity to die with dignity. (2005-06-26)

More training and supervision needed to cut meningitis deaths
Improved training and supervision of emergency medical staff is needed to reduce the number of child deaths from meningococcal disease, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2005-06-23)

Protease inhibitors reach beyond HIV
The immunodeficiency that arises in HIV may be due to excessive programmed cell death of immune CD4 T cells. In a JCI study scientists examine whether protease inhibitors (Pis) can inhibit cell death in vivo and the mechanisms involved. In three relevant mouse models HIV PIs block programmed cell death and improve histology, survival, and function. These data show that PIs and related compounds may be useful for non-HIV disorders also characterized by excessive programmed cell death. (2005-06-02)

Airbags associated with increased automobile accident deaths, according to new UGA study
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) estimates that airbags installed in automobiles have saved some 10,000 lives as of January 2004. A just-released study by a statistician at the University of Georgia, however, casts doubt on that assertion. In fact, said UGA statistics professor Mary C. Meyer, a new analysis of existing data indicates that, controlling for other factors, airbags are actually associated with slightly increased probability of death in accidents. (2005-06-01)

Mount Sinai study shows Hispanics have worse lung cancer survival rate
In a national population-based study of 16,036 lung cancer patients, Hispanics with curable stage I lung cancer had poorer lung cancer specific survival rates, as well as worse all-cause mortality, than a much larger group of white persons. Study results will appear in the second issue for May 2005 of the American Thoracic Society's peer-reviewed American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2005-05-15)

Transcendental Meditation extends lifespan
The American Journal of Cardiology reports in its May 2, 2005, issue that the Transcendental Meditation technique reduces death rates by 23% and extends lifespan. The first-of-its-kind, long-term, randomized trial evaluated 202 men and women, average age 71, who had mildly elevated blood pressure. Subjects in the study participated in the Transcendental Meditation program; behavioral techniques, such as mindfulness or progressive muscle relaxation; or health education. The study tracked subjects for 18 years. (2005-05-02)

Execution by lethal injection is not humane or painless suggests study
Prisoners executed by lethal injection in the US may have experienced awareness and unnecessary suffering because they were not properly sedated, concludes a research letter in this week's issue of The Lancet. The authors believe the use of lethal injection should cease in order to prevent unnecessary cruelty and a public review into anaesthesia procedures during executions is necessary. (2005-04-14)

'The Breda three': Decision-taking postponed by guilt
After the Second World War eighteen German war criminals were sentenced to death in the Netherlands. Eventually four Germans remained in Dutch prisons. Three of them became known as 'the Breda three'. Why did their possible release evoke such strong opposition in the Netherlands? Dutch researcher Hinke Piersma answered this question in her Ph.D. thesis. (2005-04-14)

Was Agnès Sorel, the first official royal mistress of France, poisoned?
The ESRF has gone back in time to study the reason for the sudden death of a beautiful mistress of the French king Charles VII, Agnès Sorel, in XV century. Thanks to synchrotron light, researchers have found incredibly high rates of mercury in her hair and skin. This finding opens the door to different hypotheses. The results were presented today in Loches (France), where the corpse has been reburied after it was exhumed last September. (2005-04-02)

Cardiac deaths peak in sleep hours for patients with sleep apnea
The 20 million Americans who have obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) are more likely to die suddenly of cardiac causes between 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. than during the other 16 hours of the day combined, according to findings of a Mayo Clinic study published this week in the New England Journal of Medicine. (2005-03-23)

Mountain life spells longer life
Mountain dwellers live longer than people in lowland areas, finds research in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health. (2005-03-14)

Critical role in programmed cell death identified
Dartmouth Medical School geneticists have found links in the cell death machinery of worms and mammals, opening new avenues for studying and targeting a process vital to development and implicated in cancer and autoimmune diseases. (2005-02-16)

Feb. 15, 2005, Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet
Highlights from the Annals of Internal Medicine tip sheet for Feb. 15, 2005, issue are a 14-year clinical trial finds that quitting smoking adds years to life; and a study finds that older doctors are not better doctors. (2005-02-14)

Prior caesarean delivery not linked to increased risk of stillbirth
Women with a history of caesarean section deliveries do not have a higher risk of a subsequent stillbirth, according to researchers at Yale School of Medicine and Columbia University. (2005-02-12)

South Africa in denial over number of deaths from HIV/AIDS
Deaths from HIV/AIDS in South Africa are being misclassified because of the social stigma associated with the disease, states an editorial in this week's issue of The Lancet. (2005-02-10)

Least protection offered to those most at risk of sudden cardiac death
Those most at risk of dying from sudden cardiac death in England are offered the least protection from available preventative measures, say researchers on (2005-02-03)

Phobic anxiety increases heart disease death risk among women
Women with phobic anxieties, such as the fear of crowded places, heights or going outside, are at higher risk for fatal heart disease than women with fewer or no anxieties, according to a report in today's Circulation: Journal of the American Heart Association. (2005-02-01)

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