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Death-related thoughts discourage consumers from purchasing annuities
Annuities may seem like a wise financial investment but economists have been puzzled at why there aren't more buyers. New research shows mortality salience is a factor; the more people think about death, the less they want to prepare for it. Using 748 adult participants, the authors bring psychological theory to inform economic theory. The research shows this may have implications for other late-life decisions -- wills, life insurance estate planning -- that are also being avoided. (2016-03-14)

Early detection: Colorectal cancer rates declining in Germany
The introduction of screening colonoscopy in Germany is showing results: Within ten years of the start of this screening program for the early detection of colorectal cancer, the number of new cases has significantly dropped in the age groups 55 years and over. This is the conclusion drawn by Hermann Brenner, German Cancer Research Center, Heidelberg and co-authors in the current issue of Deutsches Ärzteblatt International. (2016-03-11)

BU study identifies 3 state laws that 'substantially reduce' gun deaths
Gun-related deaths in the US could be reduced by more than 80 percent if three laws implemented in some states were extended nationally, an analysis led by Boston University researchers shows. (2016-03-10)

Lung cancer screening: New Canadian guideline
Adults aged 55-74 years who are at high risk of lung cancer -- current or former smokers (i.e., have quit within the past 15 years) with at least a 30 pack-year history or more -- should be screened annually up to three times using low-dose computed tomography (CT), according to a new guideline from the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care published in Canadian Medical Association Journal. (2016-03-07)

Few answers in understanding death from epilepsy
To increase understanding of mortality in epilepsy, including SUDEP, Partners Against Mortality in Epilepsy (PAME) unites physicians, scientists, health care professionals, people with epilepsy, caregivers and bereaved family members for a unique conference that facilitates collaboration and spurs action. The 2016 PAME Conference will be held June 23-26, in Alexandria, Va. (2016-03-01)

Increases in state and local spending could decrease mortality rates, researcher finds
Northeastern University associate professor Daniel Kim used rigorous statistical methods from the field of economics to show how small increases in social spending on welfare and education can reduce the risk of dying. (2016-03-01)

Quick thinking and feeling healthy predict longer life
Suffering from chronic medical conditions and engaging in unhealthy behaviors are known risk factors for early death, but findings from a longitudinal study of over 6,000 adults suggests that certain psychological factors may be even stronger predictors of how long we'll live. (2016-02-29)

Drugs that treat osteoporosis also can cause small risk of thigh bone fractures
Osteoporosis drugs have significantly reduced the risk of bone fractures for millions of people, but also have been linked to unusual fractures of the femur (thigh bone). (2016-02-29)

New Penn study links moving more with decreased mortality
Doctoral candidate Ezra Fishman of the University of Pennsylvania found that for adults aged 50 to 79 moving more, even 10 minutes of light activity daily, predicts lower mortality rates. (2016-02-25)

ARDS appears to be underrecognized, undertreated and associated with high risk of death
Among nearly 460 intensive care units (ICUs) in 50 countries, acute respiratory distress syndrome appeared to be underrecognized, undertreated, and associated with a high mortality rate, according to a study that appears in the Feb. 23 issue of JAMA, which is being released to coincide with the Society of Critical Care Medicine's 45th Critical Care Congress. (2016-02-22)

New model may improve population management of species facing local extinction
By developing a new model, researchers have provided the first detailed mortality estimates for male African lions. A comparison of two populations, including the one of Cecil, exposed the signature that human impact leaves on male lion mortality. (2016-02-22)

Supply of GPs and detection of hypertension in England associated with premature mortality rates
University of Leicester researchers examine associations between mortality under 75 years and general practice characteristics (2016-02-22)

Red meat metabolite levels high in acute heart failure patients, research shows
A University of Leicester study shows a possible link between red meat and heart disease. (2016-02-18)

Some aging treatments shown to have opposite effects on males and females
Aging treatments that helped females are shown to hurt males. (2016-02-18)

Periodontitis linked to a higher mortality rate in patients with kidney disease
New findings from the University of Birmingham show that patients with chronic kidney disease patients and periodontitis (severe gum disease) have a higher mortality rate than those with chronic kidney disease alone. (2016-02-18)

VA and non-VA hospitals similar in quality, study shows
The Veterans Affairs (VA) health system fares slightly better than other hospitals when it comes to lower mortality rates among older men with heart attack, heart failure, or pneumonia, according to a new study by Yale School of Medicine researchers. (2016-02-18)

Good survival of 'blue babies' and children with congenital heart defects
Over 90 percent of those operated on for congenital heart defects as children, for example, due to blue baby syndrome, are alive 20 years post-surgery. A new doctoral thesis at Sahlgrenska Academy has explored this issue. (2016-02-16)

Plant extract shows promise in treating pancreatic cancer
A natural extract derived from India's neem tree could potentially be used to treat pancreatic cancer, according to a new study in the journal Scientific Reports. (2016-02-11)

Gastric bypass surgery at ages older than 35 years associated with improved survival
Lance E. Davidson, Ph.D., of Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah, and colleagues examined whether gastric bypass surgery is equally effective in reducing mortality in groups undergoing surgery at different ages. The study was published online by JAMA Surgery. (2016-02-10)

Injury deaths and life-expectancy gap between US and other high-income countries
Andrew Fenelon, Ph.D., of the National Center for Health Statistics, Hyattsville, Md., and colleagues estimated the contribution of three causes of injury death to the gap in life expectancy between the United States and 12 comparable countries in 2012. The researchers focused on motor vehicle traffic crashes, firearm-related injuries, and drug poisonings, the three largest causes of US injury death, responsible for more than 100,000 deaths per year. The study appears in the Feb. 9 issue of JAMA. (2016-02-09)

Study compares outcomes at VA hospitals vs. non-VA hospitals
Among older men with heart attack, heart failure or pneumonia, hospitalization at Veterans Affairs (VA) hospitals, compared with hospitalization at non-VA hospitals, was associated with lower 30-day all-cause mortality rates for heart attack and heart failure, and higher 30-day all-cause readmission rates for all three conditions, both nationally and within similar geographic areas, although absolute differences between these outcomes were small, according to a study in the Feb. 9 issue of JAMA. (2016-02-09)

Surgical safety checklists associated with reduced risk of death, length of hospital stay
The implementation of surgical safety checklists (SSCs) at a tertiary care hospital was associated with a reduced risk of death within 90 days after surgery, but not within 30 days, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. Hospital length of stay was reduced after implementation of SSCs. (2016-02-03)

Flu tackles Super Bowl fans
A Cornell University economist and his colleagues have found the geographical areas that have an NFL team advance to the Super Bowl had an 18 percent spike in flu-related deaths among people above the age of 65. (2016-02-02)

Study shows increased risk of early mortality in women with hypertensive disease
In a study to be presented on Feb. 5 at the Society for Maternal-Fetal Medicine's annual meeting, The Pregnancy Meeting™, in Atlanta, researchers will present findings from a study titled, 'Long-term mortality risk following hypertensive disease of pregnancy.' (2016-02-01)

Does radiation therapy improve survival for women with ductal carcinoma in situ?
Investigators from Brigham and Women's Hospital (BWH) and the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute have found that a set of easily measurable risk factors can predict the magnitude of survival benefit offered by radiation therapy following breast cancer surgery. Their results appear online in The Journal of Clinical Oncology on Feb. 1. (2016-02-01)

Cancer in China
A new report estimates there were 4.3 million new cancer cases and more than 2.8 million cancer deaths in China in 2015, with lung cancer the most common cancer and the leading cause of cancer death in China. (2016-01-26)

Bed bugs that feed are more likely to survive pesticide exposure
Bed bugs that take blood meals after being exposed to pesticides are more likely to survive, according to research published in the Journal of Medical Entomology. (2016-01-26)

Study finds strong link between pre-pregnancy obesity and infant deaths
Pre-pregnancy obesity is strongly associated with infant mortality, and compliance with weight-gain guidelines during pregnancy has a limited impact on that mortality risk, a new study led by Boston University School of Public Health researchers shows. (2016-01-20)

Preoperative frailty associated with increased risk of death following surgery
The presence of frailty-defining diagnoses before surgery were strongly associated with an increased risk of death at one year after surgery, particularly in the early postoperative period, in younger patients, and after joint replacement, according to a study published online by JAMA Surgery. (2016-01-20)

Long-term exposure to ozone may increase lung and cardiovascular deaths
Adults with long-term exposure to ozone (O3) face an increased risk of dying from respiratory and cardiovascular diseases, according to the study 'Long-Term Ozone Exposure and Mortality in a Large Prospective Study' published online ahead of print in the American Thoracic Society's American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine. (2016-01-20)

Irregular heartbeat stronger risk factor for heart disease and death in women than in men
An irregular heartbeat (known as atrial fibrillation or AF) is a stronger risk factor for stroke, heart disease, heart failure and death in women than in men, although the cause is unclear, finds a study in The BMJ this week. (2016-01-19)

Global analysis reveals why many bat populations are in decline
Many of the 1,300 species of bat are considered to be threatened and declining. A new analysis reveals trends and causes of death in bats around the world, shedding new light on the possible factors underlying population declines. (2016-01-19)

Decades of bat observations reveal uptick in new causes of mass mortality
Reports of bat deaths worldwide due to human causes largely unique to the 21st century are markedly rising, according to a new USGS-led analysis published in Mammal Review. Collisions with wind turbines worldwide and the disease white-nose syndrome in North America lead the reported causes of mass death in bats. These new threats now surpass all prior known causes of bat mortality, natural or attributed to humans. (2016-01-19)

Regular exercise critical for heart health, longevity
The majority of citizens in developed countries should not be concerned by potential harm from exercise but rather by the lack of exercise in their lives, according to a clinical perspective published today in the Journal of the American College of Cardiology from the ACC Sports and Exercise Cardiology Leadership Council. (2016-01-18)

Smokers diagnosed with pneumonia found to have higher risk of lung cancer
A new study from Tel Aviv University proposes that screening heavy smokers admitted to the hospital with community-acquired pneumonia could facilitate the early diagnosis of lung cancer and thereby reduce the incidence of mortality. (2016-01-07)

Cancer screening has never been shown to 'save lives,' argue experts
Cancer screening has never been shown to 'save lives' as advocates claim, argue experts in The BMJ today. (2016-01-06)

BU study: Effects of obesity on death rates understated in prior research
Researchers from the Boston University School of Public Health and the University of Pennsylvania have found that prior studies of the link between obesity and mortality are flawed because they rely on one-time measures of body mass index (BMI) that obscure the health impacts of weight change over time. (2016-01-04)

Levels of antibodies in saliva are associated with risk of mortality
New research from the University of Birmingham has found that lower levels of antibodies in saliva are associated with of an elevated risk of mortality, and could be an early indicator of risk. The study, published in PLOS ONE, examined associations between secretory immunoglobulin A, the common antibody found in saliva, and mortality rates in the general population. (2015-12-23)

South Africa's child mortality reduction deemed 'a successful failure'
As the 25-year period for the UN Millennium Development Goals concludes on Dec. 31, 2015, to be replaced by the Sustainable Development Goals, a deeper analysis of factors outside defined goals is necessary to learn why some countries failed. This is an argument presented by researchers at Umea University in an article published today in the scientific journal PLOS Medicine. (2015-12-22)

American College of Cardiology broadens mobile clinical app collection
The American College of Cardiology has launched a new STS/ACC TAVR In-Hospital Mortality Risk App and an extensively overhauled the ACC AnticoagEvaluator App, bolstering its expansive Clinical App Collection. With these new and improved apps, the ACC continues to diversify the clinical content and decision support it offers clinicians in the mobile space. (2015-12-21)

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