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Antipsychotic drug use increases risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer's disease
Antipsychotic drug use is associated with a 60 percent increased risk of mortality among persons with Alzheimer's disease, shows a recent study from the University of Eastern Finland. The risk was highest at the beginning of drug use and remained increased in long-term use. Use of two or more antipsychotic drugs concomitantly was associated with almost two times higher risk of mortality than monotherapy. (2016-12-12)

Differences in US infant mortality rates among black and white babies
A new research letter published by JAMA Pediatrics examined trends in overall and cause-specific infant mortality rates between non-Hispanic black and white infants because infant mortality is an important indicator of population health. (2017-07-03)

Clothing, Physical Activity And Heating Can Prevent Excess Winter Mortality
In Yekaterinburg, Russia, mortality rates do not increase when the temperature falls to 0 C, because cold stress is prevented by warm clothing and physical activity outdoors and by warm housing indoors. (1998-02-13)

Serum creatinine-to- cystatin C ratio predicts mortality
In patients initiating continuous renal replacement therapy for acute kidney injury, higher serum creatinine-to-cystatin C ratios were associated with lower mortality. (2020-10-21)

Researchers link high levels of 'good' cholesterol with excessive mortality
In striking contrast to the general perception, researchers from the University of Copenhagen have shown in a new study that people with extremely high levels of HDL -- the 'good' cholesterol -- in their blood have a more than 65 percent higher mortality rate than people with normal HDL levels. The researchers say the results should lead to a change in the way 'good' cholesterol is perceived. (2017-08-23)

Overweight in adolescence gives increased mortality rate
People who were already overweight in adolescence (14-19 years old) have an increased mortality rate from a range of chronic diseases as adults; endocrine, nutritional and metabolic diseases, cardiovascular diseases, colon cancer and respiratory diseases. There were also many cases of sudden death in this group. This comes from a new study from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. (2008-05-20)

News briefs: May issue of the journal Chest
News briefs from the journal Chest highlight studies related to the safety and efficacy of long-acting beta agonists in patients with COPD; mortality trends in patients with acute respiratory distress syndrome; and the link between smoking and pneumonia. (2008-05-05)

Study adds to evidence daily aspirin linked to lower cancer mortality
A new study published in JNCI by several American Cancer Society researchers provides additional support for a potential benefit of daily aspirin use for cancer mortality, but the authors say important questions remain about the size of the potential benefit. (2012-08-10)

Over a third of deaths after discharge from intensive care are preventable
Death after discharge from intensive care may be reduced by 39% if at risk patients were to stay in intensive care for another 48 hours, finds a study in this week's BMJ. (2001-05-24)

Is the drug overdose epidemic unique to the United States?
Is the current American drug overdose epidemic an isolated phenomenon? Have other high-income countries experienced similar increases in drug overdose mortality, or are they likely to going forward? A new study published in Population and Development Review addresses these questions. (2019-02-21)

Study of 55 million people adds further evidence that patients admitted to hospital at weekends have higher mortality
A systematic review and meta-analysis of hospital data worldwide, presented as this year's Euroanaesthesia meeting in Stockholm, adds further evidence that patients admitted to hospital at weekends have higher mortality than those admitted on weekdays. The study is by Dr. Hiroshi Hoshijima, Tohoku University, Sendai, Japan, and colleagues. (2014-05-31)

Lead fishing tackle may be threatening loon populations
A new study published in the Journal of Wildlife Management reveals the devastating effects of lead fishing tackle on loon populations. (2017-10-12)

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)

The complexity of tropical forest structure defies simple characterization
In a forthcoming pair of papers in Ecology Letters, Muller-Landau and collaborators associated with the Center for Tropical Science test the predictions of the theory of metabolic ecology using large datasets from tropical forests around the world. Observed patterns of tree growth, mortality and abundance deviate substantially from the predictions of metabolic ecology theory, especially for large trees. Alternative models presented incorporate the complex variation in tree shapes, growing conditions, and mortality threats. (2006-04-10)

New study questions the validity of publishing hospital mortality rates
A previous study of mortality rates for congenital heart surgery used routinely available hospital data that were misleading, according to a report published today on (2007-09-24)

$200 bird scaring line for trawlers can cut albatross deaths by over 90 percent
The sight of seabirds following trawlers in order to feast from discarded fish is a common maritime sight, but each year many thousands of seabirds are killed by overhanging cables or in nets. New research in Animal Conservation assesses mortality figures from South Africa to show that a simple bird scaring line can reduce the mortality rate by over 90 percent. (2014-05-06)

High erythropoietin levels indicate increased risk of death
High erythropoietin levels in people over age 85 indicate a higher risk of death, according to a study published in CMAJ. (2010-10-25)

Study finds considerable differences in bowel cancer deaths across Europe
Over the past 40 years, deaths from bowel (colorectal) cancer have been falling in an increasing number of European countries. Yet considerable disparities still exist between men and women and between specific regions in Europe, finds a study in The BMJ this week. (2015-10-06)

Among wild mammals too, females live longer
In all human populations, average lifespans are longer for women than for men. But what about for other mammals, in the wild? A team led by Jean-François Lemaître, a CNRS, compiled demographic data for 134 populations of 101 mammalian species -- from bats to lions, orcas to gorillas -- making their study the widest reaching and most precise to date. (2020-03-23)

Nuts and peanuts may protect against major causes of death
A paper published today in the International Journal of Epidemiology confirms a link between peanut and nut intake and lower mortality rates, but finds no protective effect for peanut butter. Men and women who eat at least 10 grams of nuts or peanuts per day have a lower risk of dying from several major causes of death than people who don't consume nuts or peanuts. (2015-06-11)

Worrying rise in alcohol related deaths among patients with diabetes
Alcohol has become an important cause of death among patients with type 1 diabetes since the 1980s, concludes a study published on bmj.com today. (2011-09-08)

Young male cyclists are the most likely to die after being involved in a traffic accident
Scientists analyzed the government records of 50,042 cyclists involved in traffic accidents in Spain between 1993 and 2009. (2015-09-11)

Millennium development goal on child mortality unlikely to be met
The target for reducing mortality of children under-5 worldwide, which is incorporated into Millennium Development Goal 4, is unlikely to be met. Further, the international community is not doing any better a job of reducing child mortality than it was 30 years ago. These are the conclusions of authors of an article in this week's edition of the Lancet. (2007-09-20)

Higher resting heart rate linked to increased risk of death from all causes
A higher resting heart rate is associated with an increased risk of death from all causes in the general population, even in people without the usual risk factors for heart disease, according to new research published in CMAJ. (2015-11-23)

Declines in melanoma deaths limited to the most educated
A new study from the American Cancer Society finds recent declines in melanoma mortality rates in non-Hispanic Whites in the US mainly reflect declines in those with the highest level of education, and reveals a widening disparity in melanoma mortality rates by education. (2012-01-16)

Study explores the effect of temperature on mortality
Researchers studied the effects of temperature on mortality risk in 11 cities located in the Eastern United States. They calculated the minimum mortality temperature for each city, and then plotted the risk of mortality once the temperature dropped below or rose above that temperature. Northern cities were found to be more vulnerable to hot temeratures, while Southern cities suffered more from cold temperatures. (2002-01-03)

Does screening asymptomatic adults for disease save lives?
A new paper published online today in the International Journal of Epidemiology says that randomized controlled trials -- the gold standard method of evaluation -- show that few currently available screening tests for major diseases where death is a common outcome have documented reductions in disease-specific mortality. (2015-01-14)

Adult mortality trends reveal massive rise in global inequalities
A study finds the chasm widening between countries with the highest and lowest rates of early deaths among adults. The United States has fallen significantly behind many other countries. Among 15- to 59-year-olds, men in Iceland and women in Cypress have the lowest risk of dying. The highest risks were found in Africa, where Swaziland men and Zambian women have the highest death rates. (2010-04-30)

Retiring early is not linked to longer life
Retiring early is not linked to longer life, finds new research published online by the BMJ today. There is a widespread perception that early retirement is associated with longer life expectancy and later retirement is associated with early death. But no consensus has been reached on the effect of early retirement on survival. (2005-10-20)

Report finds large state disparities in progress against colorectal cancer
Progress in reducing colorectal cancer (CRC) mortality rates varies significantly across states, with rates in the Northeast showing the most progress and those in the South showing the least progress, according to a new study. (2011-07-07)

Obesity less dangerous than 40 years ago
New research from Denmark involving more than 100,000 individuals suggests that the excess risk of premature death associated with obesity has decreased over the past 40 years. All-cause mortality was higher in obese individuals than in normal weight individuals in 1976-78, but not in 2003-13. (2016-05-10)

Women's death rate inequalities - the answer lies in the home
If health researchers want to find out about differences in mortality rates in women they need to consider not just their jobs but their home life as well. A paper in this week's BMJ suggests that - unlike male mortality rates - those for women are best predicted by scales which are based on the household situation and so reflect the modern working woman's (2000-05-11)

Year-long opiate substitution for drug misusers has 85 percent chance of cutting deaths
Giving people opiate substitution treatment to help with their drug addiction can lead to a 85 percent plus chance of reducing mortality, according to a new study published on bmj.com today. (2010-10-26)

Study of almost 49,000 obese patients shows that mortality is much lower in those who have obesity surgery compared with those who don't
A study of almost 49,000 obese patients shows that those who do not have obesity surgery are much more likely to die from any cause than those who do have surgery, after an average of five year's follow-up. (2016-06-02)

Metabolic acidosis associated with an increased mortality rate
Critically ill patients with metabolic acidosis are twice as likely to die as patients who do not have metabolic acidosis. A study published today in the journal Critical Care shows that the mortality rate among patients with metabolic acidosis is highest for patients with lactic acidosis. (2006-02-09)

Higher dementia risk associated with birth in high stroke mortality states
Is being born in states with high stroke mortality associated with dementia risk in a group of individuals who eventually all lived outside those states? (2017-07-31)

Long-term declines in heart disease and stroke deaths are stalling, research finds
Heart disease and stroke mortality rates have almost stopped declining in many high-income countries, including Australia, and are even increasing in some countries, according to new research. (2019-08-04)

Longevity unlikely to have aided early modern humans
Life expectancy was probably the same for early modern and late archaic humans and did not factor in the extinction of Neanderthals, suggests a new study by a Washington University in St. Louis anthropologist. (2011-01-10)

New analysis finds lung cancer screening reduces rates of lung cancer-specific death
Low-dose CT screening methods may prevent one death per 250 at-risk adults screened, according to a meta-analysis of eight randomized controlled clinical trials of lung cancer screening. Researchers at the University of Georgia analyzed the health outcomes of 90,275 patients, comparing those who were screened versus those who received usual medical care or chest x-rays. (2020-11-10)

Study indicates when to discuss early mortality risk in patients with epilepsy
Doctors should discuss the risk of premature death with epilepsy patients when treatment fails or is refused despite recurrent seizures, according to a study published online today (Wednesday May 3, 2006) by the Lancet Neurology. (2006-05-02)

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