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19 Jan
Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

WEDNESDAY, Jan. 19, 2022 (HealthDay News) -- A seemingly endless wait in an emergency department can be taxing for many reasons, but new research suggests that long delays in being admitted to the hospital may even raise a patient's risk of death within the ...

17 Jan
Carbon Monoxide Deaths Soar During Power Outages

Carbon Monoxide Deaths Soar During Power Outages

Power outages are becoming more frequent in the United States, and a new study highlights one consequence of prolonged blackouts: carbon monoxide poisonings.

Looking at major U.S. power outages between 2007 and 2018, researchers found that carbon monoxide poisonings spik...

13 Jan
Death During Sex Very Rare Among Those Under 50

Death During Sex Very Rare Among Those Under 50

It's a familiar trope of TV and movies -- a couple is engaged in passionate sex when the guy's heart suddenly gives out.

"Usually it's a middle-aged man. Usually he's cheating with somebody else. It's funny, there's this myth in our mind that this can happen," said cardi...

10 Jan
Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

Gun Deaths Continue to Rise in America's Cities

A temporary falloff in the number of Americans who kill themselves and others with guns is over, newly released U.S. government data show.

"Firearm homicides and suicides are an urgent public health concern in the United States," said Scott Kegler, lead author of a

10 Jan
'Full House' Star Bob Saget Found Dead in Florida Hotel Room

'Full House' Star Bob Saget Found Dead in Florida Hotel Room

"Full House" actor and comic Bob Saget was found dead Sunday in his Florida hotel room, the night after performing at a concert hall near Jacksonville. He was 65.

Best known for playing Danny Tanner on “Full House” and “Fuller House” and as the host of “Americ...

28 Dec
New Clues to Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Young Kids

New Clues to Sudden Unexplained Deaths in Young Kids

Every year in the United States, a few hundred children die suddenly and without explanation. Now researchers have found gene variants that may contribute to some of those tragic deaths.

The hope, experts said, is that understanding the underlying mechanisms will eventua...

22 Dec
NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

NYC's Overdose Prevention Centers Already Saving Lives

At least 59 overdoses were prevented in the first three weeks that two overdose prevention centers have been open in New York City, the city's health department said Tuesday.

During that time, there were more than 2,000 visits to the centers that are operated by OnPoint ...

22 Dec
COVID Helps Drive Nearly Two-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

COVID Helps Drive Nearly Two-Year Decline in U.S. Life Expectancy

WEDNESDAY, Dec. 22, 2021 (HealthDay News) - - COVID-19 is now the third leading cause of death for Americans and has shortened life expectancy by nearly two years, a drop not seen since World War II, a new government report shows.

Life expectancy dropped from 78.8 in 20...

13 Dec
U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 800,000

U.S. COVID-19 Death Toll Passes 800,000

The COVID-19 death toll in the United States reached 800,000 on Monday, and one expert believes it will likely hit 1 million at some point in 2022.

The 800,156 confirmed deaths in the nearly two years since the first known U.S. victims of the coronavirus were confirmed ...

08 Dec
COVID Booster Cuts Death Rate by 90%, Israeli Study Finds

COVID Booster Cuts Death Rate by 90%, Israeli Study Finds

Booster doses of Pfizer's coronavirus vaccine set recipients up to effectively withstand the ravages of both the Delta and Omicron variants, a group of new studies suggest.

Boosted folks are 90% less likely to die from a Delta infection than people relying solely on the ...

07 Dec
Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

Medicaid Expansion Saved Lives in Affected States: Study

In a sign that the expansion of Medicaid has really worked, new research finds that death rates have declined in states that expanded the public health insurance program.

Medicaid expansion began in 2014 as part of the Affordable Care Act (also known as "Obamacare") and ...

01 Nov
COVID Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

COVID Death Toll Tops 5 Million Worldwide

The worldwide death toll from COVID-19 surpassed 5 million on Monday, and the more than 740,000 lives lost in the United States is the most of any nation, Johns Hopkins University data show.

"This is a defining moment in our lifetime," Dr. Albert Ko, an infectious diseas...

29 Oct
U.S. COVID Cases Fell 60% Since September, But Vigilance Still Needed: Health Officials

U.S. COVID Cases Fell 60% Since September, But Vigilance Still Needed: Health Officials

Coronavirus cases have plunged by 60% since mid-September's Delta-driven peak, U.S. health officials said earlier this week. But with winter on the way, they warned that Americans still need to protect themselves and others against COVID-19.

"We are now heading in the ri...

28 Oct
More Americans Are Dying From Parkinson's Disease: Study

More Americans Are Dying From Parkinson's Disease: Study

The number of Americans who are dying from Parkinson's disease has jumped by 63% in the past two decades, new research shows.

The fresh analysis also revealed that men face double the risk of dying from the progressive and incurable disease than women. A notably higher ...

28 Oct
Nearly 59,000 Meatpacking Workers Caught COVID, While 269 Died: Report

Nearly 59,000 Meatpacking Workers Caught COVID, While 269 Died: Report

The number of U.S. meatpacking workers who were infected during the COVID-19 pandemic is nearly three times higher than previously thought, a U.S. House report shows.

It said at least 59,000 workers caught the disease and 269 died as the pandemic raged through the indust...

28 Oct
Younger Age Doesn't Boost Survival With Advanced Colon Cancer

Younger Age Doesn't Boost Survival With Advanced Colon Cancer

Younger patients with advanced colon cancer don't live longer than older patients, but it's unclear why, researchers say.

The authors of the new study said they were surprised by the findings, which come as colon cancer rates are on the rise among young Americans.

...

21 Oct
Vaccines Cut Odds for Death From COVID Delta Variant by 90%

Vaccines Cut Odds for Death From COVID Delta Variant by 90%

The Pfizer and AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccines reduce the risk of death from the Delta variant by 90%, a new U.K. study finds.

The Delta variant is now the dominant form of the coronavirus in the United States, the United Kingdom and many other countries.

The stud...

21 Oct
When Cancer Strikes, Who's at Higher Risk for Suicide?

When Cancer Strikes, Who's at Higher Risk for Suicide?

U.S. cancer patients in poor and rural areas are more likely to die by suicide than those in affluent, urban areas, a new study finds.

"People who have received a cancer diagnosis are faced with a number of challenges, such as accessing reliable and affordable care, that...

18 Oct
Fully Immunized Colin Powell Dies of COVID: Can Vaccines Protect You?

Fully Immunized Colin Powell Dies of COVID: Can Vaccines Protect You?

Colin Powell, the first Black person to become Secretary of State, and a statesman who helped shape U.S. foreign policy for decades, died Monday of complications from COVID-19. He was 84.

"General Colin L. Powell, former U.S. Secretary of State and Chairman of the Joint ...

15 Oct
Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

Heart Defibs in Schools Are Saving Staff Lives: Study

Adult staff in schools are more likely than students to suffer sudden cardiac arrest, but automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are often used and improve the chances of survival, a new study finds.

AEDs are portable devices that deliver an electric shock to try and r...

07 Oct
Over 140,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Caregiver to COVID-19

Over 140,000 U.S. Children Have Lost a Caregiver to COVID-19

It is an excruciating statistic: One in every four COVID-19 deaths in the United States leaves a child without a parent or other caregiver, researchers report.

The analysis of data shows that from April 2020 to July 2021, more than 120,000 children under the age of 18 lo...

06 Oct
U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

U.S. Murder Rate Up 30% During Pandemic, Highest One-Year Rise Ever

The rate at which homicide is taking the lives of Americans jumped by 30% over the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic — the largest year-to-year increase ever, new federal government figures show.

The rate jumped from 6 homicides per 100,000 people in 2019 to 7.8 per ...

06 Oct
Abuse in Childhood May Shorten Adult Lives: Study

Abuse in Childhood May Shorten Adult Lives: Study

Child abuse and neglect can do significant and long-lasting damage, according to a six-decade review of British data.

The analysis of records dating to the late 1950s found that children who experienced physical or sexual abuse were more likely to die early as adults.

05 Oct
Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: Study

Minorities Bore the Brunt of U.S. COVID Deaths: Study

The ongoing coronavirus pandemic has hit minority groups in the United States hard, with significantly more deaths among Black and Hispanic Americans compared with white and Asian Americans, a new study finds.

According to the report, these disparities highlight the need...

04 Oct
U.S. Passes 700,000 COVID Deaths

U.S. Passes 700,000 COVID Deaths

The United States has now surpassed 700,000 coronavirus deaths, as the highly contagious Delta variant continues to hold the country in its grip.

America continues to have more COVID-19 deaths than any other the country in the world, followed by Brazil with more than 597...

04 Oct
U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Rise as Delta Spreads

U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Rise as Delta Spreads

There has been a significant increase in COVID-related deaths in nursing homes as the highly contagious Delta spreads across the country, a new analysis shows.

"While the vast majority of COVID-19 deaths happened outside of nursing homes in July and August, the high rate...

04 Oct
Shape, Size of Brain Arteries May Predict Stroke Risk

Shape, Size of Brain Arteries May Predict Stroke Risk

The size and shape of the blood vessels in your brain may help predict your risk of an often-fatal type of stroke, called an aneurysm, a new study finds.

An aneurysm is a bulge in an artery wall.

"A subarachnoid hemorrhage is the most dangerous type of stroke and o...

01 Oct
How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

How the COVID Pandemic Made the Opioid Epidemic Worse, Even as Telehealth Helped

The COVID-19 pandemic has shaken up the U.S. opioid crisis in ways bad and good, increasing the risk of use and overdose but also spurring innovative approaches to treatment.

The pandemic has definitely been linked to an increase in opioid use and overdose deaths, Tufts ...

01 Oct
Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

Over Half of Police Killings Aren't Reported, Blacks Most Likely Victims

While high-profile cases like the 2020 killing of George Floyd have cast a harsh spotlight on police violence in the United States, researchers say deaths attributable to it have been underreported for at least 40 years.

That's the key finding in a new study published Se...

30 Sep
AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart Failure

AHA News: Severe Mental Health Disorders May Increase Risk of Death in Men With Heart Failure

Men with heart failure have worse long-term survival rates if they have severe depression, bipolar disorder or schizophrenia, according to a new study that urges doctors to change the way they treat people with mental disorders.

Previous research shows people with these ...

29 Sep
DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

DEA Warns of Fentanyl in Counterfeit Opioid Pills

People buying pills that look like prescription opioid painkillers or stimulants who are not buying them from a licensed pharmacy may be buying a lethal drug, the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration warned this week.

This was the first public safety alert the DEA has is...

28 Sep
Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: Study

Weight Loss Surgery More Dangerous for Men Than Women: Study

Weight loss surgery is riskier for men than women, with males five times more likely to die within 30 days of the procedure, a new study finds.

Moreover, men's odds of dying over the long run are almost three times higher, said researchers who looked at thousands of weig...

27 Sep
Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

Murders Surged in U.S. in 2020

A record increase was seen in the number of murders in the United States in 2020, in the biggest one-year jump reported since federal officials began tracking homicides in 1960.

Figures showed 4,901 more murders committed in 2020 than in 2019. A total of roughly 21,500 p...

24 Sep
Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

Infant Deaths Spark Baby Loungers Recall

The death of eight babies has prompted the Boppy Company and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to recall more than 3 million baby loungers, they announced Thursday.

A year ago, the CPSC issued a safety warning about similar pillow-like baby products,

21 Sep
COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

COVID Has Killed More Americans Than the Spanish Flu Did in 1918

As the highly contagious Delta variant has swept across the United States, the country has reached a tragic milestone.

COVID-19 has now killed more Americans than the 1918 Spanish flu pandemic did, when roughly 675,000 people died.

It didn't have to be that way.

21 Sep
Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

Animal Sedative Is Driving Rise in Fatal Drug ODs

An animal tranquilizer, xylazine, is increasingly linked to drug overdose deaths across the United States, health officials say.

According to a new report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, xylazine has turned up in overdose deaths in 25 of 38 stat...

20 Sep
Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Opioid Use Disorder Is as Deadly as Heart Attack: Study

Hospitalized opioid addicts die at a rate similar to people who have a heart attack after leaving the hospital.

Nearly 8% of patients addicted to opioids died within 12 months of hospital discharge, according to researchers from Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU)....

17 Sep
Why Logging May Be the Most Dangerous Profession

Why Logging May Be the Most Dangerous Profession

Logging and landscaping are the most dangerous jobs in America, a new study finds.

The risk of death for loggers is more than 30 times higher than for all U.S. workers. Tree care workers also encounter hazards at rates far higher than a typical worker.

"This was th...

15 Sep
After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

After an ICU Stay, Social Support Crucial for Seniors' Survival

Older adults who are socially isolated are more likely to experience serious disability or die after a stay in the intensive care unit (ICU), new research reveals.

"This important research finding sheds light on a crucial health care issue that has become more dire durin...

09 Sep
Wildfires Cause More Than 33,000 Deaths Globally Each Year

Wildfires Cause More Than 33,000 Deaths Globally Each Year

Wildfires are killing people around the world -- even those with limited exposure to wildfire-related pollution, an international team of researchers reports.

The new

31 Aug
High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

High Viral Load in Lungs Drives Fatal COVID-19: Study

A high amount of coronavirus in the lungs is a major contributor to death in COVID-19 patients, new research shows.

The findings challenge previous theories that simultaneous infections such as pneumonia or an overreaction of the body's immune system are significant fact...

26 Aug
Record High COVID Cases and Deaths Reported in Florida

Record High COVID Cases and Deaths Reported in Florida

Coronavirus cases and deaths in Florida are at record highs as the Delta variant ravages the state and Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis holds firm on forbidding vaccine and mask mandates.

As of Tuesday, Florida had reported a record average of 227 COVID-19 deaths a day this ...

19 Aug
Early U.S. Vaccine Rollout Saved 140,000 Lives, Prevented 3 Million COVID Cases

Early U.S. Vaccine Rollout Saved 140,000 Lives, Prevented 3 Million COVID Cases

The United States' early rollout of COVID-19 vaccinations may have saved nearly 140,000 lives, a new study suggests.

Using data on state vaccination campaigns and COVID-19 deaths, researchers estimate that immunizations prevented 139,393 deaths nationwide between Decembe...

16 Aug
Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

Why Losing Someone to Violence Can Be Especially Tough to Get Over

It can take years for a survivor of a traumatic event to recover from the loss of a loved one, new research shows, but treating the symptoms of post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) early may help prevent what's called complicated grief.

"Grief is a normal r...

13 Aug
Death of Spouse Could Raise Men's Odds for Prostate Cancer

Death of Spouse Could Raise Men's Odds for Prostate Cancer

Widowers have a higher risk for advanced prostate cancer than men who are part of a couple, Canadian researchers say.

The new findings are from an analysis of 12 studies comparing 14,000 men newly diagnosed with prostate cancer and 12,000 healthy men.

The study -- ...

03 Aug
Sleep Apnea Doubles Odds for Sudden Death

Sleep Apnea Doubles Odds for Sudden Death

With apologies to William Shakespeare, this is the stuff bad dreams are made of: Sleep apnea may double your risk for sudden death.

The condition -- in which a person's airway is repeatedly blocked during sleep, causing pauses in breathing -- may also increase the risk f...

22 Jul
Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

Drug Makers Reach $26 Billion Deal on Opioid Lawsuits

A proposed $26 billion settlement on opioid-related lawsuits has been reached with four large drug companies, a group of state attorneys general announced Wednesday.

If enough states sign on to the deal with the country's three major drug distributors -- Cardinal Health,...

21 Jul
1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19

1.5 Million Kids Worldwide Lost Parent or Other Caregiver to COVID-19

In yet another finding that illustrates the tragic toll the pandemic has taken on families around the world, a new study shows that 1.5 million children have lost a parent, grandparent or other caregiver to COVID-19.

"For every two COVID-19 deaths worldwide, one child is...

21 Jul
Lockdowns' Effects on Health Still Less Than Harm From Pandemic: Experts

Lockdowns' Effects on Health Still Less Than Harm From Pandemic: Experts

While there's been much talk about pandemic lockdowns being a burden on people's health, new research finds the effects of large COVID-19 outbreaks are typically worse.

"It is unlikely that government interventions have been worse than the pandemic itself in most situati...

20 Jul
Statin Users May Have Added Protection Against Severe COVID-19

Statin Users May Have Added Protection Against Severe COVID-19

Could cholesterol-lowering statins help lower your risk of dying from COVID-19?

For patients with a history of high blood pressure or heart disease, the answer appears to be yes. At least that's the conclusion of a new study that enlisted roughly 10,500 pati...

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