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12 May
'Tragic Milestone': 1 Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

'Tragic Milestone': 1 Million American Lives Lost to COVID-19

It's a number many Americans have grimly expected but may still find hard to comprehend: Over one million of their fellow citizens killed by COVID-19.

"Today, we mark a tragic milestone: one million American lives lost to COVID-19," President Joe Biden remarked in a

05 May
WHO Says Pandemic Death Total Far Higher Than Reported in Many Countries

WHO Says Pandemic Death Total Far Higher Than Reported in Many Countries

In an estimate that far exceeds reported totals, an expert panel appointed by the World Health Organization (WHO) said Thursday that there were nearly 15 million more deaths worldwide during the first two years of the pandemic than would normally have been expected.

That...

22 Apr
Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Firearms Now the Leading Cause of Death Among U.S. Kids, Teens

Guns have surpassed road crashes as the leading cause of death among U.S. children and teens.

Gun-related deaths rose 29% among 1- to 19-year-olds from 2019 to 2020, according to a new University of Michigan study. In all, there were more than 4,300 gun-related deaths ...

08 Apr
U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for 2nd Year in a Row

U.S. Life Expectancy Drops for 2nd Year in a Row

Researchers report that life expectancy in the United States dropped in 2021, continuing a troubling trend that began in the first year of the pandemic.

Specifically, average U.S. life expectancy tumbled from 78.86 years in 2019 to 76.99 in

06 Apr
Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

Half of Americans Now Die With Dementia Diagnosis, Better Record-Keeping May Be Why

A record number of American adults are now dying with a dementia diagnosis, new research shows.

Yet, that increase of 36% from two decades ago may have more to do with better record-keeping th...

05 Apr
U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Reach Lowest Levels Reported Since Pandemic Began

U.S. Nursing Home Deaths Reach Lowest Levels Reported Since Pandemic Began

Fresh government data shows that COVID deaths among nursing home residents data have fallen to the lowest levels seen since the pandemic began.

Some 67 residents died nationwide of COVID during the week ending March 27, according to the latest

29 Mar
Out-of-State Residents Can Now Seek Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon

Out-of-State Residents Can Now Seek Medical Aid in Dying in Oregon

Oregon will no longer require terminally ill patients to be residents of the state to use its law allowing physician aid in dying.

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29 Mar
Cancer Patients Vulnerable to Depression, Suicide

Cancer Patients Vulnerable to Depression, Suicide

Cancer can be a devastating diagnosis, and now two new studies show these patients are at increased risk for ...

16 Mar
Palliative Care Crucial After Severe Stroke, But Many Patients Miss Out

Palliative Care Crucial After Severe Stroke, But Many Patients Miss Out

Landing in the hospital with a serious illness such as stroke can be one of the worst experiences of a person's life.

Why, then, do so few take advantage of a medical specialty aimed at easing pain and suffering during their hospital stay?

Palliative care professio...

11 Mar
COVID's Global Death Toll May Be 3 Times Official Numbers

COVID's Global Death Toll May Be 3 Times Official Numbers

If you think the reported worldwide death toll from the pandemic is already too high, new research suggests the number of excess deaths may be triple that of official estimates.

The official COVID-19 death toll between Jan. 1, 2020, and Dec. 31, 2021, was 5.9 million. Ho...

09 Mar
Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

Heaters, Pools, Bed Rails: Household Dangers Can Kill Seniors

A new report delivers a troubling statistic: Seven in 10 consumer product-related deaths occur among those over 65, even though these people only account for 16% of the U.S. population.

Each year, consumer products are linked to roughly 3,800 deaths and nearly 3 million ...

22 Feb
Vitamins, Supplements Don't Guard Against Severe COVID

Vitamins, Supplements Don't Guard Against Severe COVID

Remember when everyone was downing zinc supplements at the beginning of the pandemic, in hopes of guarding against a severe case of COVID-19?

New research suggests that folks may have wasted t...

14 Feb
Bob Saget Died From Severe Head Injuries, Autopsy Shows

Bob Saget Died From Severe Head Injuries, Autopsy Shows

Comedian Bob Saget died after a severe blow to his head fractured his skull in several spots and caused bleeding across both sides of his brain, an autopsy report shows.

“It is most probable that the decedent suffered an unwitnessed fall backwards and struck the poster...

04 Feb
U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

U.S. Kids Still Dying From Toppling TVs, Furniture

Before your eyes become glued to the Super Bowl or the Winter Olympics, make sure your TV and furniture are anchored to the wall to protect little ones from potentially deadly tip-overs.

Between 2018 and 2020, an average of 22,500 Americans a year required emergency depa...

01 Feb
Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

Young Americans Lost Almost 1.5 Million Years of Life to Opioids Between 2015 and 2019

The U.S. drug epidemic continues its death march, with new research showing American teens and young adults have lost nearly 1.5 million years of life due to drug overdose deaths in recent years.

For

21 Jan
Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Few Countries Do Well Caring for the Dying

Americans don't like to dwell on dying, so maybe it isn't surprising that compared to other nations, the United States does just a middling job of providing a good death.

The United States ranked in the middle of 81 countries rated on how well their health care systems p...

19 Jan
Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

Crowded Emergency Rooms Cost Lives: Study

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 following 30 days.

Why? One possible reason: A crowded ER ...

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 1...

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,