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DUI Deaths Down 9 Percent in California

SACRAMENTO, Calif., July 15 /PRNewswire/ -- For the third year in a row, DUI deaths declined in California. The drop was 9.1 percent, from 1,132 in 2007 to 1,029 in 2008, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration's Fatality Analysis Reporting System. The 2008...

Lower IQ Linked to Higher Risk of Heart Deaths

Public health messages should be simplified, study finds WEDNESDAY, July 15 (HealthDay News) -- Intelligence appears to be one reason why poor people are more likely to die of cardiovascular disease, Scottish researchers say. They analyzed data on 4,289 former U.S. soldiers, and fou...

Was SIDS the cause of infant deaths even 150 years ago?

19th century infant deaths attributed to smothering and overlaying, by either a co-sleeper or bedding, were in all likelihood crib deaths, or Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). These deaths would have been mislabeled by lawmakers as neglect and even infanticide, because SIDS had not yet been ide...

Michael Jackson Joins Tragic List of Accidental Celebrity Deaths Caused by Prescription Drugs, Says eDrugSearch.com

"Prescription drug abuse has long been an temptation for celebrities - and is now a fast-growing problem for the general public," says eDrugSearch.com President Cary Byrd San Antonio, TX (Vocus) June 27, 2008 -- Michael Jackson appears to be the latest star to...

Research Examines Health Impact of Mining -- Illness, Premature Deaths Cost Appalachia Billions

MORGANTOWN, W.Va., June 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The costs of illness and premature deaths in Appalachia related to coal mining far outweigh economic benefits the industry brings to the region, says Michael Hendryx, Ph.D., associate director of the West Virginia University Institute for Hea...

Study shows 1 in 25 deaths worldwide attributable to alcohol

(Toronto) Research from Canada's own Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH) featured in this week's edition of the Lancet shows that worldwide, 1 in 25 deaths are directly attributable to alcohol consumption. This rise since 2000 is mainly due to increases in the number of women drinking....

College drinking problems, deaths on the rise

Alcohol-related deaths, heavy drinking episodes and drunk driving have all been on the rise on college campuses over the past decade, a new government study shows. Using figures from government databases and national surveys on alcohol use, researchers at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse...

Fewer Deaths Occurring From Brain Bleeds

Better diagnosis, treatments behind decrease, researchers say WEDNESDAY, June 3 (HealthDay News) -- Better diagnosis and treatment have led to fewer deaths from the rupture of a blood vessel on the surface of the brain, Dutch researchers say. Known as a subarachnoid hemorrhage, this...

Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD Announces: Vets' Sudden Cardiac Deaths Are Not Suicides or Overdoses

EL CAJON, Calif., May 19 /PRNewswire/ -- Fred A. Baughman Jr., MD today announced the results of his research into the "series" of veterans' deaths acknowledged by the Surgeon General of the Army. Upon reading the May 24, 2008, Charleston (WV) Gazette article "Vets taking Post Traumatic Str...

GADA Points to Safety of FDA Approved Generics in Wake of Wellington Polo Horse Deaths from Compounded Drugs

WASHINGTON, May 6 /PRNewswire/ -- The Generic Animal Drug Alliance (GADA), an independent professional trade organization representing generic animal health industry interests, says that the recent tragic deaths of 21 horses in Wellington, Florida illustrates the potential safety issues surroundin...

1 in 5 U.S. Deaths Attributed to Smoking, High BP

Prevention efforts 'have run out of steam,' expert says,,,, TUESDAY, April 28 (HealthDay News) -- Want to reduce your risk of dying prematurely? Don't smoke and keep a healthy blood pressure level. Each of those factors accounts for about one in five deaths among U.S. adults, accord...

Post-Op Painkillers Tied to Deaths After Spinal Fusion

Middle-aged men appear most at risk from overdosing following the surgery, study found FRIDAY, April 3 (HealthDay News) -- A new study links painkillers to one in five deaths among people who have had spinal fusion surgery (also known as lumbar fusion) to help relieve lower back pain. ...

American Heart Association Leads Efforts to Reduce Preventable Deaths and Rehospitalizations for Heart Failure Patients

DALLAS, April 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- An article, "Rehospitalizations among Patients in the Medicare," published today in The New England Journal of Medicine, found that almost 20 percent of 11,855,702 Medicare beneficiaries discharged from a hospital were rehospitalized within 30 days. ...

American Society of Anesthesiologists - 2,211 Patient Deaths From OVER Medication

'20th century practice substandard for 21st century patient safety,' says Dr. Friedberg CORONA DEL MAR, Calif., March 31 /PRNewswire/ -- "The American Society of Anesthesiologists' (ASA) April 'Anesthesiology' reports of 2,211 patient deaths between 1999-2005, 90% were from over medication (t...

LegalView Informs Baxter Heparin Patients of New Testing Standards for Blood Thinner Following Deaths From Previous Contamination

LegalView recently reported on new Baxter Heparin testing standards that are to be implemented this year and will ensure the blood thinner's safety following several deaths after the contaminated drug was used on patients, according to Bloomberg News.The tainted blood thinner was found to have an...

Kaiser Permanente Pilot Reduces Cardiac Deaths by 73 Percent

Success Relies on Front-line Teams Supported by Technology OAKLAND, Calif., March 27 /PRNewswire/ -- Kaiser Permanente has substantially improved the heart attack survival rate for its members in Colorado through an innovative program that links coronary artery disease patients, and teams...

PSA screening cuts deaths by 20 percent

Screening for prostate cancer can reduce deaths by 20%, according to the results of the European Randomized Study of Screening for Prostate Cancer (ERSPC) published online 1700 hours CET, today 18 March (NEJM, Online First*). ERSPC is the world's largest prostate cancer screening study and provide...

AED Receives Gates Foundation Grant to Improve Nutrition and Reduce Deaths Among Young Children in Developing Countries

WASHINGTON, March 5 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- AED today announced that it has received a $76 million grant from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support efforts to improve infant and young child nutrition in developing countries in Africa and Asia. The initiative, Alive & Thrive , ...

Recently Reported Childhood Deaths from Influenza Are a Stark Reminder to Vaccinate Now

BETHESDA, Md., Feb. 24 /PRNewswire/ -- In recent weeks, a number of childhood deaths across the country have been linked to influenza. These tragic reports underscore the importance of preventing this serious and sometimes deadly disease with an annual flu vaccine. Influenza vaccine is still ...

Emergency Treatment Strategies, Better Communication Among Health Care Workers Reduce Heart Attack Patient Deaths by 19 Percent, Says AHJ Published Study

WILMINGTON, Del., Feb. 10 /PRNewswire/ -- Four western New York hospitals using emergency treatment strategies emphasizing evidence-based therapy and better communication among health care providers reduced heart attack patient deaths by 19 percent for up to one year after patient discharge. ...

Physician use of HIT in hospitals linked to fewer deaths and complications, lower costs

New York, NY, January 26, 2009A study published today in the Archives of Internal Medicine , finds that when physicians in hospitals use health information technology (health IT) to its full potential there are fewer deaths, fewer complications, and lower health care costs. The study, supported b...

More Accidental Infant Deaths Blamed on Suffocation in Bed

Black boys under age of 4 months most susceptible, analysis finds MONDAY, Jan. 26 (HealthDay News) -- Even while the rate of sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS) in the United States has declined, the rate of infant deaths from accidental suffocation in bed has quadrupled, a new study r...

Elderly Car Crash Deaths Down in Last Decade

Fatalities have dropped 21%, while population has increased 10%, study finds FRIDAY, Jan. 23 (HealthDay News) -- Elderly drivers are safer drivers than they were a decade ago, a new study suggests. Crash fatalities among drivers over the age of 70 fell 21 percent between 1997 and 20...

Hospitals demonstrate surgical safety checklist drops deaths and complications by more than a third

Boston, MA A collection of hospitals in eight cities around the globe has successfully demonstrated that the use of a simple surgical checklist during major operations can lower the incidence of deaths and complications by more than one third. The year-long study was led by researchers from the H...

Salmonella Linked to Deaths in Virginia, Minnesota

Number of people sickened in outbreak rises to 425 in 43 states, CDC says WEDNESDAY, Jan. 14 (HealthDay News) -- As the number of people sickened by salmonella-contaminated peanut butter rose to 425 in 43 states, state health officials said Tuesday that one death in Minnesota and two i...

LegalView Informs Parents of Crib Recall Following Several Infant Deaths Caused by Asphyxiation from Improper Crib Mechanisms

LegalView recently reported a Delta Enterprise crib recall following the deaths of several children because of faulty crib mechanisms causing asphyxiation among infants. The drop side of several of the cribs has been the alleged cause of the recent recall. Denver, CO (P...

Newborn Hospital Deaths Highest for Those Without Insurance

And those transferred between facilities also had higher mortality rates, study says WEDNESDAY, Dec. 17 (HealthDay News) -- Newborns, especially those lacking insurance, make up the bulk of children who die while in a hospital, new research shows. The study, published in a recent is...

Most Mt. Everest Deaths Occur Near Summit During Descent

Study says high-altitude cerebral edema is a common problem for climbers THURSDAY, Dec. 11 (HealthDay News) -- Most deaths on Mount Everest occur during descents from the summit in the so-called "death zone" above 8,000 meters, and high-altitude cerebral edema appears to be associated ...

Cancer Deaths Take Heavy Financial Toll

One estimate projects the U.S. cost to be $1.472 trillion in 2020 TUESDAY, Dec. 9 (HealthDay News) -- In pure economic terms of productivity lost and the expense of care-giving, cancer deaths cost the United States $232.4 billion in 2000 and will cost $308 billion in 2020, a new report...

Worldwide Measles Deaths Drop Dramatically

They plunged 74 percent from 2000 to 2007, report shows THURSDAY, Dec. 4 (HealthDay News) -- Worldwide deaths from measles plunged 74 percent between 2000 and 2007, according to a new report, and experts say the trend is clear evidence that an international campaign to increase measles...

Global Measles Deaths Drop By 74%

The Eastern Mediterranean region achieves measles goal three years early ATLANTA and GENEVA and NEW YORK and WASHINGTON, Dec. 4 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Measles deaths worldwide fell by 74% between 2000 and 2007, from an estimated 750,000 to 197,000. In addition, the Eastern Mediterran...

Drop in cancer deaths tied primarily to gains in behavior and screening

CAMBRIDGE, Mass., Dec. 2, 2008 Improvements in behavior and screening have contributed greatly to the 13 percent decline in cancer mortality since 1990, with better cancer treatments playing a supporting role, according to new research from David Cutler of Harvard University. While not the f...

Blood pressure control inequality linked to deaths among blacks

Racial disparity in the control of hypertension contributes to the deaths of almost 8,000 black men and women in the United States annually, according to a first-of-its-kind study published today in the Annals of Family Medicine by University of Rochester Medical Center researchers. The resea...

Study confirms increased heart attack deaths in NYC ambulance diversions

Ambulance diversions from nearby, crowded New York emergency rooms to more distant emergency departments are associated with increased deaths among patients suffering from heart attacks, according to a paper presented at a meeting of the Institute for Operations Research and the Management Science...

Flu Vaccine Could Prevent 357,000 Deaths in Pandemic

Predictive model shows shots would also save $7 billion in related health-care costs WEDNESDAY, Oct. 29 (HealthDay News) -- Vaccinating infants with what's known as the "7 valent pneumococcal conjugate vaccine" (PCV7) could save more than 357,000 lives and $7 billion in costs by preven...

Healthcare Providers Can Help Reduce Teen Driving Deaths

Children's National expert says physicians have unique opportunity to help parents and teens practice safer driving. Washington, DC (Vocus) October 1, 2008 -- Family physicians can and should help teens and their families understand the http://www.childrensnational.org/...

Joint Commission Alert: Prevent Blood Thinner Deaths and Overdoses

Anticoagulant therapy linked to high rate of errors OAKBROOK TERRACE, Ill., Sept. 24 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- A number of recent high profile errors related to commonly used blood thinners highlight a safety issue that too frequently results in harm or even death to patients, according to ...

Rise of Global Deaths and Chronic Diseases Leads to Summit on Protecting Global Employee Health

American Cancer Society Convenes Global Companies, Health Care Professionals, Harvard School of Public Health and World Economic Forum to Develop New Global Smoke-free and Wellness Programs BOSTON, Aug. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- For the first time, leaders of major multinational compani...

UNC report: Heat-related deaths in high school football players dip, but all are preventable

CHAPEL HILL You could say two is a small number. But that's still two too many for Frederick O. Mueller, Ph.D., professor of exercise and sports science in the College of Arts and Sciences at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. The figure represents the number of reported cases...

Beleaguered Howe Developmental Center Remains Open Despite Additional Deaths and Ongoing Violations of Human Rights

Twenty-Three Dead: Does Anyone Care? CHICAGO, July 14 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Howe Developmental Center remains open for business, despite the continued horrific conditions that led the Federal Government to decertify it over a year ago. Incredibly, Howe has lived on even though distu...
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