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After U.S. pregnancy deaths soared in 2021, they are on track to drop to pre-pandemic levels in 2022, a new government report shows.
While the decline from more than 1,200 pregnancy deaths in 2021 to 733 deaths in 2022 is positive news, experts said it’s still not enough when pregnancy deaths were already at high levels before COVID-19 emerged.
The U.S. Centers for Disease Contro...
Calico Critters animal figures and sets that were sold with bottle and pacifier accessories are being recalled due to a choking hazard.
Epoch Everlasting Play has recalled more than 3.2 million of the toys, the
Opioids pose the greatest poison risk to children in the United States, accounting for more than half of poisoning deaths in infants and toddlers, a new study reports.
About 52% of poisoning deaths of children aged 5 and younger in 2018 involved the ingestion of an opioid, according to findings published online March 8 in the journal
When former President Jimmy Carter recently entered home hospice care after many years of cancer treatment, it was an invitation for families across America to consider how they would like to spend their final days.
Patients spending the end of their lives in for-profit hospices receive substantially worse care than those who are in nonprofit hospices, a new study claims.
To come to that conclusion, RAND Corp. researchers analyzed surveys completed by people whose loved ones had spent time in more than 3,100 hospices throughout the country.
The research included reviewing more than 650,000 sur...
Following the deaths of 15 infants, families are advised to immediately stop using all models of Kids2 Rocking Sleepers, according to a second recall notice.
Four of those 15 babies died after the first recall notice, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) reported.
The company is recalling 694,000 Rocking Sleepers. Parents can contact the Kids2 company for a refund.
U.S. stroke deaths have dramatically declined in the past several decades. But, researchers caution, their new study also found the potential for a resurgence.
“After nearly four decades of declining stroke-related mortality, the risk appears to be increasing in the United States. Our research underscores the need for novel strategies to combat this alarming trend,” said lead study au...
One low-cost intervention could make a difference in America's epidemic of opioid overdoses, a new study suggests.
When health care providers were notified that one of their patients had died from an overdose, they wrote fewer opioid prescriptions for up to a year later.
The University of Southern California (USC) study built upon earlier findings that letters like these could reduc...
The average American's expected life span at birth took another big hit in 2021, according to final data on death rates for that pandemic year.
Whereas in 2019 the average American could have expected to live an average of 78.8 years, life expectancy declined to 77 years in 2020, and then to 76.4 years in 2021, according to data released Thursday by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control ...
Homicide has become a leading killer of children, with guns being the most common weapon used in their deaths, a new study shows.
The overall rate of homicides in children has grown about 4.3% each year for a decade, with a steep rise seen between 2019 and 2020, when the number of kids who died by homicide rose 27.7%.
Firearm-related homicides rose 47.7% between 2019 and 2020, acc...
More than two years after the pandemic began, there is a bit of good news on death rates in the United States: They should be lower this year than during the past two years once final numbers are tallied.
Still, they have not dropped to levels seen before COVID swept across the country, preliminary data shows.
Deaths are expected to remain about 13% higher than 2019 numbers for 2022...
Almost 15 million people likely died as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020 and 2021, nearly three times more than previously reported, a new World Health Organization study estimates.
The researchers said the COVID-19 pandemic caused about 4.5 million more deaths than would have been expected in 2020, and 10.4 million more in 2021, according to the report published online Dec. 14 i...
People have long talked about having near-death experiences in which they felt they were looking down on themselves while others tried to save them.
Now researchers have documented some of those experiences. In a new study, investigators found that about 20% of patients recalled lucid experiences of death that occurred while they were seemingly unconscious and dying.
Faulty readings by pulse oximeters may have resulted in more COVID deaths among minorities, doctors warned in testimony before a U.S. Food and Drug Administration advisory panel this week.
Pulse oximeters are small devices that read a person's blood oxygen levels via a fingertip. During the pandemic, health workers used the readings to help determine who should receive scarce medications...
More than four out of five pregnancy-related deaths in the United States could have been prevented, according to a new federal government report.
A second person in the United States infected with monkeypox has died in California.
As in the earlier case in Texas, public health officials are investigating what role the virus may have played in the death of this second patient.
"We will be doing an autopsy. S...
A Texas patient who was infected with monkeypox has died, though state health officials said Tuesday it's too early to say what role the virus may have played in the death.
The adult, who died in a hospital in Harris County, was "severely immunocompromised" and had "various severe illnesses," health officials...
Lori McClintock, the wife of Northern California congressman Tom McClintock, died late last year after taking white mulberry leaf, a herb used to treat diabetes, obesity and high cholesterol, a recently released report shows.
The cause of death listed in the report was dehydration due to
Health authorities are investigating a parvovirus-like illness that has killed more than 30 dogs in northern Michigan, most within three days.
The dogs died in Otsego County after showing symptoms such as vomiting and bloody stool, signs of canine parvovirus, but tests were negative for the virus, according to a Facebook
Even a "small" nuclear war, far short of a global conflict, could kill much of the world's population due to starvation, a new study projects.
Any nuclear war would have obviously devastating effects in the places where it was waged — obliterating cities, instantly killing huge numbers of people, and contaminating local soil and water.
But the destruction would be expected to stre...
Minutes after a heartbeat stops, a massive series of disastrous events triggered by lack of blood flow begins to destroy a body's cells and organs.
This chain of events had been thought to be inevitable and irreversible. Now, a new animal study shows that
Experts predict opioid overdoses will climb in both rural and urban areas because of the lethal practice of mixing the highly addictive narcotics with other drugs.
The coming wave of opioid overdoses “...
Can someone really die of a broken heart?
If that person has serious heart disease, new Swedish research suggests the answer may well be yes.
After analyzing almost three decades worth of data on nearly half a million heart failure p...
Heartache and heartbreak are apt terms for the intense grief caused by losing a spouse.
A new study says such a loss can lead to major health problems and even death, and the paper may help explain why that happens.
When faced with stressful situations, grieving spouses have significant increases in
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
During the first year of the pandemic, the number of Americans felled by gun violence reached a level not seen since 1994, a new government report shows.
From 2019 to 2020, the rate of murders involving guns rose by nearly 35%, the highest logged in more than 25 years.
In fact, guns were involved in 79% of all murders and 53% of all suicides in 2020. Along with increases in gun suic...
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 compares with an official tally of 6.2 million COVID-19 deaths r...
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 - including suicides, homicides and accidents - in that age group in 2020.
The rising rates demonstrate that the Uni...
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 2020<...
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 than an actual rise in dementia cases, the study authors said.
About half of all older adults are diagnosed with de...
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 statistics from the U.S. Centers for D...
Oregon will no longer require terminally ill patients to be residents of the state to use its law allowing physician aid in dying.
A lawsuit that challenged the residency requirement as unconstitutional was settled Monday, with the Oregon Health Autho...
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 professionals focus on improving a patient's quality of life by emphasizing pain management and symptom relief during medical tre...
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. However, the new analysis estimates that more than three times the number of excess deaths -- 18.2 million -- may have occ...
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 emergency department visits among older Americans, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC)
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 their time and effort: Taking zinc, vitamin C or vitamin D supplements doesn't lower one's risk of dying from COVID-19.
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 posterior aspect of his head," the report by the chief medical examiner of Orange and Osceola counties in Florida stated.
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 department treatment for tip-over injuries, and nearly 44% were under 18, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Comm...
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 the study, the researchers examined years of life lost -- the difference between a person's e...
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 provide end-of-life care.
Only six countries -- the United Kingdom, Ireland, Taiwan, Australia, South Korea and Cos...
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 might mean care happens in suboptimal spaces, said study author Simon Jones, a research professor in the department of p...
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 spiked during those disruptions, versus the days immediately before.
The pattern is not surprising, said lead researc...
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 cardiologist Dr. Martha Gulati, who refers to the concept as the "Hollywood heart attack."
But ardor simply isn't that ...
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 new study of gun violence ...
"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 "American's Funniest Home Videos," Saget's death was confirmed by the Orange County Sheriff's Office, The New York Times
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 eventually lead to ways to save lives.
Since the 1990s, the term
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 NYC and are the first publicly recognized overdose prevention sites to open in the United States. The city first