Methamphetamine overdose deaths rise sharply nationwide — ScienceDaily

Methamphetamine overdose deaths surged in an eight-year period in the United States, according to a study published today in JAMA Psychiatry. The analysis revealed rapid rises across all racial and ethnic groups, but American Indians and Alaska Natives had the highest death rates overall. The research was conducted at the National Institute on Drug Abuse […]

Where COVID-19 hit hardest, sudden deaths outside the hospital increased

Philadelphia, January 18, 2021 – A new study comparing the incidence of sudden deaths occurring outside the hospital across New York City’s highly diverse neighborhoods with the percentage of positive SARS-CoV-19 tests found that increased sudden deaths during the pandemic correlate to the extent of virus infection in a neighborhood. The analysis appears in Heart […]

California lockdown suppressed excess pandemic deaths

Nearly 20,000 more Californians died in the first six months of the pandemic than would have been expected to die in a normal year, with a disproportionate number of those deaths occurring among older adults, Black or Latino residents, or those who had not completed high school, according to an analysis by researchers at UC […]

Scientists solve mystery of mass coho salmon deaths. The killer? A chemical from car tires

Coho salmon, Tillamook State Forest, Oregon. Credit: Oregon Department of Forestry When officials in Seattle spent millions of dollars restoring the creeks along Puget Sound—tending to the vegetation, making the stream beds less muddy, building better homes for fish—they were thrilled to see coho salmon reappear. But when it rained, more than half, sometimes all, […]

Focus on COVID-19 deaths in under-65s for better insights into infection rates

Simply comparing the total number of deaths across countries may provide a misleading representation of the underlying level of transmission of SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19, because of large differences in reported COVID-19 death rates in elderly populations in different countries. The research, conducted by scientists at the University of Cambridge and the Institut […]

‘Deaths of despair’ are rising. It’s time to define despair

As 2015 wound down, a foreboding but catchy phrase from a scientific paper blew across the cultural landscape with unexpected force. The expression “deaths of despair” was born after Princeton University economist Anne Case and Angus Deaton — Case’s colleague, husband and a Nobel laureate in economics — dug into U.S. death statistics and found […]

Liver cancer diagnoses and deaths impacted by geography and household income

An analysis of information from a large U.S. cancer database indicates that patients with liver cancer from rural regions and lower income households often have more advanced cancer at the time of diagnosis and face a higher risk of death compared with other patients. The findings are published early online in CANCER, a peer-reviewed journal […]