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Dementia, including Alzheimer's disease, remains the leading cause of death in England and Wales, figures show. New data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS) shows the condition accounted for 12% of all deaths registered in 2016, up from 11.6% in 2015. Last year, dementia overtook heart disease as the…
Care homes could overtake hospitals as most common place to die, according to new research. Just over a fifth of people currently die in a care home but experts predict the number will more than double by 2040. Experts from King's College London analysed data from 2004 to 2014 for…
Families are "missing out" on specialist end-of-life care as two in five people are unaware that most hospice services are provided for free, a charity has said. Only 57% of Britons are aware that services provided by hospices are generally free for those receiving them, a new poll by Hospice…
Terminally-ill Noel Conway has vowed to appeal against a legal decision which has denied him a say over how and when he will die. The 67-year-old retired lecturer from Shrewsbury, who says he feels "entombed" by his motor neurone disease, is dependent on a ventilator and was not at the…
Only one in 10 very old people simply "slip away" when they die, a new study suggests. Just 10% of the oldest old have no symptoms such as pain, distress, depression or confusion at the time of death, researchers found. Experts from the University of Cambridge performed a retrospective analysis…
The subject of children facing death or a bereavement in their family will be discussed at the University of Chichester next month. A conference, on Friday 20 October, will explore how young people cope with terminal illness based on assessments by researchers and leading organisations and charities. It is intended…
Delayed discharges - where people are stuck in hospital even though they are medically fit to leave - is fuelling a rise in overall death rates, research suggests. Experts said a "crisis in the NHS" and problems in social care are at least partly to blame for rising death rates…
Patients are dying alone in NHS hospitals because there are too few staff to care for them, according to a new report. A survey of more than 30,000 nurses found many feeling stressed and burnt out, with a quarter saying they care for 14 patients or more at a time.…
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