Bodily inflammation following the death of a spouse can predict future depression risk in the surviving spouse, a new study reports.
More than 80% of patients nearing the end of life reported experiencing dreams that were vivid, meaningful, and transformative. Patients reported the dreams made them feel supported, reassured and helped them to accept their impending death.
Sleep duration of five hours or less was associated with double the risk of dementia in older adults. Sleep disruptions also increased death risk in those in their seventies.
In fiction, people are more likely to recall the deaths of characters perceived as "meaningful", rather than ones they considered to be "pleasurable".
Children who experience the death of a pet may experience long-lasting and profound grief, which could lead to subsequent mental health problems. Researchers found strong emotional attachment to a pet may result in measurable psychological distress that serves as an indicator of depression in children and adolescents for three years or more after their animal dies.
A new study provides evidence that hearing is the last sense to go during the process of active death. Many people become unresponsive during the final hours of life, however, EEG data revealed the dying brain responds to sounds throughout the final moments of life.
Males who contract COVID-19 have 2.5 times the death rate of women. Being males is a significant risk factor for worse disease severity, regardless of age. Researchers found a similar trend in data from the 2003 SARS outbreak. The study speculates the reason why males are more prone to negative outcomes of coronavirus is due to levels of ACE2, which is significantly higher in males than females.
New findings raise the question of whether Neanderthals returned to the same spots in the famous Shanidar Cave to inter their dead. If so, it would suggest a cultural complexity of a higher order.