from journal PLOS One
He or she wasn’t sick a day in his or her life. That comment gets repeated too often at funerals. The issue sparked the curiosity of a nurse and eventually professor at the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston. Stacy Drake said it was disheartening to find that seventy percent of those who died prematurely from natural causes had not seen a health care provider in the month before their death. Drake’s team found evidence of symptoms and yet those people did not get medical attention or none was available. The study found various factors including alcohol and tobacco use. Another factor was two-thirds of who died of natural causes were single and many lived alone. Drake wrote in PLOS One that we need to break the chain of events that leads to needless deaths.