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Can anyone help me find this case of a boy who died from an OR mistake during tonsillectomy?

I realize that this is obscure. In the 1990s, I remember reading an article in either Time or Newsweek about how a hospital that screwed up a tonsillectomy, resulting in the death of their young ...
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Does high level of pain alone (without fatal physical injury) necessarily lead to faint or death? [duplicate]

It is known that pain can stimulate the vagus nerve which could cause faint and extreme pain can cause cardiac arrest, which could lead to death. But is it just the pain causing the faint or death, ...
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What kills more people worldwide each year, cold or heat?

What kills more people worldwide each year, cold or heat? https://www.wunderground.com/cat6/Which-Kills-More-People-Extreme-Heat-or-Extreme-Cold The above article points out that in the USA, NOAA says ...
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Risks to quick vaccine development?

I've heard that the longer a virus is in a population the less deadly it becomes. Something about deadliness being selected out from generation to generation. Had me thinking that with the speed of ...
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Would a person with high body fat survive longer without food?

Considering the following information: The more fat stores available, the longer a person can typically survive during starvation. Once the fat stores have been completely metabolized, the body then ...
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How do I stop my doctor from killing me? [closed]

In the international best-selling author, Dr Vernon Coleman's book 'how to stop your doctor killing you', he explains that the person most likely to kill you is not a burglar, a mugger, a deranged ...
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What is causing recent increase in R00-R99 deaths?

US CDC publishes provisional counts of deaths by select causes. This year, weekly deaths associated with ICD-10 codes R00-R99 increased from approximately 600 to more than 3,000. Those codes ...
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What are ASDH and AS in the context of "cause of death"?

I'm not sure this is technically the correct place to ask this question, but I know I need medical expertise so hear I am. I have been researching my family genealogy recently and, of special interest ...
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Can someone die of asphyxiation while still having high oxygen saturation?

If someone at the time of death has high measured oxygen saturation (eg 98%) is it still possible that they died of asphyxiation? In other words, does death via asphyxiation always kill by reducing ...
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Is the number of deaths (1,913) amongst people who received a COVID-19 vaccine higher than amongst people who didn't receive a COVID-19 vaccine?

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention states: Over 109 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines were administered in the United States from December 14, 2020, through March 15, 2021. During this ...
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What are the most common ways that COVID kills?

Looking at the death counts for 2020 published on the CDC's website, total deaths "involving COVID-19" were 375,581, but total deaths "involving COVID-19 and pneumonia" were only ...
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Why do weekly deaths in the UK dramatically decrease during the end of December / beginning of January?

Looking at the weekly death statistics or the UK (something a few of us may have started the morbid habit of doing), I noticed an interesting phenomenon which seems to happen every year. The reports ...
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How do you tell a brain-dead patient from a living one?

One theme that's been explored somewhat in popular culture is brain death, and the interesting dynamics of what separates dead from alive. In chemistry, death is defined as the loss of the ability to ...
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Why are government decisions being led by the number of COVID CASES (as opposed to actual deaths)? [closed]

Since the early days of COVID-19, when very little information was available regarding this new virus, we now have an abundance of data. Data such as: Cases recorded, per nation, per time period ...
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Total number of deaths in the USA before COVID-19 and in 2020?

I would like to compare before and after COVID-19. I want to know if there was a raise, how high, and if there was a shift from other causes to COVID-19. The media is very biased and only reports the ...
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How can a ruptured ulcer all the way in the duodenum, cause kidney failure?

The famous Nobel Prize winning physicist is said to have died because "A ruptured duodenal ulcer caused kidney failure", leading to his death 12 days later. I understand that the kidney ...
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Why is the reported number of COVID-19 deaths lower on Sundays and Mondays in the US?

I was looking at the Daily Deaths from COVID-19 from Worldometers and I noticed that the number is always lower on Sundays and Mondays. Why is that? Am I interpreting the graphs correctly?
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What data and research is available on the mortality risk (infection fatality rate) of COVID-19?

Given controversy and confusion over aspects of COVID-19, particularly over comparisons and contrasts with the mortality risk of seasonal flu, this question seeks data and findings on the mortality ...
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How can we detect if a person died to COVID-19?

So according to the current data, around 80k people died worldwide to COVID-19. But afaik a big portion of them didn't actually die because of the virus directly, but they instead were infected with ...
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How many people died in the USA on average per day including up to 2019? [closed]

On average, how many people die every day in the USA? The statistics for 2019 and before.
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Likelihood of death from coronavirus after being admitted

Ive looked extensively but in amongst all the stats available, I cant find the proportion of people who are admitted to hospital with coronavirus but then go on to recover - any help much appreciated!
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Why would someone, healthy and 10-39 years old, infected with covid-19 might die?

From https://ourworldindata.org/coronavirus we can see that a person between 10 and 39 years old has a probability of 0.2% of dying, which is very low but meaningful. See also this table below for ...
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What is 'Rising of the lights' as a death?

In a reddit post showing the 'Causes of death of london in 1632' Theres a few causes that seem weird. But the one the caught my attention is 'Rising of the lights'. The best I've seen is that Lights =...
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What sort of damage would someone get from a 80ft drop?

I'm currently writing a book where one of my characters falls from about an 80-90 foot drop onto a solid stone surface onto her back. She's an average 32 female with a healthy diet and weight. She ...
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Does COVID-19 have a case fatality rate of 41%? Is this formula correct?

According to the data on the Johns Hopkins Coronavirus Tracker, as of 3rd February 2020 there were 17491 confirmed cases of COVID-19 globally, 536 total recoveries and 362 deaths. From my non-expert ...
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What does it mean to die from midbrain congestion?

The death certificate of a relative who died in Spain in 1887 states the cause of death was a midbrain congestion (congestión del mesencéfalo in Spanish). He died in a psychiatric hospital at the age ...
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Maternal Mortality Ratio without healthcare

What is an estimation of Maternal Mortality Ratio (MMR, number of mother death per 100000 births) without professional healthcare? In other words, how often women die during childbirth in some wild ...
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How accurate is the death of Caine in Menace II Society?

In the ending of the Menace II Society protagonist gets shot. One of the comments were rather interesting. man Caine's death is as accurate to reality without movies adding the movie death to it ...
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How does alcoholism technically (chemically) kill you?

Moreover, chronic excessive alcohol use is the single most important cause of illness and death from liver disease (alcoholic hepatitis and cirrhosis) in the United States (1). Furthermore: The ...
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How do I confirm death and the need for CPR?

How can I confirm that someone is dead with 100% certainty? I have read many articles about this issue but all of them have only what I consider superficial information. All of them focus about some ...
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Gym and Eat less calories [closed]

I have some thoughts that are contradicting each other. Gym <=> Good for health and longevity. Eat less calories <=> Good for health and longevity. Gym or eating less calories - what is ...
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What happens to the heart during cardiac arrest?

I am confused about whether the heart stops beating during cardiac arrest or not. The answer in this question states, "the heart does not pump blood sufficiently to sustain life." Isn't that the ...
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How long does it take to die from drowning?

Here is the text I'm having trouble with (from Foundations of Legal Research and Writing 5th Edition by Bast and Hawkins): To their horror, they saw two bodies in the deep end of the pool. They all ...
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Is death due to drug-induced respiratory arrest painful?

Overdose of many psychoactive drugs (opiates, benzodiazepines and others) can cause respiratory arrest, which may lead to death. This appears in every prescribing information of said drugs, but I was ...
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Does Clinical death experience and sleep paralysis experience the same? did anyone die due to sleep paralysis?

Does Clinical death experience and sleep paralysis experience are the same? did anyone die due to sleep paralysis?
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Can you die from severing your penis?

I recently saw a very disturbing post history on Reddit about a person with the stump of a penis left, and no testicles, as he severed his penis by shooting it off and castrated himself. He said he ...
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Why consciousness is lost immediately when heart stops beating?

When heart stops beating - consciousness is lost in seconds. It is explained that it is due to the drop of blood pressure in brain veins. However, by my understanding - that should only make brain ...
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Circumvent death by hypothermia

What I've read seems to indicate that hypothermia leads to death by stopping the heart, which means your cells slowly die from oxygen deprivation. Is that accurate? Suppose you mechanically pumped a ...
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Is it possible for a healthy person to drown in their sleep without waking up?

In reading about the horrific Battle of Passchendaele during World War One, I came across an anecdotal account of a British officer sheltering in a shell hole in a rain storm. The narrator claims that ...
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What caused J&J's Procrit to be so deadly?

I just finished reading Blood Medicine and I'm wondering, what made Procrit/epogen so deadly, if it was from natural sources? Was it an immune reaction?
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How many people have been instantly killed by smoking?

We all know that cigarettes have killed millions of people, to the extent that just about everyone knows someone who has died from it. Smoking deaths are overwhelmingly medium to long term effects of ...
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Are end-of-life wishes perceived differently by children?

I understand more care and caution are needed in fulfilling end-of-life wishes of children under palliative care. Are there any studies on how the fulfillment of such wishes affect children ...
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Weight loss during death

Yesterday, a family member and myself were discussing the dying process (a family member recently died). It was brought up to me that - supposedly- the human body losses weight at or very near the ...
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What percentage of deaths in the U.S. are accompanied by an autopsy?

What percentage of deaths in the US are accompanied by an autopsy? I know that the deceased's relatives must give consent for an autopsy to be performed (if they do not already know the will of the ...
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When should I drink from the sea?

Just out of curiosity, consider the following situation. I'm going to die out of thirst and there is no source of water, but sea water. Should I drink it? OR it will just make things worse and make ...
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How long do people remain conscious, on average, after massive trauma causing catastrophic internal bleeding?

In movies, people who are shot or stabbed in the chest, especially in or near the heart, generally lapse into unconsciousness and/or death instantly. This doesn't seem to be the case in real life, ...
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Does electrical exposure build human resilience?

So I stumbled on this website about shocking electrical superheroes and I was wondering if a shock was administered every day to a young person, would their heart slowly give out, or would they become ...
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Is it possible to have a smile on the face after death?

A lot of novels state that a person died with a smile on the face, or how relatives/friends notice a smile on the face that remains even after death. Is such a thing anatomically possible? Will a ...
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How do they make sure someone has really died before declaring them dead?

What is the way they determine someone died before declaring them dead? There are stories I've heard of over the years, people who's heart stopped, were brain dead, fell under ice rivers for half an ...
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What is the protocol for allowing euthanasia in a medical facility?

Not many places allow assisted suicide however, when they do, it's for 'special circumstances'. On the other hand, there have been reports of "healthy" individual's, euthanasia requests being granted. ...
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