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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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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 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 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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What are the most common causes of death in the profession of computer programming?

Some cancers such as colorectal cancer are said to be associated with sitting too much. I spent most of the day sitting down. While I could remind myself to stand up more regularly, I was wondering ...
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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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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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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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What fraction of people have a “Do Not Resuscitate” order?

Any information is appreciated. Could be in a specific country, could be for hospital patients or for the whole population, etc.