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'Death Test' aims to predict time of death

'Death Test' Aims To Predict Time Of Death

Wanna know when you'll die? If the answer is yes, you're in luck.

According to WCFT, scientists in Finland have developed what they call a death test.

"It is a simple blood test that can predict whether a seemingly healthy person may die from a medical condition within one to five years," WCFT reported.

Researchers say they were astonished that they could draw so much from such a simple test. The process uses biomarkers in the body to measure a person's level of health.

Every system in our bodies has its own biomarkers, and they can be used to diagnose and analyze different biological conditions from cancer to heart disease and more.

The so-called "death test" calls attention to biomarkers showing signs of abnormality, and that's how researchers estimate when and how someone might die, WZTV explained. Even for people who believed they were perfectly healthy, the test sometimes showed otherwise.

Those with abnormal biomarkers supposedly have a risk of dying five times higher than people with regular biomarkers.

According to WNYW, researchers discovered the test by taking blood samples from more than 17,000 people in generally good health and testing for more than 100 chemicals found in your body. Five years later, they compared the samples to those still alive to those not so fortunate.

"We believe that in the future these measures can be used to identify people who appear healthy but in fact have serious underlying illnesses and guide them to proper treatment," explained a doctor with the Institute for Molecular Medicine in Finland to The Telegraph.

There's still a lot of work that needs to be done, and ultimately the test wasn't developed to let you know if the grim reaper is chasing you down. But after the kinks are worked out, the death test will actually, hopefully, help you dodge death.

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jenan221 March 01 2014 at 8:07 PM

Impossible for me to believe this.....there are healthy people who don't suffer from any health issue and die just in a sudden......and there are people with multiple diseases, and the doctors predict their death within months, yet they live years ahead.

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baharmon78 March 02 2014 at 1:12 AM


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Beverly baharmon78 March 02 2014 at 10:10 AM

laughing... but you are probably in part right.

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sequestereddems March 02 2014 at 12:51 AM

I want people i know to get this test.If they say oh man i got the test and i got 2 years to live i will be getting life insurance policies on them.

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joycekennedy4 sequestereddems March 02 2014 at 1:30 AM

you got that right :)

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charlie4562r March 02 2014 at 12:46 AM

Well isn't this a bit of cheery news! Do we have to pay our taxes first?

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curtis88 March 02 2014 at 12:28 AM

Some comments--
It's amazing how the Obama haters immediately start spewing their venom instead of looking at the actual study. It's also amazing how this AOL article looks like it was pieced together from a bunch of sources (WCFT, WNYW, WZTV)...only Fox News was missing. For those who want to see the original study, try going to this link:
What you'll see is that they studied people from ages 18-103, many smokers, many overweight, some with diabetes and cancer....and only 684 people died out of 17,000 studied in a five year period. Everyone should just calm down and relax.

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chiefufo March 02 2014 at 12:01 AM


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Giselle March 02 2014 at 5:25 PM

I would be willing to find out what I could improve on to upgrade my quality of life.

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spdy65 March 02 2014 at 5:28 PM

If these test prove to be accurate they could really mess up the whole life insurance world.

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Ray March 01 2014 at 10:47 PM

Story to the moral is that you'll never get out of this world alive!!

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mechase March 02 2014 at 1:28 AM

bet insurance company dont like this

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cruisedoc mechase March 02 2014 at 1:59 AM

Bet they do .....opps, forgot, they can't charge based on risk assessment anymore. Now, if we can only mandate car ins. companies to charge my teenage son the same as me.

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