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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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mphseason March 02 2014 at 7:12 AM

No way....between genetics, lifestyle and just daily living, can cause death at any time, any age. Whom ever thought up this idea, most likely either works for a insurance company or a drug company...imo

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falegre mphseason March 02 2014 at 7:52 AM

I tend to agree having a Critical Illness Myself and Battling Insurance companies throughout. Its just a way for Insurance Companies to open the door to deny Coverage's!

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STAN mphseason March 02 2014 at 8:34 AM

I would say life ins. companies being that the longer you live the more they benefit and knowing when you will die wouldhelp them adjust their premiums.
My opinion is that this info should never ever be accessable to insurance companies,way to much room for abuse.

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baharmon78 March 02 2014 at 1:12 AM

THATS BECAUSE THEY KNOW THEIR GOING TO GET THEM ON ALL THOSE PRESCRIPTONS AND THEY CAN GUESS HOW LONG IT WILL TAKE TO KILL YOU.

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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:
www.plosmedicine.org/articleinfo%3Adoi%2F10.1371%2Fjournal.pmed.1001606
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

TIME FLY'S ! DEATH IS CERTAIN !

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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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