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Highly likely. The infant mortality rate in Iran is 13 (per 1000 births); the infant mortality rate for African Americans in Ohio (but not specialized to Youngstown) is 15.6. There may be difference in definition (in the USA, some neonatal deaths that are included in the IMR are classified as stillbirths in other countries and excluded), but Ohio would not ...


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It depends on your definition of terrorism and your interpretation of the quote: is it about American lives anywhere in the world, or about death in America including non-Americans. For the purpose of this answer I'll assume the second interpretation. If terrorism only includes Islamic terrorism, it would be true, although quite close. See for example the ...


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A physician in the Netherlands was recently reprimanded by an "Inspectorate" for the "Disciplinary Offices for Healthcare" (Tuchtcolleges voor de gezondheidszorg) over this case. 24-Jul-2018 Press Release (Dutch) Detailed Decision (Dutch) The women suffered dementia, and had earlier written a declaration of her desire to be euthanized. However, the ...


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Has maternal mortality due to child birth dropped in England over the past 100 years? Yes. Tremendously. The 2006 paper, British maternal mortality in the 19th and early 20th centuries examines this. Figure 1 illustrates the incredible improvement, just up to 1970 alone. Annual death rate per 1000 total births from maternal mortality in England ...


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No, the picture is not accurate. No, “42% of yearly deaths in the world” are not from abortion. As Avi’s answer shows, the raw numbers are about right, albeit with a big uncertainty attached. However, the percentages are wrong because the 42% implies that the “total number of deaths” = “number of deaths after birth” + “number of abortions”. This is ...


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The statement appears to accurately mirror the research paper. To me it looks about as well done as such a study could be done with the data available. Though beware of popsci news articles which ignore the authors caveats. Results 104 630 patients were treated by 3314 surgeons, 774 female and 2540 male. Before matching, patients treated by female ...


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No, this is false. The University of Arkansas Medical Services debunks this myth: Hair and fingernails may appear longer after death, but not because they are still growing. Instead, a persons fingernails and hair may appear longer because the skin around them has retracted, according to the Dermatology Clinic at UAMS. After death, ...


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Oddthinking's answer is quite complete, but it does not quite address the allegation by the Daily Wire that She was given coffee with a sedative in it, but she refused to drink it — and then struggled as the doctor tried to kill her. She fought so fiercely that the doctor ordered her own family to physically hold her down, and she was forcibly euthanized. ...


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Even though the article was published by Bild (which is a strong indicator that you have to check the sources yourself) and has no verifiable source, it sounds correct. In 2009, Sandra Kuhn wrote a dissertation in medicine at the University of Hamburg about "Auto-erotic deaths in Hamburg and Munich 1983-2002" [1] In the 20 years, she found 101 cases (100 ...


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The global death rate was 7.99 per thousand people per year. The world population is about 7.1 billion people. This means that about 56 million people die a year, excluding abortions. This approximately aligns with the estimate for the number of postnatal deaths in the image. The Guttmacher Institute estimates that there were 43.8 million abortions in 2008. ...


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That new report (Effects of health and social care spending constraints on mortality in England: a time trend analysis) is absolutely in line of prior research. The mortality rises across the board with causes ranging from neglect to infectious diseases and to suicides. Like: Austerity and old-age mortality in England: a longitudinal cross-local area ...


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Summary As an "Average" person, you are vastly more likely to be hit by lightning over the course of a year (somewhere in the range 1 in 280,000 through 1 in 960,000) than you are to win the jackpot on the powerball lottery in a year (roughly 1 in 2.8 million if you play twice a week for 52 weeks). Lightning The National Oceanic and Atmospheric ...


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Something that isn't discussed in both answers here is that in her demented state, she did express herself. From the decision, point 2.13, most recent 3 quotes, translated: Dutch: “2 april 2016 (…) mw. heeft lange tijd voor de camera gepraat, geklaagd en nu en dan gehuild en minimaal 2x gezegd dat zij dood wilde. (…) “9 april 2016 (…) Gesprek in ...


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According to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has received an average of about 25 reports a year describing deaths to children who suffocated due to plastic bags. Almost 90 percent of them were under one year of age. About 4 million children are born each year in the USA, with an infant ...


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Dr Kerzin (who reportedly made the claim) might have been misunderstood by the reporter and/or the editor of the article. It might be truer to say that he is dead and meditating (for some suitably vague definition of "him", given that the self is difficult to define and that Tibetan Buddhists believe in a continuing existence after death and rebirth). The ...


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If you are sick, keep the doctors away? (Variously attributed to Democritus and Leonardo da Vinci, no reliable source found) Doctors' strikes and mortality: a review (doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2008.09.044): A paradoxical pattern has been suggested in the literature on doctors' strikes: when health workers go on strike, mortality stays level or decreases. ...


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It's obviously not real. At very first glance it looks like a parody. But since you want some "hard evidence", here it goes. Whole setup is very, very amateur, too amateur to be considered from a show on national TV in Russia (or Ukraine for that matter) TV station logo is: TVД, yet in Cyrillic alphabet there is no V, obviously no TVД station exist It's ...


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TL;DR - we don't know if the study is corroborated. I will continue to look into this topic to edit and improve the answer. It may be too early to conclude if the results of the 2018 paper are corroborated by other sources. RE: Methodology, the paper covers it well (emphasis added). We constructed an original database of all confirmed uses of deadly ...


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The data this claim seems to be based on is severely limited. I applaud their efforts to bring attention to this issue, but they do not appear to be using scientific counting methods, and their data only goes back a few years. Although not explicitly stated in the claim, the claim appears to be specific to the United States. This document published by the ...


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Per Anthony J. Pinizzotto, Harry A kern and Edward F. Davis in FBI law enforcement bulletin October 2004, with the exceptions of hits to the brain or upper spinal cord, the concept of reliable and reproducible immediate incapacitation of the human target by gunshot wounds to the torso a.k.a one shot drop is a myth. However, many shooting scenes in majority ...


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In addition to BobTheAverage's asnwer, the claim has other notable problems (hat/tip to commenters on the question for some of them): The claim tries to imply (not just the cracked.com image, but HRC's document it's based on) that these victims were specifically victimized because of their transgender status. The report is misleadingly called "Addressing ...


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tl;dr Possibly. We cannot be sure. There are no official statistics about that. The origin of this claim is German tabloid Bild: 80 bis 100 Tote jährlich durch Selbstbefriedigung 80 bis 100 Menschen sterben Schätzungen zufolge jedes Jahr bei riskanten Selbstbefriedigungspraktiken in Deutschland. Der Brandenburger Rechtsmediziner Harald Voß geht von ...


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The whole issue with electrodes in medicine (and Medical physics which I did my degree in) is that there needs to be a good electrical contact between the skin and the item transferring the current, otherwise burns may occur. The aim is to have a low resistance at the point of contact. If you think about it this is entirely logical electrical physics - if ...


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Yes. This is known as a death erection or a terminal erection, amongst other names. Helen Singer Kaplan wrote in 1983, in The evaluation of sexual disorders: psychological and medical aspects (page 167): Acute cervical spinal cord transection produces immediate erection. Men subjected to capital punishment by hanging and laboratory animals sacrificed ...


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This is false. That quote was derived from a line of dialogue by a character in his 1932 play "Too True to be Good." The full text of which can be found here. If you search "bankrupt" it is the only result that comes up and you can instantly see the striking similarity between the quotes. THE ELDER [rising impulsively] Determinism is gone, shattered, ...


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This looks to be plausible, at least for the UK National Lottery Jackpot. The chances of winning the Jackpot in the UK National Lottery are 1 in 13,983,815. The chances of dying on the way depends on the length of journey and the transport used. Number of Deaths for various forms of transport are listed in Reported Road Casualties Great Britain: annual ...


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I did some more research on this tonight, and was able to answer my own question, at least to some extent. The conclusions seem to be: For the world as a whole, this is a very unlikely claim. For the United States of America in particular, this likely true, at least for the deaths of Americans in wars since the country was founded. This is possibly the ...


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No, this is satire. But, it's possible that it happened and hasn't been reported anywhere. You need to look at the source of the original article. In this case, it's a site called The Ronson Writer. They are a spoof news site along the lines of The Onion and The Shovel. Their About page says: The Ronson Writer is an online newspaper and collective blog ...


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It depends. The author did publish a peer-reviewed article in 2009 discussing the issue, with sources. I've verified most of the sources and they seem to be reliable and reputable. Criminality and Moral Conduct In many people’s minds – and as expressed so clearly in Psalm 14 cited at the outset of this essay – atheism is equated with lawlessness ...


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