Results for - Back from the dead
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(Source: Popular Science) Bringing people back from the "dead" is not science fiction anymore. Typically, after just minutes without a heartbeat, brain cells start dying, and an irreversible and lethal process is set in motion. But when a person becomes severely cold before his heart quits, his metabolism slows. The body sips so little oxygen that it can remain in a suspended state for up to seven hours without permanent cell damage. Thanks to improvements in technology (like the cardiac bypass machine that saved Dwyer's life) and medical understanding, the odds are getting better for coming back from the edge. They are so good, in fact, that some doctors and scientists are testing a bold new hypothesis: What if you could induce a near-death state in order to save lives? If it can be done, it could be a game changer for saving some of the nearly 200,000 Americans who die each year due to trauma injuries. By essentially pressing "pause," doctors might be able to buy precious time that could mean the difference between life and death.
1. Were you aware before reading the introduction that the human body can be "paused" for around seven hours without getting cell damage?
2. Were you ever re-animated?
3. If you were brought back from the dead, for how long were you "paused"?
Between 11 minutes and an hour
4. Saving patients in hospitals full of cutting-edge equipment is one thing. Saving them on the battlefield, where the nearest facilities could be hundreds of miles away, is another. That's the challenge that plagues—and motivates—Matthew Martin, the active-duty surgeon. After four tours in Iraq and Afghanistan, Martin is trying to achieve the same results as Tisherman—without extensive equipment that would be impossible to bring to the front lines. That means using chemicals—not cold—to slow the body's clock. "The question," says Martin, "is, 'Can we decrease the person's demand for blood so even for a period of time, he actually doesn't need blood flowing?' That would be the ultimate goal." This would be a great hope for soldiers, or people who live far away from a hospital. Would you like to see this project being successful and affordable?