DEATH & DYING

Death is an inevitable fact of life. Learn about life expectancy, the different ways to die, in this section.
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15 Most Common Causes of Death in the United States

Where you live has a lot to do with how you meet your Maker. See our list of the 15 most common causes of death in the United States, including Diabetes mellitus and heart diseases.

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  • Can you die of a broken heart?

    Can you die of a broken heart?

    When a long-time spouse dies, it isn't that uncommon for potentially life-threatening health problems to arise in his or her partner soon afterward, or for chronic conditions to take a grave turn. Could broken hearts be to blame? See more »

  • Death by Invention! Who didn't make it?

    Death by Invention! Who didn't make it?

    It might sound like that scene in a sci-fi movie when the robot goes crazy and kills its own inventor, but the fact is that inventors have fallen prey to their own creations for hundreds of years. Take this quiz to see how much you know about inventors killed by their own work. See more »

  • Death by Invention: 5 Inventors who Died by Their Own Work

    Death by Invention: 5 Inventors who Died by Their Own Work

    Dedicated, driven and ambitious are words to describe most inventors. So, is it fate or irony that led these five to die by the hands of their own work? See more »

  • Death by Water: Would you survive?

    Death by Water: Would you survive?

    A love of water can be deadly. Swimming, boating and even drinking the stuff could lead to your final breath. Thankfully, though, many aquatic deaths are under unusual circumstances. See how well you tread water, next. See more »

  • How can someone die from drinking too much water?

    How can someone die from drinking too much water?

    Most of us think of water as the healthiest drink in the world. But in abnormal amounts, it can actually cause death. How can a liquid you need to stay alive end up killing you? See more »

  • How does death by hanging work?

    How does death by hanging work?

    Hanging, when carried out with modern techniques, can be one of the quickest and most painless ways to be executed. But not all hangings are designed to be quick and painless. See more »

  • How Dying Works

    How Dying Works

    Dying is one thing we all have in common. Our bodies weren't built to last, and you can't trick the Grim Reaper out of coming to call. So what are we in for at the end of life? See more »

  • Is 'danger' your middle name?

    Is 'danger' your middle name?

    The desire to push one's limits is a characteristic of people all over the world. But some folks like to push a bit further than others. Can you identify the most dangerous contests and the risks involved? See more »

  • Is there a worst way to die?

    Is there a worst way to die?

    How does it feel to die? Is there a worst way, or is it totally subjective? What factors make some ways of dying so much grislier than others? See more »

  • Is there life after death?

    Is there life after death?

    At one time or another, each of us has pondered what will happen to us after our physical bodies perish. So what's the verdict? Is there an afterlife? See more »

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