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Researchers suggest 'death test' could predict your mortality

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You now have a group of researchers in Finland to thank for what could soon be the most difficult test you ever take: one that determines if you'll be alive or dead within five years.

Dr. Monsoor Khan, chairman of emergency medicine at Staten Island's Richmond University Medical Center, explains that researchers took blood samples from more than 17,000 people in good general health. They tested the blood for more than 100 chemicals found in your body, known as biomarkers. Then five years later, the researchers compared the blood samples of those still alive to those not so fortunate.

But Khan, who was not involved in the study, says there are some major problems with what has been dubbed the "death test." He says the researchers don't really point out what the people tracked died from. He also says he is skeptical because four of the researchers also happen to own the company that ran the study.

But, we were still curious: would you want to take the death test?

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