Death: We all have to go sometime

/ | Jul 29, 2017

Death: We all have to go sometime

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"In Japan today, talking about death is taboo," Kobe University medical professor Yoshiyuki Kizawa told the Asahi Shimbun earlier this month. It is remarkable that this should be so. Japan of all nations should be primed for such a discussion. Its traditional culture is breathtakingly ...

Apr 26, 2017

Humans alter Earth's chemistry from beyond the grave

It's not only in life that humans leave their mark on Nature. In death, our decomposing corpses alter the chemistry of precious soil, scientists warned on Wednesday. Whether our bodies are buried or cremated, they leach iron, zinc, sulphur, calcium and phosphorus into ground that ...

Apr 12, 2017

Two pregnant women die from parrot-borne disease

Two pregnant women have died after they contracted a disease spread through a parrot's infected feces, health ministry officials said, in what is likely to be the first such cases in Japan. According to a research team at the Japan Agency for Medical Research and ...

Mar 8, 2017

Singer George Michael died of natural causes: coroner

British pop icon George Michael who was found dead at his home on Christmas Day, died of natural causes, a coroner announced on Tuesday. The cause of death was dilated cardiomyopathy with myocarditis and fatty liver, according to Darren Salter, senior coroner for Oxfordshire, west ...