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Human Hibernation

Medical researchers and ER doctors are testing therapies that cool down patients to save their lives.
Publish Date: Topic: Body + BrainBody & Brain

They've been called medical miracles: People submerged in icy water, or buried in snow, with no breath or heartbeat. They seem dead, yet a fortunate few are revived—thanks to the cold. Now, across the country, ER doctors are intentionally chilling their patients into hypothermia; meanwhile, scientists are hoping that a cocktail of drugs inspired by hibernating animals could one day perform the same "miracles" on demand.

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