Is the near-death experience the same for everyone?

From Medical News Today:

The classic near-death experience (NDE) includes bright lights, an overwhelming feeling of peace, out-of-body experiences (OBEs), life review, reduced fear of death, and the perception of being in a long tunnel. NDEs are surprisingly common, affecting an estimated 4 percent of the population, as well as up to 18 percent of cardiac arrest survivors.

Historically, they have been linked to the afterlife and used as evidence of the soul, but, just like any other often-reported phenomenon, scientists are keen to get to the biological bottom of it. Perhaps unsurprisingly, there has not been a wealth of research investigating NDEs; the point in time at which they occur make them difficult to pin down in the laboratory.

Recently, Charlotte Martial, from the University of Liège and University Hospital of Liège, both in Belgium, and team set out to get a deeper understanding of the NDE experience. They wanted to discover whether or not people experienced the phenomenon in a similar order. Are NDEs the same for everyone?

Anthem takes harder line on ER visits

From IBJ:

Frustrated that people are continuing to show up at the emergency room with problems that aren’t life-threatening, Anthem Inc., Indiana’s largest health insurer, is pushing a new message: Save the ER for emergencies, or you’ll be responsible for the cost, which could easily run to thousands of dollars.

Starting Oct. 1, Anthem said, it could deny claims for hundreds of non-emergency diagnosis codes, such as bruises, rashes, minor burns, swimmer’s ear and athlete’s foot. Those kinds of medical problems should be treated in a doctor’s office or an urgent-care center for a fraction of the cost, the Indianapolis-based company said.

Bad batch of fentanyl lands six Iowans in the hospital in one week

From WQAD:

Police were called to a local gas station just before 10 p.m. Wednesday night, after all three were found unconscious. Just 30 minutes later, police were sent to a house a few blocks away, where another unresponsive man was found, also suspected of overdosing on the synthetic opioid.

Forensic experts warn there may be a bad batch of drugs up for sale, and they fear it might spread across the state.