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Clinical trial seeks answers to sudden deaths of healthy young people
Clinical trial seeks answers to sudden deaths of healthy young people

Jason Lappies woke in his San Diego apartment on the morning of June 26. Not needing to report to work right away, he settled onto his couch to watch a World Cup soccer match. He teased his roommate, who had to rush off to a job. When the friend returned later in the day, Lappies, 31, was still on the couch, positioned exactly as he had been in the morning. He had died, mysteriously and unexpectedly. An autopsy left as many questions as it answered. The medical examiner thought Lappies' death probably stemmed from cardiac arrhythmia — an irregular heartbeat — but couldn't determine the underlying cause. Lappies, an all-star lacrosse player in college, had not...

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