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Should a tick be removed by pulling (with tweezers)?

I have recently been bitten by a tick. Obviously I don't want to catch some disease (or infection). In my search for how to remove it, I discovered this page: Center for Disease Control and ...
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Do antibiotics weaken your immune system?

Recently, my friend told me that antibiotics will weaken your immune system. Their reasoning is that: Antibiotics remove the harmful bacteria from you, but they also remove the natural disease ...
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Is catnip ten times more effective at repelling mosquitoes than DEET?

Linked from this Travel.SE answer, I saw a surprising claim in Science Daily from 2001: Researchers report that nepetalactone, the essential oil in catnip that gives the plant its characteristic ...
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Does stopping antibiotics early increase risk of antibiotic-resistant bacteria spreading?

A 2014 Discover Magazine article suggests that stopping a prescription of antibiotics earlier - when you feel healthy - may reduce the risk of antibiotic-reisstant bacteria spreading, rather than ...
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Was the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak centered in a place where GMO mosquitoes were released?

A blogger claims: By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes ...
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Is the Zika virus a serious threat?

An article on WGNO.com makes the following claims on the Zika virus: A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth ...
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Is “Syphilis: All of these men have it” a WWII propaganda poster?

Spotted via https://twitter.com/LI_politico/status/692846941034549248 (courtesy of a parody picture in https://twitter.com/Megapope/status/692850205297741827), but described as real by Mother Jones in ...
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Do rusty nail wounds cause tetanus?

My Mother and aunties always asked with alarm how I got even a minor scratch when I was young. If an injury was caused by anything rusty, I was to be transported immediately to the doctor for a "...
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Do “Studies Show Ginger to be More Powerful than Chemotherapy?”

Recently got this from Facebook: STUDIES SHOW GINGER IS MORE POWERFUL THAN CHEMOTHERAPY Cancer is one of the greatest scourges for the humankind today. People are subjected to toxic ...
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Is it more harmful to eat sugary food when sick?

If you search junk food when sick there's all sorts of info telling you not to eat it, e.g. Natural Society: 5 Foods NOT to Eat While Sick or Battling a Cold 5 Foods NOT to Eat While Sick or ...
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Getting ill because of staying in a draft/draught? [duplicate]

In Germany it’s a common belief that drafts/draughts can make you ill (e.g., getting a common cold). Because of that, car and train windows typically get/stay closed, even when it’s really hot; and, ...
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Can teasel root cure Lyme?

I do not have Lyme disease but get bitten by ticks several times a year so it does have my interest. I read some claims that a 'tincture of teasel root extracts' or similar can be used to cure Lyme ...
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Do 80 percent of sexually active people get infected with HPV?

The Cleveland Clinic claimed on a page about HPV: HPV that affects the genitals is very common. As many as 20 million people are thought to have an active HPV infection at any given time, and as ...
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Does exercise make you healthier?

It is widely believed that regular exercise helps people become fitter, stronger and healthier. For example, from Physical Activity Guidelines for Americans: Regular physical activity is one of ...
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Is there any correlation between temperature and illness? [closed]

How many times did you hear your mother tell you, "Put on a jacket or you're going to catch a cold!" or "Come in out of the rain before you catch cold!" It's also a fairly common trope in Jane Austen-...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Is Lyme Disease endemic in Australia?

The New South Wales state government's Health department has a fact sheet about Lyme disease: Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Typical symptoms include fever, ...
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Is it dangerous to use wooden cutlery and cutting boards with raw meat?

I have heard multiple times that "one should never cut raw meat on a wooden cutting board nor mix it using a wooden spoon." The reason most often cited is that apparently bacteria can survive in the ...
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Did John Langdon Down say that persons with Down's Syndrome have an evolutionary “reversion”? [closed]

John Langdon Down is a 19th century physician best known for his description of what is known today as Down's syndrome. I know that Down attempted to classify various types of mental disorders by ...
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Does Aloe Vera cure diseases? [closed]

Many sites claim that Aloe Vera can cure diseases and sicknesses such as Arthritis and prevent diseases such as cancer. Is there any scientific merit at all to all those claims? Example sites: ...
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Have chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility ever been linked to everyday exposures to chemicals in food?

Claim: http://www.ewg.org/research/mens-health "There has been significant research in recent decades showing that chronic conditions such as heart disease, prostate cancer, infertility may be linked ...
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Does the BRAT diet help stop diarrhea?

The BRAT diet is Bananas, Rice, Apples and Toast. Some sites like this first one add Yogurt. http://www.mademan.com/mm/5-foods-stop-diarrhea.html In this wikiHow, the A is applesauce and the ...
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Do cleaning agents in the gym stop the spread of disease?

My gym (like almost every other gym) has specific instructions that people must wipe down equipment after using it. This is in addition to the regular (daily) cleaning done by the staff. The gym ...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You Know.org: Sharks are the only animals that almost never get sick: they are immune to almost every known disease. Is this true or is it a myth?
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Can eating too much fibre cause Hemorrhoidal disease (or piles)?

I read this highly informative article from Gut Sense on the causes of hemorrhoids commonly known as piles. The article argues convincingly that eating too much dietary fibre can cause Hemorrhoidal ...
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Do students on paediatrics rotations get sick a lot?

From http://forums.studentdoctor.net/showthread.php?t=605542: 3rd years get sick on peds alot. Peds or EM during the winter months pretty much maximizes your odds of getting something. Do ...
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Was sexually transmitted disease rampant amongst troops occupying Japan?

In the English language Wikipedia article on the Recreation and Amusement Association, an organization for prostitution to Allied troops occupying Japan after World War II, it's claimed that sexually ...
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Is vaccination from polio necessary in first world countries?

Last week I stumbled upon an article which stated that vaccination from polio is totally unnecessary for infants in first world countries. The article cited a bunch of questionable sources like ...
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Does Chronic Lyme exist?

Some people claim that lyme disease can last for months or even years, and that they require long term medical treatment (usually antibiotics). Is there any medical evidence for this? Or is it ...
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Do fingerprint scanners cause skin cancer?

Recently, my company started using fingerprint scanners to identify employees for access control and for attendance. Many employees have a concern about developing skin cancer from the IR fingerprint ...
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Do the commercially produced toilet seat covers significantly reduce the spread of disease?

In many public toilets there are disposable toilet seat covers that can be placed over the seat before sitting down. These covers certainly allay some of the "yuck factor" associated with placing one ...
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Can boneset cure dengue fever?

From livestrong: Homeopathic Remedy Boneset is also available as a homeopathic remedy under its Latin name, Eupatorium perfoliatum. In his book "Materia Medica and Repertory," homeopath, Dr. ...
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Have fleas caused more human deaths from plague than wars?

In Amateur Entomologists' Society, it is stated that: But the most serious flea borne disease is Yersinia pestis, or plague (known in the Middle Ages as the Black Death). This is a disease of rats ...
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Is red meat responsible for one in ten early deaths?

The red meat and cancer link has already been addressed here: Does eating meat increase your risk for cancer? But recent reports suggest a broader more worrying relationship to variety of other ...
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Do saturated fats cause heart diseases? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Are saturated fats unhealthy? Based on the answers posted on this earlier question and the recent video that I saw on youtube that claims that Fat does NOT cause heart ...
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Is eating fish and drinking milk at the same time linked with skin disease?

I heard from several people that drinking milk or dairy products while eating fish can lead towards a special skin pigmentation disorders such as different skin color or bright spots on skin. I ...
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Do disposable face masks prevent or significantly reduce the spread of disease?

Our local Pediatrician's office and General Practitioner's office both have a policy of giving a disposable face mask to each patient or visitor who has a noticeable cough or runny nose, and insist ...
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Do chocolate bars cause pimples?

My mother always told me "eating that chocolate bar will give you pimples." Is there any truth to the claim? I did find an article on about.com that verifies that this is a common myth, and suggests ...