Physical, chemical and biological factors that affect human health.

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Is it almost impossible to find animals that are not contaminated by chemicals?

From Chapter 3 of Rachel Carson's seminal book, Silent Spring (1962): FOR THE FIRST TIME in the history of the world, every human being is now subjected to contact with dangerous chemicals, from ...
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Do Föhn winds cause migraines and mental illness?

Föhn winds are dry, warm winds which occur in the lee of mountain ranges. According to Wikipedia föhn winds have been long associated with negative health impacts, especially in German-speaking ...
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Is suicide caused by or correlated with living at high altitude?

According to the article There's a Suicide Epidemic in Utah — And One Neuroscientist Thinks He Knows Why: ... Despite ranking as America's happiest state, Utah has disproportionately high rates of ...
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Does wetting your toothbrush have health effects?

Today I read a tweet from @Funny_Truth: "Don't wet your toothbrush after you put toothpaste. Water will reduce the healthy benefits of toothpaste." Is it true? If it is what does actually ...
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Do covered [drinking water] reservoirs cause health risks compared to open-air reservoirs?

Bull Run Waiver.org is a political group opposed to covering drinking water reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. They making a number of claims that closed reservoirs introduce greater health risks than ...
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Does extremely low frequency radiation from mobile phones and tablets have adverse health effects?

Is ELF (extremely low frequency) radiation emitted by the electrical appliances' battery's current considered to have adverse health effects, or is this radiation too low to be considered? I'd like ...
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Is standing near Lake Karachay for an hour fatal?

I read this 9gag post (Okay, 9gag isn't really reliable for facts), where it says : I then checked it at Wikipedia (Again, not the most reliable, really, but it does the job when necessary), and ...
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Is arthritis a symptom of boron-deficiency in the diet?

As shared on Facebook: Wake Up World: Arthritis Cure Found in Nature? This article claims that boron kills amoebae that cause rheumatoid arthritis. It also claims that areas of the world that have ...
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Do higher rates of lithium in groundwater lead to a decreased suicide rate?

NyTimes: Although it seems strange that the microscopic amounts of lithium found in groundwater could have any substantial medical impact, the more scientists look for such effects, the more they ...
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Do Sugar-Free Gummy Bears cause gastrointestinal distress?

I stumbled across the Amazon page for Haribo Sugar-Free Gummi Bears The Reviews and Questions posted there were extremely entertaining, however I have my doubts as to if they are true or just some ...
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Should we prefer organic lemon and orange peels?

In many recipes, when it comes to add some lemon (or orange) zests, the authors advise to choose an organic fruit, because of the pesticides. I know there is no proof that non-organic fruits and ...
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Is looking at an IR transmitter bad for your eyes?

I've seen some warnings regarding IR sensors and transmitters such as the 4th panel below for the Nintendo 3DS: The Operations Manual says, Do not get too close to the infrared transceiver ...
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Are earth-grounding mats (designed for connecting humans to earth-ground) effective and safe?

The website Earthing [Warning: auto-playing video] sells earthing mats. The site states: Throughout history, humans walked barefoot and slept on the ground. But modern lifestyle [(shoes, beds, and ...
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Does raising your arm in the air help when you are coughing/choking on something?

When I was younger I once choked on some food and started coughing heavily, my Dad then told me to raise my arm in the air in order to "help raise the diaphragm". It actually helped with the coughing ...
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Is this an authentic photo of a parasite infection on a man's shoulder?

I've been forced to see an image countless times on my Facebook news feed.The picture shows this massive circle on a mans should that's bulging out and the circle has several honey comb like chambers ...
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Did a computer algorithm predict the 2014 Ebola outbreak 9 days before WHO?

This article claims that a computer algorithm predicted the recent (2014) Ebola outbreak 9 days before the World Health Organization announcement. Is this true? As you can read in the article the ...
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Did SF grocery bag ban cause at least an additional 5.4 deaths a year due to bacteria in reusable grocery bags?

The paper Grocery Bag Bans and Foodborne Illness (Klick & Wright, 2012) claims that Our results suggest that the San Francisco ban led to between 5.4 and 15.8 additional deaths. The logic ...
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Is prone masturbation detrimental to your sex life?

Prone masturbation: lying face down and thrusting the penis into or against the bed, pillow, or something else. Prone masturbation's medical term is Traumatic masturbatory syndrome (TMS). ...
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Is this a way to survive a lightning strike?

source Text in the image (clockwise): Crouch down low like a baseball catcher. Get as low as you can. The nearer you are to the ground, the less likely you are to be struck by lightning. ...
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Do styrofoam cups cause health issues?

A friend of mine posted a link on Facebook to a Change.org petition to stop using styrofoam cups at Dunkin Donuts. Amongst their complaints was that styrofoam cups caused health issues for the staff ...
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Do higher CO₂ concentrations increase plant well-being?

Dr. Craig Idso claims increased levels of CO2 reduce the negative effects of a number of plant stresses including: high salinity, low light, high and low temperatures, insufficient water, air ...
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Is it healthy to sunbathe without sunscreen?

A article in The Independent starts with: Researchers followed 30,000 women for 20 years and found that those who avoided the sunshine were twice as likely to die Women who never sunbathe ...
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Does the Millennium Challenge Compact require El Salvador to use Monsanto seeds?

There's a story going about Facebook that claims that the United States is forcing El Salvador to use Monsanto's seeds if they want foreign aid through the Millenium Challenge program. The U.S. ...
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Can freezing make water cleaner?

I have heard of the following procedure intended to make water cleaner: Put a pot of water in the freezer. After a few hours the water will be partly frozen. Discard the ice. Keep the liquid in the ...
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Is there a pressure point under the nose that can eliminate the urge to sneeze?

There's a pressure point under your nose that, if you press it, temporarily stops the sneeze reflex. http://tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pmwiki.php/Main/AntiSneezeFinger One of several places this is ...
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Does taking a bath at night have any bad effects on health?

People in Indonesia and Malaysia claim that taking a bath or a shower at night (probably after 8.p.m.) could cause illness. A few mentioned effects are rheumatism and wet lungs. Is there any truth to ...
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Does Roundup (glyphosate) cause kidney disease in farmers?

A viral photo on Facebook widely, shared by GMO Free USA, claims that Roundup has been linked to kidney disease. Breaking news: Sri Lanka becomes first country to ban sale of Monsanto's ...
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Do cigarettes emit three times as much particulates as an idling diesel engine?

We can see that cities like Melbourne are pushing far the smoking bans Often smoking is compared to car pollution, and is said to be insignificant But, according to this experiment A turbo ...
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Is carbon dioxide from a mosquito trap potent enough to attract mosquitoes?

There is a large number of mosquito killer traps available which claim to work on the principle that carbon dioxide generated from the reaction of titanium dioxide with UV light is used as a trap to ...
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Does stress make you age faster? [closed]

So we know that excess cortisol can damage the hippocampus (through a direct mechanism), and we also know that stress can reduce the length of telomeres (though we don't seem to know the mechanism of ...
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Does intermittent opioid abuse have a long-term negative effect on health?

If somebody were to take 20mg of an opioid (for example, hydrocodone) twice a week every week, would there be any negative long-term effects?
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Does forcing a young child to smoke a cigarette discourage longer term use?

I have heard that giving your kid a cigarette when they are very little and forcing them to smoke the whole thing will make them have a bad memory of the event and make them less likely to smoke in ...
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Is it good (for your health) to shower/bathe daily?

I only shower once every few days, sometimes as little as once a week depending how oily/sticky I'm feeling (I lead a pretty sedentary lifestyle so I don't reach that stage daily). People around me ...
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Can WiFi waves cause headaches?

I saw there was a question about the harmfulness of WiFi waves, but i'd like to focus on the claims that they can cause headaches specifically; not the cancer-claims. Numerous people come up with ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Is pouring liquor from a bottle onto a flambé an explosion risk?

Several TV chefs including, the late Julia Child, have advised against pouring liquor directly from the bottle to a pan to be ignited, as 'flames could travel up the stream and ignite the bottle' ...
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Does Marijuana deposit four times the tar in the lungs as tobacco?

This picture is from Emily Miller's Facebook page shows one lung divided into two parts one labeled Tobacco and one labeled Marijuana. The Marijuana side is substantially less-healthy looking and the ...
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“Stress is bad for you, unless you don't believe it”

http://www.ted.com/talks/kelly_mcgonigal_how_to_make_stress_your_friend.html claims that stress is bad for your health, unless you don't believe it. I find this really hard to believe, because if ...
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Is nuclear winter a doomsday scenario like the media depicts it? [duplicate]

While a nuclear war will obviously cause significant environmental harm to the earth, after doing some research on the subject I'm starting to find facts that make me question whether it would ...
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Do charcoal bags help removing volatile organic compounds (VOCs)?

I have read some claims that charcoal bags help removing harmful volatile organic compounds (VOCs). Bamboo Charcoal helps improve indoor air quality by absorbing and trapping odors, ...
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Did wheat nutrition change in the 1960s, causing health problems?

Mark's Daily Apple gives an example of a claim that I have encountered: that modern wheat bears little resemblance to wheat prior to the 1960s, and that this new wheat is the cause for the rise in ...
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Does chicken meat from the US contain arsenic?

Facebook brought this Minds.com article to my attention: After years of sweeping the issue under the rug and hoping no one would notice, the FDA has now finally admitted that chicken meat sold in ...
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Can you get ink poisoning from drawing or writing on your skin with pen?

It's a common claim in school yards (and from parents?) that you should not draw on your skin with a pen, or you will suffer "ink poisoning". Here's an example for notability: a Facebook page called ...
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Does the DVORAK keyboard layout reduce the risk of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I am a programmer and have been for over 20 years and I am starting to feel the effects of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome. I have always used the QWERTY style keyboard though I have often heard that the ...
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Could some pacific fish (export, or migratory) be dangerous for those at-risk of certain cancers?

It seems plausible that increased radiation exposure could negatively impact the health of these populations. cancer patients currently on a chemoradiation regime cancer survivors who are at-risk ...
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Does Roundup harm mammals?

In the anti-GMO debate, it is frequently suggested that the use of Glyphosate (trade name: Roundup) on Roundup-ready GMO crops causes environmental harm. Example claim: Natural News Monsanto's ...
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Is Champix safe?

There are various reports of people feeling depressed and suicidal having taken Champix. What is the truth about this stop-smoking-pill? The Daily Mail tell the story of a girl who took it and tried ...
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Is aluminum in pans, soda cans and antiperspirants correlated to Alzheimer's?

I have not only heard the soda can theory since I was a kid, but more recently when researching the topic I have found many websites that claim pans made of aluminum and antiperspirants are correlated ...
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Are aluminum antiperspirants unhealthy? [duplicate]

It is regularly stated that aluminium is very bad for the brain, and for your general health. Is this true for antiperspirants? Is Potassium alum more healthy or is this just about marketing ?
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Are E-Cigarettes as unhealthy as conventional cigarettes? [duplicate]

At my community college, a person in a booth was handing out pamphlets talking about the health problems with cigarettes and e-cigarettes. The pamphlet seemed to indicate that e-cigarettes could be as ...