Healthcare refers to the system or systems used to deliver medical care to patients. It may be a monolithic, government controlled system (like the NHS in some parts of the UK) or a mixed system of providers and insurers (as in the US). Healthcare is the way the delivery of medical science is ...

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Does the “Lightning Process” successfully treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

My partner suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. It is a condition that remains not particularly well understood, even to the point where there doesn't ...
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Are some beards dirtier then toilets?

Top stories this week include this: Some Beards Contain More Poo Than a Toilet. Is this true?
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Do body wraps have slimming effects?

All over social media we see pictures of mostly women who show before and after pictures of body wraps, claiming they lost weight, or reduced cellulite, fat burners, or many other claims. Some ...
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Does less than 30% of donated used medical equipment ultimately become operational?

In its Guidelines for Donations of Health Care Equipment, the WHO says: The sense among some biomedical engineers and health care professionals who have extensive work experience in these ...
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Does the Red Cross sell $2.1 billion worth of blood annually?

This recent image on cracked.com claims that the Red Cross grosses USD 2.1 billion a year from selling blood. It also claims that the Red Cross is a business which sells donated blood for $400 a pint. ...
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Does soap help prevent body odor? [closed]

One of my friends told me he stopped using soap years ago and I never smelt anything bad. I wanted to test it and changed my shower routine to just warm water and thoroughly using my hands to scrub my ...
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Do hot liquids stored on plastic recipients bad to health? [duplicate]

I always heard that drinking hot coffee on plastic cups is bad for health because it makes the plastic liberate substances on the liquid ( i don't remember exactly which now) so i now often avoid ...
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Is there a correlation between cold and illnesses generally perceived as cold-related? [duplicate]

Cold weather is usually considered to be one of the causes of common cold, flu, influenza, pneumonia etc., especially in winter. However, many believe that these illnesses may be mainly caused not by ...
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Can Okra treat Diabetes?

A work colleague has been taking Okra to treat his type 2 diabetes. There are many article over the internet claiming the benefits of Okra for the treatment of diabetes, including (but not limited to) ...
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Does stopping urination mid stream lead to urinary tract infections?

Recently having a conversation with my mother-in-law and four sisters-in-laws, the subject of Kegel exercise was brought up. I stated that one of the recommended ways to start strengthening your ...
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Does boiling milk reduce the Vitamin B12 content?

Milk contains vitamin B12. There appears to be conflicting advice over whether heating milk will reduce its B12 content. For example, this healthcare site says: Vitamin B12 is stable at room ...
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Does the Cuban healthcare system perform better than those of countries of similar economic strength?

Cuba is frequently cited as an example of a country which has great healthcare considering its limited economic resources. For example: Salim Lamrani, Cuba's Health Care System: a Model for the ...
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Does eating the apple skin alone help to reduce cancer cells and liver cancer?

The article An Apple a Day May Really Keep the Doctor Away mention: Using colon cancer cells treated with apple extract, Liu and colleagues found that 50 milligrams of apple extracted from the ...
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Can ANESA be used to diagnose pathologies?

I stumbled upon the Automatic Non-invasive Express Screening Analyzer (ANESA) device. In the description it reads ANESA Automatic Non-invasive Express Screening Analyzer determines the state of ...
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Do 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) have some computer-related injury (CRI)?

This news article from the The Economic Times claims that: 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) are estimated to have computer-related injuries (CRI). The ...
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Does eating Vitamin C and drinking green tea helps to counteract the effects of secondhand smoke?

This article The Surgeons General's Report on Secondhand Smoke: "The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought," Carmona said in his report. "The ...
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Does having more stool test help to improve chances in catching polyps bleeding?

This article Fecal Occult Blood mention You will need to test your feces from three separate bowel movements. These bowel movements should be three in a row, closely spaced in time to minimize the ...
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Does stress-related tension account for 80%-90% of disease?

This page on Eaton Chiropractic claims that: Massage therapy addresses a variety of health conditions, the most prevalent being stress-related tension, which, experts believe, accounts for ...
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Are there health benefits from using a massage chair on a regular basis?

http://www.humantouch.com/massage-chair-benefits.html make a series of clean regarding the health benefits from regularly using a massage chair: Regular massage offers several measurable health ...
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Is tennis elbow surgery considered successful in 80% to 90% of patients?

I have read on the USC Website that: Tennis elbow surgery is considered successful in 80% to 90% of patients. It sounds to me like a high number, there is no reference and the page was written ...
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Is Microcurrent Therapy effective to treat tendinitis?

I have read a few claims that Microcurrent Therapy is effective to treat tendinitis, as illustrated below. http://www.drwhitaker.com/what-is-microcurrent-therapy: Each tissue type in your body ...
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Does colonoscopy screening reduce the risk of death due to colon cancer?

The article Colonoscopy Still ‘Gold Standard’ For Preventing Colon Cancer, Johns Hopkins Expert Says mention that the colonoscopy is the gold standard in detecting colon cancer even though there are ...
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Does Bamboo Charcoal clothes help to improve one's health?

GreenYarn sel a number of products, such as clothing with bamboo charcoal particles are embedded in the fiber. They claim: Health: Bamboo charcoal absorbs chlorine in water and let minerals ...
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Does the US rank worse than other developed countries in infant mortality mostly because of differences in the definition of “infant mortality”?

Wasn't sure how to phrase that title, but in a comment on this article, someone stated that The US ranks 30th in child birth mortality; 30th, not 5th or even 7th, 30th, behind most of Europe, ...
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Is Philip Nitschke the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, in 1996?

This Reuters article reports: Dr Philip Nitschke, who says he was the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, said it is time for Britain and others to ...
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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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Sleep deprivation due to binaural beats [duplicate]

I tried binaural beats for the 1st time yesterday.In the evening I downloaded "undacova-binauralbeats07" (5min track). But i was unable to sleep the whole night.As soon i tried harder to sleep I could ...
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Did more than 10 million people get health insurance due to the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare)?

The Huffington Post claims: More Than 10 Million People Got Insurance Because Of Obamacare, Feds Say The number of Americans without health insurance declined by 10.3 million because of ...
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Did the Affordable Care Act (Obamacare) increase individual market premiums by an average of 49% nationwide?

This article in Forbes says it did. Did they pick and choose their data, or is that an accurate assessment?
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Are people dying of starvation because we cannot produce enough food?

I have been watching a BBC documentary Botany: A Blooming History - Episode 3 Hidden World In it, (at ~51m35s) Timothy Walker, the presenter, says: ...Certainly there may be risks attached to ...
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How many people have lost their health insurance as a result of the ACA (Obamacare)?

The ACA changed health insurance regulations, placing new requirements on most or all health insurance plans in the United States. These changes have resulted in the obsolescence of many existing ...
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Does food on blue plates look tastier?

This Daily Mail article says the NHS is replacing their plates with blue ones to get patients to eat more. NHS caterers have finally found a means of getting frail patients to eat more – putting ...
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Have surgical guidelines on the use of beta-blockers killed tens of thousands of people?

Medical guidelines designed to avoid damage to the heart during non-cardiac surgery in Europe recommend the use of beta-blockers. But the guidance was partially written by and largely based on work by ...
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Does government spending on healthcare promote economic growth?

As governments attempt to get their finances back into balance, many have cut back on a wide range of spending commitments. Some governments such as the UK have chosen to protect spending on ...
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Do obese people have lower lifetime healthcare costs?

I've always been told that obesity is a drain a country's healthcare system...and it's generally accepted as fact. In online debates I frequently see reference to this. I remember seeing news ...
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Has medical prescribing become dominated by marketing rather than evidence?

Recent books by critics of the pharmaceutical industry (such as David Healy's Pharmageddon and Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma) have highlighted problems in the way the industry promotes its products. In a ...
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Does the inclusion of whole population medical screening undermine the benefits of wellness programmes?

Workplace wellness programmes are becoming increasingly popular as employers (and governments) attempt to control escalating healthcare costs. They offer the promise of making the workforce healthier ...
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Is “treatment induced injury” one of the leading causes of death and disability?

David Healy's latest blog warns against the credulity of doctors in the face of vast marketing efforts by pharmaceutical firms. In making a general argument about how the medical profession ought to ...
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Have statins been responsible for a major reduction in cardiovascular disease?

Statins are a range of pharmaceuticals that inhibit the body's ability to produce "bad" cholesterol thereby reducing the amount in the blood. Lower LDL levels in the blood are known to be associated ...
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Was 31.5% of Medicare payments in 2006 the result of fraud?

To much fanfare, in 2006 Medicare announced that only 7 percent of its payments were a result of fraud. Two years later, The New York Times reported that it was actually 31.5 percent -- and ...
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Has the congress opted out of Obama care?

I hear this on radio talk shows every now and then (mostly republican) that congress has exempted themselves from Obama care, that is how good it is. For example: How the White House is weaseling ...
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Did any aspect of the Affordable Care Act take effect March 23, 2010?

I just stumbled upon this article, which details an alleged Obamacare-induced horror story of a particular cancer patient. The particular claim of which I am skeptical is: Within one hour of ...
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Does “Obamacare” require the disclosure of medical records to the government?

According to an article from Capitalism Magazine, ObamaCare is perhaps the ultimate in busybody politics. People who have never even run a drugstore, much less a hospital, blithely prescribe what ...
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Is there evidence that competition between hospitals creates better quality and lower cost healthcare?

There is a debate in England, as the government is changing the way the NHS works, to introduce more competition. The NHS will still operate as a single payer, covering the whole population: but ...
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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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Is McDonald's exempt from the HHS Contraception Mandate?

The President of Eden Foods, a natural and organic food distributor, recently wrote: The exemptions under the Act are illogical, inconsistent, and contributing factors to our lawsuit. For ...
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Would the US deficit disappear if the costs of medical activity were more like the rest of the world?

It is well known that the USA spends more of its national wealth on healthcare than other countries (see, for example, some of the analysis in this question: Is more than 30% of US healthcare spending ...
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Does the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provide higher quality, cheaper care than most other US health systems?

The VHA is the integrated health system providing healthcare to US military veterans managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is currently regarded by by some other health systems as a model ...
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Are slow metabolisms to blame for obesity?

I have heard many times that someone's "slow metabolism" is responsible for their obesity. Many times I've also heard that it isn't to blame. Here's an example of a source claiming that slow ...
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Does masturbating everynight cause problems in the future? [duplicate]

Did you know that plain and simple, over-masturbation will lead to sexual under performance by way of premature ejaculation, as well as other sexual problems. “Over-production of sex hormones” ...