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Are expired medicines safe to use? [closed]

The US FDA warns: Using expired medical products is risky and possibly harmful to your health. In the late 1970s, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) began requiring an expiration date on ...
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Does drinking beer help to prevent Alzheimer/Parkinson diseases?

Lately I've seen news like this saying that drinking beer could prevent Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, the alzheimers.net website lists beer as one of many things that can actually increase ...
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Does a physical barrier such as Vaseline help prevent a cold or flu during air-travel?

This site claims that this action will help prevent you getting sick during air-travel: try applying a small amount of Neosporin or petroleum jelly just inside the nostrils (use a Q-tip if your ...
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Can triple antibiotic ointment in the nostrils prevent flu?

I've seen this claim on Facebook a few times recently (it has 116k shares right now): I was just reminded of a TIP for avoiding the flu when I worked in the hospitals many years ago. Swab inside ...
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Is smoking marijuana while breast feeding dangerous?

This site claims: Mothers that cannot quit smoking marijuana ( who have a marijuana dependency ) can continue to breastfeed as long as they do not expose their babies to the secondhand smoke. ...
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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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Are heroin/cocaine not as physically addictive as previously claimed?

This article suggests that most of the addiction is due to the environment, not the actual chemical effects on the body. In particular, the article claims that the common thinking, as encapsulated in ...
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Do Silicon Valley tech workers' kids have low vaccination rates?

The Wired has published article "The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares", in which they claim ridiculously low vaccination rates in daycare centers associated with some of ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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What is the *causal* link between smoking and lung cancer? [closed]

I have been discussing smoking with a fellow who states that for all the decades of study of the tobacco leaf, still nobody has managed to find what part of the process of smoking the tobacco leaf ...
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Do Bluetooth headsets pose any health risks?

What's the current state of knowledge concerning health risks caused by Bluetooth headsets? What has been confirmed so far? I lack the expertise to evaluate which reports are trustworthy and which ...
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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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Is it true that married people are happier and live longer? [duplicate]

From Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, a quote attributed to Richard Layard states "Married people are healthier and live" which has a reference that points to "Layard, Happiness, p. 66." I ...
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Does smelling alcohol makes you drunk?

After some googling, I found a Yahoo Answers posting that claims: Smelling alcoholic beverages will not get you drunk quickly but it will get you going. Alcohol evaporates at a lower temp that ...
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Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? [closed]

This 2006 article - after making conjectures about autism and vaccinations suggests that autism rates might be lower for (unvaccinated) Amish children, and offers some anecdotal evidence: "I have ...
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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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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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Does the Gokhale Method improve spine-related medical conditions?

Esther Gokhale promotes (e.g. TEDx Talk) the Gokhale Method for preventing back-pain by adopting encouraging better posture. The Gokhale Method uses healthy posture and movement to help you regain ...
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Have there been US legal cases where CPR patients sued their savior? [closed]

Potential first-aiders can be afraid to adminster CPR, over fear of being sued for damages (ref 1, ref 2 "many people are put off [..] for fear of [..] getting sued"). Have there been such cases of ...
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Does the body require essential fatty acids for good health?

I have been skeptical of the term essential fatty acids, as the word "essential" would imply that a nutrient is necessary to good health. For example, any textbook can show you that essential amino ...
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Is only one in seven medical interventions supported by reliable scientific evidence? [duplicate]

My macroeconomics professor claimed According to one researcher, only one in seven medical interventions is supported by reliable scientific evidence. A quick Google search shows the quote from ...
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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 rifaximin (Xifaxin) treat irritable bowel syndrome?

This article 5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small bowel. Ask your doctor to prescribe rifaximin (Xifaxin) and take two 200 mg tablets three times ...
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is there any reason behind “avoid north-south direction while sleeping” [duplicate]

Recently in some websites(eg. this one) I saw some post which explaining why we should not sleep with our head to north-south direction because of earth's magnetic field. But explanation are not ...
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Does zinc help with colds and flus? [closed]

This question doesn't duplicate the more limited one on Zicam; I ask here about zinc in general. No: Mayo Clinic (from which I quote below) and WebMD are skeptical. Since then, research has ...
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Does an empty stomach cause gas?

This article claims: However on the other end of the spectrum having your stomach empty can also cause gas as that empty stomach area fills up with air. Is this claim true or just an old wives ...
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Does keeping your carbohydrate intake at 20-25% of your total caloric intake reduce insulin-resistance diseases?

From this article Excess Stomach Acid Mimics Hunger Reducing your carbohydrate intake to 20-25% of your total caloric intake has a dramatic improvement in the diseases arising from insulin ...
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide administered via ear drops reduce the duration of the common cold?

I was looking for information about common colds and this URL came up on page 1 via Google search: Vitamin D and Other Simple, Inexpensive Tricks to Cure a Cold (on mercola.com) There's a section in ...
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Is DDT significantly less harmful than claimed by the EPA?

The 1962 book "Silent Spring" by Rachel Carson was instrumental at affecting public opinion against DDT and other pesticides culminating on banning DDT all over the world. While Carlson has many ...
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Does technology exist that can read memories from human brains?

According to this Buzzfeed article (#11): Scientists are making videos out of human memories with some suspicion GIFs that purport to show the result. Other sites make similar claims. Buzzfeed ...
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CPH4 is exist or not [duplicate]

what if our brain really works at more than 50%.In Lucy movie they were telling about the drug name CPH4 or they tell that it will produce at the time of pregnancy when women is at 5 or 6 months.Is ...
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If smoking causes lung cancer, why has a decline in smoking not led to a decline in lung cancer?

According to the CDC, smoking prevalence among US adults (18+) has decreased quite a bit over the years: 1974: 37.1% of the population 1980: 33.2 1990: 25.5 2000: 23.3 2010: 19.3 According to ...
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Was research by Nazi doctors use as a precursor for some cancer treatments?

I have been told that some of experiments done by Nazi doctors had become the precursor for some early work in radiotherapy and other cancer treatments. This may very easily be Nazi sympathizer ...
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Can eating human hair cause a blockage in the digestive tract?

I have met the idea in conversation on multiple occasions that human hair is dangerous to eat in moderate to large quantities as it will build up in the digestive tract causing a blockage in the ...
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When will humans become immune to antibiotics? [closed]

I heard that antibiotics will become useless in the future because the diseases are gaining resistance to them. When will this happen and how this works exactly? What if someone never used ...
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Does consuming a surplus 3,500 calories lead to the gain of one pound of body fat?

My health "textbook" says that one pound (454 g) of fat contains 3,500 [kilo-]Calories (14,000 kJ). It provides no references for this statistic. A calorie is a unit of measure that indicates the ...
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Has an organ donor ever been at risk of having organs harvested before a sudden recovery?

I have seen claims that one shouldn't be an organ donor because you may be declared dead by mistake and have organs harvested. For instance, this Life Site article gives a few anecdotal examples: ...
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Is the cause of stomach cancer known?

Several fact-sheets and web-sites claim the cause of stomach cancer is unknown: Cleveland Clinic: Stomach Cancer - Cancer Institute Overview The exact cause of stomach cancer is unknown, ...
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Does the “Re-Timer” device help to alleviate “winter blues”?

The Re-Timer website states: Re-Timer is a wearable light therapy device for Winter Blues. Winter Blues is a low-mood experienced primarily during the winter months. Symptoms can include loss ...
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Was inbreeding responsible for haemophilia in royalty?

Was inbreeding responsible for haemophilia in royal families in Europe? Example claims: Rationalwiki: "One general result of this inbreeding in the European royal families was the ...
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Would Mefloquine be approved under today's regulations?

The anti-malarial drug Mefloquine (aka Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam) is known to frequently induce strong neurologic side effects. I have heard a number of times that this drug would fail to get ...
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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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Does Helminthic Therapy help in the treatment of Crohn's Disease?

I heard on the radio the other day about helminthic therapy for Crohn's Disease. Helminthic therapy, a type of immunotherapy, is the treatment of autoimmune diseases and immune disorders by means ...
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Can dogs detect human cancer?

I heard several times that dogs could detect cancer before it was detected by humans. Is it true? If so, how can it be explained and which types of cancers are concerned? Can they sniff it directly ...
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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?

I found these two articles that mention that taking SSRI for depression can actually make the depression worse. Is it true? Can Tardive Dysphoria (delayed depression) be caused by SSRI? ...
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Does eating dark chocolate reduce the risk of heart diseases?

I always had a poor view of the healthfulness of chocolate, but recently I came across an 8fact image which says otherwise: Is it true that eating dark chocolate reduces the risk of heart ...
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Were our ancestors taller than us

I read an article claiming that our ancestors were taller than us. their reasoning can be summarized as: The smaller the planet, the lesser its gravity and the bigger and taller its creatures will ...
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Do probiotics help to reduce gas and bloating

This article (http://www.livestrong.com/article/426584-foods-that-reduce-gas-and-bloating/) mentions that: If your gas and bloating is caused by unhealthy bacteria in your digestive tract, foods ...
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No Wipe Poo - Possible? [closed]

I read an article that says scientists have developed a pill that will make this possible, you take one pill with every meal and you'll no longer need to wipe after a bowel movement. This new ...
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Is Issels Combination Therapy an effective method to treat cancer?

Wikipedia explains that Josef Issels: was a German physician known for promoting an alternative cancer therapy regimen, the Issels treatment. He claimed to cure cancer patients who had been ...