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Do aluminum-based antiperspirants cause cancer?

Some people claim that the aluminium in antiperspirants can cause cancer. For example, Mercola.com: Putting on antiperspirant is a routine part of most people's day, and you may not think much ...
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Is 50% of happiness determined by genetics?

CBS New York quote author Gretchen Rubin as saying: “About 50 percent of happiness is genetically determined" Similarly, Lifecho say: According to some studies our happiness level depend 50% ...
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Is it safe to drink water from a bottle after exposure to xrays? [closed]

Is it safe to drink water that was in an insulated water bottle that was directly in front of an X-ray machine with no lead barrier in between?
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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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Will sleep deprivation kill you faster than starvation?

This article from Time Motto makes the claim that sleep deprivation will result in faster death than starvation. In the long run, work is not more important than sleep. If you aren’t sure how ...
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Does rising its body temperature help cure flu?

Discussing with teammate on how to cure (common) flu virus, we had a disagreement about the body temperature effect. Con: Some argued that it's better to lower as it is a practice by nurses. Pro: ...
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Were the measles outbreaks of this decade caused by people not vaccinating?

There are several movements against vaccinating children in the USA. There were several measles outbreaks in the 2010's. Are they related?
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Is there evidence from controlled trials that automatic external defibrillation can start a stopped heart? [duplicate]

Jeremy H. Howick writes in the book "The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine": Perhaps the most striking [paradox of EBM] is that many of the treatments in whose effectiveness we have the most ...
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Is there evidence from controlled trials that tracheostomy works?

Jeremy H. Howick writes in the book "The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine": Perhaps the most striking [paradox of EBM] is that many of the treatments in whose effectiveness we have the most ...
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Is 95% of the body's serotonin found in the bowels?

Adam Hadhazy writes in Think Twice: How the Gut's "Second Brain" Influences Mood and Well-Being: The enteric nervous system uses more than 30 neurotransmitters, just like the brain, and in fact 95 ...
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Are there approved drugs where it's unknown how they work?

A couple of months ago, I saw a YouTube video, stating that it is still not known how some common drugs really work. I think it might be Healthcare Triage, and I think it might be about ...
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Are the Vitamins L1 and L2 necessary for rats to lactate?

Nakahara et al write in Identification of Vitamin L1 (Anthranilic Acid): In 1934, we demonstrated for the first time the existance of a specific dietary factor of lactation, since designated ...
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Does the IntelliGender gender prediction test have 78% accuracy?

In 2009, CNN described Intelligender, an over-the-counter test that predicts the gender of an unborn baby based on hormones in the mother's urine. It claims that within 10 minutes of taking the ...
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Are 1 in 12 men color blind?

The Colour Blind Awareness website claims that: Colour (color) blindness (colour vision deficiency, or CVD) affects approximately 1 in 12 men (8%) and 1 in 200 women in the world. This claim ...
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Does taking birth control pills alter your preferences for a partner?

It has been reported (and repeated) several times that women who use the typical birth control pill (with both estrogen and progestin) show different preferences for men, depending on whether they are ...
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the risk of catching the common cold significantly? [duplicate]

The study Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey shows a reduction of days challenged virally by about 70% just by taking 180mg allicin every ...
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Do most patients with chronic fatigue syndrome have low thyroid activity?

A company called Holtorf Medical Group writes in Are All Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and Fibromyalgia Patients Low Thyroid: There is mounting evidence that there is low thyroid activity ...
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Does PMS cause mood swings?

The Huffington Post writes in Mood Swings From Menstruation May Not Exist, Study Finds: Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, may be an utter myth, according to new research from the University of ...
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Do the ulna and radius in the left arm take up more volume than the ulna and radius in the right arm?

The creative commons licensed 3D anatomy model BodyParts3D lists the volume for various bones. It lists for the left ulna 81.9 cm3 while it lists 73.3 cm3 for the right ulna. It lists for the left ...
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Does the See Clearly Method of vision improvement work?

I found a product called the See Clearly Method on Amazon. The program claims: The best personal vision improvement system currently available. The results of years of study and clinical ...
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Is Reiki scientifically valid/proven?

Reiki is a form of alternative medicine which has its origins in Japan. Palm healing and auras are central aspects of Reiki. The practice of Reiki is getting more common, however, I was not able to ...
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Is there a link between strabismus and psychiatric illness?

I have an esotropic latent strabismus which causes my left eye to sometimes point inward rather than cooperating with the other eye. I read recently that youths with a strabismus are more likely to ...
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Are artificial football pitches linked to cancer?

There is a lot of weather in the UK and this interacts with normal grass pitches used for sports such as soccer and rugby to cause the pitches to be unplayable. As a response many teams have adopted ...
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Is it plausible that alum heals canker sores (mouth ulcers)

I've read different accounts of alum working like magic in healing mouth ulcers, but still it seem pretty anecdotal. However, there's numerous accounts of people saying that they apply alum, and that ...
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What is the cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak?

It has been claimed that Brazil is suffering from an outbreak of Microcephaly. Several possible causes have been proposed. Zika Virus Perhaps the most popular one is the zika virus. For example, ...
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Is AD/HD over diagnosed within the US

It's a very common claim that ADHD is over diagnosed, or even doesn't exist; and in particular I've heard claims that AD/HD is over diagnosed within the US since it's diagnosed more often in the US ...
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Is duct tape an effective treatment for warts?

HealthTipsSource writes in Natural Ways to Put an End to Moles, Warts, Blackheads, Skin Tags and Age Spots: This is a scientifically proven method of warts removal. In one study, 61 patients with ...
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Does copper react differently with different people? [closed]

One of my friends and I have developed a habit of drinking water from only copper vessels as I have read several benefits of drinking from that. But I observed one strange phenomenon during past few ...
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Does the Graston Technique effectively treat limited mobility due to scar tissue?

The Graston Technique is a form of "cross fiber" massage with a metal instrument. The Graston Technique® incorporates an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization that ...
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Is the use of antibiotics justified for respiratory viral infections? [closed]

It is a widespread belief that antibiotics should not be used for treating viral infections, as they are effective against bacteria, not viruses (see e.g. http://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/). ...
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Do 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial?

Joe Biden's A Moonshot to Cure Cancer call claims: 5 percent of cancer patients in the U.S. end up in a clinical trial Is that number true? The page doesn't give any reference.
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Do L-lysine supplements help cold sore outbreaks?

Some people claim that dietary supplements of L-lysine (a type of lysine) help treat (but not cure) cold sores (Herpes labialis). The idea that lysine might work against herpes has some ...
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Can the Ocumetic bionic lens give flawless vision?

Ocumetics claim to have developed a bionic lens that can be surgically implanted into the eye to restore clear focus to patients. For a half century, ophthalmic surgeons have envisioned an ...
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Does locking one's knees lead to fainting?

I have been told that locking one's knees can lead to fainting or passing out, and if you need to stand for an extended period of time you should always avoid standing and not lock your knees. I just ...
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Does Paracetamol reduce fever?

My wife who is in hospital was given Paracetamol when the nurse noticed her temperature was above normal. Medical professionals have often recommended to my family members that Paracetamol be taken to ...
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Is it dangerous for vaccinated children to be around unvaccinated children?

Some parents don't want their children to hang around unvaccinated children. An anti-vax argument I've heard is that this suggests the parents believe the vaccines are not effective, if potentially ...
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Does regular earplug usage come with health risks? [closed]

SteadyHealth writes: Regardless, wearing these earplugs in the long run may prove to have certain health risks as well. The long-term earplugs may lead to excessive accumulation of earwax and ...
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Does not wearing a coat when it's “cold” out make you sick? [duplicate]

I live in Maryland, where today it was about 50°F. I have heard this before, but my parents told me to wear my coat outside at school because the cold would "make me sick." Is it really true that ...
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Are squatting toilets significantly healthier then conventional toilets? [duplicate]

NaturesPlatform writes in Seven Advantages of Squatting: Makes elimination faster, easier and more complete. This helps prevent "fecal stagnation," a prime factor in colon cancer, appendicitis and ...
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Does lifting weights inhibit growth in kids?

I have a teenager at home, who is itching to pull weights in a gym. He is training to be a sprinter, so I see the benefits of power and strength training, but am worried, as these are his growing ...
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can an acid alkalinize blood [duplicate]

I have recently read that umeboshi vinegar alkalinizes blood thanks to its content in acetic acid. I find at least strange that an acid can have an effect contrary to acidification. Can this be ...
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Is the placebo effect getting stronger?

There has recently been a row about the marketing of pain killers. The makers of Nurofen have been accused of selling the same formulation at different prices for different conditions and claiming in ...
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Does Theranos offer 200 blood tests at half the Medicare reimbursement rate?

Nick Stockton writes at Wired: We’ll get into that, I promise, but first let’s review what Theranos is. The company is aiming to offer more than 200 blood tests at prices less than half the ...
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Did Theranos have a test FDA cleared?

Vox writes in The Theranos controversy, explained: After all, the evidence on this wasn't public: The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) hadn't cleared Theranos's tests. On the other hand ...
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Is Theranos the first laboratory that publishes their prices and lab proficiency-testing scores on their website?

Theranos writes in Theranos Facts: To our knowledge, we are the first laboratory to publish our prices, lab proficiency-testing scores, customer satisfaction scores, guest visit times, and more on ...
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Does Theranos produce radically cheaper tests for cholesterol than their competitors? [closed]

Bruce Friedman writes on LabSoftNews in Finally, Some Important New Details about the Theranos Business Model: A typical lab test for cholesterol can cost fifty dollars or more; the Theranos test ...
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Are there US labs that sell testosterone (free) tests for $130? [closed]

On Theranos website they say they sell Testosterone (Free) $17.33 while other labs sell them for $130.00. I want to know whether that's an accurate description of the prices of Theranos competition. ...
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Can blow drying be beneficial for hair and scalp health?

My friend told me that blow drying hair can prevent hair loss and dandruff by making the skin dry and thus making it harder for funghi and yeasts to flourish. This sounds reasonable, but for a man ...
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Does breathing Beijing's air for one hour reduce life expectancy by 20 minutes?

I've just listened to this claim by a BBC journalist in Beijing: A recent study showed that even breathing this kind of air for an hour can reduce a person's life expectancy by 20 minutes. ...
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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 ...