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Do sharp knives cause fewer injuries than dull knives? [on hold]

The intuitive position is that sharp knives are better at cutting, so people should cut themselves more often and more seriously with sharp knives, yet people zealously claim the opposite. It's hard ...
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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? [on hold]

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 ...
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Do sports drinks such as Powerade and Gatorade help prevent or shorten hangovers? [duplicate]

Does drinking Powerade or Gatorade before, during or after consuming alcohol help prevent or eliminate hangovers? According to this article a pilot study was done that found nothing can help hangovers ...
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Can children with peanut allergies be triggered by the mere presence or smell of peanuts nearby?

I've heard this claim a lot (usually by schools who take a lot of measures to prevent peanut exposure in the classrooms and lunch area, or by parents of allergic children), but is there any scientific ...
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Do sleeping pills have a comparable mortality hazard ratio as cigarette smoking?

On Seth Robert's blog, Seth published an email discussing sleeping pills from Daniel Kripke saying: Imagine my surprise when I observed that sleeping pill use was associated with a comparable ...
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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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Do saliva glands emit urine?

I've heard from "fun fact" sources that there is urine in human saliva: When you urinate, a small amount of the urine enters your mouth through the saliva glands. But that’s okay – fresh urine is ...
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Could this monk have lived nine days without food, water and sleep?

All over the news this week in Japan has been this story about a monk: A Buddhist monk on Wednesday finished a grueling nine-day ritual of not eating, drinking, or sleeping as he chanted sutras ...
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Is up to 95% of the human population genetically safe from leprosy?

In This article about armadillos spreading leprosy they state that "Even more reassuring: up to 95 percent of the population is genetically unsusceptible to contracting it." Is this true? ...
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Can this new study on aspirin and cancer possibly produce accurate results? [closed]

The world's largest clinical trial to examine whether aspirin can prevent cancers returning has begun in the UK. Researchers will compare groups of patients taking different doses of ...
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Does ProBiora3 promote tooth and gum health?

Oragenics advertises on their website the benefits of ProBiora3: Oral probiotics are live bacteria that are similar (or identical) to the beneficial microorganisms found naturally in the oral ...
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Is it true that online therapy for mental conditions is as good, if not better, as in person? [closed]

I've red a number of articles claiming that online therapy, in particular for mental disorders, is more effective than in person therapy. Though they do site studies, I find this very hard to believe ...
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Is there a benefit in ingesting cough medicine as a syrup? [closed]

Cough syrup is swallowed. The medicinal drug goes to the stomach. Is there any reason to believe that there is benefit in ingesting the medicine as a syrup? Wikipedia anyway writes “There is no ...
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Can microbes live on surfaces with less than 10% humidity?

I've seen it claimed that bacteria or viruses can't live on surfaces when the humidity is less than 10%. But I can't find any credible source for this. The earliest source I can find is Popular ...
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Is Triclosan safe for use in toothpaste?

Colgate Total includes 0.3% Triclosan. The company says that the FDA, ADA, and others have confirmed that this is safe. Other sources claim that it is not safe, citing risks of cancer, endocrine ...
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does Homeopathy medicine work [duplicate]

Almost all scientists say homeopathy a fake. Can I trust these. Is there any proof that this system works. Homeopathy doctors say it works. what is true
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Is the “Dr. Visser Seal of Approval” an accurate quality mark for good children's shoes?

The Dutch store Scapino sells a line of shoes that have received the "Dr. Visser Seal of Approval". The claim on their website† states (translated from the original Dutch): Scapino has used ...
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Are Planned Parenthood videos edited to distort truth? [closed]

In this NPR story the point is made that the videos released by The Center for Medical Progress are heavily edited. Even the longer versions are supposedly edited. This is supposedly done so that it ...
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Are mass-bred chicken fed with hormones or other substances that, when you eat their meat, can have significant negative effect on your health? [closed]

My friend told me that chicken meat is unhealthy - presumably chicken are fed with hormones which can be unhealthy, as well as the meat could contain some added chemicals. My question applies to ...
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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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What is 'Dharan(Navel Displacement)' in Scientific terms? [closed]

In India 'Dharan' is supposed to be a kind of sprain which causes the Navel to get displaced. But as far as I know in modern science there is nothing like navel displacement. What actually Dharan is, ...
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Does eating bananas prevent eyelid twitching?

I have heard many times growing up that if your eyelid is twitching, it means you need more potassium in your diet, and therefore should eat more bananas. A quick search online finds a variety of ...
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Is there a place where kefir is considered an alcoholic beverage? [closed]

Is possible to fail Breath alcohol test, in Europe? For simplicity sake, I define you are considered at least : drunk if your breath contains over 0.5 mg/l ethanol. obviously drunk if your breath ...
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Does the Brilliant Blue G food dye halt spinal degeneration?

A 2009 Popular Science article (no longer available from the original site, but cached here) claims that Brilliant Blue G - a compound used as a food dye - helps spinal degeneration. The next time ...
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Is icing a soft tissue injury helpful to recovery? [duplicate]

It seems to be common knowledge that icing an injury, such as a sprain or a bump, is beneficial to treatment. I'd like to focus this question on sprains (with no bone damage). Does it actually help ...
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Can taking Cialis cure Erectile Dysfunction permanently?

Referring to the article "New Study Shows Men Taking Cialis® (tadalafil) Tablets Once Daily Returned to Normal Erectile Function after Incomplete Response to As-Needed PDE5 Inhibitor Therapy" Eli ...
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Does Viagra become less effective at tackling Erectile Dysfunction with repeated use?

This 2003 article, Long-term Tolerance With Viagra suggests that there is a consensus amongst authorities that sildenafil (Viagra) does not have a tachyphylactic effect - i.e. it doesn't diminish in ...