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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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A friend of mine posted a facebook me that claimed that cow milk can contain gluten, and trigger gluten allergies. Is this true? [closed]

I got myself into one heck of an argument with my friend over gluten allergies, of all things! It is my understanding that it is the shape of a protein that triggers an allergic response. And that a ...
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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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Does Zox Pro (Subliminal Photography) assist memory?

Supposedly, Subliminal Photography is based off the idea that the right brain learns in pictures and stores information directly into long term memory. The idea, then, is that if you 'take' a ...
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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 ...
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Is it possible to cure drunkenness? [closed]

Is there a possibility in science where they'll be able to make something that will counteract or defeat drunkenness in such a way that if you get drunk you can drink something to make it go away real ...
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Does fluoride cause the body to absorb extra aluminum?

I've recently seen a quote by one William Douglass, MD, making the rounds on facebook. It sounded suspicious, so I found the original quote on his own website: People who warned against ...
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Is Midol more effective than OTC painkillers when used to treat cramping?

Midol's standard formula has three active ingredients: Acetaminophen, Caffeine, and Pyrilamine maleate (an antihistamine). Acetaminophen is readily available over the counter in both generic and brand ...
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Is Turmeric better than prozac to treat depression?

We can find online several websites promoting phytotherapy, which claim that Turmeric (Curcuma) is as effective as Prozac for treating depression, and without its side effects, for example this one, ...
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Does topical application of turmeric lighten skin color or make skin fairer?

There are online herbal recipes which claim that turmeric helps to lighten skin color. The power of turmeric mixed with the natural bleaching power of lime juice will make for an effective ...
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Does habitually performing detailed work in low light cause permanent eye damage? [duplicate]

I read the question Is it harmful to your eyes to read in dim light? and remembered that when I visited Kensington Palace a few years back there was a story that many of the servant girls who worked ...
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Is the Heimlich maneuver the most appropriate response to choking?

The US National Institute of Health recommend (in some, limited circumstances) the use of the Heimlich maneuver as first aid for choking victims: How to perform the Heimlich maneuver: ...
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Does green tea help with dental hygiene?

This Youtube video claims that green tea "is the best mouthwash", citing various medical studies that claim that green tea is more effective in reducing dental bacteria than various standard ...
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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 sleeping with your head pointed north dangerous? [duplicate]

According to the top-voted answer of this question: When we sleep in this position, iron from the whole body starts to congregate in our brain which can cause headache, Alzheimer’s Disease, ...
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Are regular tea bags effective in treating pink eye?

http://myculturedpalate.com/blog/2013/03/11/tea-bags-a-natural-remedy-for-pink-eye/ or http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/pinkeye.htm Chamomile is also used in folk ...
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Does Calendula Gel promote healing of minor burns?

From the Amazon product description of Boiron Homeopathic Medicine Calendula Gel for Burns, Scrapes and Skin Irritations, 2.6-Ounce Tubes (Pack of 3): Use Calendula Gel to promote healing of minor ...
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Should I cut off black banana ending before eating?

I was always told that I should cut off the black ending of a banana before eating, because it would be dangerous. Sources for this claim can for example be found here (though that source is actually ...
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Do societies that are less abstemious have more sensible drinking patterns?

Questions about whether alcohol consumption is good for you or not have been asked here before (see Is alcohol beneficial in small amounts? and Recommended alcohol drinking quantity: are they just ...
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Is CPH4 from Lucy real?

In the science-fiction film Lucy, the titular character takes a drug called CPH4 that increases her brain capacity. The writer and director of the film, Luc Besson, claims in several interviews that ...
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Has the cure to cancer been hidden by pharmaceutical companies?

I've heard a theory that given the widespread incidence of cancer, a cancer cure probably already exists but has been hidden by major pharmaceutical companies to maximise revenue from expensive cancer ...
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Is the total cost of Sovaldi, the $1,000 pill, comparable to conventional long-term treatment?

The relatively new drug for Hepatitis C, Sovaldi, has caused a rather large controversy about the appropriate price for medication. This NY Times article is one example of the controversy, citing the ...
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Is the O-type blood used as a universal donor?

In biology classes at school I was taught that O can be a donor to all blood types (given matching Rh group and other details), and AB can receive transfusion from any type. Quick googling seems to ...
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Are Aikido joint locks harmful to children?

There is a fairly wide spread belief within the Aikido community that all joint locks and some throws (or rather their break falls) are harmful to children. I am looking for actual evidence-based ...
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Is a 23andMe customer's genomic data used in 230 studies on average?

I read in the article 23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA: 230: Average number of studies in which a consenting 23andMe customer's genomic data is used There is no source to back up this number, ...
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Are Homeopathic Proving Trials reliable?

According to homeopaths, the 'proving' process is used to determine the effect of substances. Some information can be found on the American Medical College of Homeopathy web site: Provings are a ...
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Does using headphones to listen to music damage hearing [duplicate]

As seen in the link below headphones can damage hearing. Is this true? Could using noise canceling headphones and having the volume on low help? ...
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Does drinking water at certain times help digestion, prevent high-blood pressure, strokes and heart-attacks?

There is a poster in our breakroom at work that states this about drinking water: 2 glasses of water in the morning helps internal organs 1 glass before meal helps digestion 1 glass before ...
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Does delayed umbilical cord-clamping reduce the risk of anaemia?

In his article 90 Seconds to Change the World", Dr. Alan Greene claims that when a baby is born, one-third of its blood is still in the placenta and that among other health benefits, delayed-cord ...
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Does rubbing a bruise help against haematomas?

My parents always told me to rub firmly directly after I bruised myself, say after a hit with a blunt object (without damage to the skin). The explanation would be that this helps against haematomas ...
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Is fibromyalgia a discrete clinical entity?

Is fibromyalgia a discrete clinical entity? Is it a disease? Discrete clinical entity (a term often used in the medical literature, usually without definition): "there is something specific and ...
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Are Soldiers Overdiagnosed with PTSD in the US Military?

I am a combat veteran, but I was not diagnosed with PTSD. When I was in the military, there were Soldiers with PTSD who had never served in a combat zone. There were also Soldiers who served in a ...
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Does beetroot cure cancer?

Googling the keywords "beetroot cancer cure" will come up with many articles claiming that beetroot may cure cancer. Beetroot is one of the many healthy RAW vegetables one should focus on according ...
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Does flushing the gallbladder have any positive effect on one's health?

Many websites propose cleansing the gallbladder (or the liver) in specific ways (frequently with fruit juice and oil) which they claim causes the gallbladder to expel cholesterol in the form of small ...
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Are medics often incapable of understanding or communicating statistical results to their patients?

A recent news article on the BBC summarises work of Gerd Gigerenzer that argues (my emphasis): ...it's not just that doctors and dentists can't reel off the relevant stats for every treatment ...
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Are your chances for surviving blunt force trauma better when drunk

So there's this theory going around that being drunk makes you less prone to die in a car crash or other blunt force trauma like falling because you are more "relaxed" and your body is limp. Is there ...
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Can scorpion venom be used to help to identify cancer cells?

Apple Balla reports that Wired reports that scientists report that: Washington, July 7 (IANS) In what can alter the course of cancer treatment in the near future, researchers have found a compound ...
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Do headers in football (soccer) cause brain damage?

I read once an article that soccer players have reduced brain function when doing too many headers (i.e. hitting the soccer ball with your head). Discovery.com A new study of long-time adult ...
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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 drinking water after eating watermelon cause cholera?

This question is about a myth popular in India and Pakistan (as printed). The myth is that drinking water or milk after eating watermelon causes cholera. Have any experiments falsified/supported this ...
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Is medical marijuana prescribed to be smoked?

In some jurisdictions, like California, Marijuana is permitted for 'medical use". Its most widespread administration is by smoking Are there doctors prescribing marijuana to be smoked? While I ...
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Did Richard Nixon commission a study on the effects of THC and then have the results classified?

This was recently shared to my mother's Facebook page. She is currently battling an aggressive cancer that was brought on by Chemotherapy that she had to fight stage 4 breast cancer over 10 years ...
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Should the foreign object in a deep puncture wound be left in until medical care is available?

People believe that foreign objects in deep puncture wounds should be left in until medical care is available. Is that belief true?
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Are the location of brain-tumours linked to which ear you use a cell-phone with?

In the meta-analysis Cell phones and brain tumors: a review including the long-term epidemiologic data, they find that: The results indicate that using a cell phone for > or = 10 years ...
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Do pregnant women “glow”?

In fiction it's as common as dirt to hear "you're glowing" as a response to news that someone is pregnant or an indication of it without it being said. This doesn't seem to be limited to just ...