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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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Does drinking water or milk after eating fish, watermelon, muskmelon or corn cause any kind of harmful effects?

This question is about a myth popular in India and involves biology. I have a poor knowledge of biology, but I can understand chemistry up to school level. Also my English is not so good, so please ...
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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 ...
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Do babies born with lots of hair cause heartburn during pregnancy?

This is a common wives' tale about pregnancy and I heard it many times during the course of the various pregnancies I've recently been near. In particular, one of the infants was born with a full head ...
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Can acupuncture increase blood flow to a muscle?

So far, I've been exposed to acupuncture as a version of "traditional" medicine that included all sorts of woo about the flow of energy, and claims along the lines of "sticking a needle into this part ...
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Does this study show the CDC has covered up an autism/thimerosal link?

Methodological Issues and Evidence of Malfeasance in Research Purporting to Show Thimerosal in Vaccines Is Safe is a study that questions the position of the United States Centers for Disease Control ...
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Does garlic improve hair growth in androgenetic alopecia?

I have found two papers related to garlic for treating alopecia areata [1,2]. Is there any other evidence for hair growth in androgenetic alopecia? In fact there are some statements [3,4] that it ...
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In the USA, is AIDS most prevalent in the gay male population?

Back in the early 1980s, AIDS was originally named Gay-related Immune Deficiency (GRID). Researchers renamed the disease as they became aware of the spread of the disease in other demographics. For ...
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Does a kneeling chair reduce back pain?

Kneeling chairs are thought to be good for some back problems: The kneeling chair is meant to reduce lower back strain by dividing the burden of the weight between the knees and the buttocks. ...
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Can Jarzębiak (rowan fruit nalewka) lead to dangerous blood pressure drops?

I've heard some urban legends / 'drink party tales' about that particular liquor: Jarzębiak is a fruit vodka made from rowan by extracting the fruit through infusion and then mixing the extract ...
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Wearing Steel toe boots will burn more calories than normal shoes

I've seen this being echoed all over social media lately, but that's about all I can find with my GoogleFu. Is there any legitimacy to this? Was there a study or something that would suggest this? ...
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Is weight-loss almost always temporary?

I was reading this article on Cracked which claims: The number of people who go from fat to thin, and stay there, statistically rounds down to zero. That seemed like a pretty incredible claim, ...
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Does Triclosan effectively treat skin infections?

Minnesota recently mades the news for banning Triclosan, an antibacterial agent used in handwashes, due to potential health risks. (This question is not about those risks.) Those risks must be ...
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Can “Continuous Passive Movement” help cartilage healing?

The American Arthritis Society describes a treatment (Continuous Passive Movement) that helps heal cartilage: The results were as follows: – 52% rate of healing when using movement without ...
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Can hemostatics like QuikClot and Celox get into blood stream and cause embolic clots?

From what I understand products like Quikclot and Celox are used by the US military in first aid kits. The products are used to stop severe bleeding. While some studies indicate that these products ...
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Is BodyTite effective at tightening the skin during liposuction?

BodyTite or Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is a form of liposuction helped by radio frequency: involves heating the skin by the RF current which flows from the internal to the ...
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Is cryolipolisis effective as a fat reduction method?

Cryolipolysis is a non-surgical process to remove subcutaneous fat, using controlled cooling, as an alternative to liposuction. Is a significant amount of fat destroyed by one treatment of ...
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Do foods rich in Estrogen increase breast size?

It's a common belief that foods rich in estrogen (like Soya milk) increases breast size. MD-health.com claims that it works: Eat Enough Estrogenic Foods. Estrogen is a potent female sex hormone ...
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Does fish oil “fail”?

I recently ran across “Why Fish Oil Fails: A Comprehensive 21st Century Lipids-Based Physiologic Analysis,” a review by B. S. Peskin which claims to debunk previous claims about the health benefits of ...
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Have textile workers created such finely detailed textiles that they have gone blind?

When visiting a touring exhibit of Vatican museum treasures, my mother pointed at a garment with very fine embroidery. She told me that the artists who made such garments could only make one in their ...
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Does intermittent opioid abuse have a long-term negative effect on health?

If somebody were to take 20mg of an opioid (for example, hydrocodone) twice a week every week, would there be any negative long-term effects?
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Does eye exercises help improve your eyesight? [closed]

I asked the eye doctor if exercises will help my aging vision and he said basically that the benefits of eye exercise are inconclusive. I looked on Skeptics and found that this was discussed 3 years ...
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Can a blow to the head make a person learn something or given them a higher aptitude for learning something? [closed]

I have heard stories about people acquiring skills after being hit in the head, here is one of them. In this particular story the man was assaulted and knocked unconscious and after he awoke he could ...
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Is the video of Soviet Dog Revival Experiment real?

In this video a dog head is brought back to life by injecting blood and air artificially. The dog (it's head actually) reacted to sound, touch and used its toungue to taste. I am not skeptic about ...
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How effective is electroshock therapy?

Electroshock therapy was a popular treatment for depression and other mental illnesses in the middle of the 20th century. After losing its favor for many decades, it seems that it is being ...
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Do vitamin supplements have any health benefits?

According to some recent research, Vitamin supplements almost never have health benefits, are a waste of money and could even be harmful, a group of scientists said in a damning indictment of ...
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Does carrageenan cause gastrointestinal inflammation and higher rates of intestinal lesions, ulcerations, and even malignant tumors in humans?

I came across this article on how to avoid carrageenan on a friend's facebook post. The "article" starts with this statement: Carrageenan is a common food additive extracted from red seaweed. ...
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Did such a medical device ever exist that blew air into the anus?

Does the medical device described in Guliver's Travels, published in 1726, resemble anything that actually existed, or has there ever been a medical need to pump air into the anus? I was ...
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What is the five-year failure rate for condom-usage?

Dr Stephen Genuis models the long-term failure rate of condoms in a Catholic Education Resource Center article The effectiveness of a contraceptive method is defined in terms of the phrase "number ...
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Is anti-glare 'computer' glasses effective at relieving eye-strain? [duplicate]

Does anti glare really works? Got many suggestions from fellow friends who practice medicine Dont use them if you are not experiencing any strain Use them it will be helpful to reduce strain It will ...
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Does regular self-induced vomiting provide any health benefit?

Yoga International provided an acquittance with a cleansing technique dubbed upper wash where the healthy subject is to voluntarily vomit in order to clean their body from toxins: ...
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Is optometry a pseudoscience?

I am aware that "behavioural optometry", the extension of optometry to cover a wide array of problems, is definitely a pseudoscience. However, is optometry itself entirely a pseudoscience? From what ...
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Is it possible to (reliably) diagnose malaria with a noninvasive device/smartphone app?

Today, I was made aware of a research project made by Ugandan CS students who claim to have built a smartphone app together with a device called a "matiscope" that [...] uses a red light to ...
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As seen in movies, is it medically sound to treat a bruise with raw meat?

I've seen in numerous movies that after a person gets beaten up in a fight they place a chunk of raw meat on their face. I found this link making reference to the practice and this one claiming it's a ...
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Do ionizers in air conditioners promote cardiopulmonary health?

This website for an air conditioner claims: A built-in ionizer helps stimulate blood circulation, improve lung function and prevent respiratory passage illnesses. Does research indicate that ...
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Can the Xbox Kinect sensor accurately assess your heart rate across the room?

This Daily Mail article suggests that the Kinect camera on the xbox is capable of assessing your heart rate from four feet away by detecting changes in the colour of your skin. Has the accuracy of ...
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Is it harmful to exercise when on antibiotics? [closed]

I remember been told to stay in bed when on antibiotics as a child but don't know the reason why. Is it sound? Is there any negative health effect?