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Can a blow to the head make a person smarter?

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 had an ...
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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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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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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?
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Was Andy Garcia born with a Conjoined Twin?

Does Andy Garcia really have a scar on his shoulder from a childhood surgery to remove a half-formed twin? I've seen it around the net, for example on NNDB: Andy Garcia was born with a conjoined ...
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Does drinking beet juice cause hypotension?

The benefits of drinking beet juice suggest that it reduces the blood pressure. Does that mean it causes hypotension in people with normal blood pressure? Does that mean people with normal blood ...
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Is it bad to wash your face with regular soap?

According to many websites, the skin on our faces are very delicate. As such, regular soap (bar soap, body wash soap or any bathing cleanser not specially designed for washing the face) may cause ...
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Can pregnancy tests check for testicular cancer in men?

I saw this picture here: [ Is this true? Can cancer be detected by a pregnancy test?
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Does driving affect women's ovaries, pushes their pelvis upwards and cause clinical problems in their children?

Sheikh Saleh bin Saad al-Lohaidan who is either a leading Saudi cleric or a judicial adviser to an association of Gulf psychologists, has been reported to have told sabq.org (original site down, ...
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Would an MRI of a shoulder cause hot sensation in left chest, left breast has a titanium marker [duplicate]

Just had MRI of my left shoulder, about 3/4's of the way through, left side of my chest became very hot. My left breast had a titanium marker. Why was my chest hot and my shoulder was not. I was ...
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Does red meat increase the risk of heart disease?

Conventional common wisdom has been that red meat consumption increases the risk of developing heart disease. There are a lot of studies indicating this may be true, but there are also a lot of ...
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Has lead poisoning in kids in St. Louis (Mo.) decreased since 2001?

[The mayor of St. Louis, Missouri, Francis] Slay cites the efforts to… and reduce lead poisoning in children as some of his most fulfilling work. Regarding the latter, "The drop has been ...
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Can reflexology diagnose and cure disease?

I can find numerous references that reflexology is no better than placebo for particular medical conditions. Quack Watch Evaluation of the effects of reflexology on quality of life and symptomatic ...
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Do penile traction devices work to straighten curved penises?

We've all seen ads for it but do any products actually work? There used to be more information on the Wikipedia article about this but since has been removed. I have heard a number of claims penile ...
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Is this man holding his own heart after getting a transplant?

This image, very amazing if true. https://www.facebook.com/4funsociety/photos/a.178003795588213.60115.176890359032890/2137353942986512/?type=1
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Do any folk remedies for motion sickness actually work? [closed]

Accupressure wristbands, green apples, ginger, peppermint candies, Saltine crackers, lemons, olives, you name it, somebody thinks it prevents motion sickness. Do any of these actually work? Context: ...
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Does a lack of hand-washing by health-care workers cause 100,000 deaths per year in the USA?

Tweet by PostSecret, with 203 retweets and 85 favorites: 100,000 deaths in the US alone could be avoided each year if health care workers washed their hands more, according to the CDC. Do ...
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Do expensive mattresses give better quality of sleep?

I'm currently shopping for a mattress, and prices range from $200-$2000+. My current mattress is a $500 IKEA memory foam mattress, and I feel like I get a good night's sleep, but if it could be shown ...
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Is inhaling helium dangerous?

Inhaling helium and talking with a funny voice used to be a great party trick for chemists with access to it and has now become more popular as helium supplies have become accessible for filling ...
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Are neanderthal skull fossils just skulls of very elderly humans?

Some people claim that the fossils that have been generally classified as Neanderthal are actually human, and in particular, humans who have lived to a very old age - i.e. two or three hundred years ...
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Does drinking recommended amounts of alcohol do more harm to children aged 13 to 18 than it does to adults?

The National Institute for Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism strongly implies that consuming any alcohol at all while under the age of 18 is excessively detrimental to one's health. While never stated ...
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Are positive ions bad for you?

It is a widely held belief that "negative ions" in the atmosphere are good for you (see this article on WebMD). Some sources (see this word document from Fayetteville State University) say that ...
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Is shaving your pubic hair bad for you?

I've been told that it is currently very popular to shave you pubic hair, especially if you are a woman. There appears to be evidence that it is popular. This article from The Atlantic is titled: ...
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Is it good to drink Coke when sick?

I have always been told by my mom that when I feel nauseous, I should drink Coke. I've heard many people say the same. Is it true that it is good to drink Coke when you're feeling nauseous? If yes: ...
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Has olanzapine (Zyprexa) caused 200,000 deaths?

In an editorial titled "Should journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry? " in the British Medical Journal the authors make the following claim: Another dire example is ...
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Is Tai Chi effective to treat tendinitis?

I have heard and read from various (low quality) sources that Tai Chi is effective to treat tendinitis (a.k.a. tendonitis). E.g.: Askville: Gentle exercises such as Tai Chi, Yoga, and stretching, ...
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Is Tegarome effective to treat minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches?

Tegarome is a blend of essential oils designed to treat soothes minor skin injuries such as sun burn, insect stings, scratches. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of ...
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Can humans “feel” the earth's magnetic field?

Someone told me that human cells can somehow feel the earth's magnetic field. The same guy thought that centrioles are probably involved. Is it true? If not, would it be true for stronger magnetic ...
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Does getting a flu shot every year help prevent cancer?

Marketwatch's story "10 surprising steps to staying cancer-free" states that getting an flu shot every year help prevent cancer: Get an annual flu shot. Having the flu triggers inflammation, which ...
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Is cannabis bad for your health, when not smoked, in the long term?

This question is not about smoking cannabis. The scope of this question is limited to other methods of consumption such as edibles, tinctures, and transdermal patches. The Wikipedia article on the ...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You Know.org: Sharks are the only animals that almost never get sick: they are immune to almost every known disease. Is this true or is it a myth?
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Does unanaesthetized circumcision result in neurogenic shock?

Similar to this question on Reddit, which asks for sources, I've heard various claims that during unanesthetized, ceremonial circumcision, the boy can go into neurogenic shock. For example, this ...
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Do sugary drinks make you fat?

The question of whether sugary drinks contribute to obesity is controversial, not least because the large manufacturers of the drinks would most likely suffer if the contribution to obesity were ...
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Has medical prescribing become dominated by marketing rather than evidence?

Recent books by critics of the pharmaceutical industry (such as David Healy's Pharmageddon and Ben Goldacre's Bad Pharma) have highlighted problems in the way the industry promotes its products. In a ...
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Does the inclusion of whole population medical screening undermine the benefits of wellness programmes?

Workplace wellness programmes are becoming increasingly popular as employers (and governments) attempt to control escalating healthcare costs. They offer the promise of making the workforce healthier ...
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Are green clay cataplasms effective to treat tendinitis?

I have heard and read from various (low quality) sources that green clay cataplasms are effective to treat tendinitis (a.k.a. tendonitis). E.g.: Argiletz: Green clay can be used for healing ...
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What is the best way to sit while having food?

I have read various claims regarding the best position to eat: sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, etc. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating: Eating while sitting on ...
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Is sulfur a “miracle cure”?

There are claims that sulfur and its compounds like organic sulfur and MSM can cure many health issues. Sulfur and Methylsulfonylmethane or MSM for short is being claimed to have these benefits: ...
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Is Flexarome effective to relieve aching joints and tense muscles?

Flexarome is a blend of essential oils to relieve aching joints and tense muscles. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of modern aromatherapy. Cold, humid weather and ...
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Do medical screenings improve health outcomes?

I've heard that medical screenings are useful, and also that medical screenings don't improve health outcomes. Do medical screenings improve health outcomes? Are they worth their risks?
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Is “treatment induced injury” one of the leading causes of death and disability?

David Healy's latest blog warns against the credulity of doctors in the face of vast marketing efforts by pharmaceutical firms. In making a general argument about how the medical profession ought to ...