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Is looking at an IR transmitter bad for your eyes?

I've seen some warnings regarding IR sensors and transmitters such as the 4th panel below for the Nintendo 3DS: The Operations Manual says, Do not get too close to the infrared transceiver ...
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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. Why I need to do that? What is so dangerous in the black ending of a banana? Source of the image
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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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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 ...