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During pregnancy, do babies send stem cells to their mothers to repair organ damage?

This picture is floating around the facebooks with no attribution to an original source (not even a source of the image): The image says: During pregnancy, if a mother suffers organ damage, the ...
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Can abdominal muscles take over 75% of the workload of a diaphragm and restore 100% lung function?

This News Report says that the boy mentioned had 75% of his diaphragm removed due to cancer, however as a result of strong abdominal muscles now has 100% lung function. Is this really feasible, or is ...
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Is a new case of dementia diagnosed every 4 seconds?

I recently heard a claim that a new case of dementia is diagnosed every 4 seconds from various resources including the World Health Organization, The total number of new cases of dementia each ...
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Does the oxygen level in the air drop at night or in the early morning? [closed]

There is a pseudoclaim that the oxygen level in the air drops at night and in the early morning (before dawn), and that the change is of sufficient magnitude to influence health.
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Does rabies have an almost 100% mortality rate with around 160 deaths per day?

One of my favourite information snippets to dish out to unsuspecting friends is that there are roughly only 10 recorded cases of rabies survival without vaccination, while it's estimated that around ...
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Does eating dark chocolate eliminate night terrors?

In answer to a question on Parenting.SE about helping a child cope with night terrors, a user posted: Here's what you do For the little guy. For his night terrors give him 1 to 2 small square of ...
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Is homeopathy ever used in official medicine? [closed]

English Wikipedia is pretty clear and uncompromising on the topic of homeopathy, as you can see below: Homeopathy is a form of alternative medicine created in 1796 by Samuel Hahnemann. [...] ...
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Does microwaving breast milk cause dangerous hot spots?

I was almost eaten alive by my wife after she found out I heated our baby's dinner in a microwave. The concern is that microwave heating is uneven and it could make a super hot spot in breast milk or ...
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Is the practice of circumcision in the west derived from a puritantical desire to stop masturbation?

This collegehumour video claims that the practice of circumcision in the west (and particularly the US), outside of Jewish and Muslim religions, comes from the puritanical Victorian era, where it was ...
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Did an experimental Oral Polio Vaccine (OPV) cause the AIDS pandemic?

Aidsorigins.com mentioned in a post that: The oral polio vaccine (OPV) theory of origin of AIDS proposes that an experimental OPV made in a unique manner was administered to nearly one ...
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Is exposure therapy is the only effective treatment of PTSD?

According to this website: Recent research has determined that "exposure therapy", a specialized form of cognitive-behaviour therapy that includes adjusting harmful cognitions (thoughts) is ...
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Are people physically sensitive to light from LEDs over other sources?

The Irish Independent details the claims of a woman saying she is sensitive to LED light, and that it causes her nausea. The article explains that neurologists, opticians and ophthalmologists found ...
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Will there soon be more female doctors in Canada than male doctors in Canada?

Obviously no one can know the future with certainty. But several articles make statements regarding more women graduating with medical degrees than men and that in the near future more doctors will be ...
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Does a swelling make an X-ray photograph or MRI scan harder to interpret?

I started to write an answer to Why should we try to reduce swelling after injury? along the following lines: There is another reason why suppressing the swelling in response to injury can be ...
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Is Finitro Forte Plus an effective treatment for arthritis?

This advertisement for a product says (French original, followed by my translation into English), Finitro Forte Plus montre des résultats surprenants dans le traitement de l'arthrite, de ...
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Is drinking while standing unhealthy?

In Quora there is an answer that states: Scientifically, drinking while standing lets water hit the lower part of the esophagus strongly, & by time this leads to a dilation and relaxation of ...
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Why should we try to reduce swelling after injury?

The very common advice for immediate treatment of an injury is R.I.C.E. — rest, ice, compression and elevation — to reduce swelling. But why should we try to reduce the natural swelling ...
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No creams or ointments for first aid of a child with a large scald?

According to a study, Are parents in the UK equipped to provide adequate burns first aid?, the proper first aid for a burn is to "STOP the burning": Strip hot clothes and jewelry Turn on the ...
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Is GHB safe to consume?

GHB is illegal and has received considerable media attention as a highly dangerous recreational drug, However, there is a June 1997 article by Life Enhancement Magazine, that endorses the use of GHB ...
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Does Nd:YAG laser help tissue regeneration and pain relief?

I've recently had Nd:YAG laser therapy on my knee. Despite being totally skeptical about it, the net effect I've experienced is really positive and beneficial: I've had long-lasting pain relief after ...
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Is Diet Soda making older people fat?

This new article i read states that in adults over the age of 65 diet soda consumption triples waist circumference gain over people who did not consume diet sodas. article According to a study ...
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Is regularly viewing internet pornography unhealthy? [closed]

Have there been any conclusive studies that found negative (or positive) effects from viewing internet pornography on a regular basis? Certainly a google search turns up a lot of results but most ...
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Does drinking beer help to prevent Alzheimer/Parkinson diseases?

Lately I've seen news like this saying that drinking beer could prevent Alzheimer's disease. On the other hand, the alzheimers.net website lists beer as one of many things that can actually increase ...
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Does a physical barrier such as Vaseline help prevent a cold or flu during air-travel?

This site claims that this action will help prevent you getting sick during air-travel: try applying a small amount of Neosporin or petroleum jelly just inside the nostrils (use a Q-tip if your ...
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Can triple antibiotic ointment in the nostrils prevent flu?

I've seen this claim on Facebook a few times recently (it has 116k shares right now): I was just reminded of a TIP for avoiding the flu when I worked in the hospitals many years ago. Swab inside ...
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Is smoking marijuana while breast feeding dangerous?

This site claims: Mothers that cannot quit smoking marijuana ( who have a marijuana dependency ) can continue to breastfeed as long as they do not expose their babies to the secondhand smoke. ...
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Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
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Are heroin/cocaine not as physically addictive as previously claimed?

This article suggests that most of the addiction is due to the environment, not the actual chemical effects on the body. In particular, the article claims that the common thinking, as encapsulated in ...
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Do Silicon Valley tech workers' kids have low vaccination rates?

The Wired has published article "The Sickeningly Low Vaccination Rates at Silicon Valley Day Cares", in which they claim ridiculously low vaccination rates in daycare centers associated with some of ...
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Is diet soda as bad for your teeth as regular soda or methamphetamine?

I've heard of many claims about soda water itself containing carbonic acid (as claimed by a teacher I had in high school) and having a generally high pH that's enough to destroy one's teeth. This ...
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Can nasal spray with eucalyptus help prevent further infections?

I had a terrible cold last week, and bought "Otrivin Zoutoplossing Plus Eucalyptus" (site in Dutch) nasal spray to help with the congtion. This particular type contains a salt solution and ...
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What is the *causal* link between smoking and lung cancer? [closed]

I have been discussing smoking with a fellow who states that for all the decades of study of the tobacco leaf, still nobody has managed to find what part of the process of smoking the tobacco leaf ...
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Do Bluetooth headsets pose any health risks?

What's the current state of knowledge concerning health risks caused by Bluetooth headsets? What has been confirmed so far? I lack the expertise to evaluate which reports are trustworthy and which ...
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Is there a correlation between cold and illnesses generally perceived as cold-related? [duplicate]

Cold weather is usually considered to be one of the causes of common cold, flu, influenza, pneumonia etc., especially in winter. However, many believe that these illnesses may be mainly caused not by ...
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Is it true that married people are happier and live longer? [duplicate]

From Making is Connecting by David Gauntlett, a quote attributed to Richard Layard states "Married people are healthier and live" which has a reference that points to "Layard, Happiness, p. 66." I ...
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Does smelling alcohol makes you drunk?

After some googling, I found a Yahoo Answers posting that claims: Smelling alcoholic beverages will not get you drunk quickly but it will get you going. Alcohol evaporates at a lower temp that ...
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Do the Amish have a lower rate of autism? [closed]

This 2006 article - after making conjectures about autism and vaccinations suggests that autism rates might be lower for (unvaccinated) Amish children, and offers some anecdotal evidence: "I have ...
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Can Okra treat Diabetes?

A work colleague has been taking Okra to treat his type 2 diabetes. There are many article over the internet claiming the benefits of Okra for the treatment of diabetes, including (but not limited to) ...
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Is Lyme Disease endemic in Australia?

The New South Wales state government's Health department has a fact sheet about Lyme disease: Lyme disease is caused by the bacterium Borrelia burgdorferi. Typical symptoms include fever, ...
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Does the Gokhale Method improve spine-related medical conditions?

Esther Gokhale promotes (e.g. TEDx Talk) the Gokhale Method for preventing back-pain by adopting encouraging better posture. The Gokhale Method uses healthy posture and movement to help you regain ...
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Have there been US legal cases where CPR patients sued their savior? [closed]

Potential first-aiders can be afraid to adminster CPR, over fear of being sued for damages (ref 1, ref 2 "many people are put off [..] for fear of [..] getting sued"). Have there been such cases of ...
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Does the body require essential fatty acids for good health?

I have been skeptical of the term essential fatty acids, as the word "essential" would imply that a nutrient is necessary to good health. For example, any textbook can show you that essential amino ...
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Is only one in seven medical interventions supported by reliable scientific evidence? [duplicate]

My macroeconomics professor claimed According to one researcher, only one in seven medical interventions is supported by reliable scientific evidence. A quick Google search shows the quote from ...
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Does stopping urination mid stream lead to urinary tract infections?

Recently having a conversation with my mother-in-law and four sisters-in-laws, the subject of Kegel exercise was brought up. I stated that one of the recommended ways to start strengthening your ...
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Does rifaximin (Xifaxin) treat irritable bowel syndrome?

This article 5 Simple Steps to Cure IBS Without Drugs Get rid of the unwanted visitors in your small bowel. Ask your doctor to prescribe rifaximin (Xifaxin) and take two 200 mg tablets three times ...
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is there any reason behind “avoid north-south direction while sleeping” [duplicate]

Recently in some websites(eg. this one) I saw some post which explaining why we should not sleep with our head to north-south direction because of earth's magnetic field. But explanation are not ...
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Does zinc help with colds and flus? [closed]

This question doesn't duplicate the more limited one on Zicam; I ask here about zinc in general. No: Mayo Clinic (from which I quote below) and WebMD are skeptical. Since then, research has ...
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Does an empty stomach cause gas?

This article claims: However on the other end of the spectrum having your stomach empty can also cause gas as that empty stomach area fills up with air. Is this claim true or just an old wives ...
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Does keeping your carbohydrate intake at 20-25% of your total caloric intake reduce insulin-resistance diseases?

From this article Excess Stomach Acid Mimics Hunger Reducing your carbohydrate intake to 20-25% of your total caloric intake has a dramatic improvement in the diseases arising from insulin ...
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Can Hydrogen Peroxide administered via ear drops reduce the duration of the common cold?

I was looking for information about common colds and this URL came up on page 1 via Google search: Vitamin D and Other Simple, Inexpensive Tricks to Cure a Cold (on mercola.com) There's a section in ...