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Do hockey players sniff smelling salts?

This City News Toronto segment claims that many ice hockey players have been sniffing smelling salts (based on ammonia carbonate) for a supposed performance boost. (They go on to quote an expert ...
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Does aluminium hydroxide provoke allergies?

A German documentary released on the German channel Arte a few years ago makes the claim that aluminium hydroxide, when ingested alongside some foods, can induce allergies to those specific foods, ...
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Are the top selling prescription drugs only effective for one in five patients? [closed]

A 2016 editorial in the BMJ makes the following claim: The top 10 prescription drugs in sales have a cumulative clinical response rate of less than 20%. The claim is not the central theme of the ...
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Is the same hep C medicine available for 900$ in India and 84000$ in the United States?

This is the pill that cures Hepatitis C India: $900 America: $84,000 This is what happens when big pharma has bought all your politicians Are these numbers accurate?
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Do antibiotics weaken your immune system?

Recently, my friend told me that antibiotics will weaken your immune system. Their reasoning is that: Antibiotics remove the harmful bacteria from you, but they also remove the natural disease ...
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Do antidepressants cause brain damage?

A friend two years ago read an online article that claims antidepressants cause brain damage. I don't know which one, but I imagine it was something like this. Do antidepressants cause brain damage?
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Can Clonazepam (Klonopin) use result in addiction?

Referring to an article America’s Most Dangerous Pill? Klonopin, written by Christopher Byron: Klonopin takes longer to metabolize and passes through your system more slowly than other benzos, ...
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Is Ativan addictive?

My primary care doctor prescribed Ativan (a brand name for lorazepam) for me a few months ago to help with episodes of extreme anxiety. He warned that because of its potentially addictive and harmful ...
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Is the use of antibiotics justified for respiratory viral infections? [closed]

It is a widespread belief that antibiotics should not be used for treating viral infections, as they are effective against bacteria, not viruses (see e.g. http://www.cdc.gov/features/getsmart/). ...
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Does Paracetamol reduce fever?

My wife who is in hospital was given Paracetamol when the nurse noticed her temperature was above normal. Medical professionals have often recommended to my family members that Paracetamol be taken to ...
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Does Brain Toniq soft drink improve cognition?

Brain Toniq is a non-caffeinated soft drink that contains: Rhodiola root, Choline, DMAE, and organic wild-harvested Blue Green Algae extract While their web-site and their Facebook page make no ...
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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Do beard growth oils increase beard growth speed?

There are several topical oils that promise to speed up the growth of beards. Here's an example of the type of product I'm talking about: Beard Growther on Amazon About the Product Grow ...
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

It seems to be a commonly-held belief that there is a strong correlation between the use of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and mass-shooters. For instance, this claim: Every mass shooting over ...
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Is nitrous oxide not used during labor in US hospitals because it is cheaper?

In much (most?) of the world, women are able to use laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to relieve pain during childbirth, but this is almost never available to women in the United States. Several websites (...
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Would Mefloquine be approved under today's regulations?

The anti-malarial drug Mefloquine (aka Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam) is known to frequently induce strong neurologic side effects. I have heard a number of times that this drug would fail to get ...
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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? http://www....
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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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Can this drug make “zombies” out of people in the sense they will do whatever they are told? [duplicate]

From here the drug referred to as Devil's breath "renders a person incapable of exercising free will". In the video at 3:27 one person claims people under the influence are completely susceptible to ...
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Have statins been responsible for a major reduction in cardiovascular disease?

Statins are a range of pharmaceuticals that inhibit the body's ability to produce "bad" cholesterol thereby reducing the amount in the blood. Lower LDL levels in the blood are known to be associated ...
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Is Champix safe?

There are various reports of people feeling depressed and suicidal having taken Champix. What is the truth about this stop-smoking-pill? The Daily Mail tell the story of a girl who took it and tried ...
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Can high doses of niacin (B3) effectively treat psychosis?

Does high doses of vitamin B3 treat or stop psychosis effectively? The DOCTOR YOURSELF NEWSLETTER (Vol. 3, No 12) May 5, 2003 VITAMIN CURE FOR PSYCHOSIS Simply put, it is niacin, and ...
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Does treating people with mild hypertension improve their outcomes?

There is a reasonably strong relationship between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiovascular events such s strokes and heart attacks. As a result, conventional wisdom (as expressed here by ...
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Can Scopolamine turn people into mindless “zombies”?

Vice did a report about scopolamine dubbing it as the world's scariest drug. The story is that people being given that drug can be told to do anything, similar to some popular claims about hypnosis ...
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Is the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable business in the United States?

The Russia Today article Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill claims The pharmaceutical industry remains the most profitable business in the US. More success and financial gain for the companies ...
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Does alcohol-free “essential oil” mouthwash kill bacteria in your mouth?

Case in point: No other alcohol-free mouthwash has been proven more effective at killing bad breath germs. Contains signature 4 Essential Oils found in LISTERINE® Antiseptic for bad breath ...
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Are over 90% of school shooters on anti-psychotics?

The video The Truthseeker: Schools, Guns & Drugs claims that over 90% of "school shooters" were on presciption drugs (voice-over) or anti-psychotics (subtitles). It seems to me that it would be ...
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Can BCAAs be beneficial for recovery and performance for weight lifters?

There are a lot of Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) available in every shape and size. They are added to a lot of sports drinks and protein supplements. These can cost a lot of money and things are ...
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Has the primary benefit of statins in reducing early deaths never been fully tested in comparative trials?

Ben Goldacre, in his sustained critique of the way the pharmaceutical industry and its regulators fall far from the standards of reliable evidence (Bad Pharma), makes an astounding claim (p193 of the ...
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Does Aderall make you less creative?

In this discussion on the Hacker News forum, there is a debate about whether taking Aderall makes you less creative. This science blog quotes the New Yorker magazine: In the New Yorker Magazine ...
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Does Modafinil make you smarter?

Modafinil (Wikipedia link) is a drug approved in many countries for specific medical conditions such as narcolepsy. We don't, however, have a good idea how it works. But is is one of several drugs (...
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Was propoxyphene (Darvocet) as dangerous as claimed when it was banned?

I recently found out that Darvocet had been banned in the US. Being allergic to pain killers in the Vicodin family this severely limited my doctors choices in prescribing pain killers for me. So I ...
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Did Lance Armstrong use EPO?

Lance Armstrong has recently been "stripped" of his Tour de France titles by the USADA. They state, among other allegations: (1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods ...
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Do manufacturers of homeopathy products add any of the allegedly active ingredients?

Homoeopathy is the idea that a "a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people". Furthermore, the potency of the 'treatment' is alleged to ...
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Does Finasteride reduce hair loss?

Several doctors told me by that taking Finasteride (AKA Proscar or Propecia), I have a better-than-even chance of reducing hair loss. This Wikipedia article cites one study the corroborates this claim,...
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Do antioxidants improve immune responses in dogs?

The claim "Antioxidants can also be important in improving immune responses in dogs." is being made on this web page. They go on to say Because antioxidants play a key role in minimizing damage to ...
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Can 7-Keto DHEA permanently increase the resting metabolic rate in humans?

The latest fad weight loss pill is 7-Keto DHEA. It's been featured and recommended on the show "Dr. Oz", and their website claims: 7-Keto works to counter this [dropping DHEA levels] by ...
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Does Frank Ryan's abdominal fat reducer pill work?

While waiting for a friend to show up for coffee, I ran into an ad in a local newspaper. I was thrilled to find the exact ad online! It's for a medication that claims to target and eliminate belly fat,...
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Does soursop cure cancer?

I was linked a website about the effect soursop has in fighting cancer. The website heavily implies that soursop is an effective cancer treatment similar to chemo. source Chemotherapy is a ...
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Is Oxycontin pharmaceutical-grade heroin?

I was watching a documentary about the Oxy pipeline from Florida to Kentucky this weekend where a sheriff made the claim that Oxycontin was pharmaceutical-grade heroin. This is not the first time I ...
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Can FishMox be used for humans as an antibiotic?

Is it true that the fish antibiotic FishMox can be used as an antibiotic by humans? The advantages would be that it does not require a prescription and is cheaper.
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Are antipsychotic drugs vastly overused in the US?

A recent opinion piece in Al Jazeera titled "Mass psychosis in the US" claims that antipsychotic drugs are overused in the US, mostly due to the influence of "Big Pharma" which is pushing new atypical ...
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Can drugs cause permanent neurological change?

Over the weekend I saw the movie Limitless. <SPOILER ALERT> In that, the main character takes a drug, and he says that because of his prolonged usage of the drug, his synapses changed ...
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Is nicotine a relatively safe substance?

I've always thought that nicotine has really bad health effects. Interestingly enough, I've found the following statement on the website of one of the major Nicotine Replacement Therapy products ...
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Krokodil, new home brewed drug

I've been reading a lot of news reports online about a type of home brewed heroin used in Russia. Apparently, it makes your flesh literally fall from your body if this highly addictive substance is ...
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Does FDA not test anything in order to approve it?

I watched something a bit back and was thinking about one of the claims this morning as I listened to SGU on the way to work. I unfortunately can't recall the source anymore, but am fairly confident ...
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Do anti-pregnancy pills have a negative effect on health?

Is it true that women who 'go on the pill' experience effects like vomiting, head-aches, skin-problems more than women who don't? Are these pills actually bad for health?
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Have any “cures” been invented since the 1950's or so?

A well reputed professor of neurology once mentioned to me that no drugs have been invented to cure human afflictions since the 1950's or 60's. Are there any drugs that have been invented since that ...
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Is drug development far cheaper than Big Pharma wants us to believe?

In an article titled "The Make-Believe Billion - How drug companies exaggerate research costs to justify absurd profits" in Slate the author writes about a new study about the costs of drug ...
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Do most professional bicycle racers take performance enhancing drugs?

I have heard the claim that it is almost impossible to succeed as a professional bicycle racer without taking drugs because everyone else is taking it. Is it true?