Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. The principal level of focus of physiology is at the level of organs and systems within systems.

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Does getting a running start increase your vertical jump?

Many people believe that a run-up helps them to jump higher. Is this true? (While it seems natural to do this, I'm having trouble believing that horizontal speed can help one jump vertically.)
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The Yogi that Never Eats, is it true? [duplicate]

A few years ago a yogi from India made the headlines claiming that he hadn't eaten for over 7 decades. It was said that he was under observation for 2 weeks in a hospital and allegedly was never seen ...
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Does exercise affect the number of muscle cells?

Washington.edu reported that: Muscle cell number is affected by exercise level while young and elitefitness.com said: a trainee in the early stages of training would increase cell number ...
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Could people perceive the color blue in ancient times?

This article claims that no ancient language anywhere in the world had the word for "blue", that for instance Homer described the sea as "wine-dark", and that the color blue has only appeared more ...
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Does the human body crave missing vitamins?

My mother has told me that if your body needs a certain vitamin, you will find you feel like eating fruits that include that vitamin. For example, if you have lack of Vitamin C, you'll get a craving ...
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Does the nose stop smelling a scent after a few minutes?

A teacher once told me that after detecting a new scent, you will only be able to smell it for a few minutes. Is this true? If so, why? What is the precise length of time one can smell, and does it ...
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Does “power posing” affect testosterone and cortisol levels?

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy gave a TED talk in which she claims that adopting certain postures: can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Business Insider Australia summarised ...
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Are most women incapable of orgasm through vaginal stimulation alone?

In Wikipedia's article of Orgasm it suggests vaginal stimulation isn't sufficient for women's sexual pleasure: Kinsey found that most of the women he surveyed could not have vaginal orgasms.[59] ...
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Does orgasm trigger menstruation?

Wikipedia states, without a particularly satisfying source, that: Some sources say that achieving orgasm helps the uterus contract and expel the lining. It does quote some other opinions there, ...
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Is the reason for crying related to which eye releases tears first?

Recently I had a glance at this post from #8Fact on Facebook claiming that when you cry out of happiness, the first tear drop comes from your right eye, when you cry out of pain it comes from your ...
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Could pain through stretching increase general pain tolerance?

I found a how-to guide (not exactly a reliable source, I know) that claims that e.g. stretching your legs to the point of pain to increase flexibility also increases your general tolerance to pain: ...
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Does sleeping in a cold room reduce the risk of diabetes?

According to Elite Daily, there may be some health benefits to sleeping in a room at between 60-67°F (15-19°C) In particular, they cite Temperature-acclimated brown adipose tissue modulates ...
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Do humans normally pass gas 6 to 21 times per day?

10 Fascinating Facts About Farting People Pass Gas About 14 Times Per Day Fart, Burp, and Embrace Gas! Catapulting gaseous elements out of your orifices 13 to 21 times a day is average. ...
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Do specific exercises target specific fat deposits?

It is common to see marketing for exercise routines that claim to target fat deposits in a particular part of the body. Examples: 9 Moves to Beat Belly Fat for Good 8 moves to melt off that pesky ...
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Can a person “suspend their pulse”?

The Wikipedia article about Tirumalai Krishnamacharya, the "father of modern yoga", claims During the 1920s, Krishnamacharya held many demonstrations to stimulate popular interest in yoga. These ...
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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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Does stretching help children grow taller?

This article claims: Stretching is a great way to increase height. Get your child to start with simple stretches like the wall stretch. Make him stand against a wall with the back towards it. ...
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Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a ...
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Is tequila a depressant?

I recently read this Buzzfeed article after witnessing excessive drunk crying. It claims: Unlike other forms of alcohol, tequila is not a depressant. As a source, it quotes Esquire: Tequila ...
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Can the explosion of a pressure cooker kill you?

According to this XKCD what-if?, the explosion of a pressure cooker is not dangerous in itself, the heat is the sole danger. They can explode, in a sense, but not as violently as you might fear ...
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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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Can we see a single candle X miles away?

Recently I saw a commercial for Centrum that claims you can see the light of a single candle from ten miles away. I was skeptical, but a trip to the internet claims that not only is that true, but ...
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Does sleeping naked in a sleeping bag keep you warmer?

The most popular question on outdoors.SE is Is it warmer to sleep naked in a sleeping bag? Now, all the answers over there are not properly researched and it was suggested in one of the ...
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Do you bleed more when drunk?

While my friend was getting a tattoo the tattoo artist said you'll bleed more because you're drunk. Is this true?
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Do women have smaller bladders than men?

It is a common belief that women need to go to the bathroom more often than men because of the smaller size of their bladders. Is this true? Are there more factors involved?
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Does drinking beer help to cure a hangover? [closed]

It's been a long-known saying that drinking beer cures hangover. It is said that a hangover is your body craving for alcohol, so drinking a beer helps the body. Is it true?
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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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Does neck-strengthening exercise prevent knockouts in boxing?

There are sites that claim stronger necks help prevent knockouts when boxing... For example: Livestrong Most boxers work hard to strengthen their legs for a good, strong base and their arms for a ...
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Can sighted people learn to read braille by touch at a level comparable to blind individuals?

I've been told by a friend who works at a school for the blind that no sighted person has ever learned to read braille by touch at the level that is comparable to a literate blind person. Is this ...
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Are bodily deficiencies “mapped” to facial acne?

There's a picture and body of text making its way through Tumblr again: What is your acne telling you? 1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount ...
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Is this André the Giant's hand holding a can of beer?

Is this a genuine image of the hand of André René Roussimoff (André the Giant) holding an everyday 12-ounce (350 mL) can of beer? Uproxx and reddit suggest it's real (and word is he once drank ...
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Are 75% of cells in the human body non-human? [duplicate]

A recent issue of the Swiss popular science magazine "Beobachter Natur" contains an article about microbes in which the following claims are made: 75% of the cells in our body are non-human, however ...
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Is a fistula through a torso possible?

I recently read about the "Huamn Pincushion" Mirin Dajo who used to apparently pierce his own torso on stage. All the reports seem to agree, that this was not fake. X-Ray images and video footage ...
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Does cutting or shaving the hair of infants cause better hair regrowth?

An earlier Skeptics Stack Exchange question asks: If you shave or wax, will the hair grow back stronger or thicker? However, I am interesting in a more specific claim: that shaving the head of an ...
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Does standing as opposed to sitting or lying improve brain activity?

I've been hearing since grade school that standing straight improves brain activity, that you will be able to think clearer, faster, better, etc. Mostly, it's teachers who say that, but I have yet to ...
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Is Shaolin monk Hu Qiong using “Chi energy” to withstand an electric drill?

In one of the episodes of Stan Lee's Superhumans (the excerpt in question can be viewed here) a Shaolin monk named Hu Qiong claims that by training his body and "transfering Chi to the right part of ...
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Amongst the 60% of the population that have different size feet, is the left foot 80% of the time the larger foot?

http://www.quadcitiesrealestate.com/SHOE_ARTICLES/Different_Size_Feet.htm says: First, you should know that 60% of the population have different size feet that we will pick up when measuring. ...
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Does running, short or long distance, cause muscle loss?

I often hear the claim that running promotes muscle loss. To what extent is this true? If a person is a triathlete don't they need bot cardio and muscle? Does it matter what distance is run and the ...
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Are “ectomorph”, “mesomorph” and “endomorph” valid and useful descriptors?

In the 1940s, American psychologist William Herbert Sheldon formulated the theory of constitutional psychology. One of the proposals in this theory is that there are three basic elements, or ...
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Tensile strength of bone & the bible [closed]

The Bible says that Samson "found a moist jawbone of a donkey, and put forth his hand and took it, and killed with it a thousand men." How many Philistines could one actually slay with the moist ...
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Can the UltimEyes app improve distance vision?

I came across the Ultimeyes app and am very concerned many people will be throwing away their money. ULTIMEYES® is a non-invasive interactive program designed specifically to improve vision by ...
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Can the digit ratio predict personality or behavior?

Recently I hear more and more often about the correlation between the digit ratio and the behavior of a person (or even his successes studying scientific subjects, etc.) Are there any large-scale ...
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Does sneezing repeatedly lead to orgasm, or a similar sensation?

This came up randomly during office talk but it goes something as follows; sneezing repeatedly is equivalent to having an orgasm. Some basic research on the internet seems to indicate there is some ...
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Do the types of food affect a calorie restricted diet?

Can food type have any effect on weight loss even though net calories would remain constant? For example, The Fast Diet FAQ, which is a diet based on Intermittent fasting, contains the following ...
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Does drinking alcohol dehydrate you?

I've often thought that it doesn't and that this was just a myth, and this BBC article backs me up: but [water] can be contained in food, alcohol or caffeinated beverages. Yes, beer and ...
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Do stress-protection deodorants work better for stress sweat?

Many deodorant manufacturers claim that they have products specifically targeted to prevent stress sweating, or "emotional sweating" as I have seen. Some examples come from Nivea and Vichy. Did ...
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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 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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Do headless chickens run around?

It's a clichè that is constantly repeated by the likes of Gordon Ramsey: You are running around like headless chickens! source Also, for example, they do in South Park animations Do ...
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Can eating sugar result in addiction?

I am surprised to see this video on TED claiming that sugar can lead to addiction (differently from other kinds of food, for example broccoli). So, yes, over-consumption of sugar can have ...