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Questions about pathology; impairments of health or a condition of abnormal bodily functions.

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Was COVID-19 in Italy by September 2019?

The claim: The research is based on the analysis of blood samples from 959 people, collected during lung cancer screening tests... Some 23 of the positive results date back to September 2019, ...
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To what degree do facemasks protect against COVID-19?

I've seen this picture multiple times on social media. Every time I see it, it has numbers that vary wildly, and usually with no source. Examples: Advert for facemasks Twitter comments Actors ...
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Was the Brazilian Zika virus outbreak centered in a place where GMO mosquitoes were released?

A blogger claims: By July 2015, shortly after the GM mosquitoes were first released into the wild in Juazeiro, Brazil, Oxitec proudly announced they had “successfully controlled the Aedes aegypti ...
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Is the Zika virus a serious threat?

An article on makes the following claims on the Zika virus: A relatively new mosquito-borne virus is prompting worldwide concern because of an alarming connection to a neurological birth ...
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Do fevers caused by infection not exceed 105 °F (40.6 °C)?

This question is prompted by but distinct from Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful? That question asks about whether fevers below that temperature can cause harm. This question is asking ...
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Is eating fish and drinking milk at the same time linked with skin disease?

I heard from several people that drinking milk or dairy products while eating fish can lead towards a special skin pigmentation disorders such as different skin color or bright spots on skin. I ...
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Getting ill because of staying in a draft/draught?

In Germany it’s a common belief that drafts/draughts can make you ill. Because of that, car and train windows typically get/stay closed, even when it’s really hot; and, for instance, on a warm day in ...
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Do chocolate bars cause pimples?

My mother always told me "eating that chocolate bar will give you pimples." Is there any truth to the claim? I did find an article on that verifies that this is a common myth, and suggests ...
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Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful?

Parents and pediatricians rush to treat low grade fever with acetaminophen and other powerful pain killers. Medical researchers refer to the over zealous treatment of non hazardous fever as fever ...
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Does Chronic Lyme exist?

Some people claim that lyme disease can last for months or even years, and that they require long term medical treatment (usually antibiotics). Is there any medical evidence for this? Or is it ...
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Was sexually transmitted disease rampant amongst troops occupying Japan?

In the English language Wikipedia article on the Recreation and Amusement Association, an organization for prostitution to Allied troops occupying Japan after World War II, it's claimed that sexually ...
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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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Is Lyme disease a global pandemic?

Avril Lavigne posted a video on Facebook featuring some celebrities talking about Lyme Disease. At the 0:13 mark, American singer/song-writer, Bebe Rexha, claims: Lyme disease is a global pandemic, ...
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Are sharks immune to almost all known diseases?

According to Did You 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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