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Healthcare refers to the system or systems used to deliver medical care to patients. It may be a monolithic, government controlled system (like the NHS in some parts of the UK) or a mixed system of providers and insurers (as in the US). Healthcare is the way the delivery of medical science is ...

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Does Flanders have the highest density of General Practitioners globally?

Every year in September, the Belgian dutch public news agency (VRT) does a piece about the evolution of the need for extra GPs in Flanders. This need is analyzed by number of "priority zones", which ...
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Does the US spend more public money (i.e. tax/capita) on Health Care than other developed countries?

The author John Green on a YouTube post Why are American Health Care costs so high? makes the (referenced) claim that US public health expenditure per capita, is higher than most other developed ...
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Is bare-knuckle boxing a safer combat sport than regular boxing in terms of brain trauma?

I read on The awkward conversation that followed Chris Lytle's un-retirement for bare-knuckle (mirror): Lytle believes bare-knuckle is a safer combat sport than boxing, where he said the repeated ...
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Is at least $70 million in health care costs in the USA directly attributable to low literacy?

According to the Gaston Literacy Council of Gastonia, North Carolina: Reports show that low literacy directly costs the healthcare industry over $70 million every year. That website does not ...
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Is the MyoRing operation a successful treatment for Keratoconus?

Keratoconus is a disease that causes progressive (and irregular) thinning of the cornea. MyoRing is an treatment that involves implanting a ring under the cornea. It supposedly improves vision by a ...
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Is it illegal for pharmacists to tell their patients that their drugs are cheaper than their co-pay if they pay cash without using their insurance?

I read in the news article Why do the insured pay more for prescriptions? (mirror): Eight states (including Texas) have enacted legislation authorizing pharmacists to tell their patients that their ...
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Did The Lancet publish an account of a woman who did not age?

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science religion, claimed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures*, Ch. 8, p. 245:1-15: The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the ...
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Do people with mental illnesses die equal to other health issues?

I have often heard having a serious mental illness it worse than diabetes and smoking. Mental illness is 'as bad for life expectancy as smoking', experts warn Mental illness is 'as bad for life ...
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Root canals cause heart attacks?

There is a widely viewed Youtube video (400,000 views as of now), by a cardiologist, referencing his book, co-authored with a dentist, that claims that root canals, even if they are done well, cause ...
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Can Joy Milne smell Parkinson's disease?

There are plenty of online articles claiming that a woman called Joy Milne is able to tell whether someone has Parkinson disease by smell: A British woman who can smell Parkinson’s disease has ...
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Did millions sign up for association health plans after President Trump's executive order?

President Trump just said this in an interview with the New York Times: Now here’s the good news. We’ve created associations, millions of people are joining associations. Millions. That were ...
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Are obese patients in the US commonly sent to zoos for CT scans?

Nothing like the Daily Mail for raising an eyebrow: The bizarre requests to use CT scanners, normally intended for four-legged animals, at the UK’s leading veterinary college in north London were ...
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Are mandatory influenza vaccinations to healthcare employees effective?

There is a new law about come into effect in Finland that would, amongst other things, mandate all healthcare employees have yearly vaccinations. Here is a link to the webpage of the new law (in ...
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Do 60% of US anti-vaxxers identify as politically liberal? [duplicate]

I found this claim among a survey of anti-vaxxers reported on qz 60% of anti-vaxxers describe their political leaning as liberal: Much of the other profile characterics reported there aren't ...
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Did 79% of Greeks not have health insurance in 2013?

The following claim on recession in Greece is pretty shocking on its face, but also a little muddy: Citing OECD data of 2013, the BoG [Bank of Greece] underlines that 79% of the population in ...
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Does yoga cause as many injuries as other sports?

This Telegraph article claims: Yoga is more dangerous than previously thought and causes as many injuries as other sports, a study has found. [...] in a recent study yoga caused ...
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Did a woman go blind playing a mobile game?

This articles states: http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/2017/10/06/chinese-woman-blinded-one-eye-playing-game-likened-electronic/ The 21-year-old woman suddenly lost sight in her right eye after ...
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Are Alaska, Arizona, Maine, and Kentucky net beneficiaries of the Graham-Cassidy bill? [closed]

President Trump just tweeted this: Alaska, Arizona, Maine and Kentucky are big winners in the Healthcare proposal. 7 years of Repeal & Replace and some Senators not there. These are, not ...
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Does using the ZAAZ-20K engages over 90% of one's muscles?

I read on http://zaazmovement.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/01/ZAAZ-20K-User-Manual1.compressed.pdf (mirror): Standing on a ZAAZ vibration plate stimulates all parts of the body. 12 minutes on the ...
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Is child's development in danger if living in institutions, like “orphanages”?

Decades of international research shows that living in institutions, like “orphanages”, is harmful to a child’s development. The Source of this statement doesn't provide any reference to this ...
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What is the economic burden of having transgender people in the US military?

Donald Trump recently said on Twitter that the US ... cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail. What are the medical and ...
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Does the US have the highest “natural” life expectancy?

An article titled The Myth of Americans' Poor Life Expectancy claims that the US leads the OECD in life expectancy once the numbers are adjusted to remove deaths due to fatal injuries. Unfortunately, ...
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Do aftershaves products reduce skin infections?

Many aftershave products claim that shaving creates micro cuts in your skin which can be dealt with by applying their products. In fact, the internet is full of sources claiming that shaving creates ...
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Are private doctor's consultation fees higher in India than the USA? [closed]

WION TV did a survey regarding the upcoming Modi-Trump meet. SPUD Cost is higher in US when compare to India. From school to college; US people spent more than India. but when it comes to ...
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Does Blue Gatorade help with migraines?

I saw an exchange on my Facebook feed regarding someone suffering from a migraine. Advice was offered that blue Gatoraid specifically will help. Searching on the internet, I found the TMJ Therapy and ...
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Is possible for male human to breast feed?

There are some stories circling around about man breast feeding. Humboldt wrote about it. What is know about this? Is this really lactation?
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Is sexual assualt considered a pre-existing condition in the new US Health Care plan?

I've seen multiple news sites and tweets claiming that the new United States health care plan lists some really odd 'conditions' as valid pre-existing conditions (reasons for an insurer to deny ...
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Did “the UK court system abduct and murder a baby” with mitochondrial depletion syndrome?

According to a blog post by the Mises Institute: ...the court system in the United Kingdom, at the behest of National Health Service bureaucrats, abducted and murdered an 8-month-old baby... .....
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Have fewer children with Down Syndrome been born in the United States?

According to this 2009 ABC News article the number of children born with Down Syndrome has dropped in the USA: In the absence of prenatal testing, the United States would have experienced a 34 ...
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Does half of Tennessee lack health care coverage?

During the joint press conference of 3/17/17 held by President Trump and Chancellor Merkel the President said, in response to a (largely-inaudible) question from Mark Halperin, that I was in ...
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Will the healthcare premiums of a 64 year old making $26,500 a year grow to $14,600 under the GOP Health Care Plan?

This picture was posted on the Facebook page, The Other 98%. Is this really true? Will the premium be more than half of the income of a 64 year old under the proposed new system? And is the old ...
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Are Doctors in the USA forbidden from recommending natural health therapies?

A page on the Institute for Vibrant Living website states the following: Doctors are generally aware of what complementary medicine has to offer; in fact, they are better educated than most ...
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Do an estimated 1 in 3 Americans have an undiagnosed thyroid disease?

I came across an advertisement for the movie The Thyroid Secret, which claims (sic caps): [Shocking] 1 in 3 Americans Have Thyroid Disease And Are Often Told That They are Crazy, Fat or Lazy, When ...
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Is the total cost of treating the uninsured in emergency rooms more expensive than government-subsidized urgent care would be in the US?

One of the claims I have frequently heard in support of some sort of government intervention in providing health insurance above and beyond Medicare and Medicaid in the US, is that it will reduce the ...
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Are milk and butter from grass-fed cows better for you?

Is there any evidence that grass fed milk and butter are better for you as claimed broadly in this Lacross Tribune article: New study shows evidence milk from grass-fed cows is healthier Cows that ...
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Is the ageing population a major cause of higher healthcare costs?

Healthcare is getting more expensive in most western countries. It is widely assumed that one of the major factors behind this is the ageing of populations (baby boomers produced in the burst of high ...
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Is cost the #1 reason why Americans fail to take their medications as prescribed?

https://www.goodrx.com/how-goodrx-works (mirror) claims that: The #1 reason Americans don't take their medications as prescribed: cost. Is that true?
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Are flu shots harmful because they may contain antibiotics?

A webpage on Natural News claims that it is a bad idea to get a flu shot because certain flu shots contain antibiotics. It says: The flu vaccines contain antibiotics such as neomycin, polymyxin B ...
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Do higher levels of medical intervention lead to better outcomes for patients?

There is a lot of variation in levels of medical treatment and spend across the USA. That variation has been studied by, for example, The Dartmouth Atlas Project. They conclude that more isn't better: ...
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Life extension and medical care [closed]

An abstract of a New England Journal of Medicine paper says: From 1960 through 2000, the life expectancy for newborns increased by 6.97 years, lifetime medical spending adjusted for inflation ...
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Will 36,000 people die per year due to the repeal of the ACA?

U.S. Senator Bernie Sanders recently tweeted: As Republicans try to repeal the Affordable Care Act, they should be reminded every day that 36,000 people will die yearly as a result. (emphasis mine)...
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Are children's baby/milk teeth a potentially useful supply of stem cells?

There's a raft of claims recently that baby (or milk) teeth are are a rich source of stem cells and could be used in the future to help cure diseases to or regrow failed and damaged organs. These ...
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Are most medical studies too badly designed to improve patient care?

In recent years there has been a increasing number of complaints that many peer-reviewed scientific publications are of poor quality (for example see these questions: Can up to 70% of scientific ...
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Was the contraceptive pill originally created for men?

This article suggests that the contraceptive pill was originally created for men, but men didn't like the side effects. What is more of a secret, as Bethy Squires points out in her article for ...
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Are cheap tea bags dangerous to your health due to high fluoride levels?

In "Cheap tea bags contain frighteningly high fluoride levels: Study" on Natural News, it says: A new study published in the journal, Food Research International, has revealed that millions of ...
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Can learning to be Ambidextrous harm Brain Function? [duplicate]

I've always read benefits of being (or learning to be) ambidextrous until this Scientific American article from Michael Corballis that says it is not that helpful and it can even harm your brain, as ...
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Does visiting an A&E in a NHS hospital cost £111?

I don't think the number is correct.
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Does sitting whilst peeing reduce prostate issues?

There are a number of articles that combine the statement that men should sit while peeing for hygiene reasons* and that sitting whilst peeing reduces prostate issues. The problem is that I cannot ...
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Does the use of electronic health records make physicians less efficient at performing their job?

http://time.com/4383979/doctor-burnout-electronic-health-records/ reported on 2016-06-27 that nearly 63% of doctors believed that EHRs made their jobs less efficient. Does the use of electronic ...
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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 ...