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Does looking at an eclipse do more damage to your eyes than looking at the sun? [closed]

I've heard many times now, mostly over social media, that looking directly at a solar eclipse without any eye protection is worse for your eyes than looking at the sun under the same conditions. This ...
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Did UK NHS nurses mistreat a Jewish boy because they "supported Palestine"?

Claim: A 9 year old boy with blood disorder was mistreated at the Royal Manchester Children's Hospital (the way I interpreted the claim was that he was actually denied treatment and made to lie on the ...
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Did UK hospital tell the police that a patient was not raped because the alleged attacker was transgender?

The Daily Telegraph wrote in 2022 (archive.is link): Hospital told police patient was not raped because alleged attacker was transgender ... Lady Nicholson said that the case had arisen as a direct ...
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Is legal induced abortion significantly more safe than childbirth?

When it is said that abortion is significantly safer for women compared to childbirth in mainstream media articles, it is often followed by a reference to a scientific study called The Comparative ...
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Does getting more doses of COVID-19 vaccinations correlate to more hospitalisations in NSW, Australia?

Twitter user @LCHF_Matt has created a NSW Surveillance Report which is a dashboard that compare the rate of "events" (which can be configured to include COVID-19 deaths, COVID-19 ICU ...
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Did Louis Pasteur admit on his deathbed "Bernard [the inventor of terrain theory] was right"?

On many 'health' sites defending terrain theory (the theory that the state of the body, not just germs, is the primal factor for disease development) one finds quotes that Louis Pasteur is said to ...
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Is drinking milk after ingesting persimmon dangerous?

I've heard growing up that you should not ingest persimmon and milk at the same time or ingest one right after the other. Is this true? See Quora Is it true after eating persimmon you should avoid ...
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Does eating almonds increase kidney stone risk?

The article Surprising side effects of eating too many almonds claims: Kidney stones can be a health issue one can face if too many almonds are consumed. Kidney stones are formed when there's a high ...
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Is the cervix pierced during the insertion of an IUD?

From this reddit post: This is the first step to the insertion of an IUD. They are piercing the cervix with no anesthesia or local numbing and it's most common for clients to be unaware of this step. ...
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Is Walter Reed not able to handle the number of Havana Syndrome patients?

Journalist Julia Ioffe just said this in a Puck News article: Meanwhile, the number of government employees suffering from Havana Syndrome has jumped from a couple dozen to a couple hundred. Some ...
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Does wearing a face mask cause intermittent hypoxia?

There's a study that concluded that wearing face masks for extended periods of time (8h-10h) causes a hypoxia: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8152240/ COVID-19 virus has caused the ...
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Is eating watermelon after milk bad?

It’s a local “myth” here in Iran that eating watermelon and milk (or any fatty food in general) is bad (as in it can cause stomachache or a bloated stomach etc). How true is this? My web searches ...
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Do hand sanitizers need to be higher than 60% alcohol to be efficacious against SARS-CoV-2?

According to JV Chamary, PhD, in a July 2020 Forbes article The CDC's recommendation to use hand sanitizer with at least 60% ethanol is wrong with reference to Coronavirus, and its guidelines need ...
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Are women who have consulted a social worker banned from most maternity wards in Christchurch?

A Kiwi friend alerted me to the article 'At-risk' women forced to birth at Christchurch Women's Hospital, or at home at Stuff.co.nz, published November 7, 2020. The article seems to claim that women ...
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Is sitting on the floor for eating more beneficial for your health than sitting in a chair?

In India, where I am from, most of the people sit on the floor to eat their food. It is widely believed that sitting on the floor and eating is more beneficial than sitting in a chair or on a sofa. ...
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Do doctors "get more money if somebody dies from Covid”?

Source (one of many). At a rally in Michigan on Friday (Oct 30th, 2020), President Trump repeated an extraordinary and unfounded claim that American doctors were profiteering from coronavirus deaths. ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine + zinc + antibiotics an effective treatment for COVID-19?

It's often claimed, for example, in this Spectrum News report that a drug combination of hydroxychloroquine and zinc and antibiotics is an effective early treatment for COVID-19. Researchers at NYU's ...
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Are people more likely to die of COVID-19 in hospital than at home?

From a variety of Facebook posts about COVID-19: Que raro ese COVID-19 ...en casa se curan, pero en los hospitales se mueren (Example 1, 2, 3, with slightly different texts) Translation into English:...
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Do facemasks cause CO2 poisoning?

I came across this video on BitChute purporting to test the CO2 levels of what appears to be a KN95 (a Non-NIOSH Approved Respirator) whilst the mask is in use. The video shows a device displaying CO2 ...
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Did Ecuador's privatization of its healthcare system (under Moreno) substantially reduce the number of ICU beds?

As claimed on iacenter.org: What’s behind this crisis is that during the past three years, the neoliberal regime of President Lenín Moreno privatized the public health system and systematically ...
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Were hospitals in California half empty in April 2020 during the covid-19 pandemic?

I read this tweet from Elon Musk on https://mobile.twitter.com/elonmusk/status/1255678979043778560: Hospitals in California have been half empty this whole time Is it true that hospitals in ...
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Are the "DHSC Communications Team" using bots to flood social media with posts showing NHS workers supportive of government policy?

The image below seems to be circulating on Facebook along with a text To give you an idea of the times we are living in, Twitter has been flooded with hundreds of new accounts today. All ...
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Did the WHO have evidence of significant human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 prior to January 14, 2020?

On January 5th 2020, the World Health Organisation published a "Disease Outbreak News" article about a disease that was later to be called COVID-19. It states: Based on the preliminary ...
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Are bodies stored in vacant rooms at Detroit hospital?

On April 15, 2020 (today at the moment of writing this question) WIS news posted an article titled "GRAPHIC: Bodies stored in vacant rooms at Detroit hospital overwhelmed by coronavirus". (...
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Have chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine already been prescribed to billions of people?

In a March 27, 2020 Tech Startups article about a controversial study about the treatement of COVID-19 with the drugs Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine they quote a paper as saying: Chloroquine ...
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Can the SARS-CoV-2 virus float in the air for up to 3 hours?

This doctor on YouTube claims that the SARS-CoV-2 virus can float in the air for up to 3 hours. If it lands in the air, the virus can land on a particle and stay floating there for up to 3 hours. ...
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Are HIV positive couples in China denied assisted reproduction methods?

In the following article on Xinhuanet, it is claimed that HIV carriers are not allowed access to assisted reproduction in China. http://www.xinhuanet.com/english/2019-01/21/c_137762633.htm As ...
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Were elderly patients denied dialysis in the UK during the 70s?

During a news broadcast by the Israeli public channel on March 15th, prof. Jonathan Halevy, the manager of the Shaare Zedek Medical Center said: לבריטניה יש היסטוריה עם בעניין הזה. בשנות ה-70 לא עשו ...
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Coronavirus - Is it safe to receive a package from China?

The World Health Organisation (WHO) has stated that is 'safe' to receive packages from China. e.g. from their Facebook page Is it safe to receive a letter or package from China? Yes, ...
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Can using black glue coating on an umbrella block 99.99% of UV-A and UV-B radiations?

I read on https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B07XP321LY/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o01_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1 (mirror): Black glue umbrella is the newer version sun umbrella instead of silver glue ...
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Does treating end stage kidney disease cost 1% of the United States federal budget?

On Last Week Tonight John Oliver made the claim that: "Treating end stage kidney disease takes up nearly 1% of the entire federal budget" You can see the claim at approximately the 4:33 ...
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Is cognitive-behavioural therapy the only kind of psychotherapy based on sound scientific evidence?

Is cognitive-behavioural therapy the only kind of psychotherapy supported by sound scientific evidence? This article makes such claim, which I've found surprising: Psychotherapeutic interventions ...
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Do obese adults use 42% more health care than healthy-weight adults?

In a New York Post Opinion piece the following claim was made: An obese adult uses 42 percent more health care than a healthy-weight adult, and a morbidly obese adult uses a staggering 81 percent ...
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Do 643,000 Americans go bankrupt every year due to medical bills?

I've been seeing a specific graphic circulating all over Instagram for the past few days. Here's Kim Kardashian posting it on her story. Two things seem odd about this graphic. The first is the 643,...
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Is back pain often caused by unconscious emotional issues, such as rage?

Tension Myositis Syndrome (TMS) is a diagnosis for back pain given by Dr. John Sarno. According to Sarno, TMS is a condition in which unconscious emotional issues (primarily rage) initiate a ...
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Are the diagnostic criteria of brain death reliable?

There is a large number of sites - particularly fundamentalist Christian sites - claiming that the people who meet the diagnostic criteria for brain death are, nonetheless, capable of recovering. For ...
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Are Carpal Tunnel Syndrome exercises effective?

There are numerous articles/videos on the internet talking about exercises that supposedly help with/prevent carpal tunnel syndrome. Examples: https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/exercises-carpal-...
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Are these claims about Japan’s health system true?

The series of claims in the image below has been getting shared around Facebook and are posted from the "Illuminati Exposed" page. The claims are in the image but I've listed them here 100% of ...
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Is this heart transplant denial letter from an insurance group?

In a recent tweet from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, she claims that this letter which recommends a fundraising effort of $10,000 for medical care, 'comes from an insurance group'. Well-known conservative ...
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Are *some* Democrats talking about ending pre-existing condition protections?

At a rally in Rochester, Minnesota on Thursday, Donald Trump stated Republicans want to protect Medicare for our great seniors who have earned it and they have paid for it. And we will always ...
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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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