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QUESTIONS ASKING FOR PERSONALIZED MEDICAL ADVICE ARE OFF-TOPIC. CONSULT YOUR PHYSICIAN. 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 organised (at least for the purposes of tagging on this site).

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Is this shoe lacing technique effective at preventing blackened toe nails?

See: Reddit: LPT: How to lace your running shoes (June 7, 2015) Reddit: Black toes from ultimate? (May 20, 2015) Runner's World: How To Lace Shoes: Prevent Black Toe Nails (March 4, 2011) They link ...
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Does the Veterans Health Administration (VHA) provide higher quality, cheaper care than most other US health systems?

The VHA is the integrated health system providing healthcare to US military veterans managed by the Department of Veteran Affairs. It is currently regarded by by some other health systems as a model ...
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Does ignoring the extent of death caused by medical error distort the public perception of the quality of US healthcare?

Despite comparative evidence that US healthcare is very expensive and not particularly good by international standards, Americans seem to love it as evidenced by the debate on Obamacare and questions ...
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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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Do obese people have lower lifetime healthcare costs?

I've always been told that obesity is a drain a country's healthcare system...and it's generally accepted as fact. In online debates I frequently see reference to this. I remember seeing news ...
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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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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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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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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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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 musculoskeletal pain -...
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Are there health benefits from using a massage chair on a regular basis?

http://www.humantouch.com/massage-chair-benefits.html make a series of claims regarding the health benefits from regularly using a massage chair: Regular massage offers several measurable health ...
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Did Kashpirovsky successfully heal people through psychic healing?

Anatoly Kashpirovsky (Russian Wikipedia, English Wikipedia) was a super-famous Russian celebrity, who, in the late '80s, went on Soviet TV and claimed he psychically healed people, and provided pain-...
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Is up to 95% of the human population genetically safe from leprosy?

In the article How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy at the Smithsonian.com they state that "Even more reassuring: up to 95 percent of the population is genetically unsusceptible to contracting it.&...
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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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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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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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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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Does Bamboo Charcoal clothes help to improve one's health?

GreenYarn sel a number of products, such as clothing with bamboo charcoal particles are embedded in the fiber. They claim: Health: Bamboo charcoal absorbs chlorine in water and let minerals out, ...
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Is Philip Nitschke the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, in 1996?

This Reuters article reports: Dr Philip Nitschke, who says he was the first doctor in the world to administer a legal, voluntary, lethal injection, said it is time for Britain and others to ...
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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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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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Does the "Lightning Process" successfully treat Chronic Fatigue Syndrome?

My partner suffers from Myalgic Encephalopathy (ME) otherwise known as Chronic Fatigue Sydrome. It is a condition that remains not particularly well understood, even to the point where there doesn't ...
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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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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 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 the US government murdering "natural" doctors?

I keep seeing the claim of several recent suspicious deaths of "natural" doctors being passed around lately. Often the claim is that they died "mysteriously" after visits by "Feds", etc. I've tried ...
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Does eating the apple skin alone help to reduce cancer cells and liver cancer?

The article An Apple a Day May Really Keep the Doctor Away mention: Using colon cancer cells treated with apple extract, Liu and colleagues found that 50 milligrams of apple extracted from the skins ...
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Do 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) have some computer-related injury (CRI)?

This news article from the The Economic Times claims that: 15-25% of all computer users worldwide (both vocational and recreational) are estimated to have computer-related injuries (CRI). The ...
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Is ICD-9 to ICD-10 migration in health care industry another Y2K-like opportunity?

The World Health Organisation publish the International Statistical Classification of Diseases and Related Health Problems (ICD). A new version, ICD-10 was published in 1992. I work in health care IT....
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Does eating Vitamin C and drinking green tea helps to counteract the effects of secondhand smoke?

This article The Surgeons General's Report on Secondhand Smoke: "The health effects of secondhand smoke exposure are more pervasive than we previously thought," Carmona said in his report. "The ...
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Does having more stool test help to improve chances in catching polyps bleeding?

This article Fecal Occult Blood mention You will need to test your feces from three separate bowel movements. These bowel movements should be three in a row, closely spaced in time to minimize the ...
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Does government spending on healthcare promote economic growth?

As governments attempt to get their finances back into balance, many have cut back on a wide range of spending commitments. Some governments such as the UK have chosen to protect spending on ...
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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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