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Is thyme antiviral?

I have seen lots of sources claiming that thyme has antiviral properties, kills off viruses, "should be taken at first sign of a cough or cold" etc. How supported by evidence are these claims? I ...
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Do young people with no previous pathologies, end up admitted with bilateral pneumonia and serious breathing difficulties due Covid-19?

In this link https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/347806-fuese-segunda-guerra-mundial-doctora (Spanish) which also contains the YouTube video (where she says basically all of the text mentioned in the ...
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Can surgical masks be sanitized and safely reused?

I ask about only surgical masks, not respirators. I know that Pres. Trump has no medical degree, but on Mar 21 2020 he proclaimed "We have very good liquids for doing this, sanitizing the masks, ...
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Valves sold for 11k$ to hospital in italy?

Currently there are big news about some guys that printed some valves for a hospital in need as the supplier wasnt able to provide the needed parts fast enough. The media says that the supply company ...
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Have COVID-19 vaccination trials started in Seattle?

I am reading conflicting information on this. In a supposed Associated Press Exclusive, a report went out March 16th saying: U.S. researchers gave the first shots in a first test of an ...
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Did the italian parliament deny what mayor of Alzano Lombardo say about people in his city not being hospitalized because hospitals are full?

There is a report from Italy in many webpage which says "There are many elderly people at home with breathing difficulties. They are not hospitalized because the hospitals are full" said the ...
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From all chicken meat products (factory farmed), is the liver the one with the smallest amount of toxins? [closed]

I recently saw a local TV report on health topics who's subject is "The liver is the cleanest organ in the body. Detoxification with juices or pills is unnecessary". "Cleanest" makes sense in my own ...
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Does a 15-year study by Rouillon regarding breast health and bra usage exist?

For many years now, I have been carrying out research on the benefits and drawbacks of wearing certain clothing as part of a wider research on the history of clothing (and nudity) in social situations....
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Does 5:2 diet activate SIRT1 gene and provide health benefits?

5:2 intermittent fasting is For two days a week, you eat a limited diet, of just 500 to 600 calories, and for the other five days, you eat whatever you want. From the above article, the ...
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Do vaccines against childhood diseases leave the immune system less capable of fighting cancer?

I recently saw someone post this NSFW screenshot image about vaccines in a discussion about the Chinese coronavirus outbreak. It is a screenshot from this NSFW 4chan thread. The anonymous poster ...
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Was the virus which causes COVID-19 made in a Chinese lab? [closed]

This idea was discussed in the Washington Times (no longer available at the original site: on archive.org. The article discusses whether SARS-CoV-2 (the virus which causes COVID-19) could have been ...
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Is the Marie Kondo tuning fork effective for healing?

The KonMari (Marie Kondo) website sells a shaped piece of solid aluminium, making the following claims for it: Tuning Fork Regular price $50.00 Marie uses a tuning fork in her everyday ...
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Is “tapping therapy” effective for the treatment of psychological trauma in children?

On BBC Radio 4 just now (“Woman’s Hour”, 26 Dec 2019), something called “tapping therapy” was mentioned for the treatment of psychological trauma in children. I’ve looked it up and found this 2010 ...
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Did a hypothermic, clinically dead boy revive in response to prayer defying “every expert, every case history, and every scientific prediction”?

The Impossible (a 2017 non-fiction book) and Breakthrough (its 2019 movie adaptation) purport to describe a case of miraculous healing. Quoting the book’s webpage: When Joyce Smith’s 14-year-old ...
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Can hypohydrosis (inability to sweat) be caused be excess adrenaline?

A BBC TV interview with Prince Andrew (of the British royal family) is described below: On claims he was sweating, he said: "I have a peculiar medical condition which is that I don't sweat or I ...
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Does coffee cause fat and cellulite gain?

The Humans are Free article The Coffee Deception: 13 Little Known Facts About Coffee Coffee causes fat gain and cellulite because by triggering the body's flight or fight system. 11. Coffee causes ...
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Is “LED Therapy” clinically effective?

An article in today's Guardian contains a number of claims about "LED therapy" (emphasis mine): The Healite uses light-emitting diode (LED) technology, delivered at a wavelength of 830nm, to ...
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Can gluten cause depression?

Yesterday, I read a really serious testimony of someone saying that, since they stopped eating gluten, they aren't depressed anymore. I did some digging and find several articles linking gluten to ...
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Did smallpox emerge in 1580?

Researchers compared and contrasted the 17th Century strain to those from a modern databank of samples dating from 1940 up to its eradication in 1977. Strikingly, the work shows that the evolution of ...
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Does carrot juice cure cancer?

Ann Cameron, author of “Curing Cancer with Carrots”, claims that her cancer was cured by carrot juice, and recommends it as a treatment to others, as a potential substitute for chemotherapy. I ...
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Do “Rife machines” cure cancer?

The book The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression (ISBN 978-0982513866), by Barry Lynes, claims that: there are Rife instruments which, combined with dedicated practitioners and ...
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Does this video show a conscious man missing part of his skull?

Warning: The linked video contains distressing images. The Alerta National website has a recently published article about a man who was purportedly discovered in the Brazilian jungle seriously ...
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Does animal protein consumption cause inflammation?

This article by Michael Greger, M.D. claims: We’ve known for 14 years that a single meal of meat, dairy, and eggs triggers an inflammatory reaction inside the body within hours of consumption. I'...
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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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Do statins contribute to dementia?

A documentary, Cholesterol, the Great Bluff (2016) - IMDb (depending upon location, available in Cholesterol: The Great Bluff), contains many examples of why statins are not only useless, but are ...
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Did the chief baker of the Titanic survive two hours in ice-cold water?

In the Wikipedia page of the chief baker of the RMS Titanic, Charles Joughin, it is claimed According to his own testimony, he kept paddling and treading water for about two hours. He also admitted ...
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Do anti-snoring acupressure rings reduce snoring?

I just got sent this Anti-Snoring ring which, when worn on the little finger, purportedly: Works Using the Ancient Chinese Medicine of Acupuncture and Acupressure Prevents or Significantly ...
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Does exercise trigger migraines?

Some people think that exercise triggers migraines. This recent online survey demonstrates that the belief is widespread enough amongst women to make many of them avoid exercise for fear of ...
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Do humans need high-protein foods?

Dr. John McDougall writes: People commonly believe: the more protein consumed the better. This faulty thinking dates back to the late 1800s, and was established without any real scientific ...
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Have more than a million people had their whole genomes sequenced by the end of 2018?

The news article https://www.wired.com/story/whole-genome-sequencing-cost-200-dollars/ (mirror) published on 2018-11-18 claims that Today, slightly more than a million people have had their whole ...
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Can a new device uniquely identify people by heart beat from a distance?

The Pentagon is claiming that they have a device which can identify people by heart beat from 200m away. A new device, developed for the Pentagon after US Special Forces requested it, can identify ...
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Is there reliable evidence that depleted uranium from the 1999 NATO bombing is causing cancer in Serbia?

This year is the 20th anniversary of the NATO bombing of Yugoslavia/Serbia. At the moment, Serbian media outlets are focused on claims that depleted uranium in NATO bombs used during the bombardment ...
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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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Does rocking a child help their brain to grow?

Nature Play claim that a child's movement in the first two years helps them grow, specifically a rocking motion like in the womb. The link to the supposed scientific source is now dead. Is there any ...
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Can marijuana cause seizures in children?

Today on NBC on TV they mentioned a study that says 3000 kids between 2000 and 2017 ate marijuana and half of those kids ended up in the hospital. One of the symptoms mentioned was drowsiness (...
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Were pen cap holes designed to prevent death by suffocation if swallowed?

Someone posted the following trivia on a social media website: Do you know that pen caps have holes so that if someone swallows a cap, then air could still pass through? This started a small ...
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Are there vaccine ingredients which may not be disclosed (“hidden”, “trade secret”, or similar)?

I sometimes encounter people claiming that there are ingredients in vaccines that can be kept secret by the manufacturer. I would be surprised to hear this, because the manufacturers have to conduct ...
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Will vaccines prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths for kids born 1994-2018? [closed]

The CDC published a poster on March 28, 2019 that reads: For kids born 1994-2018 vaccines will prevent an estimated 936,000 deaths in their lifetimes. The statement appears in reputable sources ...
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Does the FDA not pull life-threatening devices?

From an Associated Press article titled "Patients shocked, burned by device touted to treat pain" (emphasis added): The investigation also found that the FDA — considered by other countries to be ...
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Is any special diet an effective treatment of autism?

Treatment Ratings for Autism claims that basically any special diet is an effective treatment of autism. Is this true? From the study, The following data have been collected from the more than 27,...
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Is this cow urine study published in NCBI valid? [duplicate]

The cow is regarded as a sacred animal in Hinduism, and as expected, there are a lot of people in India (including very prominent religious leaders and politicians) who want to show that even its ...
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Have any Olympic medalists suffered from asthma?

In almost every article about asthma there is some kind of mention that you can do sports with asthma. There have been even Olympic medalists suffering from it. Several links (all of them in Czech,...
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Can skipping breakfast increase risk of heart disease? [closed]

This article from the clickbait off-shoot of The Independent newspaper, iNews (archive) states that: Skipping breakfast on a regular basis could be linked to an increased risk of dying from heart ...
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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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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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Do smart sensor posture trainer help people to effectively improve their posture?

The LUMOback: The Smart Posture Sensor gets sold on Kickstarter as a product that's supposed to help people develop better posture and thus reduce backpain. Is there any research that indicates that ...
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Can mercury inhalation from dental amalgams cause Alzheimer's disease?

We can read here: In fact, some scientists believe that vapor inhalation from dental amalgams can cause Alzheimer's disease in certain genetically predisposed individuals, although the safety of ...
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Does the chemical in mint raise your tongue's perceived freezing point?

A recent tweet from Twitter user @RipTideAC_ states (after editing): I just found out that, scientifically speaking, minty is just cold spicy. The chemical in minty things raises your tongue'...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Is it possible to determine if a person has had receptive anal sex through a physical exam?

Physical examinations of the anus are sometimes used in North Africa to determine if a man has practiced receptive anal sex, and hence has broken laws against homosexuality. Here is one such report ...

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