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Questions tagged [medical-science]

Use this tag for questions about the science of medicine and its practices. Use [medications] for questions about the actual cures that people take, and use [alternative-medicine] for claims about cures and practices which are claimed to be alternative to official medical science

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Does too much deuterium clog up our mitochondria?

I recently came across a strange idea that appears to be popular in the biohacking and alternative health community. The essence of it is that many of the ills of modern life are cased by a buildup to ...
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Does Earthing Therapy reduce cortisol secretion and help sleep?

Earthing Therapy involves "earthing" and "grounding" the human body by electrically connecting it to the ground. In the book Sleep Smarter, by Shawn Stevenson, he claims there is research that says ...
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Is there as significant danger to frequent close contact with a pet dog? [closed]

An article in the National Geographic here talks of the dangers of dog licks. On the other hand, this NYT article states that dog owners tend to live longer and healthier than non-pet owners. Is it ...
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Does marijuana reduce chronic pain?

The cannabis may help some patients who have limited relief from other remedies, but current cannabis formulations are unlikely to replace existing treatments." https://www.webmd.com/pain-management/...
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Healing Tooth Decay via Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced Remineralisation?

According to The Guardian scientists from the UK have developed a tool to repair cavities without filling or injections. The new treatment, called Electrically Accelerated and Enhanced ...
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Does CS tear gas permanently damage children?

In the final assault ending the 1993 siege of a compound in Waco, Texas , in which 76 people were killed, the FBI fired 40mm M651 CS and Ferret CS rounds into buildings containing adults and children ...
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Does UV-A light from sunlight damage our vision?

Ultraviolet (UV) light is divided into wavelength bands. UV-A is the 315-400nm. The American Optometric Association claim that UV-A may cause injury to the eye: WHAT PART OF THE UV RADIATION IS ...
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Do ultrasonic scalers produce shockwaves that damage bacterial cells in the mouth?

I came across an interesting claim that ultrasonic power scalers, besides for removing and crushing existing hard plaque on the teeth, create shockwaves that disrupt harmful bacterial cells that cause ...
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Does Honey Promote Tooth Decay or Prevent It?

Both honey and sugar are comprised of a combination of glucose and fructose. In sugar glucose and fructose are bound together to form sucrose while in honey glucose and fructose exist independently of ...
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Does Sipping Soda Through a Straw Prevent Tooth Decay?

It is well known that sugar causes tooth decay by feeding harmful bacteria in the mouth. An article on webmd states that "sipping soda through a straw may cut cavities": Using a straw when you ...
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Do Humidifiers Increase Risk of Respiratory Infections?

According to this report "Humidification should preferably use evaporative or steam humidifiers, as cool mist humidifiers can disseminate aerosols contaminated with allergens" Similarly, a NY ...
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Is redefining the kilogram useful for drug development and nanotechnology?

With the redefinition of kilogram currently underway, I see recent online articles claiming that a precise definition of the kilogram is critical for drug development and nanotechnology. E.g. BBC.com ...
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Are most cases of polio derived from the polio vaccine?

According to this National Public Radio article: For the first time, the number of children paralyzed by mutant strains of the polio vaccine are greater than the number of children paralyzed by ...
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Are parents more supportive of their children transitioning if they are homophobic? [closed]

This recent article in Quilette, psychologist Dr Debra Soh discusses whether transitioning is sometimes supported by parents, in part, because they are uncomfortable with their children being ...
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Does sitting on cold surfaces cause hemorrhoids?

I often arrive at work before my boss does. While I wait for him, I sit on a concrete wall. We would sit on this wall together during the summer, but now that it's cold, he says it will give me ...
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Does mifepristone (RU-486 / Korlym®) help cure depression? [closed]

Several studies in major medical journals have been undertaken to determine how practical it would be, and how effective, to use mifepristone (an "antiglucocorticoid") as a treatment for psychotic ...
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Does Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo help to reduce hair loss?

This website mentions: The makers of Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo must no longer advertise that the product can reduce hair loss after a watchdog ruled there was no adequate evidence to support the ...
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Drinking 3 glasses of milk per day doubles a woman's chances of death?

From Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle? The study, conducted with over 60,000 women (age 39-74) and 45,000 men (age 45-79) found that too much milk – three or more glasses a ...
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Dose milk give or worsen autism? [duplicate]

Apparently so, according to PETA [...] scientific studies have shown that many autistic kids improve dramatically when put on a diet free of dairy “products”. One study of 20 children found a major ...
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Male circumcision causes eardrum to burst?

I have seen a post circulating Facebook which is also cited by this source: http://joseph4gi.blogspot.com/2017/09/drs-may-ask-if-baby-is-circumcised-for.html (The source is clearly biased against the ...
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Are there diseases that correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”? [closed]

There was a study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 that says many diseases being treated with cannabis correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”, but I cannot ...
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Is the foreskin of a baby connected to the glans in a similar way to a fingernail on a finger?

Seen on Facebook. I'm not so interested in the "steel rod" claim. I'm interested in the anatomy claim: that the foreskin of a baby is attached to the glans by a membrane, in a similar way to the that ...
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Do Rife machines kill viruses and bacteria?

Supporters of the Rife machine claim that virus and bacteria can be killed setting the machine at the right electromagnetic frequency. Rife also reported that a 'beam ray' device of his invention ...
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Did Monsanto know through internal documents that roundup causes cancer?

In this report by Reuters the layer for Dewayne Johnson stated: Brent Wisner, a lawyer for Johnson, in a statement said jurors for the first time had seen internal company documents “proving that ...
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Is fat as bad as we are led to believe? [duplicate]

According to Fat is back: Rediscover the delights of lard, dripping and suet in The Independent (2009), the idea that eating a diet high in saturated fat clogs up the arteries and leads to heart ...
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Are most humans infected with parasites that water fasting can eliminate?

So this is a new one for me... I came across a jaw dropping niche of health-woo today. Apparently tens of thousands of people (if not more) believe that almost all humans are infected with parasites ...
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Do diets containing meat and milk cause a large proportion of breast cancer?

Kristi Funk is a breast cancer surgeon, famous (I assume) for treating Angelina Jolie and Sheryl Crow (I assume these are famous people). She has a new book to promote and has been doing publicity for ...
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Even the healthiest of elders show profoundly compromised decision making?

That's the indomitable conclusion quoted from the summary of a 2013 PNAS paper. In a bit more detail: We identified several important age-related patterns in decision making under uncertainty: ...
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Is there a surge in youth erectile dysfunction?

A 2016 article in The Australian says that there is an increase in youth ED, and furthremore that it's due to porn: You couldn’t make it up, right? Wrong: erectile dysfunction in men in their teens ...
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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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Are the claims made by Indian Ministers / personalities regarding ancient Indian inventions true?

In the past couple of years, several Indian Ministers / personalities have made claims regarding existence of modern inventions in Ancient India. Prime Minister Modi claimed that genetic science ...
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Does Vitamin K2 MK-4 have a half-life of about one hour?

Mercola writes MK-4 is a synthetic product, very similar to vitamin K1, and your body is capable of converting K1 into MK-4. However, MK-4 has a very short biological half-life of about one hour, ...
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Can the BCG vaccine cure type 1 diabetes?

There are two principal types of diabetes which are very different diseases, though they have similar symptoms. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease where the body's ability to make insulin is ...
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Has a finger grown back with ECM?

I have seen a few variants of a claim that a man lost a finger/finger tip, and was given an Extracellular Matrix (ECM) treatment, that included a powder (usually based on pig's bladder), and the ...
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Is stem cell therapy effective against chronic Lyme Disease?

Infusio is an organisation that claim to treat Lyme Disease. The founder, Phillip Batiade, shares his opinion on Lyme disease treatment in this video. The main claims he makes, as far as I ...
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Testing malaria without drawing the blood. Any source? [duplicate]

I would like to ask the question regarding recent BBC report. Ugandan wins Africa prize for bloodless malaria test there are the increasing numbers of reports on malaria devices, first was lab from ...
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Is the skeptical movement an offshoot of the Communist Party?

Found on EXTRAORDINARY MEDICINE The truth about homeopathy is the following claim: Media Skeptics: A Popcorn Gallery The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party. (Really: see ...
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Can “heart strings break after a deep emotional trauma”?

I’ve come across this on Twitter this morning: https://twitter.com/sammytellem/status/422216032195854336 Now, I really wonder whether this could be true. I tried to do some research and while I’ve ...
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Does drinking cattle urine have health benefits?

Recently, a provincial government in India has decided to promote cattle urine as a health drink: Cow urine to be promoted as health drink in Uttar Pradesh BJP government in UP prepares proposal ...
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Are most women sexually aroused by videos of naked women?

I found this article claims: 74 percent of women who identified as “straight” were strongly sexually aroused by both men and women I found another claim from Telegraph which is most famous UK ...
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Is “Islamic fasting” healthy?

I live in a mostly Muslim country (Morocco). Now we are in the month of Ramadan. First, I had to define Ramadan: Is 30 days (or 29) where practicing Muslims can neither eat or drink or having sex, ...
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How dangerous is removing a weapon from a heart wound? [closed]

When Steve Irwin was killed by a stingray in 2004, reports said that the stingray barb broke off, lodged in his heart, and that he pulled it out which caused him to bleed to death. Ten years later ...
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Are homeopaths using diluted saliva from a rabid dog as medicine?

There are some recent reports about a case where a homeopath treated a child with what they claimed is a homeopathic medicine based on saliva from a rabid dog (lyssinum). Homeopath and naturopath ...
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As of Apr. 2018, is topical benzyl peroxide considered to be carcinogenic? [closed]

Please notify me of any more recent studies than this from 1995, whose abstract states: Topical benzoyl peroxide has been used in the treatment of acne for over 30 years, with no reports of adverse ...
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Is the overprescribing of pharmaceuticals now one of the leading causes of death?

In an article in iNews some British experts have called, among other things, for an enquiry into the overuse of prescription drugs: Leading British health experts are calling for a Chilcot-style ...
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Did Nobel Prize winner Linus Pauling claim that vitamin C could cure HIV?

A BBC news article says, referring to Linus Pauling's book "How To Live Longer and Feel Better": In the book’s second edition, he added flu to the list of easy fixes. When HIV spread in the US ...
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Can eating omega-3 enriched food improve brain capabilities?

I read some articles and heard from people that eating fish and walnuts is very useful for brain, because it contains omega-3 acid. However I haven't ever understood completely what is meant by '...
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Is high intensity interval training an efficient way to improve your cardio?

HIIT has been very hot the last couple of years. A short exercise seems to have the same impact as longer same-speed exercise. Most research, Skeptics questions on the subject and news articles focus ...
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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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Does eating “Ganglia” cause leprosy?

The website Al-Islam.org has the following hadith (This link will direct you to the narration on the website): Muhammad b. Ja’far al-Bursi narrated from Muhammad b. Yahya al-Armani from Muhammad ...