Questions tagged [medical-science]

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Was Eddie Van Halen's tongue cancer caused by metal guitar picks?

Eddie Van Halen was diagnosed with tongue cancer in 2000. He attributed the cancer to his habit of holding metal guitar picks, made from brass and copper, in his mouth. He was declared cancer-free in ...
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Are individuals ceasing to wear prescription glasses due to spontaneous visual impairment remissions?

One of my hobbies is to investigate testimonies and claims related to the supernatural. So I'm back again with another question of these sorts. As we already know, faith healing services are full of ...
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Does flu vaccine make us more vulnerable to COVID-19?

There are some claims that the flu vaccine injection has a positive correlation with COVID-19 death rate. For example, the anti-vax site Home Vaccine Education Network says: What connects the ...
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Does wearing spectacles protect you from covid?

Yet another surprising study on things that make a difference to the risk of covid has appeared. This one claims, to quote the report in LiveScience: People who wear eyeglasses may be at lower risk ...
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Are people receiving spontaneous gold dental prostheses without dentist intervention?

Claims of unexpected and spontaneous fillings or full restorations of teeth with gold are not unheard of in many faith healing services and other religious gatherings. For example, in a video recorded ...
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Do people carry around up to 20 lbs (9 kg) of poop?

The claim from this site: It’s been said that the average American carries around between 5-20 extra pounds of poop in their intestines. It's hard to believe it's true. Is there a medical evidence ...
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Is Adrenochrome an addictive drug only obtained by drinking blood?

One of the core beliefs of QAnon is that some people are addicted to adrenochrome that can only be obtained by drinking the blood of frightened victims. Sean Morgan, author of a QAnon FAQ, talks about ...
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Is the Eye of Horus symbol based on the human brain?

The Eye of Horus is an ancient Egyptian symbol and hieroglyph (𓂀). A thread on the site International Skeptics Forum introduces a claim found on Facebook: The following image shows the Egyptian Eye ...
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Is a face shield as effective as a face mask?

On a CDC web page dated August 7, 2020, they warned against the use of face shields as an effective method to stop COVID-19, due to a lack of evidence. There is currently not enough evidence to ...
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Will Coronavirus be present “forever in some form or another”?

Today there was an article on comments from Sir Mark Walport (part of Sage, the UK government’s Scientific Advisory Group for Emergencies) on the BBC that said that coronavirus would not go away and ...
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Does continuous drinking of lemon juice have any negative effect on bones?

I came across a blog post from a beauty blog titled Beware: Lemons Can Harm You In Ways You Didn't Know. [Archived Page] One of the points mentioned was The continuous use of lemon juice can actually ...
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Are vapers more likely to catch COVID-19?

Recently a number of reports have surfaced claiming that vaping radically increases susceptibility to COVID-19 infection among the young. For example, Sky News reports: Teenagers and young adults who ...
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Do the majority of doctors in the USA support hydroxychloroquine use for covid-19?

The Claim Scott Adams recently made the claim that the majority of doctors in the USA support the use of hydroxychloroquine. Normally a cartoonist's podcast would not be a notable source for a claim, ...
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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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Do doctors recommend that ears should be checked annually?

In a Business Insider video about a procedure for removing excess earwax, the subtitles claim: Doctors recommend getting your ears checked annually. I've never heard of this before.
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Does milk worsen the amount of mucus in the lungs for Cystic Fibrosis?

For those that are not aware, Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects cardic and digestive ability by damaging internal organs such as the liver and stomach (by removing the ability to ...
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Is moist heat therapy preferable to dry heat for pain relief due to arthritis, myofibrosis, back pain, muscle strains and spasms?

https://www.amazon.com/Chattanooga-Original-Hydrocollator-Therapy-HotPac/dp/B01ALJE8J8 (mirror) claims: Benefits of moist heat therapy over dry heat are well established for pain relief due to ...
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How effective are face masks? [closed]

Actually, all the countries worldwide are discussing policies about face masks. Masks were, up to now, mainly used by surgeons, and now, all medical workers are working with masks. In Switzerland, my ...
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Will bacteria grow in filtered water?

Zero Water makes water filtration systems that they claim remove 99% of total dissolved solids from water. On the Water is the New Gold blog, a water-filter scientist warns against its use: More ...
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Do the symptoms of autism resemble mercury poisoning?

This prevalent meme image claims that mercury poisoning and autism have similar symptoms. (Presumably it is intended to imply that vaccines containing mercury cause autism, but that isn't what this ...
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Were the Skripals attacked by use of Novichok?

According to Wikipedia quoting The Guardian, Sergei and Yulia Skripal were poisoned with Novichok, an organophosphate nerve agent in March 2018. For me, there is a problem : the Skripals showed ...
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Did Jeffry Epstein kill himself? [closed]

Barbara Sampson, the New York City's Chief Medical Examiner, ruled that Epstein's death was a suicide by hanging. Given the broken bones found in Epstein's neck, and the plethora of circumstantial ...
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Has the polio vaccine used in India from 2005 onwards caused hundreds of thousands of cases of paralysis?

This study from 2018 establishes a strong correlation between the introduction of a new version of a polio vaccine in 2005 in India and a very high number of Non-Polio Flaccid Acute Paralysis (NPAFP) ...
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Did a group of monkeys steal SARS-CoV-2 positive blood samples from a health care worker in India?

An article from Reuters claims that a health care worker in India was assaulted by a team of monkeys and robbed of the blood samples that he was carrying: LUCKNOW, India (Reuters) - A troop of ...
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Does wearing face masks eliminate the risk of spreading COVID-19 by 98.5%? [duplicate]

From The Telegraph: Face masks should be mandatory on planes and trains as it reduces coronavirus spread by 98.5 per cent, the Chief Executive Officer of Ryanair has said. Michael O'Leary told BBC ...
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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Is hydroxychloroquine proven to reduce the need for hospitalization for Covid-19?

In a study, linked here, a Brazilian institute says that hydroxychloroquine associated with azithromycin is associated with reduced hospitalization rate when given quickly to people showing symptoms ...
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Does a high BMI increase COVID-19’s severity?

I have been reading in the press about how being obesity can increase the severity of the disease. An article in Wired, Covid-19 Does Not Discriminate by Body Weight (17 April, 2020), seems to ...
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Do cell-phone levels of radiofrequency radiation cause oxidative stress to rats' brains?

I've been given a link to this 2019 study Effect of 900-, 1800-, and 2100-MHz radiofrequency radiation on DNA and oxidative stress in brain as evidence for some 5G nonsense conspiracy theory. Even if ...
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Will homemade facemasks using vacuum bag filters cause lung irritation?

In this YouTube video A Doctor Explains How to Make the Safest Face Mask, a doctor, and then his wife, talk about 'the safest' home-made face mask. (He disclaims that it has been tested, but says he ...
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On the impact of (non ionising, non visible) EMF radiation on the human body: should we be worried about widespread 5G implementation? [duplicate]

I decided to do some research on the topic and found these two articles listed on google scholar (i have the PDFs, and can share them if you tell me how to!). https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/...
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Do studies show that viruses are contagious?

An acquaintance of mine has been very adamant that viruses can't be caught and continues to link me things like this Ickonic video, where Jaymie Icke interviews Dr. Andrew Kaufman M.D. who claims: I ...
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Which data are correct for the number of SARS-CoV2 positive tests in France on April 4?

The data published by the John Hopkins University report a sharp spike in new detected cases of SARS-CoV2 infections in France for two days ago (April 4), with 25000 new people tested positive in one ...
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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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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 proponents ...
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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 son ...
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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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