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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6-meals-a-day strategy

It is commonly suggested, in the body building world, that the following eating strategy rises metabolism and inhibits the production of fat tissue: Eat a substantial meal every 2 to 3 hours (six ...
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Can defibrillation revive a flatlined patient?

Wikipedia notes that the technical term for flatline is asystole and adds this comment: Despite defibrillation commonly appearing on medical dramas as a remedy for asystole, it is usually not done ...
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Are the vast majority of medical procedures routinely used by physicians ineffective and unproven?

An organization called Freedom Health Canada makes an extraordinary claim on their website, which can be found here. “Scientifically controlled clinical trials have shown that only 10 -20 % of all ...
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Dichloroacetate (DCA) as a cure for cancer

A while ago I read about a cheap and safe drug that kills most cancers. It was the already known compound dichloroacetate (DCA) and the discovery was widely reported in the media. The results at that ...
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Does frequent cell phone use reduce the sperm count of men? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does the presence of a cellphone affect sperm count or heart rate? Is cell phone use harmless or is there a chance that it lowers the sperm count of men? New independent ...
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Does drinking the urine of camels have medical benefits?

According to an Islam Q&A site, the prophet Mohammad prescribed camel's milk and urine to cure illness. It goes on to claim there are benefits from drinking camel's urine including: Camel’s urine ...
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Koch's postulates for judging if HIV causes AIDS

One of the most prominent proponents of the claim that HIV is not the cause of AIDS, Peter Duesberg claims in a PNAS article from 1989 the following The hypothesis that HIV causes AIDS is ...
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Does putting an ice pack on an injury reduce swelling?

It has been taught for a long time (and appears to be mainstream "knowledge", such as documented here in Wikipedia) that applying an ice pack to an injury reduces the severity of swelling, and it also ...
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Fasting for 40 days - is it possible?

According to Deuteronomy 9:9, Moses did not eat or drink anything for 40 days. When I was gone up into the mount to receive the tables of stone, even the tables of the covenant which the LORD ...
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Can products that claim to to reduce electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones be substantiated?

There are some products, stickers that you put onto your mobile phone for example, that claim the following Boost your natural defenses in the presence of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) ...
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Is Social Networking harmful to mind or body?

Susan Greenfield, an English pharmacologist, is quoted by the New York times as saying: My fear is that these technologies are infantilizing the brain into the state of small children who are ...
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Is popping your knuckles bad for you?

I pop my knuckles fairly frequently, and I have been told on several occasions that doing so is bad for your joints. Is this true? Have there been any medical studies on this?
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Is there any explanation for a near-death experience?

One idea I used to hear a lot about was that when people are near-death and saved by medical science that they sometimes see "a light at the end of a tunnel" in a vision. Today I read about an ...
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Do people need to drink 8 glasses of water a day?

Since I was a kid, I can't remember how many times I've heard that a healthy person needs to drink at least 8 glasses of water a day. There are definitely plenty of reasons to remain well-hydrated. ...
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Does circumcision lead to a net increase in quality of life?

I was recently surprised to learn that many Americans have been circumcised even though their parents had no religious motivation to go through with it. This in strong contrast with my home country ...
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Is CPH4 from science fiction movie 'Lucy' real?

In the science-fiction film Lucy, the titular character takes a drug called CPH4 that increases her brain capacity. The writer and director of the film, Luc Besson, claims in several interviews that ...
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Do hand sanitizers have a negative impact on the human immune system?

Related: Which is more effective at removing germs, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizers? Does regular handwashing with antibacterial soap prevent disease? I've run across some ...
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Does Modafinil make you smarter?

Modafinil (Wikipedia link) is a drug approved in many countries for specific medical conditions such as narcolepsy. We don't, however, have a good idea how it works. But is is one of several drugs (...
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Is breakfast the most important meal of the day?

This question is not about nutrition. I am not asking whether the kinds of foods that people typically have during breakfast (esp. cereals) are healthier than other foods. The claim is often made ...
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Is drug development far cheaper than Big Pharma wants us to believe?

In an article titled "The Make-Believe Billion - How drug companies exaggerate research costs to justify absurd profits" in Slate the author writes about a new study about the costs of drug ...
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Do Gunnar Glasses reduce eye strain?

In my RSS feeds today, I got an article named Gunnar Glasses Reduce Computer Eyestrain, Are 75% Off for the Next Two Days which links to a previous article about their benefits: Gunnar's website ...
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Does working at a standing desk consume more calories than sitting?

src I've heard conflicting claims: Site that claims it maks a crap load of difference Site that claims it doesn't make a shred of difference What does science say? You may find this question ...
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Is pornography addictive?

I saw the Gary Wilson's talk, The Great Porn Experiment, which states that pornography causes arousal addiction which in turn is supposed to have a lot of negative effects like: ADHD Social anxiety ...
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Does US governmental advocacy of drinking milk harm African-Americans?

According to a California State University article Milk new symbol of hate?: ... The federal endorsement of milk in American diets contributes to the problem by uncritically pushing people to drink ...
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How effective is melatonin for aiding with sleep difficulty?

From Wikipedia: Taken 30 to 90 minutes before bedtime, melatonin supplementation acts as a mild hypnotic. It causes melatonin levels in the blood to rise earlier than the brain's own production ...
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Is fluoride in water an industry waste product?

There are many claims made about the source of fluoride in our water, some examples are: Intentional dosing of municipal water supplies with fluoride waste products from industry Increased cancer ...
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Do physicians that use the paradigm of evidence-based medicine achieve better health outcomes for their patients?

From the 1992 paper that introduced the term evidence-based medicine: Evidence-based medicine de-emphasizes intuition, unsystematic clinical experience, and pathophysiologic rationale as sufficient ...
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Can listening to music through headphones damage my hearing?

Assuming that the decibel level is the same with and without headphones in, does headphone use damage my hearing? I have found several articles that talk about this, but they don't cite scientific ...
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Does the fasting two times a week diet (the 5:2 diet) provide health benefits?

There is a diet called "fasting two times a week diet" or "the 5:2 diet". You eat only 25% of your normal intake two times per week, and the rest of the week you eat extra to make ...
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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 polio ...
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Are deaths "skyrocketing" due to vaccination?

I was sent the following link by a friend and they were concerned that someone was passing it around on Twitter. What would be some good refutations for its content? Infowars: Vaccine Deaths And ...
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Is there an autism epidemic?

The number of diagnosed cases of autism has increased substantially in the last decades as seen in the following graph. Bar chart of the number (per 1,000 U.S. resident children aged 6–17) of ...
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Do I need to wash my hands after using the bathroom?

Source Is hand-washing after urination and defecation merely a product of social norms, or is there a health-related reason that we wash our hands after going to the bathroom? Or is there some other ...
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Does one remain conscious after decapitation?

Various articles online claim anecdotal evidence from witnesses that a man's guillotine severed head remains conscious for some time after decapitation (here's an example). Some cite sources that the ...
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Is sugar in fruit juice less likely to cause weight gain than refined sugar?

Refined sugar is regularly described as the root of all evil, while sugar in fruit juice slips under the net. I just noticed my 330ml juice has 33g of sugar in it. There are currently ...
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Are Falun Gong members killed and their organs harvested?

Documentaries like Hard To Believe and Human Harvest make the case that prisoners charged with being members of religious organisations not sanctioned by the Communist Party are killed for their ...
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Which is more effective at removing germs, washing with soap and water or using hand sanitizers?

I know this question is similar to the one posted about hand washing with either cold or warm water, but I hope it can stand on its own. If not, I'll delete. Hand Sanitizers Alcohol and water are ...
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Do "new documents" change anything about the Wakefield/MMR vaccine paper/retraction/fraud situation?

I was recently sent an article and am trying to evaluate some of the claims. [1] The claim of interest here is this one: In light of new evidence that has emerged clearing Dr Wakefield of the ...
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Can antioxidants prevent cancer?

Antioxidants are often touted as some kind of miracle cure for all kinds of illnesses. They are supposed to prevent damage caused by reactive oxygen species (ROS) to the cells by scavenging those ROS ...
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Has yoga been shown to have a healing effect?

In a comment to one of the answers of Is there any scientific evidence that prayer can help to heal? Konerak wrote: That's for intercessory prayer. Praying for yourself has been correlated to ...
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Does eating meat increase your risk for cancer?

I just read an article in the german magazine "Der Spiegel" about a recent study claiming that 40% of all cancers are preventable. The article states specifically that one of the factors is the ...
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Does honey cure or alleviate the symptoms of a common cold?

A friend of mine insists that downing honey by the heaping tablespoon at the first sign of a cold will alleviate the symptoms, shorten the duration of the cold, or prevent it entirely - any and all of ...
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Can switching from briefs to boxer shorts improve your fertility?

The advice to wear boxer shorts instead of briefs seems reasonable at first glance, since for testes to produce sufficient quality and quantity of sperm, the temperature of testes must be lower ...
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What is the cause of Brazil's microcephaly outbreak?

It has been claimed that Brazil is suffering from an outbreak of Microcephaly. Several possible causes have been proposed. Zika Virus Perhaps the most popular one is the zika virus. For example, the ...
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Do we lose 7 pounds when we die?

I often hear people claim that it is a fact that humans lose seven pounds when they die. Some people believe that this is 'proof' of the existence of the 'soul'. Is there any truth to this claim? I ...
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Can transplant patients remember things their donors experienced?

From this question regarding flatworms remembering things experienced by other flatworms they have eaten, there was a quote on this page regarding another memory transfer mechanism: the reports of ...
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Does bilberry improve eyesight?

There is a rumor that eating bilberries improves eyesight or, at least, helps to maintain it. Is it true?
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Is the number of childhood vaccines correlated with infant mortality?

Related Just how inaccurate are vaccine myths? Is it dangerous to have several vaccines at the same time? I was passed along an article reporting that a new study found that despite having the ...
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Can a 600-calorie diet cure Type 2 diabetes?

This hit all the papers a week or so ago and seemed like something to be skeptical about. Is there any evidence that a 600 calorie diet can cure diabeties in humans? Or is this some theory that the ...
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Does the Atkins diet work?

The official (theirs) description is here Wikipedia here My question is, does this diet lead to substantial weight loss, say a 25% reduction for an obese male, without any serious adverse side ...

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