Questions tagged [medical-science]

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Does dark chocolate benefit athletic performance?

Dark chocolate has been "proven" to increase the performance of (amateur) athletes competing in endurance sports. Some sources: fitnessmagazine.com Deakin University The Telegraph ... and many more. ...
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Can a Diabetic Alert Dog detect changes in blood sugar 15 minutes earlier than a glucose meter?

The claim: I caught a segment about Diabetes Alert Dogs on of a TV show called The Doctors in my office's lunch room, and saw the following claim, which is repeated in an article on their website ...
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Do elephants rarely get cancer?

According to Hope fights childhood cancer: Elephants have 40 cancer fighting proteins in their DNA which means they rarely get cancer This immediately made me think of the false claims that sharks ...
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Smell of a Body [closed]

There's many fictional and nonfictional stories about passerby detecting dead bodies inside buildings and such by an "overwhelming stench of decay" or something equivalent, usually even through thick ...
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Can honey help heal wounds?

Many sources claim that honey help healing wounds. Consider for example DermNet New Zealand consultant360 webmd TF1 telejournal (in french) From DermNet New Zealand, it seems that honey is most ...
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Is 7:30-8:15am the best time to have sex?

Russian language media (as usual, citing usual unnamed "british researchers"), reported that 7:30-8:15am is the best time to have sex. Британские исследователи назвали лучшее время для занятия ...
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Did some Moroccan teens contract rabies through bestiality?

Several news sources have reported that 15 teenagers contracted rabies in Morocco after having sex with a donkey, e.g. (in Spanish): Morocco World News: 15 Teenagers Treated for Rabies After Engaging ...
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Do 38% of couples conceive within one month of trying to conceive?

This article has the following claims about success rates of couples trying to conceive. One study, published in the journal Human Reproduction, followed women who were trying to get pregnant by ...
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Do ultra-heavy blankets reduce stress and anxiety?

There's some buzz on news sites that seems to come from an article here: Scientists Assert That Ultra-Heavy Blankets Actually Reduce Stress and Anxiety which I think is connected to a Kickstarter ...
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Is it possible to get high smoking banana peel?

I know this sounds ridicoulous but some people are claiming that you can get high smoking banana peel Is it true? And if it is how does it work?
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Does the US have the highest “natural” life expectancy?

An article titled The Myth of Americans' Poor Life Expectancy claims that the US leads the OECD in life expectancy once the numbers are adjusted to remove deaths due to fatal injuries. Unfortunately, ...
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Does Ginkgo Biloba “promote memory”?

Most Ginkgo Biloba supplements are sold with the following claims: Studied and Shown to promote memory and provide healthy circulation to the body's extremities. (src) Helps support your memory ...
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Does a sedentary lifestyle cause health concerns?

There're number of articles that suggest sedentary lifestyle is dangerous for health some of which go as far as saying it's as bad as smoking. According to an article on John Hopkins Medicine: Lack ...
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Can split personalities have different physical traits?

It is sometimes claimed that the multiple personalities of a person with dissociative identity disorder may not only display different character, behaviour, and movement types, but even show different ...
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Do hot peppers kill cancer?

While browsing Health.SE, I came across an answer that makes the following claim: A 2007 study by Nottingham University2 found that spicy foods can help kill cancer cells. Capsaicin, which is what ...
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Does radiation sensitivity decrease with age? [closed]

Just after 3:23 in this TED Radio Hour segment, featured guest Holly Morris makes the claim that "the older you are, the less detrimental the effects of radiation is." The context is in why ...
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Is possible for male human to breast feed?

There are some stories circling around about man breast feeding. Humboldt wrote about it. What is know about this? Is this really lactation?
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Do the seeds from 20 apples contain a fatal dose of cyanide?

This Healthline article claims: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 1-2 mg/kg is a fatal oral dose of cyanide for a 154 lbs. (70 kg) man. You would need to finely chew and ...
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Does flicking your fingers while your palms are on your ears cure tinnitus?

Go90 published a video that was shared by George Takei on Facebook, garnering many millions of views. It shows some anecdotal evidence of a handful of long-term tinnitus sufferers apparently being ...
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Do teenagers fall asleep and rise up later than kids or adults for biological reasons?

In a TED talk "Why school should start later for teens", Wendy Toxel made an assertion that teenagers naturally fall asleep and rise up a couple of hours later than children OR adults (related to ...
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Transdermal absorption of magnesium using “magnesium oil”?

A friend of mine has been advocating "magnesium oil" as an alternative to oral magnesium supplements. Products based on this are widely advertised and promoted on the web. But in this Skeptics ...
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Do antibiotic resistant infections kill 700,000 people a year in India?

The BBC news website ran a piece earlier this month by Dr Michael Mosley, which included the following claim: It's estimated that antibiotic-resistant infections currently kill at least 700,000 ...
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Is Kambo frog poison dangerous and/or useful?

According to How Amazonian Tree Frog Poison Became the Latest Treatment for Addiction The use of kambo—the poison of a bright green frog—is on the rise as an alternative treatment for depression ...
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Can mold cause GERD (acid reflux)?

Gastroesophageal Reflux Disease (GERD) is more commonly known as acid reflux. According to Metabolic Healing is can be triggered by mold spores: This is a little known but potentially major cause ...
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Are Unvaccinated Children Healthier?

Got this today on my facebook wall... Alarming New Study: Unvaccinated Kids are Healthier The study’s findings really make you wonder. Here’s some of the specifics: Vaccinated children ...
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Do hats or ponytails induce baldness?

There is a sort-of myth that wearing hats, tight ones in particular, can cause balding, or at least speed it up. Another one is wearing ponytails, or, more generally, hairstyles that tightly pull the ...
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Is depression caused by an allergic reaction?

I ran across an article today, and found several others online, that all suggest that depression could be the result of an 'allergic reaction'. Recent research is showing that depression is an ...
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Are EpiPens still effective past expiration date?

Heard a bunch of people claiming that there was a study that EpiPens were found to be medically effective well past their expiration date. Is the claim true, and if so how sound is the study?
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Does Female Circumcision reduce urinary tract infections?

There is a passage which is frequented used to defend Female Circumcision. It is attributed to "female gynaecologist Sitt al-Banaat Khaalid" from an article entitled "Khitaan al-Banaat ...
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Are artificial sweeteners linked to strokes and dementia?

The Guardian is claiming a new study "links" drinking a can of artificially sweetened to dementia and stroke, then putting a disclaimer that the study does not show a "causal" connection. While ...
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Are the chemical compounds BPA, BPS and BPF harmful to humans?

According to the following article by Time, and the study that it cites, several compounds of the chemical bisphenol - used in commonly-handled products like shopping receipts and plastic containers ...
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Can ingested alcohol be beneficial for infection treatment or prevention?

According to lore, drinking alcohol can be beneficial for treatment / prevention of infectious diseases Here are a few notability links: J. London, The Heathen, 1909 The second day a man died, an ...
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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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Does parents drinking alcohol in front of their children increase the chance they become addicts in the future?

There are conflicting reports about the influence of parents drinking in front of children such as here, here and here. For instance, the link from Drinkaware website below states that drinking ...
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Does porn addiction exist and if it does, can a prepubescent be diagnosed with it? [duplicate]

According to this answer from 3 years ago, it was uncertain whether porn addiction existed: As with many behavioral addictions, including sex addiction, that would be a broader category, pornography ...
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Does the combination of diet, exercising, sleeping and stress reduction help in the prevention of Alzheimer's disease?

Rudy Tanzi, Ph.D director of the Alzheimer’s Genome Project and a leading researcher in the field at Massachusetts General Hospital and Harvard Medical School states that eating fruits and vegetables ...
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How antiviral is coconut oil? [duplicate]

Search results for the phrase only produce results from sources akin to Natural News. Can coconut oil seriously kill HIV and other viruses?
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Is colloidal silver an effective way to treat antibiotic-resistant pathogens?

Mercola writes: Over the past few years, several studies have demonstrated the fact that silver is indeed one of the most effective agents in the battle against antibiotic-resistant super pathogens....
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Does water therapy make the body much more able to absorb nutrients from food?

Undergroundhealthreporter.com claims: It has long been known that drinking water first thing in the morning on an empty stomach purifies the body’s internal system. An especially important result ...
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Electro sensitivity - is it a thing? [duplicate]

Recently, a coworker brought up electro sensitivity as something to consider when developing new communications technology. What little I have researched so far The WHO claims that the majority of ...
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Is cannabis curing stomach and bowel diseases considered incurable by modern medecine?

The website green rush daily makes the claim CANNABIS IS CURING STOMACH AND BOWEL DISEASES CONSIDERED INCURABLE BY MODERN MEDICINE And then studies and empirical evidence show that cannabis ...
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Are there 130 Research papers supporting Vaccine/Autism Causation? [duplicate]

According to this compilation by Ginger Taylor, MS, there are 130 research papers supporting vaccine/autism causation. Do all (or at least most) of these papers support the conclusion that one or ...
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Can I get high by snorting chocolate?

Ok, I understand this sounds ludicrous but people are claiming you can get high by snorting chocolate: Unlike alcohol, meth, cocaine, speed and even drugs like LSD and psilocyben [sic], the newest ...
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Can the size and shape of penis be enhanced permanently?

A very good friend of mine went to the UK for his master's two years ago. After his breakup and several hookups (via online dating sites), he told me that he is very depressed, especially after one of ...
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Is honey toxic when heated up in tea?

Last night, we ran out of sugar so I suggested to add honey in tea but my cousin said it would have very harmful effect on health and then he showed me these link1, link2 claiming: While warm water ...
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Does having a natural birth offer health benefits to the child vs. use of pain medication?

Many women insist on a natural birth, without medication to minimize the pain, on the belief that it is safer or healthier for the child then using medication. This is a common enough phenomenon that ...
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Is pubic hair important for keeping pathogens from entering the vagina? [duplicate]

Jess Staufenberg of the independent writes in More women think shaving pubic hair is 'hygenic' despite greater health risks: Dr Vanessa Mackay, who is a member of the Royal College of Obstetricians ...
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Does Melatonin help support sleep? [duplicate]

This question brought to you courtesy of a trip to a local supermarket. Browsing vitamins/supplements shelf, saw a bottle of Melatonin, on the bottle it said "Helps support sleep" Is this something ...
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Has spreading out the vaccine schedule been empirically shown to have any negative effect?

Skeptics.SE has previously addressed the question of whether it is dangerous to follow the recommended vaccine schedule, in which multiple vaccines are administered at the same time: Is it dangerous ...
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Does “Plan B” (Levonorgestrel) prevent implantation of fertilized eggs?

A common claim made by those who consider contraceptives abortifacients is that "Plan B" (Levonorgestrel) may work by preventing implantation of fertilized eggs. For example, this answer points out ...

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