Questions tagged [medical-science]

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Do sports compression clothes give their claimed benefits?

Sellers of sports compression clothes make a lot of claims about their products. Here are some I saw on the back of a 2XU packet. This is not exclusive to them: Benefits of compression ...
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Do those receiving blood transfusions have worse outcomes than those with bloodless corrected anemia?

The American Red Cross proudly proclaims “Give blood, save lives” Honorable, but is it true? Multiple studies on all-cause or total mortality have shown in fact the traditional practices of ...
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Could a man survive in the belly of a fish for 3 days? [closed]

Jonah 1:17, 2:10 ESV - And the Lord appointed a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights. ... And the Lord spoke to the fish, and it vomited ...
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Did Dr Jacques Grancher accidentally infect himself with rabies during Pasteur's rabies vaccination experiments?

I recall from my history of science that one of Louis Pasteur's assistants accidentally injected rabies virus into his own thigh. I was able to find only two links about this event: A book called Who ...
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Are children's baby/milk teeth a potentially useful supply of stem cells?

There's a raft of claims recently that baby (or milk) teeth are are a rich source of stem cells and could be used in the future to help cure diseases to or regrow failed and damaged organs. These ...
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Is Ayurvedic Herbal “Triphala Churna” helpful?

There is a common belief that ayurvedic herbs like Triphala Churna, etc. have a medicinal effect on improving the skin quality as well as body rejuvenation. JustDoc, a popular name in healthcare ...
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Are Caesarian births having an impact on human evolution?

This BBC article claims that: The regular use of Caesarean sections is having an impact on human evolution, say scientists. And that the evidence comes from a study looking at data over a 50-60 ...
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Can removal of a cubic millimetre of tissue lead to a person's death?

The ComplexityBlog makes this claim For the robust/vulnerable dichotomy we can take the human body as clear example of a complex system. It is extremely robust to certain insults, like the removal ...
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Is the average temperature of a healthy human adult 98.6F/37C?

Everyone knows that... Human body temperature - Wikipedia https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Human_body_temperature In humans, the average internal temperature is 37.0 °C (98.6 °F), though it varies ...
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Did György Sherfezi fall from the 10th floor on a passing Laszlo Karvasha and both survived?

Some researchers of Coincidence insist on the veracity of the story: "A resident of Budapest György Sherfezi fell out of the 10th floor window and landed on a passing Laszlo Karvasha. Exactly one ...
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Is it possible to cause a skin burn by telling a hypnotized subject they are touching a hot object?

I've read somewhere long ago that the following suggestibility experiment was performed: The experimenter asks the subject to hold their palm open, then tells them: "I'm going to put a very hot ...
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Does the Assisi loop heal injuries?

The Assisi loop uses "Pulsed Electromagnetic Field Therapy" to treat inflammation in animals. This seems like a bunch of woo. Does this work?
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Is trichina a deadly parasite?

This book claims: Wikipedia says the disease caused by trichina is trichinosis and the risk of death is low (citing a book which is not available online, ISBN 978-0-7020-5101-2). About 10,000 ...
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Does your hair grow faster when you're sick?

A friend told me that when you're sick, your hair grows faster. When I started asking a lot of questions, my friend said it's a known fact but she doesn't remember where she heard it first or what was ...
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Are most medical studies too badly designed to improve patient care?

In recent years there has been a increasing number of complaints that many peer-reviewed scientific publications are of poor quality (for example see these questions: Can up to 70% of scientific ...
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Does artificial sweetener consumption by women reduce IVF effectiveness?

A recent news story in the media picked up a meme that seems to be already common in "natural food" circles. Diet fizzy drinks ‘could slash chances of getting pregnant during IVF’ The study ...
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Are expensive placebos more effective than cheap placebos?

In a recent Undercover Economist column in the Financial Times (The Ig Nobel prizes: in praise of ridiculous research), Tim Harford mentioned that there has been a study showing that cheap placebos ...
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Do some people have aphantasia - the inability to visualise images in their mind's eye?

Blake Ross wrote an article about his personal experience with aphantasia, which is defined here as: a condition where a person is unable to visualise images in their minds eye. Has it been ...
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Is a highly variable diet better than a steady one for human health?

Nicholas Nassem Taleb has argued that many systems become more robust when subjected to random shocks (a property he calls Antifragile in his book of that name). One of the systems he applies his ...
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Are our gut microbes responsible for 50-90% of our behaviour-regulating neuro-transmittors?

I have always concidered this channel serious, but they are making very bold claims. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T3Ftj5E90tY 50% of our dopamine and 90% of our serotonin is created by microbes ...
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Is it hazardous to bend one's head backwards to stretch the neck?

I've heard claims that it's bad to stretch the neck by tilting it all the way back, or by doing neck circles. Here is one such article Research is showing a connection between extreme neck ...
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Did the Red Cross cure 154 Malaria cases with MMS within 48 hours?

The following YouTube video: Proof the Red Cross Cured 154 Malaria Cases with MMS finally proves that the Red Cross did a field test showing malaria was cured using MMS (sodium chlorite + ...
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Can Methylsulfonylmethane make human hair grow faster? [duplicate]

There is this other question: Is sulfur a "miracle cure"? But it received zero answers at the time of this posting, so it is not a valid duplicate target. The claim therein also is too broad....
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Is WIRA, “water filtered Infrared A”, therapy effective on warts?

Is water-filtered infrared A therapy effective on warts? If not, what is just as good or better? (And is it a waste of time and money?) My dermatologist here in Germany, having felt that application ...
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Effectiveness of Cold-EEZE, zinc gluconate glycine lozenges [duplicate]

What is the truth behind the effectiveness of Cold-EEZE (http://www.coldeeze.com/)? The product claims to be homephathic (which is a pseudo-science) but there seems to be actual, evidence-based ...
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Has the synthetic bacteria Synthia become a rogue flesh-eating disease?

I spotted this on Facebook: Cynthia [sic]: Flesh-Eating Synthetic Bacteria that has Gone Wild In 2011, Cynthia was unleashed in the Gulf of Mexico and in its initial stages of life it was ...
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Does sitting whilst peeing reduce prostate issues?

There are a number of articles that combine the statement that men should sit while peeing for hygiene reasons* and that sitting whilst peeing reduces prostate issues. The problem is that I cannot ...
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Can hickeys induce a heart attack / stroke?

According to a lot of sources you could suffer a stroke or heart attack by getting a hickey. However I can't find any papers on the matter. Since this lead to a heated argument between me and my ...
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Can Vitastiq make good enough vitamin and mineral level measurements?

Vitastiq claims on their Indigogo page: Do you know which vitamin or mineral your body needs? Vitastiq will help you find out whether your vitamin and mineral levels are too low, too high or just ...
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Would a fingerprint scanner still work as you age [closed]

Fingerprint scanners are known to record a portion of your finger in order to be accessed. What would happen if you age? Your hands grow and eventually even get wrinkles on your fingers. Would a ...
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Are activities in which both people bleed on each other considered “No Risk” for the transmission of HIV?

My friend, who was a HIV care provider, claims explicitly that "no one has ever transmitted HIV through wound to wound contact" and that therefore there is no significant risk to hockey players ...
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Are antibacterial soaps better than plain soap and water?

“Consumers may think antibacterial washes are more effective at preventing the spread of germs, but we have no scientific evidence that they are any better than plain soap and water,” said Janet ...
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Do some game developers use tests to measure dopamine and adrenaline levels?

A Vice article attributes a claim to psychologist and book author, Dr Nicholas Kardaras: game developers use tests to measure dopamine and adrenaline levels in order to make video games as ...
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Do children in daycare have elevated cortisol levels?

An article named Children's elevated cortisol levels at daycare is used to argue against daycare. Our main finding was that at daycare children display higher cortisol levels compared to the home ...
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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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Can iron supplements help underdeveloped infants catch up?

In Sweden, infants who were born under 2500g receive Niferex, an iron supplement. The idea is that this supplement helps those children grow faster. Is there any evidence that Niferex helps "catch up"...
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Does cupping have medical benefits?

Recently, in the Rio Olympics 2016, quite a few sportsmen and sportswomen have been seen with cupping marks, which allegedly result from the traditional Chinese/Oriental medicine treatment Hijama or ...
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Methane inside colon catching fire during a colonoscopy?

Is the risk of your colon catching fire real? Has it ever happened? Just curious. Why is it so important to have a clean colon? A clean colon will allow the doctor to carefully examine all of ...
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Is GcMAF effective against Cancer and Autism?

There is a glycoprotein globulin made naturally in the human body called Gc protein-derived macrophage activating factor, or GcMAF for short. Recently, it's become one of those purported "miracle ...
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Does eating multiple small meals boost metabolism?

So, I've lived a sedentary lifestyle these past few years (ahem, whole life), and developed a bit of a spare tire around my midsection. There are several people at work who live very active, healthy ...
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What are the chances of female-to-male SOA/STD transmission during straight sex [closed]

SOA (https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Seksueel_overdraagbare_aandoening) When a male does intercourse with a female who is infected with SOA (SOA called in Belgium, not sure SOA is STD?). How could/...
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What are the chances of female-to-male HIV transmission during straight sex?

I am really confused about this matter. I've heard a lot of versions from doctors and on internet. To be more specific: A pathologist that claimed to have worked with HIV positive patients for 10 ...
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Do Nervana earphones stimulate the vagus nerve to enhance mood?

The company Nervana claim that their new earphones and generator devices can stimulate the vagus nerve in the ear. The proprietary left earbud [...] not only receives the left channel of the music ...
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Is brushing your teeth after vomiting dangerous for your teeth?

There's a claim (Day9 / Centre for Clinical Interventions) out there that goes: Don’t brush your teeth immediately after vomiting. While the teeth are covered in stomach acids, the vigorous action ...
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Did Tony Yahle die and come back to life?

According to CBS and a variety of other news outlets, a man called Tony Yahle's heart stopped for 45 minutes, he was pronounced dead, and then he came back to life. Many of the articles make ...
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Are warts always killed by the body's own immune system?

How precisely are warts removed? It’s my understanding that when the virus is killed the wart is effectively dead. I’ve heard some claims that it’s actually the body’s own immune system that kills the ...
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Do EnChroma glasses “cure” color-blindness?

A few news stories have been circulating around about glasses that "cure" some forms of color-blindness: CNBC - Glasses that let the color blind see color Today.com - Watch these brothers' emotional ...
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Is coconut oil effective as a toothpaste or in promoting oral health?

There's a good deal of information about "oil pulling" which is the process by which you swish oil around your mouth for 20 minutes or so then spit it out. There are many claims about what it can heal,...
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Does fluoridated water increase the risk of fractures amongst osteoporosis patients?

I have heard claims that it is unsafe for those with osteoporosis to drink tap water in municipalities that add fluoride to it, because it increases risks of fractures. For example: Fluoridation.com ...
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Was Ignaz Semmelweis ignored by the medical community when he advocated hand washing?

Daniel Engber writes in Who Will Debunk The Debunkers?: Ignaz Semmelweis, the Hungarian physician who noticed in the 1840s that doctors were themselves the source of childbed fever in his hospital’s ...

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