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

137 questions with no upvoted or accepted answers
Filter by
Sorted by
Tagged with
5
votes
0answers
258 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
240 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
2k views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
3k views

Does female genital mutilation reduce the risk of a woman's partner getting HPV?

If you love your husband Get yourself circumcised Because the germs under your prepuce Can reach his mouth when he pleasures your clitoris And cause him oral cancer ... The culprit ...
5
votes
0answers
395 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
426 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
365 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
369 views

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 ...
5
votes
0answers
219 views

Does Theranos offer 200 blood tests at half the Medicare reimbursement rate?

Nick Stockton writes at Wired: We’ll get into that, I promise, but first let’s review what Theranos is. The company is aiming to offer more than 200 blood tests at prices less than half the ...
5
votes
0answers
2k views

Can hernia be cured without surgery using hernica sachets?

This Indian retailer of Hernica sachets claims they can cure hernias without surgery only using Ayurvedic ingredients. Heal Hernia Without Surgery We care for you much more than you care for yourself....
5
votes
0answers
320 views

Are heroin/cocaine not as physically addictive as previously claimed?

This article suggests that most of the addiction is due to the environment, not the actual chemical effects on the body. In particular, the article claims that the common thinking, as encapsulated in ...
5
votes
0answers
370 views

Does the Gokhale Method improve spine-related medical conditions?

Acupuncturist and author, Esther Gokhale promotes (e.g. TEDx Talk) the Gokhale Method for preventing back-pain by adopting encouraging better posture. The Gokhale Method uses healthy posture and ...
5
votes
0answers
252 views

Does the “Re-Timer” device help to alleviate “winter blues”?

The Re-Timer website states: Re-Timer is a wearable light therapy device for Winter Blues. Winter Blues is a low-mood experienced primarily during the winter months. Symptoms can include loss of ...
5
votes
0answers
974 views

Are regular tea bags effective in treating pink eye?

http://myculturedpalate.com/blog/2013/03/11/tea-bags-a-natural-remedy-for-pink-eye/ or http://altmedicine.about.com/od/healthconditionsdisease/a/pinkeye.htm Chamomile is also used in folk medicine ...
5
votes
0answers
506 views

Can hemostatics like QuikClot and Celox get into blood stream and cause embolic clots?

From what I understand products like Quikclot and Celox are used by the US military in first aid kits. The products are used to stop severe bleeding. While some studies indicate that these products ...
5
votes
0answers
2k views

Was Andy Garcia born with a Conjoined Twin?

Does Andy Garcia really have a scar on his shoulder from a childhood surgery to remove a half-formed twin? I've seen it around the net, for example on NNDB: Andy Garcia was born with a conjoined ...
5
votes
0answers
1k views

NAET - is it a hoax or does it have any merit?

Nambudripad's Allergy Elimination Techniques seems to claim to be able to heal almost anything. It primarily focuses on allergies as the core of all issues. It seems to talk of meridians in human ...
5
votes
0answers
2k views

Did Daniel Ekechukwu resurrect from the dead?

According to this four-part report, a man named Daniel Ekechukwu, a resident of Nigera, died November 30, 2001 and came back to life December 2, 2001. A literal and modern resurrection. The same story ...
5
votes
0answers
7k views

Is breath holding disadvantageous for mental or physical health?

These anxiety related sites recommend holding breath with regard to getting rid of depression: http://www.mindbodytherapy.net/breath.html There are three steps to full breathing: Inhalation (to a ...
5
votes
0answers
409 views

Does eating Chocolate make you skinnier?

As reported by major news outlets, a study allegedly claims that eating chocolate can make you slimmer: Here the report from CBS News for the study, published in the March 26 issue of Archives of ...
5
votes
0answers
2k views

Does Infrared Therapy relieve the symptoms of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome?

I happened upon Prolotex™ OPEN FINGERTIP Far Infrared Therapy Gloves 3/4 or Open Fingertip Far Infrared bio-ceramic gloves are helping reduce hand pain in all kinds of people: people, like you and me,...
5
votes
1answer
1k views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
538 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
306 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
258 views

Does rocking a child help their brain to grow?

Nature Play claim that a child's movement in the first two years helps them grow, specifically a rocking motion like in the womb. The link to the supposed scientific source is now dead. Is there any ...
4
votes
0answers
192 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
187 views

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. ...
4
votes
0answers
165 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
251 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
218 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
203 views

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 ...
4
votes
0answers
160 views

Do L-lysine supplements help cold sore outbreaks?

Some people claim that dietary supplements of L-lysine (a type of lysine) help treat (but not cure) cold sores (Herpes labialis). The idea that lysine might work against herpes has some ...
4
votes
0answers
346 views

Is the “Dr. Visser Seal of Approval” an accurate quality mark for good children's shoes?

The Dutch store Scapino sells a line of shoes that have received the "Dr. Visser Seal of Approval". The claim on their website† states (translated from the original Dutch): Scapino has used ...
4
votes
0answers
197 views

Does Nd:YAG laser help tissue regeneration and pain relief?

I've recently had Nd:YAG laser therapy on my knee. Despite being totally skeptical about it, the net effect I've experienced is really positive and beneficial: I've had long-lasting pain relief after ...
4
votes
0answers
1k views

Can this Ayurvedic concoction reduce chances of swine flu?

The Indian Government is openly distributing an Ayurvedic Kadha ( concoction) that claims to reduce the chances of contracting Swine Flu. They're doing this along with the sale of vaccines for Swine ...
4
votes
0answers
209 views

Can Jarzębiak (rowan fruit nalewka) lead to dangerous blood pressure drops?

I've heard some urban legends / 'drink party tales' about that particular liquor: Jarzębiak is a fruit vodka made from rowan by extracting the fruit through infusion and then mixing the extract with ...
4
votes
0answers
218 views

Does snail cream have a positive impact on the skin?

Over the last few years snail cream has become a skin-care phenomenon in South Korea. Are there any scientific studies analyzing the impact of snail cream on the skin?
4
votes
0answers
230 views

75% of headaches due to poor bite?

I read the following claim on a commercial dentistry website: Some estimates suggest that 75% of all headaches are muscle-contraction headaches that could be tied to a poor bite. Wow! What ...
4
votes
0answers
160 views

Can a lower core temperature, lower caloric intake and low blood pressure prolong life?

In Season 4, episode 8 of Torchwood: Miracle Day, a character is said to have prolonged their life (not much, but definitely longer) by keeping their core temperature two degrees lower than normal, ...
4
votes
0answers
575 views

Is oxymetazoline an efficient runny nose treatment?

A proverb says: "The treated cold lasts seven days and the untreated cold lasts a week". A pharmaceutical company however claims in a PR article that its product containing Oxymetazoline ...
4
votes
1answer
337 views

Are severe retinal haemorrhages proof of SBS?

For years, certain classic retinal indicators have been considered absolute evidence of shaken baby syndrome. Doctors have made explicit statements that other activities like falls can't cause ...
3
votes
0answers
62 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
340 views

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) ...
3
votes
0answers
335 views

Can a new device uniquely identify people by heart beat from a distance?

The Pentagon is claiming that they have a device which can identify people by heart beat from 200m away. A new device, developed for the Pentagon after US Special Forces requested it, can identify ...
3
votes
0answers
230 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
158 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
141 views

Did Gary Taubes prove that cholesterol levels between 200 mg/dl and 240 mg/dl are normal and healthy?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by medical ...
3
votes
0answers
195 views

Was the cholesterol reference range set up to 200 mg/dl in order to to allow the research on statins on a wide range of population?

I am now holding the original, Polish edition of a book called "The Hidden Therapies - What your doctor won't tell you" authored by Jerzy Zięba, who is widely considered to be a quack by ...
3
votes
0answers
234 views

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 ...
3
votes
0answers
126 views

Can blow drying be beneficial for hair and scalp health?

My friend told me that blow drying hair can prevent hair loss and dandruff by making the skin dry and thus making it harder for funghi and yeasts to flourish. This sounds reasonable, but for a man ...