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Is Finitro Forte Plus an effective treatment for arthritis?

This advertisement for a product says (French original, followed by my translation into English), Finitro Forte Plus montre des résultats surprenants dans le traitement de l'arthrite, de l'arthrose ...
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Does a physical barrier such as Vaseline help prevent a cold or flu during air-travel?

This site claims that this action will help prevent you getting sick during air-travel: try applying a small amount of Neosporin or petroleum jelly just inside the nostrils (use a Q-tip if your ...
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Can SSRI make things worse in the long term or cause delayed depression?

I found these two articles that mention that taking SSRI for depression can actually make the depression worse. Is it true? Can Tardive Dysphoria (delayed depression) be caused by SSRI? http://www....
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Is Issels Combination Therapy an effective method to treat cancer?

Wikipedia explains that Josef Issels: was a German physician known for promoting an alternative cancer therapy regimen, the Issels treatment. He claimed to cure cancer patients who had been ...
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Does topical application of turmeric lighten skin color or make skin fairer?

There are online herbal recipes which claim that turmeric helps to lighten skin color. The power of turmeric mixed with the natural bleaching power of lime juice will make for an effective whitener....
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Does the Thompson maneuver decrease sacroiliac pain?

The Thompson maneuver is described here: http://www.miraclepainrelief.com/thompsonmaneuver.htm The key claims are in this paragraph: The Thompson Maneuver simply brings the sacroiliac joints into ...
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What is the best way to sit while having food?

I have read various claims regarding the best position to eat: sitting on the floor, sitting on a chair, standing, etc. For example: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eating: Eating while sitting on ...
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Does a Rotational Field QMR-Cytotron cure arthritis?

My father-in-law is diagnosed with Osteo-arthritis. As per doctors' advice, we are now planning for his knee replacement surgery. Today, I came to hear about a procedure that claims to use a Quantum ...
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Does cocoa butter help remedy chapped lips?

Some people recommend cocoa butter be applied to chapped lips. For example, Natures Natural Healing: Treat chapped lips using cocoa butter - Applying a small amount of cocoa butter onto your ...
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Can surgical spirit and formaldehyde prevent blisters?

I saw the following claim in an article on Runner's World website: If your feet sweat profusely, this can increase the chance of blisters. Try soaking them in surgical spirit, or even better, three ...
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Does the Graston Technique effectively treat limited mobility due to scar tissue?

The Graston Technique is a form of "cross fiber" massage with a metal instrument. The Graston Technique® incorporates an evidence-based form of instrument-assisted soft tissue mobilization ...
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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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Do “Rife machines” cure cancer?

The book The Cancer Cure That Worked: 50 Years of Suppression (ISBN 978-0982513866), by Barry Lynes, claims that: there are Rife instruments which, combined with dedicated practitioners and ...
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Do smart sensor posture trainer help people to effectively improve their posture?

The LUMOback: The Smart Posture Sensor gets sold on Kickstarter as a product that's supposed to help people develop better posture and thus reduce backpain. Is there any research that indicates that ...
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Even the healthiest of elders show profoundly compromised decision making?

That's the indomitable conclusion quoted from the summary of a 2013 PNAS paper. In a bit more detail: We identified several important age-related patterns in decision making under uncertainty: ...
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Were the reference ranges of liver function tests set three times higher than their usual values during the research on the use of statins?

I am now holding 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 medical authorities in my country. ...
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Was there any scientic research backing up the setting of the reference range of cholesterol up to 200 mg/dl?

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 medical ...
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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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Does alum heal canker sores (mouth ulcers)

I've read different accounts of alum working like magic in healing mouth ulcers, but still it seem pretty anecdotal. However, there's numerous accounts of people saying that they apply alum, and that ...
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Can the Ocumetic bionic lens give flawless vision?

Ocumetics claim to have developed a bionic lens that can be surgically implanted into the eye to restore clear focus to patients. For a half century, ophthalmic surgeons have envisioned an ...
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Does Viagra become less effective at tackling Erectile Dysfunction with repeated use?

This 2003 article, Long-term Tolerance With Viagra suggests that there is a consensus amongst authorities that sildenafil (Viagra) does not have a tachyphylactic effect - i.e. it doesn't diminish in ...
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Is a 23andMe customer's genomic data used in 230 studies on average?

I read in the article 23andMe Tries to Woo the FDA: 230: Average number of studies in which a consenting 23andMe customer's genomic data is used There is no source to back up this number, which ...
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Can scorpion venom be used to help to identify cancer cells?

Apple Balla reports that Wired reports that scientists report that: Washington, July 7 (IANS) In what can alter the course of cancer treatment in the near future, researchers have found a compound ...
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Is BodyTite effective at tightening the skin during liposuction?

BodyTite or Radio Frequency Assisted Liposuction (RFAL) is a form of liposuction helped by radio frequency: involves heating the skin by the RF current which flows from the internal to the ...
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Is Flexarome effective to relieve aching joints and tense muscles?

Flexarome is a blend of essential oils to relieve aching joints and tense muscles. It was created by Dr. Jean Valnet, who is regarded as a founder of modern aromatherapy. Cold, humid weather and age ...
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Does blowing your nose and clearing lungs help you get better?

Does removing phlegm from your body help your body get rid of bad bugs (virus) or does it just relieve your congestion symptoms? Relatedly if clearing your body does help, then do decongestants ...
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Does Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo help to reduce hair loss?

This website mentions: The makers of Alpecin Caffeine Shampoo must no longer advertise that the product can reduce hair loss after a watchdog ruled there was no adequate evidence to support the claim....
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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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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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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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Is there evidence from controlled trials that tracheostomy works?

Jeremy H. Howick writes in the book "The Philosophy of Evidence-based Medicine": Perhaps the most striking [paradox of EBM] is that many of the treatments in whose effectiveness we have the most ...
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Can abdominal muscles take over 75% of the workload of a diaphragm and restore 100% lung function?

This News Report says that the boy mentioned had 75% of his diaphragm removed due to cancer, however as a result of strong abdominal muscles now has 100% lung function. Is this really feasible, or is ...
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Does Spry Xylitol chewing gum reduce tooth decay?

Spry Xylitol Chewing Gum is "dentist recommended" (to reduce tooth decay) according to the label. It also recommends to use it "five times a day for better oral health". IMPROVES ...
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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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Is Xylitol Carcinogenic?

An article on WebMD states that "extremely" high doses of xylitol might cause tumors: There is some concern that extremely high doses for long periods of time (more than three years) might ...
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Do N95 respirators help prevent the spread of COVID-19 from infected health care workers?

One of the most politicised scientific issues of 2020 was the question about whether face-masks stop the spread of COVID-19. I trust we can agree that this is notable without requiring specific ...
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Can Propolis+B. monnieri help in treatment of glioblastoma?

I have read in Nature Scientic Reports that: Propolis in combination with B. monnieri shows promising anticancer activity for the treatment of glioblastoma Propolis is a mixture of tree and shrub ...

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