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Do ibuprofen or paracetamol cause hearing loss?

This 2016 Express article gives a rather disturbing warning that two common pain killers might cause the risk of hearing loss. PARACETAMOL or ibuprofen could cause long-term deafness, experts have ...
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In the past did Martin Shkreli offer free medication for those who could not afford it?

Martin Shkreli was a businessman in the pharmaceutical industry who became famous several years ago when his company increased some drug prices by a huge factor. I recently watched this video of him ...
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Can Scopolamine turn people into mindless “zombies”?

Vice did a report about scopolamine dubbing it as the world's scariest drug. The story is that people being given that drug can be told to do anything, similar to some popular claims about hypnosis ...
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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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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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Have any “cures” been invented since the 1950's or so? [closed]

A well reputed professor of neurology once mentioned to me that no drugs have been invented to cure human afflictions since the 1950's or 60's. Are there any drugs that have been invented since that ...
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Is the pharmaceutical industry the most profitable business in the United States?

The Russia Today article Pharmageddon: America’s bitter pill claims The pharmaceutical industry remains the most profitable business in the US. More success and financial gain for the companies ...
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Does soursop cure cancer?

I was linked a website about the effect soursop has in fighting cancer. The website heavily implies that soursop is an effective cancer treatment similar to chemo. source Chemotherapy is a widely ...
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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 nitrous oxide not used during labor in US hospitals because it is cheaper?

In much (most?) of the world, women are able to use laughing gas (nitrous oxide) to relieve pain during childbirth, but this is almost never available to women in the United States. Several websites (...
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Are over 90% of school shooters on anti-psychotics?

The video The Truthseeker: Schools, Guns & Drugs claims that over 90% of "school shooters" were on presciption drugs (voice-over) or anti-psychotics (subtitles). It seems to me that it would be ...
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Does FDA not test anything in order to approve it?

I watched something a bit back and was thinking about one of the claims this morning as I listened to SGU on the way to work. I unfortunately can't recall the source anymore, but am fairly confident ...
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Does alcohol-free “essential oil” mouthwash kill bacteria in your mouth?

Case in point: No other alcohol-free mouthwash has been proven more effective at killing bad breath germs. Contains signature 4 Essential Oils found in LISTERINE® Antiseptic for bad breath ...
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Are antipsychotic drugs vastly overused in the US?

A recent opinion piece in Al Jazeera titled "Mass psychosis in the US" claims that antipsychotic drugs are overused in the US, mostly due to the influence of "Big Pharma" which is pushing new atypical ...
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Do antibiotics weaken your immune system?

Recently, my friend told me that antibiotics will weaken your immune system. Their reasoning is that: Antibiotics remove the harmful bacteria from you, but they also remove the natural disease ...
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Has olanzapine (Zyprexa) caused 200,000 deaths?

In an editorial titled "Should journals stop publishing research funded by the drug industry? " in the British Medical Journal the authors make the following claim: Another dire example is ...
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Did Lance Armstrong use EPO?

Lance Armstrong has recently been "stripped" of his Tour de France titles by the USADA. They state, among other allegations: (1) Use and/or attempted use of prohibited substances and/or methods ...
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Is there a correlation between mass-murder and use of psychoactive prescription drugs such as SSRIs?

It seems to be a commonly-held belief that there is a strong correlation between the use of prescription drugs such as SSRIs and mass-shooters. For instance, this claim: Every mass shooting over ...
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Does abuse of 'study drugs' increase school performance or learning?

Study drugs, such as Adderall, are regularly abused in colleges due to the belief that they help with studying and/or learning. However this article suggests that the affect is primarily a placebo ...
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Is nicotine a relatively safe substance?

I've always thought that nicotine has really bad health effects. Interestingly enough, I've found the following statement on the website of one of the major Nicotine Replacement Therapy products ...
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Was very little or no new medication developed in the USSR?

Prof. Robert (Haim) Belmaker, head of the Israeli Psychiatric Association, spoke today (2018-01-05) on the סדר יום / Daily Agenda radio program (Note this is a program in Hebrew). At some point in ...
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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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Can drugs cause permanent neurological change?

Over the weekend I saw the movie Limitless. <SPOILER ALERT> In that, the main character takes a drug, and he says that because of his prolonged usage of the drug, his synapses changed ...
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Is fever (temperature) below 106° F harmful?

Parents and pediatricians rush to treat low grade fever with acetaminophen and other powerful pain killers. Medical researchers refer to the over zealous treatment of non hazardous fever as fever ...
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Krokodil, new home brewed drug

I've been reading a lot of news reports online about a type of home brewed heroin used in Russia. Apparently, it makes your flesh literally fall from your body if this highly addictive substance is ...
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Has the primary benefit of statins in reducing early deaths never been fully tested in comparative trials?

Ben Goldacre, in his sustained critique of the way the pharmaceutical industry and its regulators fall far from the standards of reliable evidence (Bad Pharma), makes an astounding claim (p193 of the ...
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Does inserting soap into the rectum relieve constipation?

There is an old wive's tale (mostly among parents with constipated babies) that you can temporarily relieve constipation by inserting a small piece of soap into the sufferer's rectum to prompt a bowel ...
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Do coca leaves help relieve symptoms of altitude sickness?

Coca leaves are widely used to relieve symptoms of altitude sickness in some South American countries, either chewed or brewed into a tea. Wikipedia says that no study has studied their effectiveness ...
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Would Mefloquine be approved under today's regulations?

The anti-malarial drug Mefloquine (aka Lariam, Mephaquin or Mefliam) is known to frequently induce strong neurologic side effects. I have heard a number of times that this drug would fail to get ...
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Is Oxycontin pharmaceutical-grade heroin?

I was watching a documentary about the Oxy pipeline from Florida to Kentucky this weekend where a sheriff made the claim that Oxycontin was pharmaceutical-grade heroin. This is not the first time I ...
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Methadone - remedy that cures or drug that kills?

Methadone is a synthetic opioid. It is prescribed to dependent users of heroin and other opioids as a substitute for these drugs. Methadone is approved for different indications in different countries....
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Have statins been responsible for a major reduction in cardiovascular disease?

Statins are a range of pharmaceuticals that inhibit the body's ability to produce "bad" cholesterol thereby reducing the amount in the blood. Lower LDL levels in the blood are known to be associated ...
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Does sweating help to cure the flu

Many people advise you to put some warm clothes on, get under the blankets and sweat a lot to help cure flu/fever. On one hand there is a lot of opinion on the Internet saying that it does not work, ...
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Do anti-pregnancy pills have a negative effect on health?

Is it true that women who 'go on the pill' experience effects like vomiting, head-aches, skin-problems more than women who don't? Are these pills actually bad for health?
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Is the overprescribing of pharmaceuticals now one of the leading causes of death?

In an article in iNews some British experts have called, among other things, for an enquiry into the overuse of prescription drugs: Leading British health experts are calling for a Chilcot-style ...
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Do manufacturers of homeopathy products add any of the allegedly active ingredients?

Homoeopathy is the idea that a "a substance that causes the symptoms of a disease in healthy people will cure that disease in sick people". Furthermore, the potency of the 'treatment' is alleged to ...
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What is a Nosode?

Homeopathy literature likes to compare Nosode remedies with traditional vaccinations, does this have any validity?
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Do the recent changes in US drug policy correlate with an increase in people moving from prescribed opioids to heroin?

I was reading about the price of heroin on The Recovery Village and they say: Heroin pricing varies a lot depending on the region where it’s sold, and as drug cartels have seen people become ...
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Are Doctors in the USA forbidden from recommending natural health therapies?

A page on the Institute for Vibrant Living website states the following: Doctors are generally aware of what complementary medicine has to offer; in fact, they are better educated than most ...
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Do most professional bicycle racers take performance enhancing drugs?

I have heard the claim that it is almost impossible to succeed as a professional bicycle racer without taking drugs because everyone else is taking it. Is it true?
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Does Finasteride reduce hair loss?

Several doctors told me by that taking Finasteride (AKA Proscar or Propecia), I have a better-than-even chance of reducing hair loss. This Wikipedia article cites one study the corroborates this claim,...
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Can BCAAs be beneficial for recovery and performance for weight lifters?

There are a lot of Branched-chain amino acids (BCAAs) available in every shape and size. They are added to a lot of sports drinks and protein supplements. These can cost a lot of money and things are ...
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Does drinking distilled kerosene cure cancer?

Recently one of my close relatives were diagnosed with terminal stomach cancer. An alternative medicine specialist recommended drinking distilled kerosene. This appears to be a common therapy: ...
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Are the top selling prescription drugs only effective for one in five patients? [closed]

A 2016 editorial in the BMJ makes the following claim: The top 10 prescription drugs in sales have a cumulative clinical response rate of less than 20%. The claim is not the central theme of the ...
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Do beard growth oils increase beard growth speed?

There are several topical oils that promise to speed up the growth of beards. Here's an example of the type of product I'm talking about: Beard Growther on Amazon About the Product Grow ...
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Can 7-Keto DHEA permanently increase the resting metabolic rate in humans?

The latest fad weight loss pill is 7-Keto DHEA. It's been featured and recommended on the show "Dr. Oz", and their website claims: 7-Keto works to counter this [dropping DHEA levels] by stimulating ...
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Is the same hep C medicine available for 900$ in India and 84000$ in the United States?

This is the pill that cures Hepatitis C India: $900 America: $84,000 This is what happens when big pharma has bought all your politicians Are these numbers accurate?
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Does Frank Ryan's abdominal fat reducer pill work?

While waiting for a friend to show up for coffee, I ran into an ad in a local newspaper. I was thrilled to find the exact ad online! It's for a medication that claims to target and eliminate belly fat,...
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Do antidepressants cause brain damage?

A friend two years ago read an online article that claims antidepressants cause brain damage. I don't know which one, but I imagine it was something like this. Do antidepressants cause brain damage?
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How are vaccines tested for very young children or infants? [closed]

I've heard people claim that vaccines aren't tested before being given to infants. I looked into it and found lots of references to extensive human trials, but the best reference I've found about ...