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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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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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Is Champix safe?

There are various reports of people feeling depressed and suicidal having taken Champix. What is the truth about this stop-smoking-pill? The Daily Mail tell the story of a girl who took it and tried ...
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Can this drug make “zombies” out of people in the sense they will do whatever they are told? [duplicate]

From here the drug referred to as Devil's breath "renders a person incapable of exercising free will". In the video at 3:27 one person claims people under the influence are completely susceptible to ...
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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 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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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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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 Your Beard ...
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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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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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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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What is a Nosode?

Homeopathy literature likes to compare Nosode remedies with traditional vaccinations, does this have any validity?
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Does treating people with mild hypertension improve their outcomes?

There is a reasonably strong relationship between high blood pressure (hypertension) and cardiovascular events such s strokes and heart attacks. As a result, conventional wisdom (as expressed here by ...
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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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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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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 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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Does Aderall make you less creative?

In this discussion on the Hacker News forum, there is a debate about whether taking Aderall makes you less creative. This science blog quotes the New Yorker magazine: In the New Yorker Magazine ...
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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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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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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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Do antioxidants improve immune responses in dogs?

The claim "Antioxidants can also be important in improving immune responses in dogs." is being made on this web page. They go on to say Because antioxidants play a key role in minimizing damage to ...
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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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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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Can FishMox be used for humans as an antibiotic?

Is it true that the fish antibiotic FishMox can be used as an antibiotic by humans? The advantages would be that it does not require a prescription and is cheaper.
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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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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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