Questions tagged [physiology]

Human physiology is the science of the mechanical, physical, and biochemical functions of humans in good health, their organs, and the cells of which they are composed. The principal level of focus of physiology is at the level of organs and systems within systems.

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How does breathing into a bag stop your hiccups?

User "Richard" cited NYU Medical Center's Department of Otolaryngology that mooted breathing into a bag , but I've happened on two different explanations. Which is correct? 8: Bag Those ...
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Do dramatic cases of body shaking and trembling in religious settings have supernatural causes?

There are many examples of people experiencing dramatic body shaking and trembling in religious settings, such as the ones below: Example 1 Example 2 Example 3 Example 4 Example 5 Example 6 Example 7 ...
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Are blue light filters, not blue lights, on phones and computer screens harmful to sleep?

These existing questions ask whether the blue lights, not blue light filters, from computer screens affect sleep: Does blue light from screens (phone, computer, TV) before sleep affect sleep? Does ...
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Did David Blaine hold his breath for 17 minutes?

David Blaine (born David Blaine White; April 4, 1973) is an American magician, illusionist and endurance artist. He is best known for his high-profile feats of endurance, and has made his name as a ...
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Can the human body significantly build muscle while losing body fat?

The fitness community often says that you can't slim down and build muscle at the same time. The reason for this is said to be that the body is in a “catabolic state” with calorie deficit. In order to ...
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Does every species get around a billion heartbeats on average?

I read this webcomic today: From: abominable.cc I have no idea where the author got his factoid about the billion heartbeats. But it sounds interesting. The examples I can think of (rabbits, humans,...
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Are women physically weaker?

I've always thought that "women are weaker1 than men in general" was a biological fact (supposedly stemming/evolving from the social structure of prehistoric humans) Is there any reputable ...
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Does hugging a romantic partner for 20 seconds cause an Oxytocin spike?

So I've been seeing a claim around a lot lately in various articles and "amazing fact" lists. Positive Psychology News is one example: after only 20 seconds of hugging a romantic partner, one can ...
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Can trained humans run faster than all other animals on a marathon distance?

During the athletics world championship, a commentator mentioned casually during the marathon discipline that humans are faster over long distances than all animals. I'm unsure if this can be said ...
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Did The Lancet publish an account of a woman who did not age?

Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of the Christian Science religion, claimed in Science and Health with Key to the Scriptures*, Ch. 8, p. 245:1-15: The error of thinking that we are growing old, and the ...
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Does it take two weeks for a single man to produce enough sperm to impregnate every fertile woman on Earth?

Fact Slides has a slide that claims: A single human male produces enough sperm in two weeks to impregnate every fertile woman on the planet. It sources a book of random facts Is it true?
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Static contraction training: is working out for 25 seconds once a month enough to build muscle?

According to conventional wisdom, in order to get results in a timely manner, one should train multiple days a week lifting weights for several sets of 1–5 reps for strength and 6–12 reps for ...
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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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Can humans functionally move their eyeballs independently of one another?

Recently I see a lot of links to Ed Macy's book "Apache" (related from Google glass articles' comments). It took me two years to learn how to "see" properly -- how to see in an Apache World. I ...
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Are bodily deficiencies “mapped” to facial acne?

There's a picture and body of text making its way through Tumblr again: What is your acne telling you? 1 & 2: Digestive System — Eat less processed or junk food, reduce the amount of ...
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Is this shoe lacing technique effective at preventing blackened toe nails?

See: Reddit: LPT: How to lace your running shoes (June 7, 2015) Reddit: Black toes from ultimate? (May 20, 2015) Runner's World: How To Lace Shoes: Prevent Black Toe Nails (March 4, 2011) They link ...
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Does getting a running start increase your vertical jump?

Many people believe that a run-up helps them to jump higher. Is this true? (While it seems natural to do this, I'm having trouble believing that horizontal speed can help one jump vertically.)
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Is it possible to increase the breast size of a woman through massage?

Caitlin MacKenna writes in Increase a Cup Size in 30 Days with Breast Massage: If you massage your breasts for 20-30 minutes a day, they should grow one cup size larger in 30 days. Massage does two ...
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Near death experiences — clinically dead person “sees” something, later verified to be true?

Related: Is there any explanation for a near-death experience? That question is about vague, light-in-the-tunnel near death experiences (NDEs). This question is about very specific claims I've heard ...
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Are sports drinks more effective at hydrating athletes than water?

A FiveThirtyEight article, You Don’t Need Sports Drinks To Stay Hydrated challenges that sports drinks help prevent dehydration or increase exercise and performance better than water. It claims that ...
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Can a lightbulb once inserted into your mouth be safely removed?

There is a viral video going around that repeats a claim I've heard before about getting a light bulb stuck in your mouth Graphic reads, The bulb shape allows it to be put into the mouth, but ...
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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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Is any unconscious person capable of full splits?

The following popular article on stretching claims that lack of flexibility is purely neurological (or even psychological) and that [almost] any unconscious person would be very stretchy, e.g. can be ...
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Does milk make your bones stronger?

It's a common notion that milk makes bones stronger; milk contains calcium and bones contain calcium. But obviously it's not the case that calcium ingested is immediately deposited into bones. In fact,...
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Does clapping children on the back in certain positions help clear mucus from their lungs?

Chest Physical Therapy (CPT) is the practice of clapping children on the back to clear mucus out of the lungs. FairView (a Minnesotan non-profit health site) recommends it for chest infections. ...
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Are men more attracted to women who are ovulating over those who are not?

Background In 2016, a Business Insider article by Rebecca Harrington asserted that there have been multiple studies supporting the notion that men are preferentially attracted to women who are ...
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Does eating nonsalty food with MSG make you thirsty?

Assume that you're thirsty after eating food that didn't taste salty while you were eating it. I know that MSG contains sodium. Quora posts and https://msgdish.com/msg-problems-and-answers/ still ...
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Does handling your food release digestive juices and enzymes that enhances the meal?

In a Google Arts & Culture article, Yẹ́misí Aríbisálà, "Nigerian essayist, writer and food memoirist", states the following: There are scientific claims that fingers have powerful nerve ...
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Does nail-biting indicate iron deficiency?

I've seen on a lot of websites that nail-biting behaviour is due to lack of iron in the blood. I'm wondering if is this actually true, or just an urban myth which has spread and spread?
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Are physically attractive people more likely to be right wing politically?

The Guardian recently reported this: It is a finding unlikely to prove popular with Guardian readers, but a study has concluded that attractive people are more likely to be rightwing. The study ...
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Can you get your legs stuck around a pole, leading to cramping and then death?

I came across this video that makes a series of claims based around a position that a person can apparently get stuck in around a pole, and unintentionally kill themselves: Tied up without a rope (...
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Does salt (or sodium) not make you thirsty?

This is from a Toronto MS thesis: High dietary sodium intake is hypothesized to increase food intake (FI), fluid intake and glycemic response. Two short-term randomized repeated-measures studies ...
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Can canning tomatoes while menstruating spoil the tomatoes?

My wife was recently canning tomatoes, and her aunt asked if she was on her period because supposedly that will ruin the batch. Her grandmother is the one that taught her aunt, but neither of us had ...
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Is the comeback of measles in the US “largely due to anti-vaxers?”

From CNN: In some recent years, there have been fewer than 100 cases nationwide. But the [measles] virus has made a comeback in other years, including 2019 -- largely due to anti-vaxers, experts ...
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Does UA Rush bodywear improve athletic performance?

Under Armor is selling a products made from a new fabric called Rush. During performance, the body emits heat. The responsive UA RUSH fabric absorbs that heat and converts it into infrared energy ...
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Is Texas, a relatively warm state, one of the leading states in hypothermia deaths?

This April 11, 2019 article on National Geographic about lost hikers and survival rates states (emphasis added): In Herrington’s wilderness survival courses, he teaches day hikers to pack a puffy ...
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Does frequent sex cause vaginas to become permanently stretched?

This is a common belief, sometimes used to shame women - that virgins have 'tight' vaginas and women who partake in more sexual intercourse have 'loose' vaginas due to permanent stretching. Is this ...
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Does “power posing” affect testosterone and cortisol levels?

Social psychologist Amy Cuddy gave a TED talk in which she claims that adopting certain postures: can affect testosterone and cortisol levels in the brain. Business Insider Australia summarised it ...
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Does the color temperature of a computer screen affect sleep patterns?

There's a little tool called f.lux that claims: During the day, computer screens look good — they're designed to look like the sun. But, at 9PM, 10PM, or 3AM, you probably shouldn't be looking at the ...
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Does the tongue have different taste zones?

I've seen quite a few of these "tongue maps", showing discrete borders between taste zones and often conflicting setups, like these two: Anecdotally, I can feel all tastes all over the tongue, more ...
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Can the size and shape of penis be enhanced permanently?

A very good friend of mine went to the UK for his master's two years ago. After his breakup and several hookups (via online dating sites), he told me that he is very depressed, especially after one of ...
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Do cold baths prevent flu?

A coworker of mine said that he never get any flu because he takes cold baths. I found this (very pseudoscientific-like) link defending this theory: https://ownyourhealth.wordpress.com/2007/09/20/...
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Does standing as opposed to sitting or lying improve brain activity?

I've been hearing since grade school that standing straight improves brain activity, that you will be able to think clearer, faster, better, etc. Mostly, it's teachers who say that, but I have yet to ...
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Does eating certain food types alter your body temperature?

Many articles claim that some foods will lower your body temperature, or prevent you overheating, and others will warm your body temperature. Some of the temperature-lowering claims are due to the ...
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Is there a relation between brain physiology and gender identity?

I recently came a cross a blog post that talked about DSD or Intersexuality as they rather call it. One of the claims that was made is that gender identity (that is, whether I think of myself as male ...
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Is this 10 pack real?

I saw this video where a guy shows he has a 10 pack. Then in the comments people explain the human body only has 8 ab muscles. Some claim the bottom two muscles are implants. Can this be real, or ...
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Do electromagnetic fields affect stress and the fight or flight response?

ArmoredSkeptic said on a recent video about ghosts that: EM fields actually trigger our fight or flight response Is that true?
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Does blood type affect what type of food is best for you?

I remember that, a few years ago, my parents were told that different blood types need to eat differently. From a quick look online, it seems to be called "Eat Right For Your Type." It claimed that, ...
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Are there diseases that correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”? [closed]

There was a study published in Neuro Endocrinology Letters by Dr. Ethan Russo in 2004 that says many diseases being treated with cannabis correlate with an “endocannabinoid deficiency”, but I cannot ...
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Does giving a drug to a former addict cause reestablishment of chemical dependence?

Joel Spitzer, an anti-smoking counsellor, claimed on whyquit.com that there is a law of addiction which is: The law of physiological addiction states administration of a drug to an addict will ...

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