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Are 100,000 lives a year lost because of the public's fear of data-mining?

I read in The Guardian (mirror) (published on 2014-06-26): Google: 100,000 lives a year lost through fear of data-mining The search firm's CEO and co-founder, Larry Page, estimates 100,000 ...
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Drinking 3 glasses of milk per day doubles a woman's chances of death?

From Can Drinking Too Much Milk Make Your Bones More Brittle? The study, conducted with over 60,000 women (age 39-74) and 45,000 men (age 45-79) found that too much milk – three or more glasses a ...
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Does the US spend more public money (i.e. tax/capita) on Health Care than other developed countries?

The author John Green on a YouTube post Why are American Health Care costs so high? makes the (referenced) claim that US public health expenditure per capita, is higher than most other developed ...
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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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Does chlorine in water harm humans? [closed]

Some sources claim chlorinated tap water is harmful. Global Healing Center, for example, claims links to cancer, heart disease, asthma and atherosclerosis. The risk of developing cancer is 93% ...
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Is non-fluoridated toothpaste any more effective in tooth decay prevention than mere mechanical brushing?

Quote from healthcare.utah.edu, emphasis mine: Interviewer: It seems like when you go down the toothpaste aisle now, you're starting to see more and more natural options and a lot of ...
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Does tobacco kill half of its consumers?

A World Health Organization "meme" doing the rounds claims: Tobacco is the only product that kills half its consumers. There are two claims here: That tobacco kills half its consumers. That no ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at the Coldwater Creek Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

NOTE: This is not a copy of: Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health? which is a different nearby nuclear landfill that has a different issue of a ...
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Is the illegal nuclear waste at The Westlake Nuclear Landfill a risk to public health?

This Question refers to the 1 of 3 the nuclear landfill sites in residential/commercial areas in the St. Louis, MO area. These landfills are a result of the leftovers from the Manhattan Project ...
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Does more than one unit of alcohol a day damage your long term brain function and increase the risk of dementia?

In a recent article in the The Times bemoaning modern dietary guidelines the author reports new evidence on the affects of alcohol on the brain (my highlights): To add to the agony, it coincides ...
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Is it healthy to sleep with the head under the blanket?

According to g9sleeptight.com (and many other websites), sleeping with the head under the blanket increases the risk of suffocation can trigger sleep apnea can cause brain damage stating "some ...
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Is austerity in the UK responsible for “120,000” extra deaths?

The UK government has been implementing tight constraints on public spending to attempt to recover from the 2008 financial crash and bailout. But this austerity is controversial. A recent report in ...
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Was it only Johnson & Johnson which hid the link between its Talcum powder and Cancer risk? [closed]

Recently a woman successfully sued Johnson & Johnson for not giving enough warnings about the Cancer causing risks of its baby powder. But why only Johnson & Johnson? Do other Talcum powder ...
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Were many vaccine-preventable diseases almost gone before vaccines were introduced?

The movie Silent Epidemic: The Untold Story of Vaccines presents arguments against vaccination. One of the arguments is that the alleged benefits of vaccines are actually due to modern health and ...
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Is there more salmonella in organic eggs [closed]

This paper elaborates the rates of salmonella in organic and other chicken: Salmonella prevalence in free-range and certified organic chickens A friend recently claimed that the same was true from ...
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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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Does significant consumption of French fries double your chance of death?

A report on an Australian news site claims that: Eight-year study finds heavy French fry eaters have ‘double’ the chance of death The report quotes some of the details of the research: On ...
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Is mustard oil dangerous for human consumption?

I see warnings of the erucic acid contained in mustard oil, e.g. 15 amazing facts and uses of mustard oil (Times of India): According to celebrity nutritionist Sandhya Gugnani, "There was a myth ...
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Do Ultra-violet LEDs on air hand dryers help to kill bacteria? [closed]

I've noticed newer air hand dryers sometimes have blueish LEDs on the bottom that shine light on your hands when you're drying them. One theory I've heard is that the UV light emitted by these LEDs ...
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Were 25% of newly-infected HIV-positive gay men actively seeking infection in 2003?

Rense quotes a 2003 Drudge Report article, that previewed an apparent Rolling Stone magazine article titled "Bug Chasers: The Men Who Secretly Long To Be HIV+." The men who want the virus are ...
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Does residential radon cause lung cancer?

Radon causes lung cancer; a typical statement is this: The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) has identified radon as the second leading cause of lung cancer in the United States. Many ...
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Was a male birth control trial cancelled due to symptoms that were no worse than female birth control?

This Cracked article makes the following claim: Take, for instance, a recent male birth control trial. When participants started to drop out because of side effects, the World Health Organization ...
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Do half of Americans “live in areas that are deemed acoustically unsafe by [their] government”?

A teacher of mine has several clippings from the local paper in his room. I'm not sure how old this clipping was or what paper it was from, but it claims that: According to the US Census, noise is ...
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Do childrens' playgrounds designed to be safe reduce injuries to children?

In Tim Harford's book-length argument that some degree of messiness is, contrary to much modern opinion, a good thing, he makes an argument late in the book that applies to the spaces where children ...
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Does particulate pollution in outdoor air kill tens of thousands every year?

The effects of particulate pollution have recently been in the news. In the UK the Daily Mail reported: Toxins emitted by Britain’s booming number of diesel cars are fuelling a health crisis that ...
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Do higher levels of medical intervention lead to better outcomes for patients?

There is a lot of variation in levels of medical treatment and spend across the USA. That variation has been studied by, for example, The Dartmouth Atlas Project. They conclude that more isn't better: ...
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Are teens who vape more likely to become smokers?

eCigarettes are controversial. Some people regard them as a major health improvement because they are far less harmful than "real" cigarettes. Others seem to think they are just another way for the ...
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Is there good evidence of sitting being unhealthy? [duplicate]

Is there any evidence of sitting causing bad health, or are the statements in the news based on epidemiological studies on correlations only, i.e. people who sit a lot have worse health? If the ...
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Does fluoridated water increase the risk of fractures amongst osteoporosis patients?

I have heard claims that it is unsafe for those with osteoporosis to drink tap water in municipalities that add fluoride to it, because it increases risks of fractures. For example: Fluoridation.com ...
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Is the first stall of a public restroom the cleanest? [closed]

I have read so during a quick search on google, are there proofs for this theory?
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Does supplementation of garlic/allicin reduce the risk of catching the common cold significantly? [duplicate]

The study Preventing the common cold with a garlic supplement: a double-blind, placebo-controlled survey shows a reduction of days challenged virally by about 70% just by taking 180mg allicin every ...
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Are the 2016 UK guidelines on alcohol consumption evidence based?

The UK government issues public health advice about how much booze people ought to consume. It has recently revised those guidelines. The previous guidelines were the subject of this SK.SE question: ...
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Is up to 95% of the human population genetically safe from leprosy?

In the article How Armadillos Can Spread Leprosy at the Smithsonian.com they state that "Even more reassuring: up to 95 percent of the population is genetically unsusceptible to contracting it." ...
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Do rice products have high levels of arsenic?

A recent story shared via Facebook warns of the dangers of allowing children to eat rice cakes. Warning To All Parents: Don’t Let Your Children Eat Rice Cakes. Popular rice products found in ...
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Are women's public restrooms dirtier and/or more bacteria-laden than the men's rooms?

When a friend was posting an article about a proposed shared wall of stalls between the men's and women's sides where the doors only opened from one side at a time to provide load-sharing (yes, he ...
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Can weight gain be due to underlying health conditions?

According to the NHS (United Kingdom): Most people put on weight because they eat and drink more calories than they burn through everyday movement and body functions. But in some cases, your ...
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Chemtrails : A dangerous govt. plot or just another debunked theory? [duplicate]

According to countless chemtrail research theories , trails left in the sky by high-flying govt. aircraft are dangerous chemical or biological agents deliberately sprayed for reasons undisclosed to ...
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Do hand dryers in public bathrooms spread bacteria?

A hand drier is a warm and humid environment that is surrounded by bacteria from all the bathroom users. It is claimed that this is one of the main causes for spreading bacteria/microbes (NCBI ref) ...
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Is water with extra oxygen tastier, healthier, or otherwise desirable for humans?

In Japan, it is apparently common to add oxygen to bottled water. But this isn't standard H20. It's a new mix containing 12 to 15 times as much oxygen as regular water. (...) "It's totally ...
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Have one out of every two people who have ever lived died of malaria?

Michael Finkel writes in National Geographic: Some scientists believe that one out of every two people who have ever lived have died of malaria. The Wall Street Journal Article The Tenacious Buzz ...
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Is water from a sink different from water from a water fountain?

I have heard (particularly but not exclusively from my friends who grew up in Asia, where the situation may be different) that you should not drink water from a sink in the bathroom. Why? They ...
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Have many Falun Gong practitioners forgone medical treatment and died of treatable causes as a result?

The Chinese government is notably opposed to Falun Gong. In 1999, they were quoted in the Sun Sentinel: the government charged that Falun Gong was responsible for the deaths of 1,400 people -- many ...
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Is radioactive milk being sold in inner-city black neighbourhoods in New York?

I recently had this article come across my newsfeed: Radiated Milk Sold in Black Neighbourhoods I always wondered about the high rates of cancer and diabetes in my neighborhood, and in other ...
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Non-alcoholic fatty liver and juvenile type 2 diabetes: rising incidence or just more diagnosis?

I've repeatedly heard the claim, often from anti-fructose advocates, that there is a skyrocketing prevalence of two formerly rare disorders: non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and juvenile type ...
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Can kitty litter cause adverse health effects in humans?

Is there any danger to humans from co-habitating with a housecat that poops in a litterbox, and occasionally cleaning out that litterbox? Assuming you use litter you can find at the pet store, and ...
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Are there health risks to not washing hands after urinating?

It seems to me that the health risks of hand washing after urinating are greatly exaggerated in the world. I understand that hand washing after defecation is an entirely different story as fecal ...
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Is there a link between blood pressure and salt intake? [duplicate]

So I was reading Cracked article about health risk myths. The first entry was interesting: [Myth #5] Salt Causes High Blood Pressure [...] Countless more recent studies have utterly failed to ...
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Do covered [drinking water] reservoirs cause health risks compared to open-air reservoirs?

Bull Run Waiver.org is a political group opposed to covering drinking water reservoirs in Portland, Oregon. They making a number of claims that closed reservoirs introduce greater health risks than ...
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Has an organ donor ever been at risk of having organs harvested before a sudden recovery?

I have seen claims that one shouldn't be an organ donor because you may be declared dead by mistake and have organs harvested. For instance, this Life Site article gives a few anecdotal examples: ...
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Are chicken haunches especially toxic?

There have been some health concerns raised (mainly through word of mouth) with regards to the toxicity of chicken haunches. Apparently, in the industrial breeding and rearing of chickens many ...