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Do facemasks cause CO2 poisoning?

I came across this video on BitChute porporting to test the CO2 levels of what appears to be a KN95 (a Non-NIOSH Approved Respirator) whilst the mask is in use. The video shows a device displaying CO2 ...
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Does Lincoln County, Oregon require only white people to wear masks?

According to the New York Post: Oregon county issues face mask order that exempts non-white people Lincoln County, Oregon, has exempted non-white people from a new order requiring that face coverings ...
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Will antimicrobial resistance cause a 20-30 year decrease in life expectancy?

I stumbled on an article https://www.reactgroup.org/news-and-views/news-and-opinions/year-2018/world-health-day-the-rise-and-fall-of-antibiotics/: So life expectancy shouldn’t decrease to the ...
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Did the US Federal government take 3 months from the warning its BARDA chief to require more production of N95 masks?

This exchange from a Congressional hearing was mentioned on Twitter and cited by some news Q: "It took 3 months from your initial warnings...for the federal government to...require the ...
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Did the Trump administration propose new cuts to the health budget in February 2020?

As quoted in an interview: Chomsky described the Trump administration’s approach to the problem as “surreal.” “So in February, the pandemic is already raging. Everyone outside the United States ...
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Are there artificially created viruses that are both deadly like Ebola and transmissible like the common cold?

A popular YouTube personality, Dr. John Campbell, a retired nurse teacher, makes a claim in a May 4th video around the 4m27s mark: Now let's be quite clear. No-one is saying [SARS-CoV-2] is a ...
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Is there “almost no science” behind social/physical distancing to fight the spread of an epidemic?

On the UnHerd youtube channel, they interviewed "Swedish expert Prof. Johan Giesecke" who said (around 3 minutes in) that while there's science behind hand washing to prevent the spread of disease, ...
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Did health authorities receive a significant number of calls about the use of disinfectants (or drinking bleach) after president Trump mentioned it?

Fox News reported on one hand that public health agencies (in Los Angeles and Maryland) were "inundated" with calls about "drinking bleach" after Trump discussed disinfectants in re Covid-19, but a ...
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Are wild animals more dangerous to us zoonosis-wise, than domesticated animals?

A Vox article says: Many people conflate all these under the heading “wet market.” But there are gradations here, and they represent different levels of risk for zoonotic diseases (those ...
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Did the WHO have evidence of significant human-to-human transmission of SARS-CoV-2 prior to January 14, 2020?

On January 5th 2020, the World Health Organisation published a "Disease Outbreak News" article about a disease that was later to be called COVID-19. It states: Based on the preliminary ...
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Do young people with no previous pathologies, end up admitted with bilateral pneumonia and serious breathing difficulties due Covid-19?

In this link https://actualidad.rt.com/actualidad/347806-fuese-segunda-guerra-mundial-doctora (Spanish) which also contains the YouTube video (where she says basically all of the text mentioned in the ...
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Were international travellers kept waiting in densely packed queues at US airports due to COVID-19 screenings?

There are several claims online that international travelers returning from Europe were kept waiting in densely packed queues at JKF and O'Hare airports, due to COVID-19 screenings, on the weekend of ...
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Why is the estimated fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV virus so low?

I have seen multiple sources claiming that the fatality rate of the 2019-nCoV virus is around 2% to 10%. At the same time, as of February 3rd 2020, 362 patients were reported to have died from the ...
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Do some people take several weeks to adjust to the spring DST clock change?

In this proposal on the European Parliament website about Daylight Savings Time (DST), it is claimed that (emphasis mine): Some studies indicate that summer-time arrangements could ...
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Did UNAIDS and the CDC recommend circumcision for African countries?

In this article in the Israeli daily, Ha'aretz (Hebrew; may be paywalled), Prof' Bentowicz, head of the Center for Tropical Diseases and AIDS in the faculty of Health Science in the Ben-Gurion ...
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Was a four year-old forced to sleep on the floor of Leeds General Infirmary?

I'm referring to this article, where a four year old with suspected pneumonia was, due to overcrowding after the NHS cuts, forced to sleep on the floor of the hospital. Numerous Twitter accounts, all ...
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Is plant-based food healthier for humans than animal-based food? [duplicate]

The website attached to the film "The Game Changers" says: The preponderance of scientific evidence suggests that a standard animal-based diet — where foods like meat, eggs and dairy are at the ...
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Is climate change already killing people and costing billions in the USA?

According to Gizmodo: Climate change will make our lives worse in the years to come, but a new report out last week highlights the stark costs people are already paying across the Atlantic. In 2012 ...
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Do obese adults use 42% more health care than healthy-weight adults?

In a New York Post Opinion piece the following claim was made: An obese adult uses 42 percent more health care than a healthy-weight adult, and a morbidly obese adult uses a staggering 81 percent ...
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Have few, if any, studies on the health effects of particulate air pollution measured the actual exposure to particulates?

Air pollution is a major health concern worldwide. One of the major problems is the emissions caused by traffic such as nitrogen dioxide and the small particulates known as PM 2.5 (which are very ...
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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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Did a series of PSAs about surveillance culture lead to schools in New Mexico getting Ritalin eliminated as a behavior-modifying drug?

I was reading up on Godfrey Reggio’s film, Koyaanisqatsi (1982) when I came across this claim on Wikipedia regarding some PSAs (public service announcements) he made for the ACLU in New Mexico in the ...
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Do humans need high-protein foods?

Dr. John McDougall writes: People commonly believe: the more protein consumed the better. This faulty thinking dates back to the late 1800s, and was established without any real scientific ...
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Do people with ADHD have a college graduation rate of 5%?

I have been seeing people on social media say that the college/university graduation rate of people with ADHD is around only 5%. According to this Medscape article, ADHD: Recent Advances in ...
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Does bodybuilding at early age stunt growth?

Can excessive bodybuilding at an early age inhibit or stop growth (height increase)? I am getting mixed answers; some say several selective exercises can do so and some say it is not a problem at all. ...
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Is food becoming less nutritious because of depletion of soil minerals and nutrients?

Over and over, I have heard and read claims that the soil growing much of the planet's crops is "depleted" and thus our foods do not have sufficient minerals, vitamins, and other nutrients. Five ...
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Do ice cubes with holes in them come from a purified water source?

Water in generally considered unsafe to drink in a number of South American countries, for example Ecuador. Even locals regularly buy bottled water. Ice also risks transmitting the contaminants. ...
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Is the rate of food poisoning in the USA much worse than the rate in the UK?

One part of the interminable debate in the UK about leaving the EU has been a debate about what the UK would have to agree to if they do trade deals with other countries. In an interview with BBC ...
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Have the UK official alcohol limits been reduced to a quarter of the levels recommended in 1979?

Before answering the question of whether we can trust health advice we must first ask: ‘Which health advice?’ It varies so much over time and between countries. In 1979, the government advised men to ...
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Is vaping a healthier alternative to smoking? [duplicate]

I’ve heard from some people and advertisements that vaping is healthier than smoking, and vaping should be more popular because it causes less damage to the lungs. Is this really true, or have I been ...
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Are these claims about Japan’s health system true?

The series of claims in the image below has been getting shared around Facebook and are posted from the "Illuminati Exposed" page. The claims are in the image but I've listed them here 100% of ...
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Is it possible to die from overwork?

There have been several claims that people will die from overwork like Miwa Sado1 this is related to overwork but death came from suicide. Gamers are like Brian Vigneault2 which died after 24h of ...
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Does central heating contribute to obesity? [closed]

I remember a letter sent to the Financial Times some time last year from a farmer who claimed it wasn't surprising that obesity rates have increased because nowadays, with the ubiquity of central ...
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Are polyfluorinated chemicals linked to men's penises being smaller?

A recent story in Huffpost raises the spectre that cooking in non-stick pans could be harming male fertility, not least by making penises smaller: Chemicals used to make non-stick pans have been ...
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Is the USA “not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings”? [duplicate]

Erich Pratt of Gun Owners of America claims that: the United States is not even in the top 10 when one compares international death rates resulting from mass shootings. In California, gun control ...
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Would higher taxes on sausages and bacon save hundreds of thousands of lives every year?

A recent analysis of the health-related harms associated with red and processed meat has hit the news with headlines like this (from the Guardian): Taxing red meat would save many lives, research ...
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Could 100,000 lives a year be saved thanks to 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 addicted ...
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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 with ...
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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 ...