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Questions tagged [public-health]

Use this tag for questions about the health of people on a community or population level. Do not use this tag for questions about the health of individuals or biological mechanisms.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...