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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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Does the Swiss law say that international health law supercedes national law?

In this video, starting at about 28:40, Dr. Astrid Stuckelberger says Even the constitution of Switzerland there is a little line they have added without asking us, which says that international law ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Did several countries have very low Coronavirus deaths thanks to inhaled steroids?

A West Texas physician named Richard Bartlett has been making the rounds on social media, claiming that Taiwan, Japan and Iceland have been using inhaled steroids such as budesonide to treat ...
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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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Are fat people who intentionally lose weight at a greater risk of dying from cardiovascular disease?

The Health at Any Size movement, which promotes "body positivity" and de-emphasizes body weight and obesity (among other things), claims that intentionally losing weight increases risk of ...
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Does milk worsen the amount of mucus in the lungs for Cystic Fibrosis?

For those that are not aware, Cystic Fibrosis is a genetic disorder that affects cardic and digestive ability by damaging internal organs such as the liver and stomach (by removing the ability to ...
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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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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 playing slower music in gyms reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections?

I read (mirror 1, mirror 2) that South Korean authorites have introduced some rules to enforce slower (in terms of BPM) music in gyms to reduce the risk of COVID-19 infections: Music with more than ...
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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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