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Snopes has already tackled this. Using some very specific analyses, one could make the case that (at least within the last several years) about 643,000 Americans declared bankruptcy annually due to medical bills. But the accuracy of those analyses is open to question, the playing field has changed significantly since they were undertaken (due to the ...


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But more striking is the fact that all of these other countries supposedly have no one going bankrupt from medical bills. Are these claims true? Not for Canada. There's a claim on this site -- which, admittedly, does look kind of dodgy -- that medical expenses are the third leading cause for personal bankruptcy in Canada. I'm still trying to find a ...


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But more striking is the fact that all of these other countries supposedly have no one going bankrupt from medical bills. Are these claims true? 0 is totally untrue for Germany. I first must point out, that Germany doesn't have free health insurance in that sense. It has by law mandatory health insurance, i.e. everybody is forced to be insured. Nobody ...


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The "zero" part is exaggerated for greater effect. It's not accurate, and might even be considered a lie. People can always opt to pay for treatment their insurance does not cover. In some of these countries people still need to pay (a smaller amount) for medical treatment, and/or for insurance. In some of these countries, people still need to pay for ...


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Summary About 0.9% of the US federal spending goes to treatment of End Stage Kidney Disease. The most recent data available when the episode aired give a value of 0.94%, which could reasonably be described as "nearly 1% of the federal budget". Of note, this is not all federal spending on kidney disease just spending on treatment for end stage disease, ...


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You are quoting the WHO and then say 'no citation is provided'. The WHO is the source. They are well equipped to research these kind of questions and it is part of their job to issue recommendations and rules about these kind of things. So receiving a package from China is safe, source the WHO. On the other hand, travelling to Wuhan in person is currently ...


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In an attempt to back up the WHO's claim but not using their data or statement. The 'Corona 2019' virus is a specific variant of the more general corona virus family. Further, this family is part of a broader family of viruses known as enveloped viruses, with envelops usually composed of lipids and proteins, and are required for a virus to be infectious to a ...


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Q. 1: Are the findings in the study accurately reflected in the article? In the study, as described on Food Research International: Human exposure assessment of fluoride from tea (Camellia sinensis L.): A UK based issue?, they measured the amounts of fluoride in various teas and then only commented (not investigated) their possible side effects as described ...


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Yes, back pain is often caused by unconscious emotional issues. Such pain is called psychosomatic or psychogenic pain; common associated terms include myofascial pain, tension myositis, fibromyalgia and central sensitization. 1) Sarno JE, Psychosomatic backache (The Journal of Family Practice, 1977): It is contended in this report that the majority of ...


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There is an article (not peer-reviewed though) that I personally like that goes into science behind our current understanding of biopsychosocial model and cites a lot of primary literature (peer-reviewed). Answering your question will require citing this article or similar work, but to assist in understanding this problem, consider that currently we don't ...


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This claim is probably an exaggeration, or at least controversial. There are certainly meta-analyses which don't find so, e.g. Baardseth et al., 2013: Despite the evidence suggesting that all treatments intended to be therapeutic are equally efficacious, the conjecture that one form of treatment, namely cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT), is superior to ...


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According to The Healthcare Costs of Obesity, copyright Robert Wood Johnson Foundation: •Obese adults spend 42 percent more on direct healthcare costs than adults who are a healthy weight. [reference 5] •Per capita healthcare costs for severely or morbidly obese adults (BMI >40) are 81 percent higher than for healthy weight adults.[reference 6] ...


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The fact that 0 people in Italy went bankrupt because of healthcare bills could well be true (with caveats - see below). In Italy healthcare is public and the "healthcare right" (loose translations of Italian "diritto alla salute") is written in one of the first article of the Italian constitution (Italian integral text from the website of the Italian ...


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The Australian Psycological Society has created a summary of evidence-based therapies and its applications: Unsurprisingly therapies work different for differents disorders. They can even produce different results for adults, teeneagers and kids. Sure, cognitive-behavioural therapy seems to work in most, but not all, of the cases. However, there are other ...


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Q 1: Does colonoscopy screening reduce the risk of death due to colon cancer? In several studies, sigmoidoscopy (a type of colonoscopy where only the last part of the colon -- sigmoid and rectum -- were checked), was associated with lower colorectal cancer incidence and mortality Q 2: Is colonoscopy the gold standard in detecting colon cancer? "While ...


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The most common cause of carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is wrist overuse: Work-related activities that require a high degree of repetition and force or use of hand-operated vibratory tools significantly increase the risk of CTS. A large prospective cohort study found that forceful hand exertion was the most important factor in the development of CTS ...


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Yes, fluoride is dangerous, if consumed in excess, of any source. But also no: real tea (that is made from Camellia sinensis plant, which has relatively high levels of fluoride) consumed in usual amounts (compared as 'usual consumer behaviour' like in high-amount tea drinking populations like Frisia, Ireland, Turkey, China, Japan or the UK) are unlikely ...


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