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No, this has no credibility whatsoever, for a number of very good reasons, each of which on its own would be sufficient to debunk the hypothesis: Individual motivation: people don't get into cancer research to get rich, but because they want to cure cancer, and for the prestige ("Among the factors that motivate researchers, the excitement of discovery stood ...


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A qualified doctor challenging the Germ Theory of Disease after 1900? Wow. This is just a smattering - just a random tasting - of the thousands - or perhaps millions - of studies showing that contagious diseases are contagious. Dog to dog transmission of a novel influenza virus (H5N2) isolated from a canine To determine whether the novel H5N2 was ...


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Electromagnetic hypersensitivity is believed to be an example of a nocebo. A nocebo is a reverse placebo - one's negative expectations cause harm. EMF exposure hasn't been able to cause symptoms in blind studies. it has proved difficult to show under blind conditions that exposure to EMF can trigger these symptoms. This suggests that “electromagnetic ...


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TL;DR: In the US and the EU, vaccine manufacturers are required to disclose all ingredients within the vaccine on vaccine packaging inserts available online alphabetically and European public assessment reports searchable through a database, respectively. In both regions, quantities of some ingredients (active ingredients, adjuvants, and absorbents) must ...


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The BIC FAQ says the hole in the cap is to prevent children from choking to death. It was quoted in the question: The reason that some BIC® pens have a hole in their cap is to prevent the cap from completely obstructing the airway if accidently inhaled. This is requested by the international safety standards ISO11540, except for in cases where the cap is ...


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Genetic science in Mahabharata Prime Minister Modi claimed that genetic science and plastic surgery existed in Ancient India. source: “We all read about Karna in the Mahabharata. If we think a little more, we realise that the Mahabharata says Karna was not born from his mother’s womb. This means that genetic science was present at that time. That is why ...


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The cancer.gov site you referenced says that the median age of diagnosis is 70. That implies that you smoke and then, later in life/time, you may be diagnosed with cancer. Therefore, for example, Lung cancer incidence statistics from the UK says: Trends in lung cancer incidence rates reflect past trends in cigarette smoking prevalence. Smoking rates ...


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Numbers not exact, ratio plausible. This is a success story. The WHO provides a queryable database on AFP / polio. I am a bit unclear on the exact meaning of the headers, so I'll list the 2017 global totals for all columns: AFP (acute flaccid paralysis) cases: 104090 Non polio AFP Rate: 5.46 % Adequate stool collection: 89 Pending: 118 Wild poliovirus cases:...


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The statement appears to accurately mirror the research paper. To me it looks about as well done as such a study could be done with the data available. Though beware of popsci news articles which ignore the authors caveats. Results 104 630 patients were treated by 3314 surgeons, 774 female and 2540 male. Before matching, patients treated by female doctors ...


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There are several points to consider here. 1) Depleted Uranium is not that much "depleted". "Depleted uranium," the byproduct of the enrichment process, has about 0.002 percent 234U, 0.2 percent 235U and 99.8 percent 238U, and about 60 percent of natural uranium's radioactivity. -- U.S. Office of the Secretary of Defense, emphasis mine. 2) Uranium is ...


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The "mad scientist" seems to be Anatoli V. Brouchkov, one of the authors of Draft Genome Sequence of Bacillus cereus Strain F, Isolated from Ancient Permafrost, detailing the organism's name as "Bacillus cereus Strain F", not "Bacillus F" as so commonly plagiarised in connection with this sensational news bait. Other subjects ...


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There is a review article: Effects of reiki in clinical practice: a systematic review of randomised clinical trials International Journal of Clinical Practice Volume 62, Issue 6, pages 947–954, June 2008. In conclusion, the evidence is insufficient to suggest that reiki is an effective treatment for any condition.


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Yes, President Coolidge was treated in a sealed room with chlorine gas on 3 consecutive days (May 20-22, 1924). On the second day he brought his wife into the room even though she wasn't sick. He liked the treatment so much he is quoted by American Review vol. 71 as saying to Bishop Anderson: You must go down and take a chlorine treatment. I recently ...


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The claim that NASA has asked people to have sex in space as a scientific experiment seems a bit far-fetched to me. I would expect them to experiment with animal mating first, which it doesn't seem they have done. (Update: Russia experimented with gecko mating in July 2014. The experiment was not successful.) As for whether or not any sex-in-space has ...


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Edit (15/4/20): Biological and genetic analysis of the virus suggests that the virus evolved naturally, i.e. was not "made in a Chinese lab". However, as Lang Lang's answer notes, it is arguably premature to say whether the virus passed to humans directly from another animal species, or via a (presumably accidental) release of a specimen from the Wuhan ...


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2. Was invented specifically for this purpose? 3. Has it ever been used as such? Short answer: No, Yes Long answer: In an article written by Una/Straight Dope the following is stated: Super glue, Krazy glue, Eastman 910 and similar glues are all a special type of glue called cyanoacrylates. Cyanoacrylates were invented in 1942 by Dr. Harry Coover of Kodak ...


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The claim, "The skeptical movement is an offshoot of the Communist Party" is not found in either of the links provided. The first link says, "I know that not all skeptics have these roots." The second link says, "the whole British ‘quackbuster’ operation was being redefined by a group of Liberal peers and members of the late Revolutionary Communist Party" -- ...


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Partially true, but... If we examine only part of the claim, the bit that says... "Virus and bacteria can be killed by irradiating them with electromagnetic emissions at the right frequency" ...that part is actually true. It is just that the "right frequency" in question needs to be so high that what you have is ionising radiation, that ...


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To the best of my knowledge, the paper cited by the BBC is "Vanilloid receptor agonists and antagonists are mitochondrial inhibitors: how vanilloids cause non-vanilloid receptor mediated cell death" (PMID: 17214968 DOI: 10.1016/j.bbrc.2006.12.179), which lists Timothy E Bates as an author (the last one, which means he was the primary investigator -- h/t Mad ...


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"Broken heart syndrome" is real, but it doesn't involve these tendons (which are known as the "chordae tendineae"). Broken heart syndrome, also called stress-induced cardiomyopathy or takotsubo cardiomyopathy, can strike even if you’re healthy. (Tako tsubo, by the way, are octopus traps that resemble the pot-like shape of the stricken ...


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There does appear to be fairly solid research backing this claim. A summary page from UCLA: Sleep and Teens One change in the body during puberty is closely related to how you sleep. There is a shift in the timing of your circadian rhythms. Before puberty, your body makes you sleepy around 8:00 or 9:00 pm. When puberty begins, this rhythm shifts a couple ...


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Yes, there was such a study, if by "medically effective", you mean something like "better than not using any epinephrine treatment". From the NIH, a study first published in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology titled "Outdated EpiPen and EpiPen Jr autoinjectors: past their prime?": For prehospital treatment of anaphylaxis, we recommend the use ...


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Summary: The survey this article was based on was biased, poorly designed and poorly implemented. The conclusions cannot be trusted. This study was examined by Orac who has been "checking in with and covering periodically ever since its inception in 2012, when antivaxers were fundraising for it." The study has had a history of being retracted: I’...


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The claim -- based on this paper[1] -- is not wrong, it is talking about the most recent common ancestor. That is not to mean that the disease spontaneously "sprang into existence" at that point, just that older variants of the disease have died out -- or that the smallpox as we know it today is a result of a predecessor's mutation. Smallpox itself (as a ...


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The following is true, look up: Dawe GS, Tan XW, Xiao ZC. Cell migration from baby to mother. Cell Adh Migr. 2007;1:19–27. [PMC free article] [PubMed] The scientific name of this process is called microchimerism, defined by another study as: the presence of cells originating from another individual therefore genetically distinct from the host cells, ...


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The article doesn't link to the Mother Jones article that spawned it, but it's here. The article makes several points: Consuming dairy has to be done carefully by people who are lactose-intolerant (a condition more common among blacks and Asians than among whites) Dairy doesn't reduce the incidence of osteoporosis, which blacks are less likely to get. ...


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The answer is sometimes YES, vaccinated people are sometimes afraid of unvaccinated people, often with good reason. This in no way suggests the vaccine is not effective if potentially being exposed to the disease still concerns the parents of vaccinated children. I blended my two comments into an answer. Dr. Jodi Halpern wrote (from Ask the Experts: Should ...


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