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How is the cause of a disease determined?

The definition of disease: a disorder of structure or function in a human, animal, or plant, especially one that produces specific symptoms or that affects a specific location and is not simply a ...
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How do you determine causation? (based on this example) [closed]

We know correlation is not causation. Consider following example. Let's say we observe that on average people who smoke, die earlier that those who don't. This is correlation right? But how do you ...
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Is it possible that there are some people who cannot get Type 2 diabetes?

I have read this answer to a different question which discusses a theory of the cause of type 2 Diabetes. It describes insulin resistance leading to a runaway positive feedback loop. The answer also ...
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With the skull being malleable at birth, does the shape of your skull affect one's susceptibility to head trauma?

Some boxers have an "iron chin" and can take punches better than others. When my nephews were born, it was explained that the shape of the skull is not permanent and changes in the early stages of ...
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Can antacids cause ear crystals (which can cause dizzines)?

I checked into what ear crystals are made of, and it is Calcium Carbonate. I also checked the main ingredient of the antacid I frequently take for heartburn, and... it is Calcium Carbonate! My ...
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Do soft drinks cause cancer?

Is it true that by drinking soft drinks alone, you increase your chances of developing cancer because from what I know, many soft drinks boast 0 calorie drinks and do not contain any known carcinogens....
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Does staring at a screen for long periods of time cause myopia?

My uncle once told me "the real reason myopia happens because you look at a PC monitor non stop for hours. When you look to the same object for hours, the eye muscles gets used to the focusing close ...
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What causes Diabetes mellitus type 2?

We have questions on how to prevent or on how to reverse diabetes type 2. There are also some minor details about isolated potential causes. No question to the overall causal explanation. Our ...
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What causes the long tiredness caused by the infectious mononucleosis disease (by the Epstein-Barr virus)?

Of course to cure from a fever in general takes already time to recover from, but in the kissing disease it takes often much longer (sometimes even years) and the tiredness is much more a symptom of ...
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Can flatulence be a cause of sleeplessness?

Traditional knowledge about heath in my country is guided by Ayurveda and according to it sleeplessness can be a symptom of flatulence. I wonder if a connection between flatulence and sleeplessness ...
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Does long-term SSRI use cause any permanent changes in personality? Are there any quantitative/qualitative studies looking at this?

Curious about counseling patient's on the long-term risk/benefit analysis of SSRI use? Is there any EBM on what personality changes one should expect after X period of SSRI use? Does this change ...
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Why does the use of quinolones increase the risk of tendinopathies?

Why does the use of quinolones increase the risk of tendinopathies? I have read the claim in different places, but I didn't read the reason. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quinolone : Quinolones ...
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Can nasal congestion cause fatigue..?

I have had nasal blockage for 10+ years. One nasal would be completely blocked up and the other open and vise versa. It's not allergies, cold/flu as I've tried any and all medications. Recently it has ...
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Can temporomandibular joint disorder cause sensorineural hearing loss?

Is the pain when walking or running with such a disorder an indicator that hearing loss is occuring or going to occur? Ear pain is considered a symptom for this disorder. Can that be an indicator of ...
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Cause and solution for - pain on right side of nose after blowing nose

I haven't found anything online related to this "condition" and at the moment it is driving me crazy. I have the flu, it is nothing serious except, many an occasion I have blown my nose and a "bubble ...
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What causes men's balding?

What causes balding? (And I'm not asking about the case whilst cancer treatment.) Please share your knowledge on this topic.
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Which chemicals or drugs cause retrograde amnesia?

Which chemicals or drugs available only to doctors cause significant loss of current memories, specifically memories within the past few years and recently rather than your childhood memories?
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Can a sunburn increase your resting heart rate?

I've been using a Fitbit to track my resting heartrate (among other things). The value has consistently been in the 55-60 range for several weeks (most typical value over the past week or two is 57). ...
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What causes twitching eyelids? Can anything be done about them?

Twitching eyelids are common. The medical name for this is blepharospasm: Eye twitching can come and go unpredictably for a few days, weeks or months. The spasms don't hurt, but they can be ...
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What can cause right lower quadrant abdominal pain? [closed]

Given a normal ultrasound, what are some possible causes of a dull right lower quadrant abdominal pain lasting up to a week in duration in a 30 year old female patient?
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Can wisdom tooth cause hip ache? [closed]

I went to a doctor a few days ago for a chronic ache at the left hip. She performed some kinesiology tests on me and said that's the wisdom tooth position that influenced my hip and causes me pain. ...