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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

I have heard of acupuncture being used for pain management. Are there clear scientific proofs that indicate it is more effective than a placebo treatment for pain? If so what types of pain has it ...
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Is breathing into a paper bag an effective treatment for panic attacks?

Some sources claim that breathing into a paper bag is a good way to control hyperventilation caused by a panic attack. The theory (I surmise) is that re-breathing CO2 helps to mitigate the respiratory ...
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Do computer glasses actually work?

It's very likely that I will be spending most of my life in front of a computer monitor. This is necessary for my profession and the fact that improving technology requires us to look at screens more. ...
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How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date?

Diclofenac patches often, maybe always, have an expiration date. How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date? Assume that the diclofenac patch is used ...
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How long is zinc sun block effective?

I am using "Eucerin Daily Protection, face lotion SPF 30" with zinc. The label says it is effective for 24 hours of moisturization. But does not say how long the SPF is good for. I realize that zinc ...
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Does brace to correct posture work?

I've had bad posture (humpback) for years, and no amount of reminding myself seems to help. I'm looking into chest braces that are supposed to help. However, all the online reviews seem to come from ...
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What are the potential effects of mobile phones on pacemaker function?

I was wondering if mobile phone can negatively effect pacemakers. Most websites recommend reduced phone usage, but I can't find any research that explains how they can interfere with pacemakers. ...
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Are retainers preferred to fiberotomies after dental work and, if so, why?

Long ago, after years of wearing braces and expanders to correct some pretty severe problems, when they came off I received what I now know is called a fiberotomy on my top teeth only. I was also ...
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What is the solution for Chikungunya?

In India many of the people are hugely affected by Chikungunya disease and doctors couldn't wipe out this disease here. In our locality almost every household has some Chikungunya patients. Is there ...
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Why is FMT an effective treatment for Clostridium difficile?

I have a relative who has gone through a few different courses of antibiotics to combat a Clostridium difficile infection, with limited success. As I understand it, the initial antibiotic course for ...
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Does Blue light filters in smartphones really work?

Since this is more of a health related question, asking this here is preferable than other sites. So, does such apps really do not disturb the production of melatonin? Does Blue light filters in ...
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Does tolerance develop to medicinal use of dextroamphetamine?

Dextromphetamine is used long-term to treat ADHD. Does the agent's effectiveness in treating the disorder decrease with time? Do the mood elevating properities of the drug attenuate?
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Is breath holding effective to prevent sleep paralysis? [closed]

I constantly get sleep paralysis (the feeling of being awake in my mind but asleep in my body). I do not like the sensation, and am trying to battle it as much as possible. One of my friends has ...
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Are contraception effectiveness percentages per-user or per-use?

The efficacy of contraception methods is typically given as two percentages: typical use, and perfect use. For both of these, is the denominator of the percentage the number of couples who used the ...
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Is dental floss really effective? According to studies, it is not

Recently I had to go through a lot of ultrasound teeth cleaning because my gums suffered inflammations in the past. I am doing the dental cleaning every 3 to 4 months and every time the dentist says ...
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Does reclining the front or back seat of a car reduce the effectiveness of the seat belt?

I wonder whether reclining the front or back seat of a car reduces the effectiveness of the seat belt in case of an accident. Example of reclined front seats: Example of a reclined back seat:
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Does 'Sage Salvia officinalis' help reducing excessive hand sweating (palmar hyperidrosis)?

I read it has anti-hydrotic properties and can be used for preventing and treating excessive sweating, but I cannot find if any research has been conducted that confirms the efficacy.
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Does drinking hot liquids help when you're sick?

My mom, when I would get sick, would make me drink lots of hot tea, or sometimes soup, believing that it helps. Edit: As followup on comments: There is fair confusion on why am I asking about water ...
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Which one is better? Reading on a computer, on a tablet, or on paper?

I'm a graduate student and I have to spend a lot of time on reading research papers everyday. My question is which of the following is the best choice for eye health? I can either read them directly ...
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How can 5% and 10% concentrations of benzoyl peroxide, be less effective than the 2.5%?

Herbert P. Goodheart, MD 1971 (Hahnemann Medical College). Acne For Dummies (2006). p. 234. Benzoyl peroxide is the most commonly used over-the-counter acne medication, and is also the most ...
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Is benzoyl peroxide as body wash less effective than creams?

For severe acne, wouldn't it be most effective to contact and subject the affected areas to Benzoyl Peroxide (BPO) for as long as possible? If yes, then ought it not be applied as a cream? As a body ...
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What is the proper time to eat Vitamin B2 and B6?

I am usually told to take particular medicines before dinner or after dinner. Does this apply to Vitamin B2 and B6? More detailly, Should I eat them in 30 minutes near dinner (after longer time, ...
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What evidence does magnesium, zinc & melatonin help you sleep?

So I have read doctors/nurse practitioner have prescribed Zinc, Magnesium and Melatonin for sleep problems. Is there evidence of this and where?
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For Varicella zoster (chicken pox), when are vaccination/antiviral drugs effective?

The UK does not routinely vaccinate its citizens against chickenpox though the info website of the chief healthcare provider acknowledges that vaccinations are available and there are also ...
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In contraceptive effectiveness ratings, are “typical use,” and “perfect use” self-reported?

The effectiveness of contraception methods is typically reported as two percentages: typical use and perfect use. Typical use is the measure of how the average couple is likely to use the method, and ...
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Can urinary tract infection be treated by inducing urination?

Urinary tract infection causes dysconfort by giving the urge to urinate even with empty bladder. The one time I had the symptoms (blood in urine, urge to urinate again), I forced myself into drinking ...
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How to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide? [closed]

What methods are to clean ears with hydrogen peroxide effectively? And is it safe?
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Vitamin C, when the best time to have?

From the title above, we know that vitamin C is beneficial in numerous ways so I would like to know when to have vitamin C efficiently, we would receive the best benefits?
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Vision - is Bates method really able to restore one's vision?

Recently I learned about the Bates method but it looks kinda fantasy for me (don't want to offend anyone). Are there people who followed these guides and succeeded in restoring (at least partially) ...
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Are antibiotics the only class of drugs whose effectiveness reduces over time?

The phenomenon of antibiotic resistance is well known: an antibiotic is effective when first introduced to the market, but over the years, its effectiveness decreases as resistant strains of bacteria ...
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How long does it take for iron supplements to start improving energy levels? Is it instant or gradual?

I have a myriad of reasons for my fatigue, shortness of breath, lack of motivation, headaches, lack of concentration, feeling very cold in my feet/hands, etc. (I have hypothyroidism, PCOS, ...
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Are fizzy “Effervescnt C” drinks any better than Vitamin C pills?

There are a number of products on the market that are advertised as Effervescent C. They typically consist of a powder or tablet that dissolves in water to create a fizzy drink. Is there any data to ...
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What diseases can ginseng supplement treat?

Does anoyone know of any medical condition that the supplement ginseng is effective (with evidence in literature) in combating? I am looking for an application that is well studied and have ...
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Does nose-breathing filter out pollutants?

I live in a somewhat smoggy/polluted city, where the air pollution level regularly varies from totally clean to fairly dirty (3 mile visibility). When I'm exercising (cycling) and the air is on the ...
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Effective use of a mask for allergies, asthma and bronchitis?

I was diagnosed with adult onset asthma after a bout of bronchitis last year. On top of that, I have allergies to most environmentals and I live in a desert environment with dust in the air. So I am ...
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How energizing/effective are Turmeric supplements? They are often advertised on energy drinks

I've been studying for exams lately, and as much as I hate to admit (because I know how bad energy drinks are for people), I've been consuming some energy drinks, and I've noticed that quite a lot of ...
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What to use for sore nostrils?

I am using this at the moment : Country Comfort Herbal Savvy Comfrey, but I have read that oil based stuff can cause pneumonia. What to use then ?
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How effective are kinesiotherapy tapes (e.g., RockTape) to treat a tendinopathy?

How effective is RockTape to treat a tendinopathy? I am mostly interested in epicondylopathies (medial or lateral, i.e., tennis elbows and golfer elbows). I am also interested in other kinesiotherapy ...
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What is the most effective thing that has worked for you in getting rid of acne (any kind)? [closed]

This seems like the oldest problem that mankind has ever faced since the dawn of our beauty-driven world. I'd like to hear practical tips, products, or treatments that has worked for you, best if ...
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Which has lower rate of getting pregnant and/or a venereal dicease in condom vs pill?

If you use either a pill or condom to have sex with your partner, what is the probability of getting pregnant and/or getting a venereal dicease in each case? I wonder which is more effective in terms ...
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Albuterol risks for long-term use

I have a friend with a child who is experiencing coughing fits apparently due to exercise-induced asthma. A doctor has recommended Albuterol. Since the child is active every day in sports, it would ...
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What are the best natural foods to help reduce gynechomastia?

The internet has contradictory information on this topic. Some say soy is good, some say it is not. What are the recommended foods to help reduce gynechomastia in men (men boobs)?
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Why is 0.9% NaCl the Intra-Venous (IV) fluid of choice in resuscitation?

This article says that 0.9% NaCl is the Intra-Venous (IV) fluid of choice for resuscitation. Why does it aid in resuscitation? Why is it better than other IV fluid solutions?
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What's the optimal dosage of zinc within 24 hours of onset of cold symptoms?

A cochrane review suggested that taking zinc within onset of cold symptoms is effective at lingering the common cold. What's the optimal dosage?