Questions tagged [prevention]

Questions that pertain to the action of stopping something from happening or arising. Individual questions should be judged as to whether the scope of the scenario encompasses a reasonable range of "prevention".

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Aspirin for prevention of heart attacks?

Aspirin is commonly given to patients with heart disease (angina or heart attack). It has been mentioned that it may also prevent heart attacks. Should normal healthy middle aged or older people also ...
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What would happen if a person used Flea medicine on themselves?

There are many flea & tick treatments that you just put a few drops on the skin of your pet regularly and keeps them protected. Lyme Disease is currently problematic in my area. The drops work ...
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Surgical masks - do they prevent the spread of disease?

Now and then you see something like this when looking at pictures from Japan: There are supposedly many reasons for this, but one is, quoting a summary from Wikipedia: Surgical masks are popularly ...
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Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides

Recently, one of my relatives, who is a farmer, got diagnosed with Parkinson's Disease. He is 45 years old and has no positive family history. One of the doctor told us that the occurence of the ...
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Why is a (simple) mask not recommended for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients?

Information about (simple) mask wearing (concerning covid19) is a complete mystery to me. On several official places it is not recommended for a person without symptoms to wear a mask. For example: ...
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Increase immunity to common cold and cough [closed]

What are some home remedies (preventive) that I can try on a regular basis to increase my immunity to common cold? I get it way too often, almost once every couple of months. Sometimes it is viral ...
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Who should take statins for prevention of heart disease and stroke?

Statins are very commonly used in patients with heart disease (angina, myocardial infarction or heart attack) and brain stroke to prevent recurrences and complications. Statins are one of the most ...
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What blood tests are worth doing for a healthy 30-year-old male?

The patient is a 30-year-old male who seems healthy. The patient has to do a blood test for some administrative forms (namely, proof of immunity to rubella and varicella), and wonder what else could ...
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Preemptive treatment for alcohol

It's commonly accepted that most treatments for enteral poisons aren't very useful for alcohol, because it is absorbed so rapidly. For example, by the time a hospital could administer activated ...
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Are betadine mouthwashes really effective against COVID-19?

Recently news have come up that betadine/povidone-iodine mouthwashes should be used for prevention of COVID-19. Betadine is an antiseptic. We use it in our clinic to clean a wound or after minor ...
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Why isn't paracetamol routinely combined with n-acetylcysteine?

Whether it's acute large dose paracetamol or long term regular dosage of paracetamol usage, it is a problem for the liver, ototoxic and even potentially life-threatening. While one might question the ...
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What is the correct brace position for car accidents?

What is the correct brace position (a.k.a. crash position) for car accidents? The Wikipedia page on brace position focuses on airplane accidents. https://www.casa.gov.au/standard-page/emergency ...
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How can I prepare my body for a trip by boat and don't get motion sickness?

I have just made a 3 hours trip by boat and it has been horrible. I have felt sick for the whole trip. I took a pill for motion sickness and although I think it worked at the beginning I just finished ...
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What are the dangers of sitting on a public toilet seat?

Growing up, I was taught to cover public toilets with toilet paper before sitting on them. This was to protect me from diseases left by other users of the toilet. But can one actually get dangerous ...
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How to prevent sialolithiasis (salivary gland stones) from re-occuring

Sialolithiasis is a condition where stones (calculi) form in the salivary glands or ducts, blocking the saliva from coming out. I recently had two stones surgically removed from the beginning of the ...
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Occasional medical tests and imageries

I ouce asked on Quora, why people do not do yearly blood tests and imaging, to prevent getting stage 4 cancers. The answers listed reasons not to do this: It would cost a lot of money (for the ...
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

I am 16 year old boy. My father as well as my relatives have diabetes mellitus. If i start going to gym, get into some body building and maintain a healthy lifestyle from now on, can i prevent it?
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Heart Attack Risk Score calculation

Someone recently mentionned to me a score to calculate my risk of having a heart attack in the next years. Unfortunately he was not able to tell me where I could access this tool (or is this just ...
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What should I check before taking protein supplements?

I read on http://www.refinery29.com/2017/08/167981/bodybuilder-death-urea-cycle-disorder (mirror): While protein supplements may not seem dangerous, Hefford's case is a reminder of how important it ...
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What steps can I take to prevent a seizure from occurring?

An epileptic seizure is a transient occurrence of signs and/or symptoms due to abnormally excessive or synchronous neuronal activity in the brain. - Wiley Online Library What can I do to prevent ...
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Has increased Hand-washing during Coronavirus lockdown helped reduce transmission of the Common Cold & other Viruses?

One of the main preventative measures for Coronavirus currently recommended is standard hand-washing with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Anecdotally at least people have increased their hand-...
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What can I do to protect myself against Labyrinthitis recurral? [closed]

I recently suffered an extreme, but luckily short bout of Labyrinthitis and as described in that Wikipedia page, the doctor did not diagnose the cause, nor try and treat the underlying problem, but ...
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Preventing thrombosis during long distance travels

For my long distance travels, to avoid thrombosis, I used to frequently move during the flights and try to book a seat in an aisle which helps stretching my legs. Are there any other preventive ...
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Can dog bites cause Echinococcosis?

I know that dog bites are dangerous and can give you rabies,but can a dog bite cause Echinococcosis?
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How to reduce repetitive strain injury

Since I am a software developer, I regularly to a lot of typing when I program. What would reduce the risk of getting RSI if breaks are not an option? Currently my setup is a laptop using the built ...
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Permanent lice prevention

My kids have changed school recently and they started bringing head lice home, at first we thought that was one time instance, but there are few families (including parents) that do seem to carry lice ...
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Since snoring can damage the nasal mechanism does snoring warrant CPAP intervention?

I am not asking if snoring can lead to damage because that seems to be already known. What I'm asking is whether or not snoring should be treated as a disease in and of itself and if it warrants ...
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What to do after being exposed to someone with the flu/cold

If I spent 45 minutes in a car with closed windows with someone that had a cold/flu, what would I have to do immediately after exiting the vehicle to reduce and if possible eliminate the chance of ...
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Should we all be getting calcium scans for detection of coronary artery disease?

I recently watched a documentary on the diagnosis and treatment of coronary artery disease and it’s consequence (myocardial infarction) in which surgical intervention before an event - via a calcium ...
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Morning nausea after Chemo

I am 22, and my mom is 59. So, my mom got diagnosed with breast cancer back in 2005, and took radiation and chemotherapy in late 2005/2006. Anyway, she's doing well now except for red-green color ...
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What are the recommendations for interacting with vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic?

What preventative measures should people take to avoid infecting others that they are in contact with, such as family members, who are more vulnerable (elderly and/or individuals with underlying ...
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Just learned the previous two owners of the house I bought died of cancer, should I be worried?

I recently have purchased a home that was built in the late 80s. To my knowledge it has had two owners who have each lived there around 12-15 years each. While talking to the neighbors after moving in,...
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Steps to ensure incoming foods from many grocery bags do not carry COVID-19 virus into the Refrigerator, Kitchen, Home?

PPS: If this is more Biology or LifeHacks then please feel to move it there. But this is a key VIRUS VECTOR that will come indoors and we are not all competent to "sanitize" the variety of items. ...
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Optimal length of music break to reduce long term risks of noise-induced hearing loss?

I use noise isolating in ear headphones while working. I am considering instituting "music breaks" to reduce risks related to hearing loss. A 10-20 minute review of websites haven't really given me ...
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Are most normal human beings capable of controlling laughter?

Say you were at a funeral, and a family member of the deceased said something unintentionally hilarious as part of a eulogy, but only funny to a very small number of people at the funeral. Obviously, ...
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Is Coca-Cola unhealthy?

I like Coca-Cola quite a lot. However I'm quite aware that it's one of the symbols of unhealthy life, along with energy drinks, burgers and playing computer games. I was wondering how much is Coca-...
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Does being outdoors but in close proximity to someone make a difference in Covid-19 transmission?

In a recent news article I've read that Outdoor haircuts were allowed in California from Tuesday, under new rules announced by the mayor, but indoor salons remain shut. Is this kind of rule/...
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Seboorrheic Dermatitis, Fungi, Environmental Factors

How can seborrheic dermatitis not be caused by poor hygiene as the assotiation for dermatology said? Wouldn't poor hygiene at least aggravate the condition? The treatment is mainly antifungal. And ...
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Are there any ways of preventing hereditary hair loss in people who have NOT YET shown signs of loss?

Most of the information I have come across online is about preventing further hair loss ('genetic alopecia') in people who are already balding or thinning. But I wondered whether there were any ...
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Ankylosing Spondylitis early diagnosis [closed]

My girlfriend is 22 and has a condition of ankylosing spondylitis. She has to take pain killers every day, especially when the weather is more humid or cold, otherwise her lower back keeps hurting. ...
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Is there any definitive prevention for tooth decay?

I understand (in a too simplified way) that the main cause of tooth decay is the mineral breakdown of the tooth enamel by the action of acids formed from food debris on the mouth. If that's correct, ...
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Has World Health Organization provided nutrition/diet/exercise guidelines to strengthen the human immune system for better responding to COVID-19?

Medical sciences is not my subject but my personal feeling is that: A strengthen immune system can better respond to viruses than a weak immune system. A balanced diet in combination with exercise ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

Are there ~simple means to reduce risk of GI (gastro-intestinal) bleeding associated with NSAIDs (non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs)(ie aspirin) - besides the common-sense answers?: Take with ...
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Disinfecting laundry — that of a likely COVID patient, or of any other possibly-infectious individual

Clothing can probably spread fungal infections (e.g. athlete's foot) from person to person. There's not a lot of evidence that clothing can spread bacterial infections. But Bloomfield et al. quote ...
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Any way to tighten up a loose tooth?

Once a tooth is a little loose, is that it? Or is there some way to tighten it up again? Vitamins, Herbal remedies, or any other pearls of wisdom, welcome....
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Is it helpful for the average citizen (non medical professionals) to wear gloves and disinfect them instead of disinfecting the bare hands?

In the last months I have seen lots of articles about wearing masks and gloves to prevent the infecting yourself or others. In the case of the masks this is quite clear that we should wear them, but ...
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Are (transparent) face shields without masks/respirators reasonably effective at preventing respiratory illness transmission?

You can see "splash guards" used by (almost) everyone in this video of a German tracing center, but (almost) nobody wears masks there. (Well, one spokesperson did wear mask and no shield.) So are ...
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Routine doctor visit for people with myopia?

Should people with myopia (short-sightedness) who otherwise show no symptoms of eye problems and wear corrective lenses visit an eye doctor (whether optometrist or ophthalmologist - my country doesn't ...
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How to mitigate thirst

Ramadan is starting soon, and I wonder what would be the best ways to mitigate thirst during a long period (in this case from dawn till dusk). EDIT: I was wondering what could be done not to suffer ...
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Should a person with warts avoid baths to avoid the spread of HPV to other body parts?

The cause of warts in general is the Human papillomavirus, or HPV for short. If I understand it correctly, HPV causes both genital warts and warts on toes. Does this mean that if a person with a wart ...