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Book recommendation on inflammation at postgrad level [closed]

I am a research mathematician with interests in the biological sciences. There has been a good deal of work on inflammation over the last decade. Can anyone recommend a book summarising the current ...
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What study design is used in this research?

https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/abs/pii/S1939865415001113 I've learned about many types of study design including experimental (randomised control trials etc.) and observational study ...
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Flu vaccine paradox [closed]

Here are two facts that one clearly admit and and almost read everywhere: Fact 1) it needs many years to elaborate a vaccine (from research, creation, testing and approval) Fact 2) new vaccine for ...
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How can I vet or qualify a request to participate in a medical study? [closed]

I foresee the desire for people on my data privacy platform to submit PII and HIPAA protected data for medical research purposes, where the data can be exposed as anonomized query results only, or a ...
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Help me understand my test result [closed]

I recently got a bloodwork done. The ranges given were 35.0-155.0 pg/mL My test result was 72.3, (72.3-35)/(155-35) * 100 = 31% Am I correct to assume that I am on the 31 percentile based on the lab ...
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If placebo controls work even when the patient is aware that the treatment is a placebo. Why are deceptive placebo controls used?

Placebos are “fake” treatments prescribed for the psychological benefit to the patient rather than for any physiological effect. Placebos are used for conditions defined by “self-observation” symptoms ...
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When would a placebo/control group *not* be used in medical research?

Related: Why use a placebo in some potential COVID-19 vaccine trials? What is the point of a placebo in studies where the subject can determine their group? The answers to the questions above give ...
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What data and research is available on the mortality risk (infection fatality rate) of COVID-19?

Given controversy and confusion over aspects of COVID-19, particularly over comparisons and contrasts with the mortality risk of seasonal flu, I am looking for data and findings on the mortality risk (...
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What would it be like to participate in a (coronavirus) challenge trial, in the US?

I am strongly considering volunteering for any COVID human challenge trial that becomes available near me (midwestern United States). I am willing to undergo long-term isolation. However, I am not ...
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Research paper published SARS-CoV-2 persistence and durability

I know that there have been other papers published, but I was specifically looking for the one referenced by Bill Bryan, an undersecretary at the Homeland Security Department, in the press briefing ...
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Why COVID-19 vaccine defies the 12-18 month estimation? [closed]

Most of us are expecting a COVID-19 within 12-18 months. But how come in the past week, I find multiple articles and news reports suggesting the possibility of a vaccine in the fall. While this is ...
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Is there research on the relative effectiveness of different social distancing measures?

Toward the end of the widely read Medium article The Hammer and the Dance, the author talks about "the ROI [return on investment] of social distancing". He provides a chart and a table showing the ...
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Where can I search for literature or patents on new medical technologies

I am a medical researcher, but my current project involves reviewing new technology (specifically technology/devices that measure lung function.) Does anyone know the best place to search for new ...
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A study about blood differences and the risk for COVID-19

On healthline it's mentioned a recent study that came out of Wuhan, China; it’s published on a website, but hasn’t yet been reviewed by peers. In the study, scientists looked at the blood types of ...
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How can I set up alerts to notify me of COVID-19 clinical trial participation opportunities for healthy US volunteers outside of infection “hotspots”?

I live in a mid-size US city not hit too hard by the coronavirus. Is there a good way to set up email alerts (or similar) to alert me to COVID-19 clinical trials in my area that I can volunteer for? I ...
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Why will COVID-19 last for 12 to 18 months?

In this YouTube video min 0:32, Dr. Samir Gupta, says It typically would last for 12 to 18 months In How the Pandemic Will End in the ll. The Endgame section: No matter which strategy is ...
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Vaccines Research - A theorical question just out of curiosity

First of all I'd like to point out that I'm not in any medical field, nor I've the adeguate specific formation to know enough about the topic, so this question is going to be more like a "What if" ...
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Pandemic: what is the term for the phenomenon of diffusion of tests and the spreading of the virus itself?

Context: from the "discovery" of the virus to its spreading Before the discovery of sars-2 people died from sars-1, flu or pneumonia. On the one hand, we have a new, previously unknown virus that is ...
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Heightened risk of bacterial endocarditis for receptive anal sex partners

TL;DR version: Is there any proof of correlation (or lack thereof) between receptive rectal intercourse and raised risks for bacterial endocarditis? [UPDATE] Does it hold even for protected sex, given ...
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Why haven’t other research groups invested into antineoplastons when it comes to cancer treatment?

I recently stumbled upon antineoplastons which is a family of drugs based on chemical natural products prevalent in human blood and urine. I have only been able to find one person administering ...
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Illnesses from indoor Mold growth: Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)

Has anyone heard of Chronic Inflammatory Response Syndrome (CIRS)? Would you say it is a real illness that can be treated? It is described as a multi-system, multi-symptom illness. There are peer-...
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Where can I find head MRI files?

I have to calculate some anatomic values on different brains so I have to work on different MRI images for my project. Where can I find MRI images for this?
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Is a study of one research in the field of medicine?

Medicine is not my field, nor do I have mesothelioma. I'm also not seeking any clinical trials or experimental treatment. However, sometimes I find myself trying my read medical papers, either out of ...
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How to go about medical literature review?

Basically, I am relatively new to research (though I do know the gist of it all but doing it is a bit different than knowing.) in an institute that focuses on research much later, however, I wish to ...
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How to calculate my “approximate” mortality rate while in ICU?

To make a long story as short as possible for context, I was rushed to the ER while in cardiac arrest back in 2014. Heart stopped beating momentarily and lost oxygen to the part of my brain. None of ...
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Is there an explanation to why my stuffy nose seemingly disappears when I cover my nose while breathing? [closed]

Ever since I was a kid, I noticed that whenever my nose was stuffy, breathing through my handkerchief seemed to instantly make me breathe normal again. It has happened each time without fail for years,...
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Is daylight savings linked to heart attacks?

I was told this earlier today and a quick search produced the following Reuters report from 2014: https://www.reuters.com/article/us-heart-daylightsaving/daylight-saving-time-linked-to-heart-attacks-...
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Machine learning for medical image scanning

I'm searching for a topic of interest in the domain of machine learning and computer vision. More specifically, researching can computer vision be applied to classify medical image scans and/or ...
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Why medicine modelling is distributed on regular person's computers? [closed]

There are some distributed computing project on the Internet that tries to find cure for diseases, like World Community Grid. Could anyone say why there are such things and how useful those are? I ...
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What is the best source for statistics on disability?

I'm doing some research into fine motor disabilities, and I'm having trouble finding comprehensive sources. In essence, I'm looking for statistics on disorders or conditions which impede the use of ...
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How to deal with conflicting health advice?

With all the information on health how can I know who is accurate? Healthline ( 7 ) claims that saturated fat is not bad for you while Harvard ( 6 ) claims it is a bad fat.
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Is there a long-term risk to sleeping in a hammock regularly?

There seems to be very little research on long-term health or spine drawbacks to sleeping in a hammock (anything besides individuals informal blog-type posts). Just one study about sleeping in a ...
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Can scopolamine really be given through the ear?

As you might have seen theres a new facebook post going around about a 22 year old women who was drugged in a mall. Supposedly a group of men had 'blown a substance in her ear' and she nearly passed ...
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If I'm suspecting someone I know has an exceptionally good immune system - can this be tested somehow?

Please note this is NOT a personal medical consultation. If I have reason to think that someone I know has an immune system that is exceptionally good (they are very rarely sick, almost never get ...
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Can one combine depression and self discipline? [closed]

Depressed persons typically stop performing basic tasks such as eating regularly, taking showers, going out and other similar mundane and boring tasks that requires self some discipline. My questions ...
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How can a significant increase in survival not be interpreted as a significant decrease in mortality?

Link to paper In this paper they explain in their results that they were unable to show a significant link between terlipressin and mortality, however, they were able to show a significant link ...
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What is the current status of cancer-related research? [closed]

Cancer might be the most studied medical condition of all (I don't know if it's actually true, but it sure sounds like it), as it is such a complex and diverse disease. Scientists all over the world ...
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Would sharing patient data improve health Care? [closed]

I believe information about a patient is key in medical practitioners. In most cases people seek medication where they find convenient to them. If one has to access medication in another health ...
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What is the mechanism of acute caffeine tolerance?

I'll admit this curiosity is based on a personal experience I'll document here, but I do believe it's an interesting and useful academic question to study and explore. For a while, I've noticed that ...
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Does relighting a cigarette have a harsher effect on your health?

From the Cancer Institute of New Jersey: According to Michael Steinberg, MD, MPH, FACP, a member of The Cancer Institute of New Jersey and director of the Tobacco Dependence Program, who is the ...
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systemic absorption of chlorhexidine

I have question from dentistry field in Periodontology. How much is .25% chlorhexidine gel absorbed in plasma or blood when placed in periodontal pocket ? Any help would be appreciated.
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How much is green tea really good against tooth decay?

I heard that many times: Green tea is good for cavity protection. For example, it is written on this site (the first one googled): Cavity prevention Because green tea controls bacteria and lowers ...
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Does research show that Metformin alleviates/mitigates Adult Acne in PCOS women?

I'm an adult woman in her 30's, who suffers from Poly-Cystic-Ovarian-Syndrome (PCOS). My doctor has proscribed me Metformin to treat/manage my PCOS. Since PCOS can be one of the several causes for ...
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How many paper abstracts are typically read when preparing a clinical systematic review?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that tried to estimate how many paper abstracts medical researchers read when preparing a clinical systematic review?
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Are there any phase III clinical trials of probiotics?

Probiotics are used by a large number of people. I know there is research on their efficacy, but have any studied reached what would reasonably be considered a phase III clinical trial?
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Is there a reliable website about cosmetic science?

When I read something on nih.gov or nhs.uk, I trust that what I'm reading is scientifically reliable. However, these sites do not really focus on cosmetics. I'm looking for a website that is aimed ...
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Long term side effects of Xolair

I get 300mg of Xolair injected twice a month (every 2 weeks). I was wondering if there are any studies showing long term side effects of this medicine that are not published by the manufacturers of ...
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Reference(s) describing various challenges of introducing artificial intelligence into medicine

I'm looking for reference(s) describing various challenges of introducing artificial intelligence algorithms into medical practice. Preferably, references should be scholarly and comprehensive. I ...
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Will there never be a cure for cancer? [closed]

They've yet to come up with anything except pumping you with poisons that merely give you an extra year or two to live while you suffer humiliating side-effects. When you ask experts about why they'...
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What does “Primary Purpose: Treatment” mean in a clinical study?

At clinicaltrials.gov you can look up studies to learn more about them. On one such study, I saw this block of text: Study Type: Interventional Study Design: Allocation: Randomized ...