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What's the best long-term sitting posture?

The received wisdom seems to be that bending forward for prolonged periods of time is bad for the back. Fine. However, the "received wisdom" has been, for a long time now, that sitting bolt upright ...
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How are ratios for one person CPR arrived at?

I have not had a CPR (Cardiopulmonary resuscitation) class in 10 or more years, but I used to take them all the time (like yearly). For one person CPR the ratio of compression to breaths was always ...
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What are pros and cons of different approaches to aborting ventricular tachycardia?

Idiopathic (or spontaneous, unknown origin) ventricular tachycardia is a type of ventricular tachycardia (VT) that occurs in patients with structurally normal hearts. I would like to know what the ...
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How do I determine reputable health information?

Like many people, I use the internet and various online resources to search for questions that I have about my personal diet, fitness and health regimens/questions. However, often I run across ...
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What is the earliest research indicating tobacco products are addictive and/or harmful to the users health?

Tobacco usage in the US (and the world) has impacted the lives of many. It's use and health risks has been the subject of much discussion, controversy and legal action. What is the earliest research ...
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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, this question seeks data and findings on the mortality ...
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What are side effects frequencies based on?

I am one of these patients who reads everything that comes with their pills. Including, of course, the sometimes really long side effects list. Where I am, and from what I read online this is common, ...
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50:50-sugar-fat mixture and weight gain. New research? [closed]

A couple of years ago I saw a BBC Horizon television documentary about sugar and fat. One section mentioned three experiments performed by Dr Paul Kenny in which rats were given their ordinary rat ...
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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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Resources for human anatomy

What are preferably free and preferably PDF filetype online resources that one can use to study the basic anatomy of the human body? Disclaimer I feel like these would be great for Health.SE as we ...
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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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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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Are water only fasts healthy? Can they cause headaches or other medical problems?

I have been using the below fasting protocol that I'd like to use for intermittent fasting - Fast duration - Sunday night (10-11pm) to Tuesday morning (4:30am) Consumed during fast - Only water (2-...
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Addiction to thinking hard [closed]

According to Wikipedia, Behavioral addiction is a form of addiction that involves a compulsion to engage in a rewarding non-drug-related behavior despite any negative consequences to the person's ...
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What are the criteria for assessing the quality of evidence in a medical research article?

The medical research literature contains plenty of contradictory results (and has a strong publication bias). Attempting to make more informed decisions, I would like to educate myself to judge how ...
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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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Is it possible to calculating HRV from heart rate alone?

I don't have ECG graphs and R-R peaks, but I need to calculate the HRV(heart rate variability). Is it possible to calculate this from the heart rate alone? How reliable would that be?
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Is there any clinical evidence supporting or infirming the usefulness of stem cell therapy to treat a lateral epicondylopathy for humans?

I have read some claims about the usefulness of stem cell therapy to treat a lateral epicondylopathy. Example (mirror): Innovative treatments that include stem cell therapy, supplements, growth ...
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What are the websites providing medical articles?

I'm new here and I'm not sure if my question is off topic, however I need some resources about medical articles concerning the effect of covid on health employees. I found a website called sci-hub but ...
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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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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 ...
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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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How does variance in pH affect Candida Albicans?

This is a topic on which I have observed similar arguments lead to precisely opposite conclusions. Some people (health professionals/enthusiasts) claim that Candida Albicans (and similar species) ...
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What is the genetic vs non-genetic contribution to lifespan?

I am looking for any studies that involved twins that would show how much lifespan can be increased by living healthily, and how much it depends on lifestyle rather than genetics.
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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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Natural but scientific ways to improve memory and concentration

There's a lot of websites on internet that claim a number of games, exercises and diets to be actually helpful in this regard but they do not provide any authentic citation. Some of them are ...
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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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Correlation between carbonated drinks and IQ

I was searching the correlation between drinking soft drinks and IQ, because I wanted to verify if countries that drank a lot of coke/soft drinks were more likely to have more intelligent populations (...
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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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Was KP-1461 found to be not a good drug?

Everything I've been able to find out about the drug (which is a prodrug, I could glean that it becomes KP-1212 inside the cells, in a process involving triphosphorylation) sounds very promising ...
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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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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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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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How much time does it take for medical advances to be used in practice?

Is there any research/study/survey/... that tried to assess the time elapsed between the publication of medical advances and when they start to be used in practice?
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What's the real miscarriage risk from amniocentesis?

If you look for information about the miscarriage risk from amniocentesis, the risk of 1 in 200 or around 0.5 percent gets repeated again and again. Examples: Mayo Clinic WebMd However, they never ...
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Find full article from PubMed page without any indication?

I understand that PubMed cites articles that are on other sources, so it might not have a direct link to a full article. The very question I am asking is actually answered in the FAQs of the site, and ...
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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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Is there literature or publications where I can find scientific explanation for muscle growth?

Recently I've got into the argument which involved muscle growth, muscle pain, DOMS and lactic acid. I tried serfing web, but it's hardly trustworthy source of information (to be precise it's REALLY ...
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How impartial is medical research?

This question comes off the back of an answer to this question where there was reference to a retraction of an article in The Lancet based on inaccuracies and fraudulent data. As a lot of research (if ...
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Why don't most medical practitioners conduct research?

The vast majority of medical practitioners do not conduct any research. Is there any research/study/survey/… that tried to look at the reasons why most medical petitioners do not conduct any research?
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Where can one find a reliable information about health effects of sitting with one's back to a door

An opinion exists that sitting with one's back towards the door isn't good for you. I've heard/read that it is connected to our primal need to know what is behind us. The effects can vary, from ...
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Why are only six percent of clinical trials are completed on time?

http://www.cio.com/article/2603602/healthcare/mayo-clinic-turns-to-ibms-watson-to-fill-clinical-trials.html says: According to the Center for Information and Study on Clinical Research ...
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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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Does sleep hypnosis actually work for insomniacs?

Has sleep hypnosis been researched and studied to be effective for helping one to fall asleep? How does it work exactly?
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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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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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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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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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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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What is the significance of white blood cells count to platelets count ratio?

This is actually something I stumbled upon while conducting a statistical analysis. I have WBC and Platelets counts of over 3000 people with varying age and gender. I was thinking about doing a ...