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How risk is related to PM2.5 level

Some areas are currently experiencing health warnings to stay inside due to poor air quality caused by smoke from wildfires causing high PM2.5 levels. How does the health risk depend on the PM2.5 ...
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Is there solid data whether abandoning information technology in healthcare increases adverse events or errors made?

Hello fellow scientists, I work in a hospital where a lot of processes are digitalized (e.g., electronic health records, QR-code assisted workflow for prescribing medication etc.). I am looking for ...
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Are there quantified risk factors for suicide in the U.S.?

The CDC has a page on suicide risk factors/protective factors: https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/suicide/riskprotectivefactors.html Are there any sources that quantifies how much each of these ...
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Is it better to diversify across multiple vaccines?

It is certainly good to study multiple coronavirus vaccines at this point, but that is not what I mean by this question. What I mean is: suppose a vaccine appears safe and effective from trials, is ...
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Does any country have Covid-19 death (or infection) statistics by occupation?

I know this only marginally on-topic, but besides healthcare workers, I'd guess workers who meet a lot of people daily are also at high risk. There have been some reports in the US of supermarket ...
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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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How does the mortality rate of corona-virus compare to regular “flu”? [closed]

How does the mortality rate of coronavirus compare to regular "flu" ? Are there enough statistical data to make a good comparison ? Would it be more accurate to compare it to a specific flu such as "...
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Risks of unprotected anal sex versus vaginal?

I know that anal sex has higher chances of transmitting HIV for both partners. What I haven't been able to find is if there are risks of unprotected anal sex not present on unprotected vaginal sex, ...
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Is tacrolimus carcinogenic and if so, what causes it to be?

The FDA issued a health warning 1 regarding the possible cancer risks of tacrolimus ointment, however, British dermatologists2 don't consider this a significant concern and they are increasingly ...
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Risk level of formaldehyde inhalation

How do I estimate the risk level of inhaling a certain level of formaldehyde in the air? I looked up the EPA's assessment, and they list this summary report in their IRIS database. (By risk, do they ...
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Risks for VBAC vs repeat Cesarean

When discussing a possible vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), healthcare professionals often cite the risk of uterine rupture during VBAC as a motivation for repeat Cesarean. This is however only ...
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What are the effects of a totally removed eponychium?

The eponychium (Cuticle) serves as a protective barrier between the epidermis and the nail. If this were to be removed, what are the effects and possible remedies?
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What are the long-term consequences of binge drinking?

The CDC has a somewhat confusing [for me] page on alcohol. First, they classify binge drinking as excessive drinking: Excessive drinking includes binge drinking, heavy drinking, and any drinking by ...
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How can an epidural affect the labour and childbirth process?

I've heard that epidurals can slow down labour and even stall it. I've also heard that it can cause complications and increases the risk of c-section.
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Is there any truth to the claim that pregnancy is somehow a health risk to women?

I've heard people say that pregnancy is somehow dangerous for a woman. I know that you can get high blood pressure, and gestational diabetes but that's usually among obese women. The conditions are ...
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Health risk of lead crystal?

In the Wikipedia article on lead crystal it says that crystal glasses have become "rare" due to the "health risks" of lead. This seems kind of crazy to me. Isn't the lead oxide in the glass bound ...
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Health risk associated with living close to a power line: Cancer risk & exposure to electromagnetic field

Is there reason to be concerned about living in a home/apartment that is directly facing a power line? A google search (general and google scholar) seems to suggest that there is minimal risk but I ...
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Epidermis destruction after fish eating skin?

Before a time I asked myself a question: Part of the epidermis cells are dead right, so aren't the fishes (see link below) in a spa dangerous to skin by eating a part of epidermis that basically ...
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Complications and risks for combining multiple procedures [closed]

How do the risks and potential complications change when multiple procedures are performed at the same time? For example both wisdom tooth extraction and LASIK eye surgery have relatively minor risks ...
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Is it beneficial to keep using fluorised toothpaste after prolonged use?

As far as I understand, fluoride helps in hardening the enamel of our teeth by replacing the calcium element in hydroxyapatite to convert it in the stronger fluorapatite, like explained here. Wether ...
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Does the 2011 Tsunami in Japan poses any health risks to Americans?

During the 2011 Tsunami in Japan, Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant was heavily damaged and it was reported that heavy nuclear waste leaked into the Pacific Ocean. Is it possible that the nuclear waste ...
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What is the risk of HIV infection via insertive fellatio?

The insertive fellatio, i.e. getting a blow job, is considered a very low risk exposure, perhaps a mere theoretical risk, for HIV infection. Can someone come up with published clinical evidence on ...
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CT scans and cancer risk

I've had maybe 5 or 6 CT scans over the course of my life, and I'm only 27. What risk do those CTs present to someone like me?
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can sleeping near a wifi router harm your health?

i would like to ask if is it possible to get brain tumors or any health risk if i sleep beside a "powerful" WiFi router(eg. Asus RT-AC5300)? Googled around and found that some people say it's totally ...
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Tattoo on person with hepatitis b

Is it ok for a person with hepatitis b to get a tattoo? What are the risks? Will it make the condition worse?
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Are there any risks about switching to a non-fluoride toothpaste?

Assuming I am not on any prescribed toothpaste and only toothpaste I been using are conventional toothpaste bought over the counter with fluoride. Also, assume I have a good brushing and flossing ...
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Should I continue fasting if I have diarrhea?

Wikipedia says that Diarrhea can result in dehydration. Some religions demand that one fast on a regular basis. What are the possible consequences of fasting for most of the day if one has diarrhoea?...
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What is the risk of one-time small exposure to Roundup Weedkiller Spray?

I had an incident that spray some Roundup weedkiller on my foot (but i didn't wash it up in time). The smell is also bad that I may also acidentally inhale some. I have googled quite some time, and ...
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Are there effects of chlorine on abrasions?

Assume you happen to have some abrasions on your arm or leg and you want to swim in a swimming pool with chlorine. Does the contact with chlorine have negative (or positive) effects regarding healing ...
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Meta analyses on vegetarian diet

I am looking for long or short term study (preferably meta analysis) about effects of vegetarian or vegan diet on mortality, cardiovascular risks and cancer risks.
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Mammals instinctively lick their wounds. There are benefits and risks. If your immune system is healthy, is it wise to lick your wounds?

Wikipedia writes: Wound licking is an instinctive response in humans and many other animals to lick an injury. Dogs, cats, small rodents and primates all lick wounds.[1] Saliva contains tissue ...
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Is it safe to cease masturbation for good?

Can males safely cease masturbation if they so desire, assuming the person isn't sexually active?
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How do I realistically assess the risk of side effects with a drug?

A consultant I saw this week prescribed an additional medication (Gabapentin Milpharm 100mg). The idea being to reduce the sensitivity of my nerves (and thus, I guess, not feel so much pain). Which I ...
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Is sleeping 6 hours (or less) a day harmful for health? [closed]

Currently I am sleeping about 6 hours a day (or a bit less than that): from midnight to around 6 AM. I usually not feel sleepy after I wake up (and the neighborhood of where I just moved into is quite ...
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laser hair reomval and varicose veins

Recently, I sterted a new health program ( eating healthy + exercising at least three times a week) . In addition to that, I bought a home laser hair removal machine, and I started using it on some ...
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Relationship between UPF/SPF and reduction in UV damage

I'm trying to untangle the relationship between the UPF/SPF rating of clothing or sunscreen and its effectiveness at reducing health risks from exposure to sunlight. The first complication is that a ...
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What happens if you use teeth-whitening strips too often?

Most whitening strips instruct the user to apply them only once every 6 months. What negative effects could occur if I used them once every 4 months instead?
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Are cremated ashes medically harmful to the living?

Disneyland's Haunted Mansion and Pirates of the Caribbean have become notorious public touristy locations to sprinkle/spread ashes of deceased loved ones, according many articles, including this one: ...
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What exactly are the health risks of using public swimming pools?

I read this article few days ago. Long story short: people pee in swimming pools. A lot. The article itself got only this short paragraph related to health risks: However, while urine is sterile, ...
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Dangers of having MRI, CT-scan, & X-ray within a seven day period?

I had a MRI last week for my spine. I got a call today that I'm having a CT-scan tomorrow for my abdomen (unrelated issue). The day after tomorrow, I'm having X-rays done on my teeth at the dentist ...
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What happens when you take a whole monthly dose of zinc just once per month?

When it comes to Vitamin D3 supplementation there are studies that give a patient a big dose of 50,000 UI once per month. What happens when I take a similar approach to supplementing zinc? Are there ...
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What are the implications of extracting a canine tooth without an immediate implant?

I have a canine that hurts even after a root canal; the evidence points towards a crack in the tooth. It looks like I'll need it extracted, but I'm not sure I can afford getting an immediate implant. ...
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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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Can someone get addicted to codeine by taking a few tablets in a month?

I've been having a migraine for a long time, tried different medications, different doctors. recently (for a few months) i noticed that the only medicine that really works for me when i have an attack ...
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Contiuously wearing the same contact lens - ok? [closed]

Currently I'm using a contact lens for some short-sightedness. It's been around one month. Its validity is for only one month, now its validity expires. I'm using it and I had no issues. The ...
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How to decide on travel to possible Zika zone while pregnant

Anyone with first hand knowledge about traveling to Argentina while 4 months pregnant? The CDC states that Argentina is a Level 2 Alert country (Practice Enhanced Precautions) and pregnant women ...
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Can I save road accident victims with my bare hands?

I recently saw a video on a news channel where people were taking selfies and recording video of the victims of a car accident. The victim ended up dying because no one helped him. It got me ...
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Will smoking about 10 cigarettes per year over about 50 years virtually do anything to your health?

So I don't smoke but I am wondering if someone were to say smoke about 10 cigarettes per year from about age 20 to age 70, would it affect their health in any way? Would they still be more prone to ...
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Why is it or isn't it smart for a healthy individual to perform auto-surgery in removing suspicious skin spots?

Why is it or isn't it advisable/smart for a healthy individual to simply remove suspicious skin spots himself/herself?
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Head CT Scan Risks

Please go through the attached image and confirm if the repeated head CT scan is too much for a 6 yr old boy. Will there be any long term side effects? I would appreciate a quick response to my ...