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Anodized aluminum, skin contact, and health risks

Are there any health risks from wearing a watch made of anodized aluminum? Will aluminum get into the body through the skin?
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How is the decision for recommending a vaccine reached

There is an ongoing discussion about the use of the AstraZeneca covid-19 vaccine (Vaxzevria) in Europe. Some countries like Germany restrict the use of this vaccine, some - like Austria - do not. How ...
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Science behind “sitting is the new smoking”; regular long bouts of sitting associated with cancer and heart disease even though one gets exercise?

I just listened to the NPR news item and podcast Just Move: Scientist Author Debunks Myths About Exercise And Sleep and Daniel Lieberman (professor, Human Evolutionary Biology at Harvard University) ...
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What happens if you use teeth-whitening strips too often? [closed]

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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Is eating spicy hot (pungent) food (hot chilli & peppers etc.) healthy or harmful?

I love all kinds of pungent food such as chili peppers etc., the hotter the better. I'd like to know, are there any significant dangers or benefits related to consuming them?
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Are there known outdoor super spreader events for COVID-19? Are there *any* known outdoor infections at all?

The title says it all: Are there known outdoor events or gatherings where the virus was spread to a large number of persons? We know of many indoor super spreader events (choirs, bars, private parties ...
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How carcinogenic are neoprene coated dumbbells?

I have read in many places online that neoprene coated dumbbells may cause cancer. Just how carcinogenic are they? Would normal use of said dumbbells (say less than one hour per day) be of any risk? ...
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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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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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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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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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Any benefits (or harms) for hair removal (beyond possible aesthetic reasons)?

I hear a lot about hair removal (anything and everything) and its possible benefits, particularly in terms of sweating and odor control. However, I also hear people suggesting that hair removal (...
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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 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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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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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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If sphygmomanometer literally cuts off the blood flow, is it gonna kill the patient if pressure is not released?

As the title says. I just learnt how sphygmomanometer works. If it cuts off the blood till I decrease the pressure to the highest blood pressure, then shouldn't it cause serious problems? Even in ...
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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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Are there any health risks with regular, long term use of anti-perspirant?

Is there any evidence that the chemicals used should be a cause for concern? Do any active ingredients enter the blood stream and is there any risk to damage to your pores?
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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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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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Are homemade toothpastes as effective as industrial toothpastes?

There are a lot of recipes in the internet of homemade toothpastes (see this link or this link as examples). Most of the recipes remark the benefits of using these toothpastes to promote ...
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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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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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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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Is high fructose corn syrup bad for you?

There are a lot of conflicting messages on high fructose corn syrup. In popular media, it is frequently demonized as a hidden danger or silent killer that should be avoided at all costs. From 5 ...
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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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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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How frequently should non-alcoholic mouthwashes be used?

Foreword: I ask this only for mouthwashes with no alcohol; so please omit alcoholic mouthwashes (which may hurt the mouth and may have been claimed to cause cancer). My grandmother uses the Crest Pro-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is it safe to cease masturbation for good?

Can males safely cease masturbation if they so desire, assuming the person isn't sexually active?