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Is it bad to swallow the toothpaste after brushing?

If you brush teeth in bed, then once finished swallow the leftover toothpaste before falling asleep, is this bad over a long period of time? I'm specifically asking about the health effects to the ...
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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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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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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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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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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 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 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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Would anything medically negative ever happen if I didn't scratch an itch?

The title says it all - Would anything medically negative ever happen if I never scratched an itch? More specifically, one that does not stem from something like an insect, but is more of a self ...
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Covering head while sleeping?

I cover my head with covers while sleeping. I find difficult to sleep without doing it, I feel like there is not enought dark (thought all lighs are turned off and it's really dark) and I simply ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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 ...
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Is it okay to miss one of vaccine (Pneumococcal conjugate vaccine) for infants?

My local health center missed Pneumococcal conjugate(PCV) for my kid scheduled (as per the plan is given in the booklet) at two months age. Then they missed the same at four months age again due to ...
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Is Near-infrared focused light safe for your eyes?

I found a new product, but I'm afraid it's not safe. Can you help me understand what the safety limits are when it comes to near-infrared light focused on your eyes is? I'm assuming the wavelength ...
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Is there a survey on the effect of smoking mariujana to human health?

There is a wide belief that smoking mariujana cures some mental and physical diseases, and actually has no harm to your health. A large portion of these people are those who really trust scientific ...
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Do taller/larger individuals have a greater risk of developing cancer because they have more cells that could go rogue?

I recognize this sounds like an immature/ignorant question, and I hope it doesn't rub anyone the wrong way, but I came across this CNN article claiming just that, and I was wondering if there is any ...
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Can a person with thrombocytopenia marry a thalassemia carrier?

Can a person with thrombocytopenia marry a thalassemia carrier? Will there be any effect to the child? For example a thalassemia carrier and his partner who is under medication of thrombocytopenia, ...
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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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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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Does regular intake of (packaged) butter increase the risk of cancer?

I've heard some rumours from my peers that eating packaged butter on a daily basis could increase the risk of cancer. This goes from the presumption that packaged dairy products contain a certain ...