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How to heal something from under fingernail? [closed]

BH Not sure exactly what happened, but I was casually running my very-low finger nails over this wooden table, with the finger facing up [nail touching the table directly] and all of a sudden I felt ...
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Does tight clothing aggravate psoriasis? If so, why? [closed]

I've seen a few articles advising against tight-fitting clothing for those with psoriasis. One site stated that "[dermatologists] often see plaques arise on the hands, elbows, knees, and torso of ...
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What's the success rate of Imiquimod Cream 5% recommended for the treatment of facial superficial basal cell carcinoma beyond 5 years post-treatment?

I have read several studies on the success rate of Imiquimod Cream 5% for the treatment of facial superficial basal cell carcinoma, however none of them looked at beyond 5 years post-treatment. E.g. {...
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What is the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic keratosis between cryotherapy and electrodesiccation?

There exist different treatments to remove a seborrheic keratosis (SK), such as cryotherapy and electrodesiccation {1}. I wonder what the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic ...
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Does ingesting itraconazole pills increase the likelihood of success for a topical cream (Imiquimod/5-Fluorouracil) to treat BCC?

The 2014 phase II trial {1} indicates that oral itraconazole is beneficial for the treatment of basal cell carcinoma (BCC). Imiquimod 5% cream and topical 5-Fluorouracil (5-FU) have also been used to ...
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Does any drug/cream help prevent DNA damage post UV exposure?

I read on https://medicine.yale.edu/news-article/sun-damage-occurs-even-after-sunset/: When UV light hits the skin , it causes a type of DNA damage known as a cyclobutanepyrimidinedimer (CPD) , in ...
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What treatments help decrease the percentage of immature type III collagen fibers following a tendon injury?

{1} mentions: A microscopic view of tendinosis reveals an increase of immature type III collagen fibers (mature type I fibers dominate in healthy tendon tissue). What treatments help decrease the ...
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Why is sepsis more common with leukemia than with cancers involving physical tumors?

Does it have something to do with differences between leukemia versus other cancers, or differences between the treatments of leukemia versus other cancers? Quote from the source: People with cancers ...
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How can an individual seek to get an idea investigated as a potential treatment, or seek a change in a particular guideline?

It would be dangerous for the general public to provide advice on 'what they reckon' would be a good treatment or a good guideline for medical advice; and that has clearly caused problems in the past. ...
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How is a ruptured blood vessel repaired? (Drew Bledsoe)

A famous near-fatal injury is the ruptured blood vessel suffered by Drew Bledsoe in a football game in 2001. He was hit in the chest by the tackler's shoulder and this sheared a blood vessel in his ...
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How much do certain probiotics reduce cavity causing bacteria?

In the paper titled Effect of Short-term Consumption of Amul Probiotic Yogurt Containing Lactobacillus acidophilus La5 and Bifidobacterium Lactis Bb12 on Salivary Streptococcus mutans Count in High ...
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Is their terminology for varying bone fracture severity?

I have done research on the various different types of bone fractures however I am not able to find any resources discussing specifically the severity of fractures. For example I had assumed that the ...
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How long is the delay when rehydrating orally vs. IV?

The going recommendation for patients who present to the emergency room with dehydration is IV fluids. It seems to me that this is fairly wasteful and needlessly expensive. Is rehydrating with a ...
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What is the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic keratosis between cryotherapy and curettage?

There exist different treatments to remove a seborrheic keratosis, such as cryotherapy and curettage+electrodesiccation {2,3}. I wonder what the difference in cosmesis of the treatment of a seborrheic ...
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Why isn't Imiquimod Cream 5% recommended for the treatment of superficial basal cell carcinoma located on the face?

I read on Approval Package for Imiquimod Cream, 5% on February 25, 2010 (mirror): Reference Drug (NDA number): Aldara® (imiquimod) 5% Cream (NDA 20-723), Graceway Pharmaceuticals. Date of approval: 2/...
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Should Imiquimod 5% cream be applied 1 cm beyond the target tumor when treating a facial basal cell carcinoma, and if so, why?

I read on https://www.accessdata.fda.gov/drugsatfda_docs/label/2004/20723s016lbl.pdf (mirror): 364 patients with primary superficial basal cell carcinoma (sBCC) were treated with Aldara Cream or ...
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What is the success rate of topical imiquimod 5% cream to treat infiltrative basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

What is the success rate of topical imiquimod 5% cream (US brand: Aldara) to treat infiltrative basal cell carcinoma (BCC)? So far I've only found some case study {1} and some study on using topical ...
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Is Imiquimod 5% cream (US brand: Aldara) helpful as an adjunctive treatment of a facial basal cell carcinoma (BCC) prior to a Mohs surgery?

I wonder whether Imiquimod 5% cream (US brand: Aldara) is not helpful as an adjunctive treatment of a facial basal cell carcinoma (BCC) prior to a Mohs surgery. Helpful in this context means 1) ...
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How effective is topical fluorouracil to treat facial superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC)?

I wonder how effective topical fluorouracil is to treat facial superficial basal cell carcinoma (BCC). What I have found so far doesn't give any source supporting their claims or I cannot access them: ...
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Symptoms in men and women

I was reading something about women’s heart attacks and how they are more likely to die from them as doctors are usually taught male symptoms in unis or something. I tried finding something about it ...
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Can IVIG treatment increase risk of infections?

Intravenous Immunoglobulins (IVIG) are often used to treat patients with impaired antibody production or autoimmune conditions[1]. However, according to this paper[2], it can also inhibit antibody ...
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Do these diagrams have an official name (treatment plan, treatment schedule, protocol)

I am doing research on treatment plans and protocols in order to design software to minimize error when indicating medicine, procedures, exams, etc. We also want to monitor treatment and somehow ...
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Is stem cells treatment an effective cure for nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy in DM?

Is stem cells treatment an effective cure for nerve damage from peripheral neuropathy in DM? Googling returns plenty of hits. Top results are businesses offering stem cells treatment for almost any ...
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How effective is eucalyptus-based treatment for curing COVID-19 (or coronavirus in general)?

According to The Jakarta Post, (Indonesia's) Agriculture Ministry claims to have developed eucalyptus-based COVID-19 treatment: The Agriculture Ministry has developed a eucalyptus-based treatment ...
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Why are antibodies not used as treatments for infectious diseases?

It seems like human monoclonal antibodies would be the ideal treatment for any serious infectious disease. Unlike vaccines, they don't depend on having the immune system recognize the right epitope, ...
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Why can't simple blood transfusions be used for treatment of COVID-19, instead of plasma transfusions? [closed]

It has been recently been shown that convalescent plasma from previously infected patients can be used to help others gain immunity against the disease. But why do we need to use plasma for this ...
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Conflicting opinions on treatment of COVID-19 shortness of breath

There are two authoritative conflicting opinions on treatment of COVID-19 shortness of breath that came from physicians in the front-lines last week. David Price, MD said there's no need to go to a ...
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What is the rationale behind using Il-6 inhibitors to treat COVID-19 patients?

According to the Infectious Disease Society of America (IDSA), one of the possible treatment options for COVID-19 patients is il-6 inhibitors (tocilizumab, sarilumab). What is the rationale behind ...
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Safety data on chloroquine?

Prominent politicians in the USA have been calling for the use of both Chloroquine and Hydroxychloroquine in the management of Covid-19. Day after day, the salesman turned president has encouraged ...
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What are the special medications to treat Covid-19?

We know there is no cure for Covid-19 (currently) and the treatment focuses on managing symptoms as the virus runs its course. The main symptoms of Covid-19 are -Fever -Cough -Shortness of breath ...
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When could chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine be widely available for Covid-19 treatment? [closed]

According to this article, chloroquine and hydroxychloroquine could be effective treatments for Covid-19. Assuming the drugs are well tolerated in clinical trials and seem effective at treating ...
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Neuronal ceroid lipofuscinosis treatments [closed]

Could Batten’s disease be cured by supplementing a drug which promotes lipolysis, since it is caused by an accumulation of lipids in brain?
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Does treatment with pyrimethamine and sulfadiazine eliminate reservoirs of Toxoplasma gondii?

Toxoplasma gondii is known to be one of many pathogens that sequesters away in nerve cells, as well as cysts in the muscles and liver, to avoid the immune system. Standard treatment for severe ...
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Can myopia be treated by applying pressure?

I have high myopia in my right eye (~7.00). I've noticed that unsystematically applying pressure onto certain areas of the eyelid onto the eye can actually bring the power down to about 3-5.00 (by ...
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Does cissus quadrangularis help prevent or heal a tendinopathy?

I have seen many non-scientific claims that cissus quadrangularis help heal a tendinopathy. For example: https://www.resonatenutrition.com/cissus_quadrangulairs_joint_repair.html (mirror): Today ...
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Does astaxanthin help prevent or heal a tendinopathy?

{1} claims that astaxanthin: Use of natural astaxanthin may suggest that daily use can help alleviate pain associated with Tennis Elbow, and increase mobility This study doesn't seem to have ...
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Does the delivery of BMP-12,-13,-14 (either in form of a gene or a protein) into an injured tendon help improve healing in humans?

I have read that delivery of BMP-12,-13,-14 (either in form of a gene or a protein) into an injured tendon improved healing, but I haven't been able yet to find an in-vivo study in humans confirming ...
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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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Has any treatment based on applying exogenous BMP-2 to the wound site been shown to be useful to treat tendinopathies?

The 2011 study {1} showed that: Our findings indicate that it is possible to significantly improve tendon healing by applying exogenous BMP-2 to the wound site, inferring that this protein could be ...
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Do all Eye drops for dry eyes contain steriods?

Do all eye drops for the dry eyes contain steroid? How can you check if the eye drops include steroids in it?
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Can Telomers be tampered with using Nano technology? [closed]

Can Telomers be tampered with using Nano particles or nano robots that can be artificially used to CAUSE cancer? I happen to run into this website Talking about nano technology based cancer research. ...
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Is being "healthy" an actual, overall provable term? Or is "healthy" just a loose assumption?

Say you go to a doctor and they say -- more or less -- that you are "healthy." What does this mean? Under what circumstances does one fall within these supposed confines? And what would falling ...
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Which hormonal treatments have been shown to be useful to prevent or treat tendinopathies?

Which hormonal treatments have been shown to be useful to prevent or treat tendinopathies? {1} surveyed the links between hormones and tendinopathies but their main conclusion is: The influence of ...
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Is cupping therapy of any use to treat a tendinopathy?

I have read some unsupported claims that cupping therapy helps treat a tendinopathy, e.g. http://www.tridoshawellness.com/quadriceps-tendonitis-treatment-with-cupping (mirror): Quadriceps ...
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How are surgical patients kept still while awake?

Certain surgeries require the patient to be awake and lucid to be performed safely. If the patient has clonus, epileptic seizures, tremors, or any of a number of other symptoms, staying still during ...
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How does cooling physically on the forehead help ease fever?

As I remember, when I caught a fever in my childhood, my dad and mom often put a frozen towel in front of my forehead when I was sleeping, in addition to regular treats like hot water and proper ...
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Can tuberculosis be treated with obesity?

When I was a kid I was told something that keeps bothering me until now, mainly because how weird it seems. Namely, I was told that before antibiotics were discovered, people with tuberculosis were ...
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What are the benefits or drawbacks of my primary care physician having hospital admitting privileges?

In the United States, what are the reasons for and against choosing a primary care physician who has hospital admitting privileges? For example, if my primary care physician does not have hospital ...
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Is Tourrettes considered a condition requiring medication?

Many mental disorders major depressive disorder, bipolar and/or schizophrenia borderline require and or recommend the use of medications. Is tourettes considered less severe such that you may go ...
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What are these perfectly circular red shapes on the back of that person?

I am now living in Korea and have seen regularly these circular red shapes on the back of Korean people. Here is a picture. Sorry for the low quality, it is difficult for me to take a picture of ...
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