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Overall, are postpartum home (not chlorinated) baths more harmful or hurtful to VAGINAL childbirth recovery?

For this specific question, I am ONLY referring to baths taken either in a facility or home that are for hygiene purposes ONLY: For this question, please disregard information regarding chlorinated/...
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Is a nightly curfew an effective intervention strategy for limiting the spread of an infectious disease?

The governing bodies of several geographic areas hit by disease outbreaks will sometimes impose a nightly curfew on their citizens, restricting or limiting the ability of their citizens from going ...
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Treatment Options of Tension Pneumothorax

What I‘ve learned and heard is that if there is an indication of a tension pneumothorax (e.g. rib series fracture with elevated pulse and difficulties in breathing), treatment is always to get two ...
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Is a drug holiday off bisphosphonate therapy a valid strategy in the management of osteoporosis?

The most commonly prescribed treatment for osteoporosis is bisphosphonate therapy eg. Alendronate and Zolendronic Acid (by infusion). It's a common practice to stop therapy after 5 years, and then ...
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Can the specificity of a COVID-19 antibody test be improved by testing twice?

My question is fairly simple: There is a COVID-19 antibody test with a worst-case specificity of 98%, meaning that it yields potentially up to 2% false positives. While that number is not bad it is ...
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Can isometric exercises preserve independence in seniors with hip fractures?

Can isometric exercises preserve independence in seniors with hip fractures? When a senior person has a hip fracture, there's less than 50% chance of recovery to a pre-fracture level of function. You'...
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What is the link between elevated estrogen and lowered alkaline phosphatase?

This Wikipdia-article lists several conditions or diseases that may lead to reduced levels of alkaline phosphatase (AP). Among them are: postmenopausal women receiving estrogen therapy because of ...
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Could rectal prolapse and bloody masturbation in 4 year-old happen absent abuse?

Disclaimer: I'm trying to find out more about some symptoms that could be signs of child sexual abuse - or could be naturally occuring. The case that brings the questions up has been reported to all ...
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Does taking medication lose hyperfocus on ADHD?

I wonder if taking medication to deal with unconcentration on ADHD would lose hyperfocus, which is considered one of the advantage of ADHD. I understand taking medication on ADHD have a side effect ...
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What would happen if you administered endothelin during a myocardial infarction?

I have been going through the Rhodes medical physiology and have learned about Endothelin (specifically its role in hyperplasia) and collateral vessels in slowly developed [cardiovascular disease] (...
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How long would it take for one's thyroid hormones to get to dangerously low levels?

If the thyroid gland just completely stopped working and it went untreated, how long would it take for one's thyroid hormones to get to dangerously low levels? At what point does Myxedema Coma occur?
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Effect of water consumption on rate of digestion

I drink a lot of water, a maximum of 0.5 liter per hour. Does this change the rate of digestion and are there any side effects for this kind of habit?
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Do proton pump inhibitors (PPI's) shut down all the proton pumps in all cells across our body system?

It's known that proton pumps exist in all cells in our bodies and help us to get rid of damaged proteins (present a disposal system). PPIs (omeprazole, pantoprazole, esomeprazole, lansoprazole and ...
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How scientists determine how much sleep every particular individual needs?

Is it determined the same way as "healthy" weight? Someone told me that for weight, they do it by measuring a large number of people and see who gets sick and who doesn't and correlate that weight. ...
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What's caused by the chemicals, and what's caused by the smoke

The great many downsides of smoking are certainly well-documented by now (to say the least), but something I've struggled to find an answer to is the following: When looking at health risks of ...
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Is it possible to have a smile on the face after death?

A lot of novels state that a person died with a smile on the face, or how relatives/friends notice a smile on the face that remains even after death. Is such a thing anatomically possible? Will a ...
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Good Resoures for Learning/Studying GCP

Are there any widely accepted resources out there for studying/learning good clinical practices in the U.S. outside of the actual FDA webpage for the matter? Something an entry-level clinical ...
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What exactly changes when range of motion improves through stretching etc?

Imagine I haven't moved much in recent years (couch potato, or injury...) Assume no other problems. Then I do exercise/stretching/physical therapy for a few months, and my range of motion in, say, ...
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How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date?

Diclofenac patches often, maybe always, have an expiration date. How does the efficiency of a diclofenac patch decrease as it approaches the expiration date? Assume that the diclofenac patch is used ...
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Is there some kind of guard you can wear on bottom front teeth to protect gums?

Imagine foods that require you to really sink your teeth into and can't be broken into small chunks like a tough big piece of barbecue meat. There must be some kind of mouth guard that has teeth on ...
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What are the common causes of excess protein (1 g) in the urine for kidney donors?

I am looking for common causes in diet or lifestyle or other conditions such as hypertension, rather than malfunction in the active (single) kidney. Apart from medical management, what are some ...
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How to prevent sialolithiasis (salivary gland stones) from re-occuring

Sialolithiasis is a condition where stones (calculi) form in the salivary glands or ducts, blocking the saliva from coming out. I recently had two stones surgically removed from the beginning of the ...
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How improbably is an HSV-2 positive test to be caused by an 'ear infection'?

For reasons different then you would likely presume I had a women come to me to ask about an STD test a man had provided her. His tests show positive for HSV-2 (a 2.15 result where >1.09 is positive)....
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What factors affect sleep propensity?

What environmental and personal factors affect the amount of time it takes to fall to sleep? How can some people go to bed in 5 min where others take an hour? Some factors I’ve thought about include: ...
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Does the “Dawn Phenomenon” of blood sugar apply to non-diabetics?

I bought myself a $15 blood sugar testing kit the other day because I've been experiencing some health things that are rare for me such as migraines (I rarely have had headaches my entire life) and a ...
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How much more accurate are indwelling arterial catheters compared to standard, non-invasive blood pressure monitoring?

I wonder how much more accurate and reliable indwelling arterial catheters are compared to standard, non-invasive techniques to monitor ICU patients' blood pressure.
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How likely is a person to develop permanent health issues if he/she is sensitive to and continuously exposed to marijuana fumes?

I'm a 29 year old male, I live in an apartment, and the tenant above me is smoking a lot of marijuana every day and has been doing so for the last three months**. The fumes are entering my apartment ...
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The difference between farmed and non-farmed sardines

I found the following post on a food-related forum (here): Farmed fish do have omega 3 in them. They have a chunk of omega 6 too so while they do have omega 3, they're not ideal for normalizing ...
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Why are retinoids applied only after washing the face?

Is there a reason behind washing your face before applying retinoids? I do not know why this is required. Of course, assuming you haven't done anything dirty (like sweat) during the day. This is ...
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Can mechanical keyboards alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. regular keyboards)?

I have read in some places that mechanical keyboards alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. regular keyboards). E.g.: http://techshift.net/5-reasons-why-you-should-buy-a-mechanical-keyboard/ 5 reasons why ...
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Olive oil - healthy as a substitute, or in its own right?

There are many articles about extra virgin olive oil being healthy - for example here. This implies, at least, that replacing other fats in the diet (such as butter or other vegetable oils) with olive ...
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Misophonia and autism

I would like to know, is there an area of overlap between misophonia and autism? Because I have heard autistic people are sensitive to specific sounds in absence of love and cover their ears. How ...
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Is hanging from a bar contraindicated in the case of a shoulder dislocation history with labrum damage?

I have just found a book by John Kirsch "Shoulder Pain? The Solution & Prevention" (see also here and here) which promotes hanging form a bar with extended arms ("dead hang") as (partial) ...
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Does light pollution affect sleep quality while already asleep?

Many articles on the internet write about melatonin and its effects, making you tired. A lot of articles also point out how the use of devices before going to bed in modern days likely decrease ...
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How hazardous is a cellular base station-antenna to our health?

A telephone company is installing a cell tower (cellular base station-antenna) 40 meters from my house (right in front of my house). The first thing I am concerning about is its effect to our health. ...
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Are there websites with clinical trial reports freely available for download?

I'm a translator, and I'm currently translating clinical trial reports, Russian to English. I wonder if there are depositories of freely available clinical trial reports, with all appendixes and all ...
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Meaning of “at baseline” in “Detection of antibodies at baseline in schizophrenia or major depression”

From The basis for folinic acid treatment in neuro-psychiatric disorders by Ramaekers et al., 2016, at the very end of the article: Because the presence of FRα antibodies can show significant serum ...
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Common to panic/have trouble breathing when an oxygen mask is placed over nose and mouth prior to surgery with anesthesia?

I had my 17th surgery yesterday so it's fair to say I've been around the "hospital" block quite a few times and know what to expect on the patient side of things. Everything went as expected up ...
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Why not use epinephrine?

In a situation where a patient's heart isn't strong enough for surgery, why isn't it common for a doctor to give the patient epinephrine before the surgery? Do the effects of epinephrine not last long ...
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What Happened To All The Hiatal Hernia Centers?

I have been doing much research for years on the esophageal hiatal hernia. I found exactly one paper on-line (from the U.S. military, I believe, I cannot relocate it) that mentioned in passing that ...
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Different reference ranges of thyroid antobodies

This is related to the following thread: http://health.stackexchange.com/questions/3312/tpo-thyroid-peroxidase-antibodies-reference-range-change I have a question regarding the reference ranges of ...
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Correlation between pre-pregnancy training level of abdominal muscles and the risk of getting diastasis recti

Is there any evidence that (very) strong or (very) weak abdominal muscles before becoming pregnant increases or decreases the risk of developing diastasis recti during pregnancy? If so, what are the ...
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Is this normal urinating?

Is it normal for men to have to push, retrieve, push, retrieve at the end of urinating to get the last of it out? It's happens like 6 times or more, and it shoots out lines of pee, and I'm wondering ...
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How much impact does the location of measurement of blood pressure have on the quality of the obtained blood pressure signal?

Measuring blood pressure invasively can be performed from different locations, such as one of the radial arteries. How much impact does the location of an invasive measurement have on the quality of ...
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Can an IPS panel in a monitor help relieve eye strain?

Working as a programmer, I have problems with my eyes. I am using eyedrops, but that does not help. Up till now I always worked with LED monitors a colleague told me that I could try one with an IPS ...
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Do salt rooms really help fight pollen allergies?

I've heard that sitting in salt rooms, also known as halotherapy, can help fight pollen allergies. Is there any scientific proof that this claim is true? If so, why?
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What are the long term effects of dieting and maintaining a caloric deficit?

Are there any negative health risks for dieters assuming that you take a multivitamin, and other required supplements daily? The caloric deficit would end once the goal weight is achieved, which is ...
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Can using a standing desk alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. a traditional sitting desk)?

I have read in some individual accounts that standing desks alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. a traditional sitting desk). Example: I kept my regular desk and decided to test standing at my desk as ...
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Eczema and steroids: why do endogenous cortisol and exogenous cortisone/prednisone differ?

Topical steroids are a mainstay treatment for eczema, and severe episodes are sometimes treated with oral steroids. Meanwhile stress is a known trigger for exacerbating eczema. During physiological ...
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Using corticosteroids during pregnancy

I recently learned that steroids are sometimes given to mothers in preterm labor. For example: If a baby is at risk of being born too early, giving the mother steroids before the birth can help ...

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