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Is smoking during pregnancy harmful to child and mother?

In what way does smoking cigarettes by the mother affect the child and the mother during the pregnancy? What are further consequences it might have during the pregnancy and delivery of the baby?
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Do carrots actually improve eyesight?

I've heard that carrots help improve eyesight, but the sources are pretty unreliable (TV shows, mostly). Are there any studies that prove (or show good evidence) that carrots improve eyesight? Or is ...
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How can I boost my immune system? [closed]

There are a lot of products, foods, and activities that claim they "boost" the immune system. I've heard good things about yogurt, probiotics, superfoods, herbs, oils, supplements, acupuncture, yoga.....
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Would butter on burns help or harm?

I have read (a long time ago, in an old book) that butter is good for burns. Is this true, and if so what is it that helps? Is salted or unsalted butter better? And how should it be applied, and kept ...
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How can I avoid voice strain when using speech recognition all day long?

I use speech recognition all day long for my work and most of my personal activities. Put aside taking frequent short breaks, making sure that I don't speak unnecessarily louder than I need to achieve ...
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Can we erase problematic memories to aid recovery from depression?

How does someone with depression move forward when memories are so painful for them? It seems that memories might hold someone back from recovery from depression, especially when those memories seem ...
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How much Vitamin B12 do you need?

Vitamin B12 is stored over a very long time such that vegans, for example, only get any signs or symptoms of B12 deficiency after a span of years, even though they have hardly any sources of the ...
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Can an antipyretic (I.e. Aspirin) lower normal body temperature?

Is it possible for an antipyretic medication taken when not experiencing fever to cause a person's body temperature to drop below normal? I found one article that seems to say yes, but only for large ...
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Are there behavioral causes for myopia?

As an adult, I second guess all of my parents' advice, seeing that most of it was ridiculous, but some of them just might have been true. A large swath of it was connected to eyesight: "Don't watch ...
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Do adult braces have a medical need beyond cosmetics?

While middle/upper-class American parents often have their children get braces as teenagers, an adult getting braces out of his/her own volition could be viewed as a sign of vanity, much like plastic ...
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Is prolonged use of melatonin supplements safe for a 3-year-old?

Background: I recently adopted a 3-year-old girl. The first weeks in her new home, bedtimes were understandably difficult. She had a lot of trouble falling asleep, and resisted going to bed. My ...
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What needs to be exposed for the body to produce Vitamin D?

What parts of the body need to be exposed to sunlight for the body to produce Vitamin D? Some say it's the skin, some say it's the eyes, and some say it's a combination. The most common answer I ...
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Calcium supplements versus “fortified with calcium”

(By 'fortified', I refer to this definition: increase the nutritive value of (food) by adding vitamins.) Are there any differences between calcium supplements (as pills or tablets), and foods ...
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Alcohol consumption during pregnancy

In what ways does consuming alcohol affect a mother and her child during pregnancy? Can it cause serious effects on the baby that is yet to be born? Can it cause any consequences to the mother and ...
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How do tubes help treat ear infections?

My young son keeps getting ear infections. The otolaryngologist want to perform surgery to put tubes in his ear drums. How does putting a tube in the ear drum help with the ear infections?
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What forms of prevention of STIs are there?

Other than the condom, are there any other methods of preventing contracting STIs? If so, do any of these also provide an effective form of contraception?
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Are all kinds of liquor and alcohol equally bad for liver?

Do all kinds of alcohol increase the risk of liver disease in a similar way? Or is an alcoholic beverage that is higher in alcohol by volume (e.g. scotch - ~60% and up) more harmful than those lower ...
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Facial hair hygiene recommendations

What is the best way to stop beard dandruff? I wash my face regularly with Detol anti-bacterial soap, and for my hair and beard, I use a wide range of Pantene Pro-V products for my hair and beard (...
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In which order to put on a mask, a gown and to disinfect when visiting a hospital patient?

I’m daily visiting a patient in a hospital who has a high risk of infection. Before entering her room, I’m required to put on a gown and a face mask, and to disinfect my hands. The gowns and masks ...
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How safe are contact lenses?

Are there any side effects to wearing contact lenses for a long time? Is there any way that wearing them can damage your eyes? I'm referring to long-term use that is within or close to the ...
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What are the health benefits of Yoga?

Yoga has been accepted as a way of life by so many people irrespective of religion and country. There is world wide promotion for the Yoga and June 21 is going to be celebrate as International Yoga ...
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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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How many times a week is masturbating good for health?

I'm 18 years old. Every weekend I watch a pornographic film and when it finishes, I do a hand job. In addition, on weekdays, I masturbate. My question is: Is it good for your health or not?
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Does the usage of sunscreen cause skin cancer?

I have heard that usage of sunscreen products causes skin cancer. Is this true, and if so, what are the ingredients in it that are reason for such a medical condition. Are there any safe products or ...
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What do blood pressure readings indicate?

I have heard 120 by 80 is considered normal blood pressure. What do these numbers indicate? I am not a science student. Please explain in non-complicated language.
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Are bread molds dangerous to ingest?

I will occasionally notice minor molds developing on bread I've left for a few days at room temperature. Often, there will be some mold noticeable on a few pieces, while other pieces are fine. I know ...
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Can I hear ultrasounds?

I have noticed that every time I am in the same room as an operating ultrasound machine, I can hear it. And not the machine making noises, but the actual ultrasounds (I know because it decreases in ...
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How to increase body height?

I am an adult, and I want to be taller. I know about many medicines which claim to treat stunted height. Is there any truth behind these?
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Why is it so much harder to swallow pills than it is to swallow food?

I don't have any real trouble swallowing pills, and I do it several times a day. But when I try to swallow a pill without food or water in my mouth, it is a bit tricky. We're not talking about huge ...
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Is there any downside in eating whole-grain rice instead of white rice?

Health benefits of eating whole-grain rice are often mentioned. But is there any downside in eating whole-grain rice instead of white rice?
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Does keeping different types of medications in one pill bottle affect their quality?

I take a number of different medications and herbal supplements. Because keeping separate containers in my pocketbook is cumbersome, I've been combining them together in the same prescription bottle. ...
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Effect of cigarettes on passive smokers

I have heard even passive smokers are subjected to many health issues even though they don't smoke directly. What are the issues related to health that can occur in the passive smokers, and does it ...
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What are some natural ways to reduce blood pressure?

What are some natural evidenced based approaches that can be used to reduce blood pressure in a patient with hypertension, or prevent hypertension in an otherwise healthy patient?
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Why does whooping cough last so long and can the duration of cough be reduced?

Whooping cough is a chronic cough resulting from an infection with the bacteria Bordetella Pertussis. The cough resulting from the infection may last several weeks, and as such whooping cough is ...
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Reversing sleep cycle

I have been a nocturnal for some period of time and thus altering the sleep cycle seems difficult i.e. moving back to the normal 10 to 5 sleep cycle. What can be done to revert back to the normal ...
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How do artificial sweeteners affect weight loss?

One common suggestion when trying to lose weight is to switch from sugary sodas and juices to zero-calorie drinks, such as water and diet soda. Do the artificial sweeteners in diet products affect ...
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Natural ways to stop/delay hairloss?

I'm 28, male, and the hair above my forehead started to fall about 2 years ago and my scalp is finally starting to shine out. I believe this has to do with genetics etc. but still, are there any ...
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What are the health benefits and risks of ingesting Aloe vera?

Aloe vera seems to be everywhere these days, especially in skin products. However you can also buy Aloe vera gel intended for human consumption and food items that contain Aloe vera. A study by ...
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How often should you drink water? Not how much

We all know how much water we should be drinking. However, I have a close friend that only drinks 1.5 litres of water once a day. Keep in mind that they do consume other liquids with food. ...
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How does removal of the gallbladder affect life expectancy?

Is the gallbladder really just a rudimental organ? If I undergo cholecystectomy, will my life expectancy be shorter than normal because of that?
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Does decaffeinated coffee inhibit iron intake as much as normal coffee does?

Apparently, coffee consumption can inhibit iron intake and in some cases is even linked to iron deficiency anemia, as Wikipedia says. It is unclear to me, however, how this happens. On the page about ...
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Is there a link between bed firmness and spine deformations?

When I was a child, I was diagnosed with spine deformations: scoliosis, kyphosis and lordosis. The scoliosis is the most pronounced one in my case. The professionals (I don't remember if it was the ...
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How good, and for how long, can endorphins really make you feel?

It seems to be common knowledge that exercise makes your body produce endorphins that make you feel good, but that is a vague idea. What amount of exercise does one need to have to achieve optimal ...
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Is drinking cold water bad for you?

In general, I like to drink water that I consider cool. However my parents keep forcing me to drink warm (and sometimes hot) water as they said it is better for me. Their reasoning was that cold ...
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Do computer glasses actually work?

It's very likely that I will be spending most of my life in front of a computer monitor. This is necessary for my profession and the fact that improving technology requires us to look at screens more. ...
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Does the heart become stronger or weaker after an intensive workout?

I perform 12 push-up series with 1 minute and 15 seconds break between them each day. After this session i feel my heart pounding like crazy for ~5 minutes. Even hours after, i feel the heart beating ...
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Strength training vs Carpal tunnel syndrome

As a guitarist, I have often heard that it was not good to train your hand with certain aggressive strength training tools. Are the more aggressive tools for strengthening your hand (Finger Pullups, ...
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What can you learn from the parts of the name of a drug?

I've noticed that many drugs have names that end in the same syllables: umab fenib tinib For example, Wikipedia on Dabrafenib lists a number of similar drugs at the bottom of the page that end with ...
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Is moderate alcohol consumption beneficial for maximizing life expectancy?

I have heard that moderate alcohol consumption may prevent cardiovascular disease, but I have also heard that even moderate alcohol consumption can increase the risk of cancer (particularly breast ...
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Safety of using a luggage with the prop. 65 warning

I recently bought a luggage set from Nautica and it came with a "California 65 warning: This product contains chemicals known to the state of California to cause cancer and/or birth defects or other ...

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