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What are the health tradeoffs between eating while standing vs. sitting vs. in reclining position?

Is it better to stand or sit when eating? If it is better to sit, what posture should I go for?
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How is pain measured?

Patients are often asked to rate their level of pain. Usually, I have found that these questions come without instructions as to what constitutes the maximum on this scale (maximum pain you can ...
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Active ingredient of Durex Intense Orgasmic Gel that should cause arousal?

The gel contains these ingredients: Aqua, Propylene Glycol, Glycerin, Hydroxyethylcellulose, PEG-40 Hydrogenated Castor Oil, Aroma, Benzoic Acid, Sodium Hydroxide Which of these should be the "...
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Is it normal to feel your heart beat in your chest?

Is it normal for a person to at times feel their heart beat in their chest without actually placing their hand on their chest, while at other times not be able to (even though the pulse is strong, ...
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Risks of blood donation with autoimmune diseases

People with autoimmune diseases are generally either forbidden or discouraged from donating blood. Example: People who have autoimmune diseases (such as autoimmune thyroid disease, ankylosing ...
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Natural testosterone booster intakes?

I'm wondering if there are natural substances to boost testosterone levels? WebMD has an article about boosting testosterone, but it's mainly about managing lifestyles. Mercola also has a post about ...
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Brushing teeth before or after breakfast

Usually in the morning I brush my teeth after breakfast. But my dentist told me that it's better not brush them right after eating food, because eating makes them soft. So now I brush my teeth before ...
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What does eye power -6 means and how close to blindness is it?

One of my friends went to an eye specialist for checkup and the doctor told him that his eye power changed from -6 from -4.5. He is really very upset and doesn’t want to discuss anything on this. I ...
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Does menthol have therapeutic effect on sore or inflamed muscles and tendons?

I use a gel for muscle pain after sport. Its active ingredients are listed as ibuprofen and levomenthol. The amount of menthol is sufficient to feel quite a lot of numbbness/burning for maybe half an ...
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TPO (Thyroid Peroxidase) Antibodies - reference range change

A couple years ago (end of 2013) the reference range for TPO antibodies (TPOAb) was <35 IU/ml but now it's <9 IU/ml. That's a huge change (almost 4x). Does anyone know why it changed by so ...
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Difference between TENS and EMS electro stimulation?

Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) and Electrical Muscle Stimulation (EMS) are described by product manufacturers (and wikipedia!) as two separate things. However, I have been unable ...
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How effective was the 2014-2015 influenza vaccination?

I’m aware that the CDC released this abysmal report on the effectiveness of this year’s influenza vaccination, including data collected through Jan 30, 2015. In practical terms, this means the flu ...
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How long should a person keep blood test results?

If someone has no chronic health problems (but a family history of diabetes and high blood pressure), is there a good medical reason for them to keep their old blood test results that doctors have ...
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How does LASIK (laser eye surgery) work?

LASIK, or laser eye surgery, is a surgery which reshapes the cornea to correct sight problems (e.g. short sighted, long sighted, astigmatism). Why can laser (which is simply light) reshape the ...
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How does poor sleep cause circles under one's eyes?

I've read that poor sleep causes circles under one's eyes. Also, I've read that they are caused by dehydration. Is it safe to assume that the way poor sleep causes the circles is by causing ...
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How to do laundry to kill and prevent athlete's foot fungus?

As you may know, one of the reasons athletes's foot and jock itch fungus are so hard to kill with OTC medicines like Lotrimin and Lamisil is because after you treat it, it is extremely difficult not ...
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What evidence is there for and against Alternate Day Fasting?

I am looking into alternate day fasting (and it's variants such as the 5:2 diet and so forth) the internet is full of opinions and anecdotes and such but I would like to get my hands on some actual ...
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Are farm raised fish unhealthier than their wild caught counterparts?

I like to eat fish on a regular basis, most notably salmon and tuna. Recently, I've been reading about some of the dangers of fish raised on fish farms. Notably, these can include Increased level of ...
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How can I stop mouth breathing while I sleep?

I've been diagnosed with sleep apnea and am currently treating it with an apap. When I was fitted for the apap (and associated masks), the provider told me that if I start drooling I should call them ...
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Does being underweight have an influence on cancer risk?

This occurred to me reading Lifetime cancer risks for for people with healthy lifestyles? When talking about cancer in regards to body weight, it's usually about obesity. But does being underweight (...
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What are pros and cons of different approaches to aborting ventricular tachycardia?

Idiopathic (or spontaneous, unknown origin) ventricular tachycardia is a type of ventricular tachycardia (VT) that occurs in patients with structurally normal hearts. I would like to know what the ...
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How can one protect themselves from toxic substances released from fatty tissue during weight loss?

It is well-known that obesity is associated with many health risks and obese persons are advised to follow a healthy diet and increase physical activity to lose weight and improve their overall health....
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What is the mechanism of eczema?

I'm trying to link the signs and symptoms of eczema (especially atopic dermatitis) to its causes. In short, what is the mechanism of the disease? In an answer of another question about eczema, @...
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Are there any untoward synergistic effects in taking a combination of acetaminophen plus ibuprofen?

A number of years ago, it became popular to advocate a combination of acetaminophen and ibuprofen (or other non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medication) at the usual higher doses (e.g. 1,000mg ...
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Is regular nightly usage of earplugs healthy?

Should one avoid daily usage of earplugs? SteadyHealth writes: Regardless, wearing these earplugs in the long run may prove to have certain health risks as well. The long-term earplugs may lead to ...
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Is rest necessary, recommended, or unnecessary in a mild Ménière's episode?

During a full-blown Ménière's episode, the patient can basically do nothing, so the question does not even occur. But what about mild events in a patient with a Ménière's diagnosis? I am asking ...
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How to deal with winter blues

I suffer from severe winter blues. It starts around January and by March, I am at my wits end. I come from a tropical climate and the sever cold and lack of sunlight makes me just want to go crazy. I ...
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Can Neem Leaves be taken directly (Azadirachta indica, Nimtree)

Nimtree is really precious when it comes to skin hygiene. It also has other vital health benefits. Is it alright to take the Nimtree leaves directly? As I heard from a friend that it is harmful to ...
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Is Wi-Fi harmful to one's health? [closed]

Is Wi-Fi harmful to one's health, so much so that we should live without it? There are different sides to this debate - why should I believe one side more than the other? Indeed, we live with Wi-Fi ...
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Does the Jewish law forbidding the mixing of milk and meat have health benefits?

Mixing milk and meat is prohibited by an ancient Jewish law. Jews have followed those rules for millennia out of religious belief, not science. Modern science can probably dig deeper and find actual ...
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Is Soylent 2.0 a nutritionally complete shake?

A similar question was asked here, about a previous iteration of it, and the answer was "probably not". It has been 3 years now and Soylent 2.0 has been out for a while. A lot of people have been ...
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Why tell cancer patients not to seek information on the internet?

A friend, recently diagnosed with cancer, was told by the hospital not to look for information on the internet. Other people I know I have been told the same. If the ample information had been given, ...
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Should we always eat something before taking pain killers?

When buying pain killers in the pharmacy (no doctor prescription), sometimes I'm told to take the pain killers only after eating something, sometimes they say it doesn't matter, and most of the times ...
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Do professional massages have any health benefits or do they merely feel good?

Are there any studies that support some type of health benefit associated with receiving a massage of any type?
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Eating fast food every single day

Is it theoretically possible to eat fast food from McDonald's or various other fast food restaurants every single day and still maintain or even lose weight. What I am saying is, if you eat fast food ...
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What is food poisoning?

I don't understand what food poisoning is. I've heard that it's something to do with too much bacteria that produce toxins in the body: Food poisoning is a common...and sometimes life-threatening ...
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Dietary Factors for Calcium Oxalate Kidney Stones

Is there any evidence that diet factors play a big role in the creation of calcium oxalate kidney stones? Some doctors and other sources recommend cutting out coffee, tea, soft drinks, and dietary ...
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Aspirin for prevention of heart attacks?

Aspirin is commonly given to patients with heart disease (angina or heart attack). It has been mentioned that it may also prevent heart attacks. Should normal healthy middle aged or older people also ...
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What is the relation between the sensation of being full and the ability to fall asleep?

I struggle with insomnia. Sometimes if I'm not able to fall asleep, one of the best ways to resolve this is to munch until I feel full, and I get so sleepy that I almost can't make it to the bedroom ...
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What are the different eyesight measures and how are they related to each other?

While searching about laser surgery for my myopia, I came across different system to measure the quality of individuals' eye sight. When speaking about quality of eyesight, I am referring to the ...
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Can stress increase blood pressure?

Whenever I get my blood pressure checked, whether by machine or person, I become extremely stressed. My heart rate then increases quite a bit into the hundreds, usually around 110-120 (my normal is 55-...
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Why is it a bad idea to re-heat drinking water?

Out of laziness sometimes I re-heat the water in kettle we use to make formula milk for our daughter, but the health visitor said it's a bad practice to re-boil water over and over. Any specific ...
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Are OTC pain medications safer than prescriptions?

Are pain medications that I can buy Over the Counter (OTC) any safer than prescriptions I receive from a doctor to manage pain? For example, I have migraines. There are several OTC medications ...
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Is “water weight” a real thing?

I'm told there is such a thing as "water weight" which can explain small fluctuations in weight. However, all mentions of "water weight" I've found have been on dieting websites promoting some miracle ...
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Alternative to caffeine - same effects, different chemical

I seem to have a problem with caffeine. I tend to experience a lot of the negative effects, like diuresis, extreme hunger suppression and paranoia, at two or three cups of coffee, while I don't ...
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How much cinnamon is too much?

Cinnamon is touted to have many health benefits - helping fight fungi, helping lower blood sugar, helping with lipid management, helping fight Alzheimer's - but it also has a limit. Ignoring whether ...
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Is there an optimal body fat percentage?

Many digital bathroom scales nowadays include automatic measuring of the (approximate) percentage of body fat. I am aware of some guidelines for percentage of body fat loss, but are there actually ...
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Lifetime cancer risk for people with healthy lifestyle

According to this, lifetime cancer risk for males is about 43% and females 38%. There are many factors that increase cancer risk, like: smoking drinking alcohol obesity lack of physical activity ...
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How does a MRSA test work?

Let's assume we have a patient with acute infection. The doctor suspects MRSA. A culture is taken, brought to the lab, and then what? I'm interested to hear what are the usual steps a laboratory ...
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What are effective lifestyle modifications for people with gastric acid reflux?

As many as 7% of Americans suffer from heartburn every day, and many more suffer it at least weekly. In the "old days", people with heartburn were advised to eat smaller meals, drink less alcohol, ...

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