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Gamekeeper's thumb - long term healing

I hurt the base of my right thumb about a year ago. The immediate area swelled up, so I saw a doctor soon after who diagnosed it as gamekeeper's thumb. I wore a splint for a two weeks and everything ...
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Is constantly using oily moisturizer bad for your skin?

I have eczema and as a result I have to use moisturizer to reduce the dryness. I heard that coconut oil is pretty good. I tried it and indeed it helped. But I was told that I shouldn't use it ...
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Does chronic Lyme disease really exist?

It seems that Lyme disease infection (borreliosis) can persist despite antibiotic treatment in early stages. Is there any definite proof of this in medical literature? If there is, why is Post-...
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Are essential oils good disinfectants?

This study seems to indicate that some plant essential oils have antibacterial properties: In vitro antibacterial activity of some plant essential oils (BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine) ...
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Splitting pills in half

Sometimes a physician will instruct the patient to reduce the dosage of a prescription medication by 50%. Obviously, if the tablet has an enteric coating, or is in a special encapsulation (such as ...
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What is rock salt? Is it helpful for diabetics?

I am a type-2 diabetic on oral medications (not insulin). On the recommendation of a relative, I started using rock salt in my food. Now, I have few questions on consumption of rock salt. Primarily, ...
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Do vertical mice cause less stress on the hand, wrist and arm than traditional mice?

Vertical mice are often marketed as more ergonomics than traditional mice. Is that true? I am especially interested in stress on the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. Example of such claim, from ...
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Does sleeping position affect health?

I've heard that the sleeping position of a person affects his health in many ways. Is this true, and if so, in what way does it affect a person and which is the best position to sleep in?
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Can breaststroke be harmful for the back?

I heard many contradictory things related to the harm breaststroke can do to the back. (All during informal discussions. I have no references to include here, so my question). Some say swimming can ...
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What are the effects of routine and daily meditation and physical exercise on pregnancy?

There are various studies with supporting data on what not to do during pregnancy, with many actions and/or situations that can negatively impact the growing human during pregnancy. However, I am ...
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Why is the skin around my genitals darker than the rest of my body?

I've noticed that the skin around my genitals are a lot darker; think a darker shade of peach against the rest of my body. Of course, I'm well aware the skin around your nipples seems to be just the ...
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How does the stomach handle liquid vs solid food?

I've read the the stomach must secrete HCl and pepsin to break down food. If I have an empty stomach, then drink a large amount of liquid, I wonder if the liquid passes quickly, or gets processed in ...
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Are platelet donations more needed then whole blood?

A few months ago I showed up to donate blood and said I was willing to do any type of donation. I ended up getting dragged into donating platelets instead, which I admit I hadn't even realized was an ...
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What are the consequences of chronic sleep deprivation for mental function?

Some people don't sleep enough due to work, school, or personal issues. Regardless of the cause, what are the long-term impacts of losing sleep when describing mental performance in particular? I am ...
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How much hard liquor is safe for very small children?

I live in a location where hard liquor (48%-52% alcohol by volume) is frequently given to small children as young as two years old. This is usually not in large quantities, although a recent story in ...
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Are there health benefits associated with avoidance of gluten?

Some people have celiac disease and are instructed to avoid eating gluten, a protein found in certain grains. However, food manufacturers market gluten-free products to the general public as if gluten ...
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Current Theories on Ice vs. Heat for injuries

So I will preface this by saying I've heard a couple of things that I will list out for legibility: "Ice should be used for Acute injuries and Heat for Chronic injuries" "Ice restricts blood flow ...
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Does being optimistic help me to age more slowly?

I read an article that says that the superyoung (people who look at least 10 years younger than they are) are really optimistic and happy people. Is this true? Is there any cause and effect ...
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“Narrow” Pure Androgen-secreting Adrenocortical Adenoma

I was looking for a case report or example to match something I've come across that I thought highly unlikely to the point of being untrue. That is a adrenocortical adenoma (AA) was functional but ...
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Does 'vaping' affect your lungs?

I feel as if the question to "vapes" is unclear whether or not if it is bad for your lungs. I have done plenty of research and have found people only talking about E-Cigarettes, leaving me in ...
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Can we survive on liquid diet?

What if I am getting all my nutrition from fluids that includes vegetable and fruit juices, milk etc. Will it effect my body, metabolism, or digestive system in any way?
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How does sleeping chest-side down hurt the spine?

I do not know the correct English term for the position, so I will just refer it to as "chest-side down". The following CNN page seem to call it the "stomach position", and they say it is the worst ...
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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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First aid measures for a snake bite

If a person is bitten by a snake, what first aid measures should be taken to prevent the venom from spreading all over the body until the proper medical help arrives?
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Laptops in the dark and miscalculating bats: how dangerous is that for rabies?

A few nights ago, I was using my laptop outside in the dark. Some moths and other insects were flying around in the light it was emitting, but unfortunately I didn't think anything about this from a ...
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How long will it take to show the signs of pregnancy after intercourse

How long will it take to show the signs of pregnancy after having intercourse without using any birth control method? Please assume the couple as fertile. Ex:- Nausea with or without vomiting, ...
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Effects of masturbation on Health

I have heard that there can be adverse effects from masturbation, such as difficulties with having children and/or decreased sex drive. Can masturbating actually decrease my fertility or sex drive?
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Which nuts are best to snack on for a high-fibre diet?

I'm trying to maintain a high-fibre diet, and I understand that snacking on nuts regularly is a good way to do this. At the moment, I tend to snack on Brazil nuts, cashews, almonds, hazelnuts, and ...
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How does getting up and moving help me recover from surgery?

I've just had a laparoscopic gallbladder removal, done as day surgery. I was released about 3 hours after the surgery started. The sheet of paper they sent me home with stresses the importance of ...
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Why didn't smallpox develop resistance to its vaccine?

Antimicrobial resistance is common. Why didn't smallpox develop resistance to its vaccine? Why was smallpox eradicable?
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Cold sores: why do we get them on the lips?

At the end of a bout of flu or fever, I often get a cold sore on my lip area. Why there?
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What happens to HIV once it completely destroys the immune system?

Today, in my high school health class we were learning about HIV and AIDS, and I was wondering what would happen to HIV if it killed off all of the cells that it uses to reproduce. For example, ...
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Fasting blood glucose and Hemoglobin A1C not valid for athletes?

I've been a competing athlete, mostly in endurance sports for nearly 45 years now. As part of military and other physicals, I have had blood glucose levels come back several times with high levels, ...
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Is hydrogen peroxide therapy (drinking it) safe?

I've found some sites which claim that drinking hydrogen peroxide is "very" healthy for detoxification of the body. But these sites lack credible references. As far as I remember from secondary ...
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Is UV light necessary for vitamin D generation?

As far as I know, glass blocks UV light, which is cancerous. Do we generate vitamin D behind a glass window, if we sit in the sun?
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Can toxins accumulate in the liver?

There are many articles and products that claim that toxins (pollutants from the environment, chemicals from pesticides, heavy metals from drinking water, etc.) can accumulate in the liver and cause ...
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Is it possible to reverse the skin cell damage caused by sunlight by taking appropriate vitamins?

Of course it is said that vitamins C and E are good for skin, but I would like to know if it is actually possible to reverse any of the skin cell damage i.e. sunburn, skin aging, melanoma caused by ...
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Is there evidence that lowering blood pressure via medication is decreasing mortality?

Higher than average blood pressure is likely associated with higher mortality, but is there any study that showed that lowering it with medication is beneficial?
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How exact are the times for how long to wait between pills? [closed]

A 120mg pill of Sudafed (Pseudoephedrine hydrochloride), for example, lasts for 12 hours. You are not supposed to take another Sudafed pill before the 12 hours are up. How exact is this 12-hour limit?...
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How much body fluid required to actually transmit a sexually transmitted disease (STD)?

While reading about sexually transmitted disease, I always wonder how much body fluid is actually required to transmit some diseases, specially in the case of other kinds of sex (masturbation, hand ...
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What is the physiological process that would cause one to void more than once in the morning?

I have observed that drinking a full glass of water prior to sleeping leads to urination in the morning, as would be expected. However, I have also observed that some people urinate more than once in ...
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Is there a proven way to test if I'm susceptible to the placebo effect?

I know there are tests to check if a single drug is useful or useless by arranging groups of people where half receive the actual drug and half receive the placebo, but those are testing the drug, not ...
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Methods for dealing with gas pains?

The Internet is full of advice on how to prevent flatulence (e.g. diet changes), but no serious tips on how to get rid of gas once it's set in. Gas trapped in the colon can cause significant pain. ...
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Can tight glasses cause headaches?

I've been wearing glasses since I was about 7 years old (I am now 26). I wear glasses from the moment I wake up until I go to bed (except in the shower). I've had this problem for a very long time ...
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Daily how much water intake is needed?

I am 24 year old girl. I have a computer job in ac and totally sitting kind of. No hard working to burn calories. I was advised to take water 3-4 litre water daily by a HERBALIFE trainer. I searched ...
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Does it become harder to lose weight as you age?

In general, the average person will experience worsening metabolism with age. What makes it harder to lose weight for someone who is 40 versus say 20 assuming that the only difference is their age?
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Does having more muscles influence blood pressure measurement?

As stated in the title, do we have any evidence that having a big muscular arm influence BP measurement?
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How do I determine reputable health information?

Like many people, I use the internet and various online resources to search for questions that I have about my personal diet, fitness and health regimens/questions. However, often I run across ...
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Pulmonary diseases and oxygen therapy

The team first aid guidelines in France say that for an adult victim, a saturation (SpO2) below 94 triggers the administration of 9L/min of oxygen using a non-rebreather mask. We first aid guys are ...
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Time intervals between blood donations

What interval should blood donors wait between donations, and what are the risks involved in donating with shorter intervals than recommended?

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