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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

tl;dr Current research seems to indicate that the brain is responding to anticipation or visual stimulus of needles being inserted, not that any of the theories supporting acupuncture are correct. ...
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Can the HPV vaccine be effective if you are already infected?

The HPV vaccine is most effective when preventing you from initial infection. While common, it's possible you haven't been infected with HPV. Even if you are, there is some benefit to still being ...
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Are contraception effectiveness percentages per-user or per-use?

Neither. The percentages given are the percentage of couples using that method who will conceive over a year. So if 100 people use that 98% method, 2 will get pregnant each year. Here is a page ...
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How long is zinc sun block effective?

Zinc oxide is an inorganic compound with the formula ZnO. ZnO is a white powder that is insoluble in water and is widely used as an additive in numerous materials and products including rubbers, ...
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Why is FMT an effective treatment for Clostridium difficile?

It seems to be unclear and likely some kind of combination of several factors. The paper Fecal microbiota transplantation in relapsing Clostridium difficile infection mentions two theories as to why ...
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What evidence does magnesium, zinc & melatonin help you sleep?

Magnesium, zinc and melatonin help to manage and control the sleep problems. These three natural components have their own mechanisms in managing the sleep disorders. Firstly, talking about Melatonin: ...
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Does brace to correct posture work?

Here's an paper that might help you: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3554027/ The short conclusion is "Application of the scapular brace improved shoulder posture and scapular ...
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Are retainers preferred to fiberotomies after dental work and, if so, why?

Retainers prevent the teeth from reverting to their original position, and therefore progressively force the periodontal ligament (PDL) to adapt itself to the new position. Doing a Fiberotomy ...
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Does reclining the front or back seat of a car reduce the effectiveness of the seat belt?

Yes. The effect of reclined seats on mortality in motor vehicle collisions. The reclined position is associated with increased occupant mortality in motor vehicle collisions. Why? flexion ...
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How long is zinc sun block effective?

TL;DR: No, sunscreen needs to be re-applied every 2 hours Your product is the same as SPF 30 sunscreen SPF is a measure of how much solar energy (UV radiation) is required to produce sunburn on ...
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What is the solution for Chikungunya?

Since 'the cure' or rather a vaccine against the virus is still only on the horizon, affected populations have to resort to prevention measures and supportive care, once the infection breaks out. Even ...
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Is dental floss really effective? According to studies, it is not

Is dental floss really effective? The evidence shows that we don't know. Here the main issue is the lack of good evidence. How we find how effective is? Simple: we took a group of people with ...
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Do computer glasses actually work?

No one likes CVS, and computer glasses are said to increase contrast and decrease glare to alleviate eye stress. If you are sure you will be using the computer in the future for prolonged periods and ...
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Is there any proof that acupuncture is an effective pain remedy?

Acupuncture is often used to treat pain conditions such as headache, lower back and osteoarthritis. It is based on scientific evidence that treatment can stimulate nerves under the skin and in muscle ...
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Are antibiotics the only class of drugs whose effectiveness reduces over time?

This type of phenomenon will almost always be seen with drugs that target foreign pathogens capable of change, i.e., bacteria, viruses, fungi, parasites, etc. In addition to antibiotics, which target ...
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Why wouldn't the Pfizer, Moderna, AstraZeneca, and Johnson & Johnson vaccines be equally effective?

Even assuming the same ecological conditions, efficacy of a vaccine is in a (dose-dependent trade-off with side effects. (This was e.g. easily shown in the phase I/II trials of Moderna's vaccine.) ...
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Verify/calculate VE from study data

This is a link to the full-test of the article whose results are presented in the post. https://www.acpjournals.org/doi/full/10.7326/M21-1577 The study reported used a study design called a “test ...
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Is breathing into a paper bag an effective treatment for panic attacks?

Breathing into a paper bag to control hyperventilation might improve hypocarbia, but should NOT be done because of the risks of hypoxia and death. This case report shows that breathing into a paper ...
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Is breathing into a paper bag an effective treatment for panic attacks?

I did not find any studies which would investigate that matter. Moreover, in 2008 Nillni and co-workers (1) stated: Surprisingly, although the expressed goal of breathing training is to correct ...
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Does drinking hot liquids help when you're sick?

Hot fluids(including water) can: Relieve Nasal Congestion Prevent Dehydration Soothe Uncomfortably inflamed membranes that line the nose and throat By relieving symptoms you can make a person feel ...
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What diseases can ginseng supplement treat?

First, it is important to realize that there are two main types of ginseng in wide use: Asian ginseng and American ginseng. The Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center has information on both types. ...
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Are fizzy "Effervescnt C" drinks any better than Vitamin C pills?

Effervescent pills have the advantage that since you ingest the active compount already dissolved the absorption rate is generally faster than for normal pills. This is useful when you need the drug ...
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How long does it take for iron supplements to start improving energy levels? Is it instant or gradual?

Ferritin levels of 21 ug/L are on the extreme lower edge of the normal range. You can think about iron stores as follows. A healthy person will have iron stores of a few grams. Since iron is present ...
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Which has lower rate of getting pregnant and/or a venereal dicease in condom vs pill?

TL;DR The pill slightly more effective than condom for contraception. Other methods are better still. The pill is ineffective for preventing STI; condoms are mostly effective. In Full First things ...
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Albuterol risks for long-term use

Albuterol is a short-duration ß2-receptor agonist (to which it owes its main effect, bronchodilation); and while it can produce some effect on ß1-receptors (producing effects such as tachycardia), ...
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What is the solution for Chikungunya?

The only effective management of viruses is by vaccination. In this way diseases such as measles have been eradicated from some countries. Currently there is no vaccine available so ecological ...
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Does 'Sage Salvia officinalis' help reducing excessive hand sweating (palmar hyperidrosis)?

Salvia is a herbal treatment with a long tradition for this indication. sage leaves The HMPC has classified sage leaves as a traditional herbal medicinal product. ESCOP: internally for ...
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Efficacy and costs of medical treatments

Your analysis looks similar to: Incremental Cost-Effectiveness Ratio (ICER) which: ICER ... is used in cost-effectiveness analysis to summarise the cost-effectiveness of a health care intervention. ...
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Which one is better? Reading on a computer, on a tablet, or on paper?

To first establish a baseline: Reading is great for your brain, your mind, your intellect. But it can be bad for everything else. You sit, you concentrate, you stress your eyes. It is such a common ...
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For Varicella zoster (chicken pox), when are vaccination/antiviral drugs effective?

According to the World Health Organization Administering the vaccine up to 3-5 days after exposure has been shown to reduce the severity of the disease significantly, but studies vary greatly as to ...
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