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Preventing thrombosis during long distance travels

I had the same concern and asked my family doctor. He showed me the recommendations from the American College of Chest Physicians. Below you can find an extract: VTE = Venous Thromboembolism (...
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Parkinson's Disease and Pesticides

Yes (ish), this meta-analysis proved a strong correlation between exposure to pesticides and likelihood of developing Parkinson's. Note, there is no direct X level of exposure leads to Y likelihood, ...
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Preventing thrombosis during long distance travels

If you are overall healthy, I don't think it would be wise to go so far as to use an antithrombotic drug; as that will also thin your blood and may cause other issues. There are a variety of dietary ...
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Heart Attack Risk Score calculation

I think you are looking for the the risk score assessment tool based on the Framingham Heart Study. It predicts a person’s risk of having a heart attack in the next 10 years. It takes into account ...
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Why is a (simple) mask not recommended for asymptomatic COVID-19 patients?

TL;DR: please WEAR A MASK! (unless your nearby hospitals are out of it, in which case give your masks to them and stay at home) The link you mentioned provides the reason that the CDC likely has in ...
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Are betadine mouthwashes really effective against COVID-19?

Are betadine mouthwashes really effective against COVID-19? In vitro (test tubes/culture plates) studies do show that providone iodine does kill viruses similar to SARS-CoV-2 after sufficient ...
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Preventing diabetes mellitus

Generally, Diabetes Mellitus is categorized into Type 1, Type 2 and Gestational diabetes.The type that you are concerned with is type 2 in which genetic factor plays a major role. Type 2 diabetes ...
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Who should take statins for prevention of heart disease and stroke?

I can offer a UK perspective on this, using guidelines from the National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE): Cardiovascular disease: risk assessment and reduction, including lipid ...
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Can dog bites cause Echinococcosis?

Dog bites are the most common type of animal bites. Only 5% of dog bites lead to local infection. No, echinococcus can't be transmitted through dog bites. Pathogens which can be transmitted by the ...
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Occasional medical tests and imageries

Great answer above. This is to add on to it: Making a decision on whether to recommend screening tests for the entire population is different from deciding whether to screen an individual patient. ...
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Occasional medical tests and imageries

Screening tests such as "blood tests and imaging" have two costs and one benefit: the cost (dollars and possible health problems) of the actual screening, which can in some cases be free the cost (...
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What should I check before taking protein supplements?

Usually, protein supplements (e.g., whey protein) are used by athletes and body-builders. Because isometric exercise like body-building increases the diastolic blood pressure in short-term 1, it is ...
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If tissue and kitchen paper masks achieve 90% of the filtering function of a surgical mask, why the CDC is not recommending them?

This is an early paper on the efficiency of different fabrics for virus filtration. (Lots of testing as gone on since then.) However, it nicely illustrates breathability, the other factor to consider ...
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What steps can I take to prevent a seizure from occurring?

I have found following peer-reviewed paper which provides a review of the nonpharmaceutic conservative interventions for the prevention of seizures: Wolf P. The role of nonpharmaceutic conservative ...
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What stretches are worth doing for a healthy 30-year-old male to prevent tendon injuries?

If the purpose is to prevent tendon injuries, then stretching is not really an effective solution. This article took a look at nearly 2000 articles in Embase and PubMed, and distilled down to 10 ...
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What blood tests are worth doing for a healthy 30-year-old male?

The best place to find this answer is the US Preventive Services Task Force. They are an "independent, volunteer panel of national experts in prevention and evidence-based medicine" who make ...
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Which blood test results would most indicate further testing for cancer?

Short answer? Most likely none. Better answer? What you are asking is what we health professionals call "Screening tests", which are by definition highly sensitive but relatively non-specific routine ...
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What are the dangers of sitting on a public toilet seat?

First you have to consider how diseases are transmitted. STDs are usually skin to skin or warm body fluid to an open sore. Diseases like influenza, ebola, etc can't go through your skin. They require ...
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How to disinfect your laundry

A scholarly report discusses the matter Some years ago, a scholarly report was published. The report's "Appendix A" discusses, among other things, how to clean your laundry if there's a risk ...
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Just learned the previous two owners of the house I bought died of cancer, should I be worried?

Currently, about 20% of people die of cancer. As our ability to cure things that aren't cancer gets better, that number will only go up. If you compute the probabilities, it turns out that for ever ...
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Medical procedure to sever the brain's ability to communicate with the heart?

I believe the term you're looking for is cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD). This is a fairly non-technical explanation of the procedure. It can be left side only (LCSD), right side only (RCSD), or ...
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Why isn't paracetamol routinely combined with n-acetylcysteine?

Several combinations between analgesics and other compounds could be interesting for medical treatment and used in pain treatments, however, the logic isn't only effectiveness. For a medication to be ...
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Preventing NSAID-associated GI bleeding

There is convincing evidence that measures, like crushing the tablets before use, taking them with food or water, lower doses and temporary discontinuation of use, are associated with the lower risk ...
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COVID-19, disinfecting bike-share bikes (or rental bikes), and safely using them

This answer was written on Mar. 25; things can change quickly. By the time you read this answer, it may or may not still be correct. Summary Bike sharing is probably safe and healthy, as long ...
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What are the recommendations for interacting with vulnerable people during the COVID-19 pandemic?

If your relative stays at home without contact with anyone from the outside world, they have zero risk of getting the disease. If a relative living in the house needs to leave daily they risk ...
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Has World Health Organization provided nutrition/diet/exercise guidelines to strengthen the human immune system for better responding to COVID-19?

There are guidelines actually: In the Campains section there are the following links: Feeding babies and young children during the COVID-19 outbreak April 2020 Proper nutrition is vital in the ...
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Properly disinfecting fruits and vegetables from COVID-19

In this pandemic it is important to take precautions at each and every step. Fruits and vegetables should be properly cleaned. We don't know of fruit/vegetables vendors, who might be infected with ...
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Permanent lice prevention

Ok so the semi-permanent solution that I have found is to cover school uniforms with Permethrin. Permethrin is neurotoxin that is used to repel/kill ticks, fleas, and other insects and is used by US ...
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Is Coca-Cola unhealthy?

Coca-cola contains a lot of calories but very few nutrients, foods like that are called "empty calories". There is harm to the body due to regularly consuming empty calories alone. If the ratio of ...
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Does drinking water constantly protect against coronavirus infection?

Such claims about drinking water to prevent COVID-19 also appeared online, but major health organizations do not support them. Health experts say drinking water every 15 minutes does not prevent ...
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