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Obviously some spicy foods are better for you than others, but I am assuming you want an answer about spicy foods in general. One of the biggest benefits of eating spicy foods, especially chili peppers, is that it helps you lose weight. Spicy foods help to raise your metabolic rate, which will slow down your weight gain. If you eat spicy foods often, the ...


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Red chilies contain large amounts of vitamin C and small amounts of carotene (provitamin A). Yellow and especially green chilies (which are essentially unripe fruit) contain a considerably lower amount of both substances. In addition, peppers are a good source of most B vitamins, and vitamin B6 in particular. They are very high in potassium, magnesium, and ...


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The chilli pepper is usually referred to plants from the genus Capsicum and the substances that give chili peppers their intensity when ingested or applied topically are capsaicin and several related (called as capsaicinoids). Health benefits of eating chilli peppers can include: Chilli peppers 'help to burn fat' (study) The effects of capsaicin, the ...


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Every procedure has to be weighed for potential costs and benefits. Cancer is a risk already present and might shorten a life, CT scans on the other hand are done to prolong a life. The exact risks (costs) for CT scans is unknown, especially the exact risks for you, since we only have statistical data to estimate that. Prior data forms the basis for this ...


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Fluoride can be absorbed into the teeth and form fluoroapatite only in children up to 6-8 years of age (WebMD). Later, fluoride from toothpaste may still be helpful, because it stimulates the incorporation of calcium and phosphorus into the enamel that has been demineralized (PubMed Central, 2006). So, fluoride stimulates remineralization and thus slows ...


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Lifelong abstainance from masterbation is completely safe. As @Noah said in his comment, there are plenty of celibate people out there with no adverse health from their life choice. Even though sperm is constantly being produced, dead sperm will be shed after time anyway. See my answer to a similar question at Effects of masturbation on Health. I have ...


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Heart attacks are caused by reduced or blocked blood flow to the heart, but a sphygmonanometer cuts off the blood flow to the arm (or leg) only. It's not possible it could cause a heart attack directly even if it were left on indefinitely. However, leaving a BP cuff on for a very long time could cause injury and eventual tissue death in the arm, or possibly ...


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Definition: The term "high fructose corn syrup" is not a good descriptor of its composition, but the term was mandated to distinguish the newly developed fructose-containing corn syrup from traditional all-glucose corn syrups. Factors that may account for the different effects of fructose alone or a mixture of fructose and glucose could be its ...


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This question is difficult to answer because risk discussions are individualized. Instead of answering, I will point you to reliable resources to guide your discussion with your OB. One great source of pooled evidence is UpToDate. I would also recommend reading articles from ACOG and AAFP, professional organizations that are going to be impartial as ...


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There are known instances of outdoor transmission, and even some fairly large spread, but every study I've been able to find that attempted to differentiate between indoor and outdoor transmission found that indoor transmission accounted for the overwhelming majority of analyzed cases. An early preprint in April by Qian et al found that "among our 7,324 ...


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"Surely there are more risks" well, you could drown. You could be assaulted or filmed in the change room. You could get dry skin from exposure to the water or the compounds in it - when I swam daily in a semi-public pool I had to use lotion after every swim, which I don't need to do after daily swims in my own these days. But I expect you're more concerned ...


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Fasting, at least in Islam, means no water intake during the fast. The Islamic purpose of not allowing even water is to remind one that one should not take for granted the gifts of life. So, the purpose of the injunction is to remind you, and not to imperil your health. In the same way that the pillars of Islam have modifiers ( like not going to Mecca if ...


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There has been an ongoing debate regarding health risks from the electromagnetic fields being emitted from WiFi routers. The constant radiation exposure is arguably dangerous at close distances and may contribute to serious health issues, especially with long-term “chronic” exposure. In 2011, the World Health Organization classified radiofrequency ...


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The main protective effect of fluoride is outside the tooth, not inside. Small amounts of fluoride in solution around the tooth inhibit demineralization more effectively than incorporated fluoride and have a much greater caries-protective potential than a large proportion of fluorapatite in enamel mineral. Schweiz Monatsschr Zahnmed 122: 1030–...


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In the U.S., 14 in every 100 000 pregnancies are fatal for the mother. While this may not seem much, consider the following graphic: In picture B and D the blue bars indicate deaths due to pregnancies. While those numbers have decreased since 1990, in 2010 they still accounted for a large proportion of deaths of women in that age group. A selection of ...


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The first part of your question is very difficult to answer for the reasons mentioned in Narusan's comment: Specifically, comparing cancer incidence rates between many different groups of cancer survivors and people from matched demographics who have never had cancer is going to be very difficult, especially since these sets of data would be sourced from ...


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Well, after I commented that this might be hard to find, I took 10 seconds and found what looks like a reasonable recent meta analysis, though it's not limited to the US: Franklin, J. C., Ribeiro, J. D., Fox, K. R., Bentley, K. H., Kleiman, E. M., Huang, X., ... & Nock, M. K. (2017). Risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors: a meta-analysis of 50 ...


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Diet Pepsi is sweetened with sucralose (diet coke is sweetened with aspartame). Sucralose ha been found in studies to not affect blood sugar levels: This study demonstrated that, similar to cellulose, sucralose consumption for 3 months at doses of 7.5 mg/kg/day, which is approximately three times the estimated maximum intake, had no effect on glucose ...


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In short, the answer (regarding diseases) is yes. Anytime you deal with blood or other bodily fluid, you risk catching a variety of diseases. The risk is compounded if you are not wearing proper protective equipment, washing your hands after handling them and covering breaks in skin before handling. Here is a list of the diseases you could end up with as ...


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Ash weight and composition Cremated remains are mostly dry calcium phosphates with some minor minerals, such as salts of sodium and potassium. Sulfur and most carbon are driven off as oxidized gases during the process, although a relatively small amount of carbon may remain as carbonate. And all metals implants, fillings etc are removed before the ashes are ...


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Addiction occurs due to chronic or frequent use, which means a lot more often than you're taking it. Since you're going weeks between doses, and you're taking very small doses, there's no danger of you developing a dependence because of the gaps between doses. Your body simply isn't getting it often enough to develop a physical dependence. The danger would ...


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The amounts of radiation in today's machines is low enough that there is no negative impact to be expected. For comparison: X-Rays: A chest X-ray gives you about 10 mrem MRIs measure the reaction time of molecules (in the body) to changes of outside magnetic fields. No radiation or radioactivity is involved at all. CT-Scans: A chest CT scan clocks in at ...


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A tattoo will be irrelevant to the person with Hep-B receiving it. The risks will be the same as anyone else receiving a tattoo, except of course that Hep-B won't be among those risks as it normally would. It will not make the condition worse. However, it will present a risk to the tattoo artist and anyone else exposed to the used needles, ink, and other ...


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This has been on peoples' minds for decades and the answer is still not clear. TL;DR at the bottom. Research done in the past has not always been of the best quality and so conclusions that might have been made which suggest harm, are probably wrong. For example: a UK study in 2005 suggested increased rates of cancer in association with distance from power-...


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That approach works with some supplements and not others. Iron, for example, will be held in the small intestine until the blood level lowers enough for safe absorption by which time it might just be pushed out of the body. Zing is regulated by secretions in urine and sweat. Any you ingest, or breath in (unsafe welding practices), will be absorbed by the ...


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Hydroxyzine Hydrochloride (Atarax, Ucerax) is a first-generation (sedative) antihistamine. Drugs of this type tend to have a pretty tame clinical profile, and it's unlikely you will experience any undesirable effects, apart from the sedation. Without knowing your medical history, it can be difficult to ascertain whether you will suffer any drug-drug or ...


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If we compare the average increase in all-cause mortality due to sitting (approximately 50% according to meta-study published on NHS) and the average all-cause mortality due to smoking (aproximately 300% increase according to CDC data), siting does not appear to be nearly as bad. Yet, because of how broadly you worded the question it is possible that ...


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There is one exception that has not been mentioned. There is a condition called Cholinergic Urticaria, which is hives due to excess heat and sweat. It is in the category of physical allergies, and more information can be found here: Medscape Cholinergic Urticaria. One of the triggers is spicy food. This article explains that dietary changes that remove foods ...


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If all the rest is the same, your risk of caries would increase by 25% Source: Cochrane Syst Review.


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One problem with this approach of seeking knowledge is the theoretical nature of the question itself: Unprotected fellatio, which has been practiced by all civilizations since mists of time, is now becoming a cause of concern due to the AIDS epidemic. Most of the sexually transmitted infectious diseases are concerned by fellatio and only few medical ...


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