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Can humans transdermally absorb minerals from ocean water, and if so how much?

According to several studies quoted here, chemicals can be absorbed by the skin transdermally, at least under certain conditions. When it comes to elements in seawater like sodium, magnesium, ...
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Database of Medical Assertions

Can anyone point me toward a computationally-accessible database of medical assertions? I'm looking for something where each row in the database contains a single unit of knowledge. It could either be ...
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How is color information transmitted from eye to brain?

Is it frequency-modualated or are different colors transmitted by different axons? I know that each ganglion cell is connected to multiple photoreceptors. How does it tell the brain which ...
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How many different smells can a human recognize?

How many different smells can a human recognize? If the space of smells is not discrete, how many dimensions it has (for example, the space of colors is three-dimensional).
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Death because of no radio waves

I read somewhere that a man dies if he is isolated from natural electromagnetic fields and waves. (I imply fields of radio frequencies and below.) Is it true?
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Why don't we have hair on palms?

We have hair all over the body except palms. What is the biological reason behind this? Thanks
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Can humans be printed?

Is it possible to spray stem cells on fully grown skeleton to get fully grown humans? Currently, just read about recent advances, and wondered if something like this is possible.
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Static in limbs

I have noticed that while sitting in the Sukhasan posture(picture below) for a long time, my feet suddenly become all stiff and i am unable to move it. What I deduce from the experience is that it is ...
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How well do we notice asynchronicity?

I'm stopped at a stoplight and, with nothing to do, my thoughts wander to the timed don't-walk sign that governs any pedestrians who might wish to cross the street I'm driving along. I can see two ...
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Why don't we have more cone cells (bigger fovea)?

Background Apart from being able to sense color, cone cells are able to perceive finer detail and more rapid changes in images, because their response times to stimuli are faster than those of rods. ...
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Is solving cancer required in order to avoid aging?

When the telomerase enzyme is not active the telomere shortens every time the cell duplicates leading to a reproductive limit (Hayflicks limit). On one hand this is a believed reason for aging. On the ...
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How HIV Affects and Its Treatment using Combination Therapy

Can someone please help me with the following questions. I've written my specific questions right after the text question. Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) is a retrovirus. Its genome is a single ...
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Sodium levels and blood pressure

Why does low $\ce{Na+}$ levels cause hypotension (low blood pressure). Alternatively, why does excessive intake of $\ce{Na+}$ cause hypertension or high blood pressure? From what I ...
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Chills down the spine with certain music?

I am sure many of us know the feeling of that tingling chill down our spines when listening to certain music. I experienced this most when my younger brother played an emotional piano piece for a ...
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Do we actually get more sick (flu/cold) during winter?

The word flu derives from the Italian phrase "influenza de freddo" meaning "influence of the cold". Indeed it is that time of the year when my colleagues seem to have the flu/cold more often than ...
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How is deviated nasal septum related to cold

I have a deviated nasal septum and I always suffer from common cold I was just wondering how a deviated nasal septum can be the cause for chronic common cold
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Is there a maximum pain threshold?

Is there a maximum threshold of pain a Human can experience, beyond which point there is no noticeable difference? I ask this question in part to better understand the definition of pain and its ...
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Gradual slowing breath, its effect on health

I've written a computer program which beeps, then beeps after 10 sec, then beeps after 11 sec, then beeps after 12 sec, etc. I tried the following "experiment" on myself: do only one breath between ...
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By what mechanism can hypoglycemia induce fainting?

Hypoglycemia (Low blood sugar) is said to be among the potential causes of human-faintings. I was wondering by which mechanism does this happen. Google search results are abundant, there are lists of ...
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Do all humans experience flatus regardless of their diet?

Flatus frequency is affected by diet, so I was wondering if flatus production solely depends on the food eaten, meaning that some people never ever release flatus because they don't eat any ...
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Human muscle strength in constant low gravity environment

Imagine a human colony on an inhabitable planet with 0.2 Earth gravity. Would people eventually weaken to the point where average person could jump and throw things about the same distance as ...
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Could alcohol be used as an antibiotic?

I was thinking about how alcohol is used to sterilize, and I was wondering if it would be possible to use alcohol as an antibiotic? if it kills bacteria, couldn't (conceivably) alcohol in the ...
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For the human head, which direction is anterior, and which direction is ventral?

I read the wikipedia entry and I am sort of confused. In dog, the nose is toward the front. That's anterior. So I conclude that human nose is anterior. In dog, the head is on the back. So that's ...
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Why do some women have menstruation-like spotting throughout their pregnancy?

An interesting question that was asked during a lecture about human reproduction: what is the biological mechanism behind some pregnant women getting monthly spotting that they mistake for a regular ...
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What are the advantages and disadvantages of being ambidextrous?

What are the advantages and disadvantages of being ambidextrous? We have two hands and we nearly can't use one and this seems like a weakness, and a stupid one when you first think about it. But ...
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Why is fructose not glucose the main energy source of sperm?

The seminal fluid contains fructose as the main energy source for the sperm and not glucose. Why is fructose and not glucose the primary energy source for these sperm, since glucose is the ...
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Scrotal temperature and vascularization

The testes (at least in human males) are vascular organs, the vascularization extending even o the interstitial spaces of the seminiferous tubules. The function of the scrotal sac, is to isolate the ...
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Is the Michael Jackson skin pigmentation disease realistic?

Quoting wikipedia: Jackson's skin had been a medium-brown color for the entire duration of his youth, but starting in the mid-1980s, it gradually grew paler. The change gained widespread media ...
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Body's decomposition

Does a human body decompose in a completely sterile environment ? If yes, what decomposes it ? And how fast ? What happens in vacuum ? Can it remain exactly the same ? Thanks
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Natural angle of human eyes in most relaxed state

If a human is standing or sitting, is there a preferred angle in which the eyes are most comfortable when staring ahead? Maybe there's a clinical trial out there with research? The reason I ask is ...
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Possible long term side effects of IV iodine contrast

There are some illnesses that are linked with Iodine deficiency, most notably Multiple Sclerosis (MS) and Parkinson's. The resulting correlations suggest that mortality from Parkinsonism, ...
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Does bright environment strain eyes more than dim?

I'm trying to figure out how to modify my working conditions so that I can program longer without harming my eyes. Because doing so experimentally hasn't given conclusive results so far, I decided to ...
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Does the eye image interval refresh? [closed]

It's known the human eye takes 24 images per second. But does this refresh? For example after sleeping. Or will it always be the same interval? I talk about when the eye takes the images. So it are ...
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Does knowing the sex of each of a couple’s first N children have any marginal value in predicting the sex of child N+1?

Does knowing the sex of each of a couple’s first N children have any marginal value in predicting the sex of child N+1? By “marginal” I mean predictive power beyond other known effects, e.g., the race ...
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Transfer of antibodies in breast milk of humans

Why isn't the IgA secreted in breast milk digested due to proteases of the digestive system in the baby? Wikipedia says: The secretory component of sIgA protects the immunoglobulin from being ...
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Transfer of antibodies from mother to fetus

My questions: When does fetus begins to acquire antibodies from mother? Does it continue throughout the pregnancy? From Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Passive_immunity This occurs around ...
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In Japan, mean human body is 36.0 °C, why so different from Europe?

The Japanese Wikipedia states that the mean human body temperature is 36.0 °C (here, row "ヒト"). The statement is referenced by data from the Japanese government. Actually all of my Japanese friends ...
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How far into a pregnancy is it before visible signs of it is apparent and risk of physical trauma increases

I'm doing research for a series I'm writing. in it the main character is pregnant however goes off to fight a criminal organization who have been killing her friends and i want her appearance to show ...
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How does Humira work when injected into patients with rheumatoid arthritis?

OK, I have rheumatoid arthritis and I've been injecting Humira 2 times a month for the last 8 months. As far as I know rheumatoid arthritis is simply an immune system disorder which makes the immune ...
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What is meant by 73 hour birth [closed]

I was reading an article, when I read a sentence saying, His mother ... nearly died less than three years later during Mathers' 73-hour birth. What does mean by 73-hour birth?
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Why do we feel pain in knees when we are facing fear [closed]

Just for information: I was watching Resident Evil, and every time I saw a zombie, I shook and then after a few minutes or just a few moments, I felt my knees ache! It was like someone is squeezing ...
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Antibody production in secondary immune response

Can IgG antibodies be produced in the secondary immune response without the help of T cells? Is the affinity of antibody for antigens higher during secondary immune response?
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Presence of MHC on red blood cells

Do red blood cells have no MHC? (I have often heard that they do not.) If so why are they not destroyed by immune cells?
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Alternating Ovulation

I have often heard that right and left ovaries alternate in releasing ovum. Is it always true? What controls this rhythm? Is it simply because the other ovary is unresponsive to LH or FSH? If so, ...
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What to do with a DNA sequencer? [closed]

My school is very fortunate to have a DNA sequencer, and I want to find an opportunity to learn how to use it. I'm currently taking AP Biology this year, and I hope to do an independent study in ...
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Is love biologically useful?

I thought about this statement a while ago: Natural selection sucks, it says those who love too much (or too many) will die the easiest and fastest. Sad but true. Only family (biologically of ...
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Extremely rare occurence of Heart cancer?

The occurrence of Heart cancer (similar, but not the same as Rhabdomyosarcoma) is extremely rare, about 1 per year according to MayoClinic. The reason for this rarity is explained to be the ...
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The probability of indirect human fertilization (follow-up)

This question is a follow-up to this one. I've been wondering how small that probability is. As we all know, "safe" sex, that is (correctly) using a condom and all that, isn't perfectly safe. So, in ...
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Would I still exist if [closed]

I've been wondering for some time, but say that my mother's egg chose another sperm cell, and a baby was eventually produced. Would I still be born, but end up with different characteristics/features? ...
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Need of Creatinine Phosphate

In muscle cells most of the ATP's phosphate is with creatinine phosphate. So why is the displacement of the phosphate group done ? Is it because creatinine phosphate would give it's phosphate more ...