Medicine is the doctrine of prevention, diagnosis and treatment of diseases and injuries in humans and animals.

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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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What does irregular heartbeat mean in simple language?

I bought a blood pressure monitor (A&D UA-851) which has the option to measure irregular heartbeat. I do understand what 'irregular' means, but why do irregular heartbeats happen and what are ...
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how to close a severed artery/vein?

This is a medicine-related question that I've been wondering about. I've been watching medical lectures on YouTube regarding the human body and was wondering about how surgeons treat a severed artery ...
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What is the biological reason for a burst appendix being potentially lethal?

Given that the appendix does not seem to be used by the human body, what is the biological reason that it is potentially lethal when this organ bursts? Also, what would cause the 'burst'?
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How are Maggots Sterilized (Disinfected)?

For maggot therapy, how are maggots disinfected? I'd imagine there's a limited scope of measurements that can be taken to sterilize the maggots - i.e. we don't want to sterilize them and kill them ...
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Why does botulinum toxin seem to be more dangerous to humans than to other mammals?

Various mammals seem to get away with eating parts of carcasses that we would prefer to not even touch, and that we assume will make us sick. Because of that, I assume botulinum toxin is more ...
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Why ml scale blood retrieval is required to run a blood test?

Substances found in blood are present at microscopic scale and tend to be invisible to the unaided eye. Why is a whole vial of blood (at ml scale) is required to assess the presence and concentration ...
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Could this Francobelgian comic book woman really have these 4 diseases at the same time?

I'm doing an archive binge of a paper comic "The Kiekeboes". One of the characters is an elderly woman currently at the doctor, and she says the has the following illnesses: Erythema Exsudativum ...
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Functions of the CFTR gene?

I am a senior in high school and I am studying cystic fibrosis. I don't quite get the function of the CFTR gene as this is my first time dealing with this type of heavy scientific info. I had ...
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Survival curve in early humans

The survival curve/function describes the probability of a given individual to survive to age $x$. In humans, today's survival function is very much influenced by medicine. This leads me to wonder ...
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Viruses: Adaptation to a new host through repeated host jumps

A friend told me, during a 3 minute discussion, that viruses that are endemic in host $A$ and make repeated jumps to host $B$ but can't be transmitted between individuals of species $B$, may slowly ...
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How does food intake affect medicine? Why pill instructions recommends taking them before (after) meal?

Even simple vitamins seem to have this in the instruction. Why is is so? Is there some simple model of how do pills interact with food? Does it depend on the food type? (What about drinks?) Should ...
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Is pork poisonous?

Besides religious prohibition, there are several non-religious arguments against eating pork. A few of which are: Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or ...
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How does vasoconstriction/vasodilation change blood pressure?

Background: I am coming at this question from an electrical engineering background, and I feel like I am missing certain assumptions that are going into the statement found in my physiology textbook, ...
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What is overdiagnosis?

What is overdiagnosis ? I have searched this Wiki result but didn't understood at all. Can you please explain the first two line of Wikipedia : Overdiagnosis is the diagnosis of "disease" that ...
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Where are newly discovered medicines tested

When a medicine is prepared by a biologist,then where does he first test on? And how does he know that this is the exact combination for a disease to get cured? Does he test that medicine on a human ...
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Do all Gram negative bacteria cause septic shock?

Do all Gram negative bacteria cause septic shock? If they don't could they if you attacked them with an antibiotic that could lyse the cell? For example any antibiotic that attacks the cell wall, ...
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Miscarriage in early humans

Today, about 10 to 20 percent of known pregnancy end in miscarriage. Pregnancy is a biological process that has been very well studied by medicine. As a result, modern medicine helps a lot to prevent ...
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Why is the ebola virus so intense now?

So i'm looking into the ebola crisis and it seems the death toll is really getting crazy. I understand that it's a cytomegalovirus and that it basically overwhelms the immune system due to it's size ...
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Is there a standard reference for the importance of tumor heterogeneity?

In a recent post, Philip Gerlee highlighted the two biggest contributions of mathematical oncology to cancer research: (1) increasing focus on the progress of cancer as an evolutionary process, and ...
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What is the best way to orally administer a water insoluble powdered drug to macaque monkeys?

They typically need to be given ~150mg, once a day, and it'll last for two weeks. The drug is very water insoluble, becomes almost like a paste, not suitable for tube feeding. And yes, this is for for ...
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What evidence is there on the medical effects of circumcision?

If this is the wrong place to post this question, then I will delete it and post it were it belongs. I have heard many conflicting things about circumcision. I have heard that it reduces the rate of ...
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Is half-a-tablet of X a substitute for a tablet of X/2?

This may be anecdotal. At the pharmacy earlier, the prescription called for a drug with X mg of the target chemical. The pharmacy however only had stock of a higher potency of the same brand. E.g. ...
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Do Penicillin based antibiotics affect birth control?

I wasn't sure whether to ask this question on Biology or Chemistry Stack Exchange, since it is really biochemisty, but this is something that's been puzzling me. Most pharmacists (all that I've ...
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spinal cord lesion and result in somatic sensation

Jimbo suffers a lesion to the entire right half of the spinal cord at the T6 level. A few weeks after his injury, his doctor tests his right and left legs for somatic sensation and tone. fill out her ...
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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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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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Why do people use anti-inflammatory drugs?

Why people should take anti-inflammatory drugs, when inflammation is a physiological way to defend our organism?
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Are we more/less resistant to infectious diseases during an allergic reaction?

To my understanding, an allergic response is a non-adaptive response of the immune system to some molecule. The molecule in question is therefore "thought by the immune system" to be infectious ...
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What are the benefits of statins in terms of prolonging life?

Recently the UK government suggested that all adults over the age of 50, without exception, would benefit from taking statins. I have an elderly female relative who may, or may not have had a minor ...
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Mesoporous silica particles as anti cancer drug delivery method

If this question is a little off topic for Biology, I'm sorry. I've recently read a lot about mesoporous silica nanoparticles as a promising drug delivery method. The huge range of customizability of ...
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Stem cell that can pass through blood vessel

I know that blood cells can pass through the smallest of capillaries, but I was wondering is it possible for stem cells to pass through the smallest of capillaries? In other words, is it possible for ...
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Do distinctions between dry, tickly and chesty coughs have any medical basis?

Background At least in Britain you normally come across distinct kinds of cough medicine "chesty", "dry" and "tickly". Questions Are "chesty", "dry" and "tickly" coughs always due to ...
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eye myopia power changes with brightness

Is there a condition where myopic power changes with ambient brightness. When I drive in the morning in bright sunlight my power is -4.0; however when I wear the same -4.0 glass in the evening (dusk ...
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What are the longterm effects of pancreatitis?

As the title asks, what are the longterm effects of pancreatitis? Having one event, is the person more susceptible to have a recurrence, or are they at higher risk of other conditions such as ...
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What is a lip? (upper lip and lower lip)

Everyone knows what a lip is but I'm asking from a technical and anatomical standpoint. Actually what we call "lip" is "vermilion" in medical terminology. But I want to ask if my understanding is ...
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Henrietta Lacks Cell Line - Immortality

I'm a newbie in biology and medicine. I understand that Henrietta Lacks provided the cells that formed the HeLa cell line with which much research has been done. Henrietta Lacks died of cancer. If we ...
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Should hydrogen peroxide be applied on a bloody nose? [closed]

When I was a kid, my parents taught me to apply hydrogen peroxide on my nose whenever it bled. It's a rare event, but my nose bleeds from time to time, and when it does, I always go through the same ...
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Applying drugs to brain via scalp (transdermal)

Many medications are intended only for the brain, but are taken orally. Hence <10% finds its intended target, while the remaining >90% is at best wasted, and at worst causes unwanted side-effects. ...
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Why are nausea and dizziness such common side effects from medication?

Why are nausea and dizziness such common side effects from medication? If you go through your medicine cabinet and look at side effects, those might just be on every single bottle. Is there some ...
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Gene Therapy for Cystic Fibrosis

I have another question regarding cystic fibrosis. I understand that gene therapy is currently being talked about in the cure for cystic fibrosis. I know that Eric Alton at imperial college London is ...
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Is it possible for a human to get rabies from a rabies vaccine meant for dogs?

What would happen if a human was injected with a rabies vaccine meant for dogs? I know vaccines can contain weak or dead strains of the virus, but is it possible that the human could become infected ...
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Is there a possibility that medicine will affect the efficiency of natural selection?

I mean, saving sick people means that they possibly can propagate something that nature does not allow. I know that there is already something that operate at genetical level producing alteration, ...
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A question about gag reflex

If left glossopharyngeal nerve and right vagus nerve are intact, but there is a lesion at left vagus nerve, would stimulating the left side of pharynx elicit a gag reflex?
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Reverse tomography to create 3D scalpel

Isn't it possible to reverse tomography methods to create means to deliver heat or radiation precisely in 3D? This would be "3D scalpel" i.e. device which would be able to eradicate tumor cells ...
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Is a hard slap to the head a medical emergency? [closed]

I was just slapped in the head twice by my older brother (we had a fight). He hit me pretty hard with an open palm on the side of my skull, but I didn't feel dizzy or become unconscious. The stinging ...
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Is a neurostimulation implant for the soft-palate component of obstructive sleep apnea plausible?

There are currently ongoing clinical trials for neurostimulation implants designed to keep the tongue from blocking the airway in obstructive sleep apnea. The nerves for this are in the neck and ...
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Is it a medical condition to not able to recall the word in a language while having a conversation [closed]

While having a conversation it happens to some peopl that clearly they know there exists a perfect word to be used but can not recall it during the conversation in real time and hence forced to use ...
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Help me understand how the thyroid secretes

Please have a look at this close up light microscopic image of a thyroid gland: So I'm guessing the cubic epithelial cells surrounding this big red pulp are the secreting cells...? If so, is the ...
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How does the body respond to blood donation; are there any possible risks?

Can blood donation cause any harm to the donor? I have been told so, but cannot find any references supporting this claim. I have also learned that our body will replace the lost fluids within 24 ...