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Questions tagged [health]

Health and medicine questions are off-topic unless dealing with the biology underlying health and medicine. Please carefully explore the tour, help centre, and meta before posting health and medicine questions. Health is a physiological state of well-being referring to the (ab)normality of the cellular or organismal physiology.

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Why do obese people heal more slowly?

I recall an obese patient who was referred to a transplant clinic as his stitch wounds hadn't healed after a year. While there's a myriad of side effects caused by immunosuppressive medication after ...
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Wim Hof Method claims Alkaline Blood is Good. Contradictions? Counterproof?

The Wim Hof Method claims, that it is beneficial to have alkaline blood. On the other site there is the medical claim that if the pH-value is not within the range of 7.36-7.42, enzyms are not ...
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How different is breathing in wildfire smoke in urban areas compared to sitting by a campfire for a night?

The air quality in the Bay Area is currently the worst in the world, due to the devastating Butte County wildfires. I understand smoke inhalation can cause inflammation and respiratory issues, ...
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Is it possible to contract the plague by kissing a wild chipmunk?"

I watched this cute video and I came to conclusion that the lady in the video is putting her life in danger. She kisses a wild chipmunk. As I know, they have fleas, and fleas have a black plague. ...
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Why do hot water baths affect only males' fertility? Why not females'?

Here is the link where urologists are warning men not to take hot water baths. Why does it affect only males' fertility? Why not females also?
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How to correctly interpret the regulatory levels of toxic substances?

I guess we all have seen a lot, e.g. according to WHO, NO2 level below xxx ppm in the atmosphere generates no human health concern, pesticide X found in food below mg/kg dry mass food presents no harm ...
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Why do humans lose subcutaneous fat tissue with age?

Why exactly do humans lose subcutaneous fat tissue with age? It appears that we either lose fat cell volume or we might actually be losing the number of fat cells with age. One hypothesis is that as ...
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Why is exercise good? [closed]

The fact that exercise is healthy is a bit counter intuitive to me. If we have any machine, a car for example, the less we use it the longer it lasts. Then how is it that using our body to do sports, ...
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Does night mode on iPhone really help?

Okay so I know that night mode is supposed to filter out blue light that is bad for the eyes, but is it really more helpful than annoying? At night I do use it when I’m on the phone but it doesn’t ...
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Dangers of excess blood protein? [closed]

Like glucose, amino acids are also insulinogenic as well. So, presumably, just like glucose, the body would also like to keep amino acids levels in the blood stream below (or within) some certain ...
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Can one type of bacteria cause several diseases? [closed]

If yes. Does it change its shape in every disease, or does it remain in the same shape and cause several diseases?
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Which plants are healthy to keep in the bedroom at night? [closed]

I know that there are no plants which release oxygen in the dark (Can plants produce oxygen at night (without light)?). I also know that some plants can clean toxic agents from the air (Nasa Clean ...
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How do (commensal and mutualist) microorganisms colonize the seminal vesicles?

Human's seminal fluid has it's own microbiome (Javurek et al. 2016). How do species of this microbiome (bacteria and eukaryotes) colonize the seminal vesicles? It is possible that different species ...
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I found some 'Greenish Color Oil Bubble/Patches' in my Hostel's Canteen Tea

I found some 'Greenish Color Oil Bubble/Patches' in my Hostel's Canteen Tea. Here's the picture. Do you have any idea what is it? Is it harmful? I'm sure that the glass was clean before I poured the ...
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What vitimins are there? [duplicate]

What vitimins are there and why and what are they? they do appear in apples and other fruit but just how many are there
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How can potassium rich foods reduce blood pressure?

How come sodium increases blood pressure, but potassium, which has to some extent similar properties helps lower it?
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Irradiation instead of pasteurization?

Can we just replace pasteurization with simple irradiation for most (if not all) foods? (For example, such as milk, to sterilize and preserve flavors)
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Infra/Ultra sound exposure

What risks are associated with ultrasound/infrasound listening via bone conduction? Would you risk yourself serious physical harm doing this? What levels for these frequencies are safe to the human ...
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Why cornstarch for athlete's feet?

It seems like a lot of foot (anti-odor or antifungal) powders are often based off of cornstarch (i.e., as the primary filler). But wouldn't cornstarch (which, in some places, is also a common food ...
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How effective is it to rinse fruit, lettuce, tomato, … with water?

The general rule I've seen stated is that to get rid of some nasty bacteria, one should rinse fruit and vegetable under running water before using them, especially if eaten raw. Most likely the ...
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Feeding animals or plants with coffee?

What happens if you feed animals or plants with coffee? Say, just once, or daily? There are some extra coffees in the pot, and I don't know whether it is a good idea feeding animals or plants with ...
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If alcohol is a depressant, why does it makes certain people more hyperactive?

Alcohol is by traditional definition a depressant from what I have been taught, ergo it shows down CNS responses. However, why does alcohol then make some people act out and be more energetic than ...
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If animals aren't getting tooth decay because they don't eat processed foods, could similar work for humans?

In previous question here on stackexchange biology I read that animals don't get dental caries because they aren't exposed to refined carbohydrates like sugars. My question is: in theory, could a ...
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Is there any difference between Tetanus and Tetany? [closed]

Both the tetanus and tetany are related to muscle spasms and the latter is due to lack of calcium but is any collaboration between them regarding Clostridium tetani. also?
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How dirty are bugs? And is it okay if they touch food?

Sometimes I see people throw out an entire drink or bowl of food because a small bug was in it. Are they justified in doing this? Is there enough bacteria on common species of bugs (like ants, flies, ...
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Can cognitive enhancement from exercise be replicated/replaced through prolonged standing?

Can cognitive enhancement from exercise be replicated/replaced through prolonged standing? Like, will BDNF be released from prolonged standing. I would prefer to use a standing desk than exercise (...
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Is there any evidence for the validity of RNA/DNA supplements?

Is there any evidence for the validity of RNA/DNA supplements? I've recently been seeing advertisements for RNA and DNA health supplements in the form of a pill, which claim to perform some rather ...
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What does a typical, perfectly healthy vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) leaf look like?

What does a typical, perfectly healthy vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) leaf look like? Colour (darkness of green, redness) Waxiness Veins I'm guessing that soil ph, nutrients, and other ...
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Any studies on the effects and/or benefits of oil pulling?

A friend recently recommended me a process called 'oil pulling' for my teeth as I am struggling with my dental health at the moment. The process involves using a tablespoon of some kind of vegetable ...
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Internal organs temperature

We know body surface temperature rises during fevers. Do the internal organs' temperature also rise during fevers? How do they (internal organs) maintain their temperature? Will there be a variance of ...
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Mackerel evolutionary health affected by loss of predators?

I notice that Atlantic Mackerel (Scombrus scombrus) is endemically affected by parasites. In one study I read that the researchers found that over 70% of the mackerel sampled were infected with ...
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What is mold detection threshold in humans?

I managed to find primary taste detection thresholds, e.g. for sweetness it's 1 part in 200 of sucrose in solution. Recently I've noticed that I can detect mold smell/taste even if there are no signs ...
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To what extent are lifestyle factors taken into account in medical testing? [closed]

A glance at any official health bodies advice will show that we are entreated to eat more healthily, take more exercise and reduce stress. Presumably, there is some reasonable evidence that these ...
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Why do we get scars?

Feeling the hardened tissue of a scar on my head I wondered what the purpose of that scarring is, such skin scars are pretty harmless but from what I understand internal scarring can cause major ...
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What kinds of bacteria live in water bottles?

I've always heard not to re-use disposable plastic water bottles. According to this Huffington Post article, the reason is because: everyday wear and tear from repeated washings and reuse can ...
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Biomedical consensus on human aging and lifespan [closed]

Medical technology is improving quickly. Unless there is a global disaster and human progress is set back significantly, e.g. by an asteroid or a global nuclear war, there will come a day when humans ...
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Is palmitic acid really that dangerous?

According to Wikipedia, "Palmitic acid is the most common saturated fatty acid found in animals, plants and microorganisms. It is also the first fatty acid produced during fatty acid synthesis and is ...
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What are the biological processes of ingesting radioactive particles?

As someone who has basic understanding/education in physics and how radiation works, there is something that is confusing me and which I would like to shed some light on (I posted about this ...
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Non-Lifestyle related diseases

Given the obvious importance for global health, I've found it easy to track down lists from Google of the top lifestyle related causes of death (like heart disease, lung cancer etc), but as a ...
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What food has the highest calorie per unit price that you can buy and eat regularly? [closed]

What food has the highest calorie per unit price that you can buy and eat regularly? The food cannot give you any undesirable health effect due to the sole reason that you eat it regularly (say once ...
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Does genetic morbid obesity exist?

With the acceptance of being a little overweight I hear of people saying they were born morbidly obese and it was genetically passed on. I'm aware being so obese leads to countless health issues, yet ...
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Is bad tasting food more likely to cause harm?

Taste is often referred to as subjective. For example certain foods taste bad to me, such as oranges, grapefruit, grapes, raisins, and sweet potatoes. However the wiki article on taste explains that ...
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Is it possible for any impurities to get through the apple peel?

My parents always told me not to eat from the apple trees near the road, because some kind of bad toxic dirt might get through. This sounds to be physically possible but not really probable in my ...
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How does residual chlorine in tap water work?

As I understand it, residual chlorine levels in tap water are below 1mg/l in the UK. Most chlorine based cleaning products suggest at least 1% solution to be effective (quite a long way off 0.5mg/l by ...
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What is this white stuff inside apples?

I live at Vancouver, BC, Canada and I often find this kind of white stuff inside the apples I buy I used to live in Europe (Switzerland) and never saw that before. It very much look like a fungus. Is ...
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Why does fever above 102 herald a cancer patient's death?

I was recently intrigued by a longtime hospice nurse's observation that her cancer patients die a different death than her Alzheimer's, multiple sclerosis, heart failure and COPD patients. She stated ...
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What causes people to feel sleepy due to recycled air?

I notice this the most in cars, when I set the air con to recycling air (instead of pulling in fresh air). After a while, I start to feel sleepy, and the sleepiness passes almost as soon as I open a ...
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Creation of healthy genetically modified crops [closed]

GM crops are huge at the moment, and the noticeable 'counter movement' is for people to continue to purchase organic foods (please note I am specifically talking of GM crops and not meats, etc). The ...
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How to quantify quality of vegetables and fruits?

I am interested in knowing if there have been studies in quantifying the quality of vegetables and fruits. By simple examination, it is possible for us to identify if a particular vegetable is 'spoilt'...
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Influence of artificial sunlight on the human body

In a hypothetical scenario, where a large, permanently manned craft is in a continual orbit, and natural sunlight cannot be used as the craft may keep moving and turning, artificial sunlight is used ...