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Your phone won’t give you cancer and you don’t get the flu from the flu shot


Aaron Carroll is ready to fight the medical myths again. This time it is about the phone and its cancer giving properties, which have not been demonstrated even after 2 decades of studies from around the world.

Phone use microwave radiation, liek the one from your microwave oven, but at much lower intensity and thus, the only possible effect when used continuously is a mils heating of the area where the phone is near your skin.

Heating. Maybe not even one degree.

So, as for cancer giving properties, phones have not been proven to do that.

Next up: does the flu shot give you flu? Nope. The symptoms you feel when you get the flu shot is your body reacting to the inactive viruses or bacteria in that shot.

So, if you fell ill after you have been given a flu shot, then that means that you are ok, your body works. It simply mounts a response to the inactive pathogens from the vaccines.

You’ll be ok in no time, but ready for the big battle:

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Which diets work? low fat and low carb are the same on the long run


Aaron Carroll explains why we should keep our diets for a long time, at least six months if not one year. Also, on the long run low fat diets are the same as low carb diets. So, if you wanna get slim, then you need to keep the fats and card low, have a healthy sleeping and eating schedule and exercise. Not more than that!

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Healthcare Triage trio: systematic reviews, pot, and meta analysis


Systematic reviews, as opposed to review, which are opinions of scientists, look at a ton of studies on a given topic and then derive the conclusions from there. Systematic reviews are scientific studies made to discover patterns and find the truth. they also are transparent enough to let others follow the same path and test the conclusions.

In the news from below you will learn that pot, ie medical marijuana, is not that dangerous and it can be used to reduce pain. Several US states have started accepting it to be publicly used. also, swearing reduces pain too.

While systematic reviews are a good way to use studies of studies in order to get some valid conclusions, there is also the meta analysis. Meta analysis simply merges all the data from all studies in order to get the truth out. Systematic reviews check many studies and rule out those who won’t be deemed useful:

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Let’s kill health summer myths with Healthcare Triage


When a bee stings you, you should try to either scrape it or to pinch it in 1-4 seconds max. More than that and the venom will hurt more. If a jellyfish stings you you should urinate on the area that has been stung. Wrong. You need to put that area in hot water. This will reduce the pain.

More: you can use mayonnaise and eat in the summer without issues, citronella candles won’t help fight mosquitoes, poison ivy rash is not contagious, but its oil is.