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Is a question about TENS units on-topic?

A friend of mine has gotten a recommendation to get a TENS unit for his nape (back of his neck). Neither of us has had experience with these, and I was thinking I might ask about how to evaluate the ...
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Mismatch between on-topic and off-topic with Seasoned Advice

I'm coming from Seasoned Advice SE since I voted to flag something as off-topic there because the question was asking for dietary and nutrition advice. Question here - Are overnight oats good for ...
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What is our stance on questions on medical careers?

What is our stance on questions on medical careers? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: What is the best method to get a non-student clinical rotation in the US? Medical students in the US ...
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On topic or not : Vet my story ideas

We are starting to see questions such as this one on injury verification, where the poster is asking for logical reasons for a person to have suffered certain injuries. This is the third or fourth ...
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Is it on-topic to ask about differential diagnostics for sciatica, and if so how?

I want to ask about which methods or tests are appropriate for differentiating different causes for sciatic nerve pain when the cause is not obvious (i.e. not trauma from direct impact). On the one ...
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Break up Medical Sciences Stack Exchange

This Stack Exchange ranks as hands-down the most newbie-unfriendly, freedom-of-information unfriendly exchange where moderators actively prevent people from helping others due to some bullcrap ...
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How can we get less off topic question?

1 out of 4 question are being closed for being off topic. The majority of them are not closed by the community but by a moderator. Could the community be allowed to help close questions? Could a ...
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How can this question be more on topic?

I am not looking for a diagnosis or treatment. I am just inquiring on the benefits of snot. Can some tell me what wording I should use to be on topic? Do you swallow or spit?
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Showcasing exemplary questions and answers

I wanted to highlight this question about the J curve of alcohol consumption as one of the exemplary questions AND answers for our goal scope: Has the (in)famous J-shaped curve with regard to alcohol ...
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Why is the question asking for textbooks on sexual physiology too broad?

Are there any textbooks about sexual physiology and practices? This question is closed as too-broad and perhaps self-help, but I'm unable to see how. Can you explain it to me?
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Do we want to allow recommendation questions?

Discussion on a recommendation question found here. Generally, "recommend me X" type questions are currently off topic on almost every SE site (With the obvious exceptions of software and hardware ...
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Should we edit Personal Medical Advice questions?

With the change of scope for this site, I am wondering if we should be more strict on Personal Medical Advice questions. What sparked my question was CBC showing Metamyelocytes at 2% (normal range is ...
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What is our stance on questions based on some phony/scammy websites/webpages?

What is our stance on questions based on some phony/scammy websites/webpages? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Are closed plastic or wood blinds really not sufficient UVA protection? (mirror) ...
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Out of scope: “please identify my observed phenomenon” and other plausibility questions

A question that falls in the category of the MedicalSciences' equivalent of "identify this movie" seems to come up almost daily. I wanted to discuss where we want to draw the line for these questions....
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Site name/scope: what to do with old questions and answers

Things move forward. That's great. And it's uncharted territory. This is about the expected and perhaps even already ongoing cleanup. Currently my impression is that whenever community-diamond bumps ...
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Yet again, we have personal advice questions answered

I am concerned that we are still having personal advice questions answered by those who have been here a long time and therefore should know that these questions must never be answered, and they ...
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Where do we draw the line between personal diagnosis request and “made generic” “differential diagnosis”

Previously (Personal Diagnosis and Health.SE, Are differential diagnosis questions on topic? this has been discussed without a proper consensus building, as far as I understand it. The first link is ...
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Quality of References

The medical sciences are evidence-based, and because it is a field in which wrong information can be harmful, it is important that questions and answers also be evidence-based. The quality of ...
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Defibrillating Health.SE

Several of us feel that we need to call a code on this site and assess viability. It's edging on unsustainable. UPDATE: This is an evolving process; please check the discussion in the chat room ...
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Linking Personal Close Reason to DoctorWhom's answer

Currently, our close reason for personal medical advice links to this Meta question However, DoctorWhom's great answer seems to be better suited. Can we alter the link of the close reason to this? ...
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Improving our How To Ask page

Update: New How To Ask page is live. michaelpri asked the Community Managers how the changes we proposed could be implemented, and they strongly recommended us to fix our How To Ask page first. ...
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Does this site accept relationship questions?

Since Health Stack Exchange is about health, does it accept questions on relationships as a part of psychological help?
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Please don't answer questions that are off-topic

As Lucky has pointed out to me earlier: Since personal medical advice is strictly off-topic here, such questions: Should not be answered Should be closed Please, don't answer ...
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When should a question be transferred to Chemistry.SE?

I've just asked a question that one could argue should be migrated to Chemistry.SE. What is the community's stand on that? Should we accept questions regarding drug metabolism and interaction of ...
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Blood Test Results

Recently, there have been two questions on blood test results. First of all, I think stating whether numbers "look good" or recognising problems falls under the diagnosis part, which we opted is not ...
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Are personal medical questions about “imaginary” patients on-topic?

Personal medical advice questions are off-topic on Health Stack Exchange. The close reason states Questions requesting personal medical advice are off-topic here. Nobody here can properly address ...
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What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems?

What is our stance on questions on Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Subject: Is there a list of Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems that ...
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What is our stance on questions on ethics?

What is our stance on questions on ethics? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example (almost the same as Law and Ethics - Refusing to treat intoxicated patients, just removing the legal side): I am ...
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What is our stance on questions “is it safe to do X with medical condition Y”?

What is our stance on questions "is it safe to do X with medical condition Y"? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Title: Is it safe to drive with a torn acl? Last week, I tore my ACL (...
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What is our stance on questions about software recommendations?

What is our stance on questions about software recommendations? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Title: Does Canada have the Good RX app? I recently moved to Canada from the USA, and ...
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What is our stance on questions about the rationale behind a drug's price?

What is our stance on questions about the rationale behind a drug's price? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example Question: Why is apokyn so expensive? I understand that Apomorphine has been ...
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What is our stance on questions about health policies?

What is our stance on questions about health policies? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Why did the UK ban phenmetrazine? I used small doses everyday for years, it's the ...
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What is our stance on questions about asking for a specific number?

What is our stance on questions about asking for a specific number? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Number of MRI scanners in the world today? How many MRI scanners are ...
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What is our stance on questions about assistive technology recommendations?

What is our stance on questions about assistive technology recommendations? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: Are there any tools/aids which can help deaf and mute people? ...
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“Happy marriage” question and topicality

This question was closed by myself and one other community member: https://health.stackexchange.com/q/5505/165 The OP has edited and requested re-opening. To me, the question remains primarily ...
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Can the answer suggest a supplement which is not in the first line of therapy?

Since my answer has been removed and probable reason includes that: You are prescribing appetite suppressant where the first line of therapy is dietary modification and exercise. Also they are not ...
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Why my 5-HTP answer has been removed?

The question was: What are good ways to lose weight for people being mentally active? Are there any good diets for people being mentally active which won't affect the everyday brain activities? My ...
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What is our stance on questions about nutrition?

What is our stance on questions about nutrition? Are they on-topic or off-topic? Example: Question: To what extent does the cooking time impact the nutritional content when boiling potatoes? ...
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Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic?

Is asking questions about a particular health dataset on-topic? I know they are on-topic on OpenData.SE, but I am curious to know whether they are allowed in in this Stack Exchange. Examples: ...
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Are questions about human evolution on topic?

Are questions about human evolution on topic? Example (inspired by Why have 2 bones in lower arm/leg and only 1 in upper?) We only have one bone in our upper arm (the humerus) and upper leg (the ...
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Are questions about clarifying the meaning of medication leaflets on topic?

Today, we got a question which received a downvote and a close vote: Do dosage directions refer to the amount of medical product or to the amount of active ingredient of it? I must admit that I had ...
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What is our stance on questions asking for health data sets off-topic?

What is our stance on questions asking for health data sets off-topic? I know they are on-topic on OpenData.SE, but I am curious to know whether they are allowed in this Stack Exchange. Example: Is ...
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Where's the line between health and human physiology?

There are several questions on Health.SE that I would consider as being off-topic, as they are not about health, but about general human physiology/biology. Examples are Is "big boned" ...
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Are questions about medical research protocols on-topic?

Are questions about medical research protocol on-topic? Example: How is it determined that someone died from "air polution"? I saw this question on another Stack Exchange site, and ...
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Are questions about med school on-topic?

There is a question in Academia about the ranking of med schools: Does it matter where you go to medical school?. Does this question on-topic? We agree that question about health care system are on-...
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Are questions about implications of surgery procedures on-topic?

Some may have questions about the implications of a surgery. Here are a couple of examples: Will hysterectomy affect posture or shape of the stomach? What are the consequences (if any) on cosmetic ...
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Are questions about drug approvals on-topic?

Are questions about drug approvals on-topic? E.g. Biafine is a topical non-steroidal medication, which has been used use in France for over 25 years. Why did the U.S. Food and Drug Administration ...
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Are personal anecdotes + general health questions on-topic?

We have established that personal medical advice questions are off topic. I’ve noticed that there are some (many) questions that provide a personal anecdote about a medical problem the OP faces but ...
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Should recommendations be on-topic?

I have seen a few questions now that have been asking for a recommendation for things like an app or a resource. For example, https://health.stackexchange.com/questions/1520/cross-platform-pedometer-...
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What if the doctor says: “I don't know”?

This happens to me this morning. When I ask about whether my legs are having lymphatic congestion or varicose veins, because the symptom of both two I read on the internet are similar, the answer the ...