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OMG… A site about Health?

True Story — For thousands of years, the world's professional societies and religions have disseminated its teachings in arcane languages understood by few. It was believed that such knowledge in the ...
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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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Are questions about the practice of medicine on-topic?

A while back I was discussing Stack Exchange's goal of sites by and for experts with a friend who is in the health field, and in discussing a then-hypothetical health site she pointed out that the ...
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Are professional-to-professional questions within the site scope?

Rationales behind the order of applying the torso straps of a Kendrick Extrication Device This question refers to the above question on the main site. The main contention seems to be that it has low ...
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How much overlap should there be with biology.SE?

As a test case, I was just looking at a question here that was similar to one that had been asked and answered at biology.SE. Health.SE question: What causes body parts to fall asleep? Biology.SE ...
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Are shopping questions off-topic?

Example: Where can I buy diclofenac patches in the US at a good price?
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Should alternative medicine be on-topic?

Alternative medicine is "any practice that is put forward as having the healing effects of medicine, but is not founded on evidence gathered using the scientific method."1 Should questions about this ...
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Did we cross over into Physical Fitness?

I am considering this question specifically: Why does walking/jogging seem to do so much more for you than only bicycling? When a question get into the mechanics of physical exercise choices or ...
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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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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 below ...
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Are questions about the health care system on-topic?

I was about to ask a question like What are the benefits of seeing a trans-specific primary care doctor? when I realized that all the questions on here are about health, not about health care ...
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Are questions about Medical History on-topic?

Though this question is completely unrelated, it got me thinking. Should we allow questions about Medical History to be asked here? I was thinking that one of these questions could be like When was ...
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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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Are health insurance questions off-topic?

Are questions on health insurance off-topic? Example: What's the point of declaring a general practitioner ("médecin traitant") in France? What are the financial consequences not to declare ...
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Are legal questions off-topic?

Example: Legal issues when using first aid techniques that require certification in foreign countries I am a certified first responder in France, but laws and protocol may differ from a country to ...
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Are terminology question on-topic?

I asked https://health.stackexchange.com/q/146/43 and I see that I received one close vote saying the question is off-topic. Are terminology questions on-topic?
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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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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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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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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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“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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What's the purpose of Health.SE?

In order to determine the site's scope in specific instances, we need to have a unified, general, but short purpose for the site. For example, the purpose of StackOverflow is a "site for professional ...
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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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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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Are questions about hospital equipments off-topic?

Example: Does less than 10% of donated used medical equipment ultimately becomes operational? In its Guidelines for Donations of Health Care Equipment, the WHO says: The sense among ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 ...
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Are questions about the “Why” of certain practices on-topic?

I'm not referring to the ethics of certain medical practices. Just like "why doctors use Technique A as opposed to Technique B". Also, I already saw this post about whether health practices are on-...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Sexuality in scope?

There is a Sexuality proposal at area 51. Proposed Q&A site for proposed Q&A site for frank and clinical information on human sexuality. Many of the questions could possibly live ...
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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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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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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 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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Questions about equipment for personal use, when on topic?

This question of mine, about a cheap replacement for a fascia roll, was closed, apparantly "because it is about how to build your own equipment." I'm sure the closer will eloborate. I'd argue that ...
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Are differential diagnosis questions on topic?

In the definition phase of this proposal, there were several questions on the differential diagnosis for various presenting complaints. I have noticed however that some questions here asking for a ...