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- question: Does caffeine improve symptoms of asthma?
answer: Yes, mildly.
url: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD001112.pub2/full
notes: Caffeine is a bronchodilator, and can modestly improve airway function for up to four hours in people with asthma. People taking a lung function test should avoid caffeine for at least four hours beforehand.
- question: Does quarantine work to prevent the spread of viruses?
answer: Yes.
url: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cdsr/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD013574/epdf/full
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Studies simulating the spread of disease show that quarantine reduces the number of people with the disease by 44–81% and the number of deaths by 31–63%.
- question: Do corticosteroids help people with acute respiratory distress syndrome?
answer: Maybe.
url: https://www.cochranelibrary.com/cca/doi/10.1002/cca.2682/full
notes: |
There is some limited evidence that all-cause mortality in ARDS patients is reduced by corticosteroids.
- question: Does gabapentin help with neuropathic pain?
answer: Yes, in certain cases.
url: https://www.cochrane.org/CD007938/SYMPT_gabapentin-chronic-neuropathic-pain-adults
notes: Gabapentin improves neuropathic pain in adults suffering from severe pain after singles or due to diabetes.
- question: Does Vitamin C help with colds?
answer: Partly, yes.
url: http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD000980.pub4/abstract
notes: |
Regular supplementation seems to shorten how long your cold is, but it doesn't make you less likely to get sick in the first place.
- question: Does paracetamol (acetaminophen) help with lower back pain?
answer: No.
url: http://www.cochrane.org/CD012230/BACK_paracetamol-low-back-pain
notes: |
There's no evidence that paracetamol works better than placebo to treat acute or chronic back pain.
- question: Do nicotine replacements (gum, sprays, etc.) help when quitting smoking?
answer: Yes.
url: http://www.cochrane.org/news/featured-review-nicotine-replacement-therapy-versus-control-smoking-cessation
notes: |
All forms of nicotine replacement therapy are effective, and they increase the rate of long-term quitting by approximately 50% to 60% in those smoking 15 cigarettes a day or more.
- question: Should I wear a bicycle helmet?
answer: Yes.
url: http://www.cochrane.org/CD001855/INJ_wearing-a-helmet-dramatically-reduces-the-risk-of-head-and-facial-injuries-for-bicyclists-involved-in-a-crash-even-if-it-involves-a-motor-vehicle
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Wearing a helmet dramatically reduces the risk of injury to your head and face if you're in an accident.
- question: Do antidepressants work better than placebo?
answer: Yes.
url: http://www.cochrane.org/CD007954/DEPRESSN_antidepressants-versus-placebo-for-depression-in-primary-care
notes: |
SSRI and tricyclic antidepressants work better than placebo when treating depression.
- question: Will taking antioxidants before/after exercise stop me getting sore?
answer: No.
url: http://www.cochrane.org/news/featured-review-antioxidants-preventing-and-reducing-muscle-soreness-after-exercise
notes: |
Antioxidant supplementation may make a very small difference, but it's likely to be so small as to be undetectable.
- question: Is cannabis helpful for neuropathic pain?
answer: No.
url: http://cochranelibrary-wiley.com/doi/10.1002/14651858.CD012182.pub2/abstract
notes: |
There is a lack of good evidence that any cannabis-derived product works for any chronic neuropathic pain.