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Age-Related Macular Degeneration Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Age-Related Macular Degeneration? Millions of Americans are affected by age-related macular degeneration (AMD), a disease that damages the eye's central vision. To learn more about macular degeneration, take this quiz, based on information from the National Eye Institute. 1. People who have the greatest risk for developing AMD are 60 or older. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The risk increases with age, but AMD can occur during middle age. A...
Alternative Arthritis Treatment Quiz
Take the Alternative Arthritis Treatment Quiz Find out how much you know about alternative arthritis treatments. 1. Acupuncture, the practice of using fine needles at specific sites on the skin to treat illness, can relieve arthritis pain in some people. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Researchers say that acupuncture provides relief for conditions such as fibromyalgia, a chronic condition characterized by widespread musculoskeletal pain, multiple tender points, and c...
Altitude Sickness Quiz
Take the Altitude Sickness Quiz Gazing down on the spectacular view from a mountaintop can take your breath away. That breathlessness is oftentimes more than just an awestruck reaction to the sights. It can be a symptom of altitude sickness, an illness that can strike hikers, mountain climbers, skiers, and anyone who hits the 8,000-foot mark on a mountain. Learn more about this condition by taking this true-false quiz. 1. Altitude sickness is also called mountain sickness. You didn't answer this questio...
Alzheimer's Disease Quiz
What Do You Know About Alzheimer's Disease? Find out more about this degenerative disease of the brain by taking this quiz. 1. Alzheimer's is the most common form of which of these? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It is a collection of symptoms characterized by decreasing intellectual and social abilities. A. Malnutrition B. Dementia C. Fatigue D. Psychosis 2. How is Alzheimer's diagnosed? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is No single t...
Anemia Quiz
What Do You Know About Anemia? Anemia is a condition that affects the number of red blood cells in your body. A number of diseases and conditions can cause anemia. Find out more by taking the following quiz. 1. Anemia is a common condition. What happens when a person has anemia? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These cells carry oxygen and iron to nourish all the cells in the body. Anemia isn't a single disease but a condition that has many different causes. A. The bod...
Aplastic Anemia Quiz
What Do You Know About Aplastic Anemia? Aplastic anemia is a rare blood disorder that affects the growth of blood cells. "Aplastic" means "lack of growth." Learn more about this serious disease by taking the following quiz. 1. Blood cells--red, white and platelets--are made in the bone marrow. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The bone marrow, which is the spongy liquid inside your bones, makes stem cells. These stem cells develop into the 3 main types of blood cells: r...
Appendix Quiz
Take the Appendix Quiz The human appendix is a 3- to 6-inch narrow tube located where the small and large intestines join. It's mostly known for becoming inflamed and requiring emergency abdominal surgery for thousands of Americans each year. If you want to learn more about the appendix, take this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 1. The appendix performs what vital role in the body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The cor...
Arthritis Quiz
Take the Arthritis Quiz This quiz is a chance to find out more about arthritis and arthritis treatment. 1. Although health care providers have identified more than 100 forms of arthritis, most people have 1 of 3 main forms. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The 3 most common kinds of arthritis in older people are osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and gouty arthritis. A. True B. False 2. Arthritis affects only the wrist, ankle, and knee joints. You didn't answer this...
Asthma Knowledge Quiz
Asthma Knowledge Quiz The following quiz will test your knowledge about asthma. Always talk with your healthcare provider to find out more information. 1. Millions of adults and children in the U.S. have asthma symptoms. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is According to the American College of Allergy, Asthma, and Immunology, more than 25 million Americans have asthma symptoms. This number includes both adults and children. A. True B. False 2. Asthma is a disease that rare...
Back Care Quiz
What Do You Know About Taking Care of Your Back? Oh, my aching back! Back pain is one of the most common complaints patients bring to the doctor's office. But how serious is it? Take this quiz and see how much you know about back care. 1. It’s easy to find the cause of low back pain. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The exact cause of low back pain can be hard to determine. In most cases, back pain may be a symptom of many causes. They may include overuse, injury, spin...
Back Pain Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Your Back? You probably take your back for granted—until it starts to hurt. Think about it—your back is a part of your body that's in nearly constant use. Whether you're sitting, standing, or moving, your back and its muscles are providing support all day, every day. Test your knowledge of the back by taking this quiz. 1. How many bones are in your spine? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is There are 33 bones are in the spinal column, from the s...
Balance Disorders Quiz
What Do You Know About Balance Disorders? Although millions of Americans have balance disorders, they can be difficult to diagnose. That's because dizziness--a common symptom of these disorders--is such a broad term. 1. Which of these parts of the body plays a key role in balance? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The labyrinth is an organ in the inner ear. It interacts with other systems in the body—the eyes, bones and joints, brain and nervous system--to maintain the ...
Blood Count Quiz
Take the Blood Count Quiz The last time you visited your healthcare provider for an illness, he or she might have ordered a CBC test to help figure out the diagnosis. CBC stands for complete blood count, but what does that mean? And what do all those numbers on the result sheet mean? Find out by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institutes of Health. 1. Which blood cells and blood elements are included in a CBC test? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer...
Blood Transfusion Quiz
Take the Blood Transfusion Quiz Each year, millions of Americans roll up their sleeves to donate blood, helping accident victims, surgical patients, and others in need. How much do you know about blood transfusions? Take this multiple-choice test to find out. 1. Why are transfusions given? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Transfusions also improve clotting problems. A. To increase the amount of blood B. To increase the blood's ability to carry oxygen C. To decrease the...
Breast Cancer Quiz
What Do You Know About Breast Cancer? Test your knowledge of breast cancer by taking this quiz. 1. Finding breast cancer early is the key to successful treatment. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is More than 2.8 million U.S. women with a history of the disease are alive today, mainly because of early detection. The 5-year survival rate is 100% if the cancer is found before it spreads. A. True B. False 2. Older women are more likely to develop breast cancer. You didn't an...
Breastfeeding Quiz
Take the Breastfeeding Quiz Breastfeeding offers a range of benefits for your and your child. Do you know what they are? 1. Breastfed children are less likely to have: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The antibodies found in breastmilk help protect a child from many diseases and infections. Children who are breastfed also are less likely to develop allergies or obesity. Breastfeeding for at least 6 months also helps protect against sudden infant death syndrome (SIDS). ...
Bruxism Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Bruxism? Are you clenching your teeth and don't even know it? Find out about bruxism (teeth clenching or grinding) by taking this quiz. 1. Bruxism in children is considered to be a behavioral disorder. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is In most cases, bruxism in children is a sleep disorder, but it may be associated with other causes such as Rett syndrome, a neurological and developmental disorder occurring mostly in girls; central nervous syst...
Bunions, Corns and Hammertoes Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Bunions, Corns and Hammertoes? Did you know untreated bunions may lead to arthritis? Take this quiz and find out how to take care of your feet. 1. Women are 9 times more likely to have a bunion than are men. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is More than half of U.S. women have bunions, says the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons (AAOS), and 9 out of 10 bunions occur in women. The main culprit for bunions is wearing tight, narrow shoes and ...
Car Safety Quiz
How's Your Car Safety Knowledge? Most of us think of ourselves as safe and responsible drivers. Yet automobile accidents are the leading cause of death for people ages 5 to 32 and the leading cause of injury for people of all ages. You can't be responsible for other drivers, but it is wise to brush up on your own auto safety skills. To test your knowledge, try your hand at this true/false quiz. 1. In a severe accident, you have a better chance of surviving if you are not wearing a seat belt and are thro...
Cataracts Quiz
What Do You Know About Cataracts? More than half of Americans 80 years and older have cataracts, the National Eye Institute (NEI) says. 1. Most cataracts related to aging are caused by proteins clumping in the lens of the eye. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The clumps of protein cloud the eye's lens. The lens is a clear part of the eye that helps to focus light on the retina, the light-sensitive tissue at the back of the eye. The lens must be clear for the retina to ...
Colorectal Cancer: Test Your Knowledge
Knowledge Is the Key to Colorectal Cancer Test your knowledge of colorectal cancer by taking the following quiz. 1. Colorectal cancer—cancer of the colon or rectum—is the third most common cancer in U.S. men and women. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cancers of the lung, breast in women, and prostate in men are the only cancers more common than colorectal cancer. The American Cancer Society (ACS) estimates that about 130,000 people are diagnosed with colorectal cancer...
Contraception Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Contraception? About half of all pregnancies are unplanned, says the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. But women today have many safe and reliable choices if they want to prevent pregnancy. Birth control can be a drug, device, or method. Test your knowledge of contraception by taking this quiz. 1. Which methods of birth control needs a prescription? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Other methods that require a prescription...
COPD Quiz
What Do You Know About COPD? Smoking is the main cause of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a serious illness that makes breathing difficult. Take this quiz to find out more about COPD and how to prevent it. 1. Which of the following diseases is included in the umbrella term COPD? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is In chronic bronchitis, the bronchial tubes are continually inflamed. This leads to scarring. Inflamed or scarred bronchi let less air to flow in a...
CPR and Defibrillator Quiz
How Much Do You Know About CPR and Defibrillators? Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the leading causes of death in adults in the U.S. Knowing CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation) may help you save the life of someone who goes into cardiac arrest. Learn more about CPR by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Heart Association (AHA). 1. When was CPR first developed? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although the technique of mouth-to-mouth resuscitation w...
Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease Quiz
What Do You Know About Creutzfeldt-Jakob Disease? Thirty years ago, few people had heard of Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease (CJD). Today, it has made the news mostly from its possible association with "mad cow disease." To help make sense of this puzzling disease, take this quiz, based on information from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 1. CJD is a rare, degenerative, fatal brain disorder. You didn't answer this ques...
Crime and Older Adults Quiz
Take the Crime and Older Adults Quiz Being the victim of a crime is never pleasant, but older adults need to take special precautions. 1. Older adults are more likely than younger adults to be attacked by strangers. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Older adults are also more likely to be attacked in or near their homes. And older victims are more likely to suffer more serious injuries than younger victims. A. True B. False 2. One of the best ways to protect yourself at...
Digestive System Quiz
What Do You Know About the Digestive System? What happens to that cheeseburger and fries (or, we hope, that whole wheat bread and green salad) you had for lunch? During the digestive process, food is converted into energy that's used by your body. Take this quiz to see how much you know about how digestion works. 1. How does food move through your digestive tract? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These contractions move food from the esophagus to the stomach, then thro...
Disease Prevention Quiz
Take the Disease Prevention Test You can do a lot to keep yourself healthy. Avoiding germs, eating a balanced diet, getting enough rest—all these steps and others can put you on the road to good health. How much do you know about preventing disease? Take this quiz and find out. 1. How are infectious diseases, such as colds and influenza, most commonly spread? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The most common way to catch infectious illnesses is to touch the mouth, nose,...
Doctor-Patient Communication Quiz
Doctor-Patient Communication Quiz You and your doctor are partners, working together for your optimal health. That's why it's important to find a doctor you feel comfortable with, someone who listens to your questions, and takes the time to ask his or her own. Find out more about doctor-patient relations by taking this quiz. 1. Your doctor knows which medicines you're taking, so you don't need to bother reminding him or her. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is You may see...
Emphysema Quiz
Take the Emphysema Quiz Emphysema is a long-term lung disease that usually gets worse over time. It's a form of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). According to the American Lung Association, close to 5 million Americans have emphysema. Take this quiz to see what you know about this disease. 1. Cigarette smoking is the usual cause of emphysema. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cigarette smoking is the cause in about 90% of people with emphysema. A smoker is 1...
Eye Quiz
The Eye Quiz Don't sit too close to the TV. Don't watch TV without a light on in the room. Don't use over-the-counter eyedrops. Are these statements true? Find out by taking the following quiz. 1. Sitting too close to the television will harm your eyes. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is This is one of the biggest myths, eye experts say. Sitting too close to the TV does not make vision worse. A. True B. False 2. If I see well, then I don't need eye checkups. You didn't a...
Eyesight Quiz
Do You Know How to Preserve Your Eyesight? Can you harm your vision by sitting too close to the TV? Why is vitamin A good for your eyes? Who is at risk for cataracts? Find the answers by taking this quiz. 1. Which of these habits harms your vision? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These habits tire eye muscles but won't permanently damage eyesight. A. Sitting too close to a TV B. Reading without enough light C. Reading too long D. None of the above 2. Healthcare provid...
Fibromyalgia Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Fibromyalgia? Fibromyalgia affects about 5 million Americans. Women of childbearing age are most likely to have fibromyalgia, but it can affect men, children, and older women, as well. Test your knowledge of fibromyalgia by taking this quiz. 1. What is fibromyalgia? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Fibromyalgia is a collection of painful symptoms. It is not a disease. A. Small tumors in muscle tissue B. A collection of painful symptoms C. Ext...
Fire Prevention Quiz
Take the Fire Prevention Quiz Do you know what to do if a fire breaks out at home? How can you best prevent a home fire? Find out more by taking this quiz on fire prevention. 1. Which of these is the leading cause of home fire deaths? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Smoking is the leading cause of deaths from home fires. In the months of December, January, and February, however, smoking ties with heating equipment fires in number of deaths, according to the National F...
First Aid/Emergency Quiz
Take the First Aid/Emergency Quiz Test your knowledge of first aid by taking this quiz. 1. If you need to call 911 in an emergency, what should you tell the dispatcher? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Try to remain calm and speak slowly and clearly. The dispatcher may ask you if anyone has been injured and, if so, how many; and the condition of the victim(s). Don't hang up until the dispatcher tells you it's OK to do so. Wait on the scene until emergency help arrives....
Food Quiz
Take the Food Quiz Following a sensible diet is a cornerstone of good health. Find out how much you know about healthy eating by taking this quiz, based on information from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics (AND). 1. Snacking may keep you from becoming overly hungry and overeating. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Healthy snacking can help you moderate the amount of food you eat. This will make you less inclined to overeat at your next meal or late at night in fro...
Foot Health Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Foot Health? Most people would agree that it's no small problem when their feet ache. Yet few other parts of the body are more neglected in terms of basic personal care. And major foot problems and chronic pain often go ignored. Learning about foot care can help you recognize when to see a healthcare provider for treatment. 1. You should inspect your feet regularly. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Dry, scaling skin or inflammation of the ski...
Glaucoma Quiz
Take the Glaucoma Quiz Glaucoma is a group of diseases that can damage the eye's optic nerve and result in vision loss and blindness. But with early treatment, you can often protect your eyes against serious vision loss. 1. In most forms of glaucoma, what damages the optic nerve? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is In most forms of glaucoma, the pressure inside the eye—called intraocular pressure—rises because the eye's drainage canals become blocked or don't work properl...
Gout Quiz
Take the Gout Quiz For anyone who has had gout, the experience is not one that's easily forgotten. It causes sudden, intense pain and tenderness in a joint. Find out more about gout by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 1. Gout is a form of arthritis. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Gout is one of more than 100 different forms of arthritis. It makes up about 5% of all arthritis cases. ...
Halloween Safety Quiz
Test Yourself on Halloween Safety Halloween can be full of fun and excitement for youngsters, but it’s also a time for trick-or-treaters to be careful. Take this quiz to learn more about this popular holiday and how to make sure your family’s celebration is safe this year. 1. The first popular Halloween candy in America was: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The Tootsie Roll was America’s first wrapped penny candy. It was created and sold by candy maker Leo Hirshfield i...
Hazardous Materials in the Home Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Hazardous Materials in Your Home? Bleach, ant killer, and gasoline are poisons commonly found in the home. But plenty of other toxic or hazardous chemicals fill our shelves and cupboards, and some of them may surprise you. Hairspray, for instance, is highly flammable. Learn more about these chemicals by taking this quiz. 1. Which of these are household poisons? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Most people know that toilet bowl cleaners contai...
Healthy Pregnancy Quiz
What Do You Know About Having a Healthy Pregnancy? Pregnancy is an exciting and busy time for couples. You spend time wondering about your baby-to-be and making plenty of preparations to welcome the newest member of your family. By taking this quiz, you can learn which lifestyle behaviors are most helpful and which may be harmful to your developing child. 1. Healthy habits during which trimester are most crucial for the well-being of the developing fetus? You didn't answer this question. You answered Th...
Heart Disease Prevention Quiz
What Do You Know About Preventing Heart Disease? You can take steps to reduce your risk for heart disease. Find out more about preventing heart disease by taking this quiz. 1. Which of these is a cause of heart disease? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is This condition is called atherosclerosis. Fat and cholesterol build up in the arteries and create places of inflammation. This buildup is called plaque. The plaque makes the inside of the arteries narrower and stiffer, a...
Heart Health Quiz
Take the Heart Health Test How healthy is your heart? Find out more by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) and the American Heart Association (AHA). 1. We've made only modest progress in reducing the toll of heart disease in the last 10 years. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Heart attack deaths fell by one-third between 2000 and 2010. A. True B. False 2. Heart disease kills more women than all types of canc...
Heart Quiz for Women Only
Heart Quiz for Women Only As a woman, do you know what your risk is for developing heart disease? You might be surprised. Take this quiz to see how much you know about heart disease in women. The quiz is based on information from the American Heart Association. 1. Coronary heart disease develops gradually over many years. It can easily go undetected. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Coronary heart disease takes years to develop, and, in the case of women, it generally ...
Heat Stroke Quiz
Take the Heat Stroke Quiz A hot summer day can be just as deadly as a chilly winter one for older adults. Take this quiz to see how much you know about heat stroke and heat exhaustion. It's based on information from the National Institute on Aging (NIA) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). 1. Heat exhaustion and heat stroke mean the same thing. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Heat exhaustion is a warning that the body is becoming overheated. Signs...
Hepatitis Quiz
Take the Hepatitis Test Viral hepatitis comes in several forms, and many of them can make you very sick. Some forms of the virus can be eliminated from the body. But other forms remain for a lifetime. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of hepatitis. 1. Which organ does hepatitis affect? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Whatever the cause, hepatitis results in inflammation of the liver. A. Heart B. Brain C. Liver D. Kidneys 2. Which of these things can cause hepatiti...
How Much Do You Know About Anemia?
How Much Do You Know About Anemia? The red blood cells in your body look like doughnuts. Their main job is to carry oxygen to body tissues and remove carbon dioxide. Anemia is a condition in which the body doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells. Learn more about anemia by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 1. Anemia can be short term (temporary) or lasting a long time (chronic). It can range from mild to severe. You didn't answer this q...
Huntington Disease Quiz
Take the Huntington Disease Quiz It has been more than 40 years since singer/songwriter Woody Guthrie died of Huntington disease (HD). He had been misdiagnosed for years—he'd even been labeled an alcoholic. Since that time, much has been learned about HD. The following quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, provides essential information on this devastating disease. 1. Huntington disease is also known as: You didn't answer this question. You answered...
Hypothermia Quiz
Take the Hypothermia Quiz Baby, it's cold outside! When winter weather arrives, you need to take extra precautions against hypothermia if you're an older adult. Test your knowledge of these cold facts from the National Institute on Aging. 1. Cold weather can be a problem for older adults because many seniors take medications that can interfere with the body's ability to regulate its temperature. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Medications that increase the risk of acc...
International Travel Quiz
How Much Do You Know About International Travel and Health? Test your knowledge of how to stay healthy when traveling abroad. 1. International travel may require prophylactic medicines and vaccines. How long before departure should you see your doctor? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Some vaccines must be given in a series over several days or weeks. You should see your doctor as early as possible before your departure to find out what medications or vaccines are reco...
Juvenile Arthritis Quiz
What Do You Know About Juvenile Arthritis? Arthritis is usually thought of as a disease that occurs later in life, but 1 child in every thousand develops a juvenile form of this illness. About 300,000 children in the U.S. have been diagnosed with juvenile arthritis (JA) or other rheumatic conditions, according to the American College of Rheumatology. Take this quiz to learn more. 1. When diagnosing JA, doctors look for joint inflammation that begins before age 16 and continues for at least 6 weeks. You ...
Lead Safety Quiz
Take the Lead Safety Quiz Test your knowledge of lead poisoning and how to protect your family. This quiz is based on information from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA). 1. One of the most common places to find lead is in the home. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Lead can leach into drinking water from certain types of plumbing materials (lead pipes and copper pipes with lead solder, for example). It can also be found on walls, woodwork, toys, and dinnerw...
Leukemia Quiz
Leukemia Quiz Learn more about leukemia by taking this quiz. 1. A person with leukemia produces abnormal blood cells--usually white blood cells--that over time crowd out normal white and red blood cells, and platelets. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Leukemia cells often don't fight infections like normal white blood cells do. Even when the abnormal white blood cells function almost normally, they eventually become so numerous that they interfere with the function of ...
Leukemia Quiz II
What Do You Know About Leukemia? Leukemia is a cancer of the blood. A person with leukemia produces abnormal white blood cells that grow out of control and crowd out the normal blood cells. Find out more about leukemia by taking the following quiz, based on information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 1. Leukemia is categorized as chronic or acute. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Chronic leukemia gets worse slowly, with few symptoms early on. The abnormal whi...
Lips Quiz
Take the Lips Quiz Lips are for...talking and smooching and eating. Yes, they're important, but do you know how to take good care of your lips? Take this quiz to find out. 1. Your lips are part of your skin, but why do you need to treat them differently from the rest of your epidermis? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Unlike the rest of your skin, your lips have an extremely thin outer layer, which allows moisture to evaporate more quickly. Your lips also have none or ...
Longevity Quiz
The Longevity Quiz What's the secret to a long, healthy life? The secret is that it depends on you. You can take steps to keep yourself healthy in the long run. Find out what you know about living longer by taking this true-false quiz. 1. To reduce your risk for chronic disease as an adult, you need to exercise at least 2 hours a day. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The USDA Dietary Guidelines for Americans say that you should get at least 150 minutes a week of modera...
Long-Term Care Planning Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Planning for Long-Term Care? People who need long-term care include those with a chronic illness or a physical handicap. Learn more about long-term care planning by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Aging (NIA). 1. Which expert is trained to help you and your family develop a plan for long-term care? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is This is a special kind of social worker or nurse. A geriatric case manager,...
Lupus Quiz
Take the Lupus Quiz Lupus is an autoimmune disorder that affects the whole body. It is also called systemic lupus erythematosus, or SLE. It can range from mild to severe. The Lupus Foundation of America says that as many as 1.5 million Americans have lupus. Most of them are women. Find out more about this disease by taking the following quiz. 1. Which part of the body might be affected by lupus? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Lupus can also affect the lungs, eyes, di...
Mammogram Quiz
What Do You Know About Mammograms? Test your knowledge of what steps to take to catch breast cancer in the early stages. 1. To get a quality mammogram, make sure the facility has which of these? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Also ask if the facility follows FDA quality-assurance programs and if the radiologists who read the mammograms are board certified. A. FDA certification B. Mammogram machine that's calibrated annually C. Registered technologists D. All of these...
Memory Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Memory? To keep your memory sharp, it's helpful to understand factors that affect memory for better or for worse. 1. Spending most of your time doing one type of activity doesn't stimulate your brain. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is If you don't challenge your brain with different activities, you end up with the inability to remember certain things. Brain cells that aren't stimulated work less efficiently. The old adage about using it or los...
Meningitis Quiz
Take the Meningitis Quiz Meningitis is an infection of the membranes that surround the brain and spinal cord. Both viruses and bacteria cause meningitis. Bacterial meningitis can be life-threatening; viral meningitis seldom is. Learn more about bacterial meningitis through this quiz. 1. Bacterial meningitis is caused by only one kind of bacteria. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It can be caused by several different kinds of bacteria. Some of the more common bacteria t...
Menopause Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Menopause? Test your knowledge of menopause by taking this quiz. 1. At what age does menopause typically begin? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Menopause usually occurs sometime between age 45 and 55, but the typical age is 50, according to the National Institute on Aging (NIA). Menopause means the permanent end of menstruation. A. 40 B. 45 C. 50 D. 55 2. A woman is considered to be in menopause after she has missed how many menstrual cycles...
Multiple Births Quiz
What Do You Know About Multiple Births? So you're having more than one! You're not alone. The number of multiple births has increased dramatically in recent years. 1. Which is an explanation for the increasing number of multiple births in this country? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is About a third of the increase in multiple births can be explained by an increasing number of women older than age 30 having children. The remaining two-thirds of the increase can be tied ...
Multiple Sclerosis Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Multiple Sclerosis? Multiple sclerosis (MS) is a disease of the central nervous system, the brain, and spinal cord. Its symptoms can range from benign to severe. Find out more about this mysterious illness by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). 1. Although exact numbers are not available, approximately how many people in the United States have MS? You didn't answer this question. You answered The corr...
Nervous System Quiz
Take the Nervous System Quiz The nervous system is responsible for our thoughts, our emotions, and our movements. The brain, nerves, and spinal cord are all members of this important process. How much do you know about the nervous system? Do you know what happens when the system malfunctions? Find out by taking this multiple-choice quiz. 1. The human nervous system is capable of a wide range of functions. What is the basic unit of the nervous system? You didn't answer this question. You answered The cor...
New Year's Quiz
New Year's Resolution Quiz Happy New Year! It’s time to look ahead to the next 12 months and see what you can do to maintain or improve your health. Do you need to lose weight? Quit smoking? Start exercising? Find out more about healthy choices by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these is important to a healthy diet? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The USDA's dietary guidelines recommend that half of the grains you eat each day be whole grains. You should have a...
Night Shift Quiz
What Do You Know About Working the Night Shift? If you work the night shift, you face unique health and productivity challenges. Take this quiz to see how much you know about making the most of the night shift. 1. If you work at night, try to maintain the same sleep schedule on the days you work and the days you're off. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Reverting fully to a typical day schedule during your time off will make it harder to sleep during the day after you r...
Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Non-Hodgkin Lymphoma? Lymphomas are a type of cancer that affects the lymphatic system. Learn more about non-Hodgkin lymphoma (NHL) by taking this true-false quiz, based on information from the American Cancer Society (ACS) and the National Cancer Institute. 1. Lymphomas are divided into two main types: Hodgkin and non-Hodgkin lymphomas. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Hodgkin lymphoma, or Hodgkin disease, is named for Thomas Hodgkin, MD, wh...
Obesity Basics: What Is It? How Is It Treated?
Obesity Basics: What Is It? How Is It Treated? There is an epidemic of obesity in this country, health experts say. But what is obesity? How is it measured? Find out the answers to these questions and others by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). 1. Body mass index (BMI) is the current standard for finding out whether someone is overweight or obese. BMI corrects for differences in height among people. Which BMI reading...
Parkinson Disease Quiz
What Do You Know About Parkinson Disease? This illness has existed for thousands of years. Learn more about Parkinson disease by taking this quiz. 1. Parkinson disease is marked by a shortage of which chemical in the brain? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The brain-signaling chemical dopamine, one of many neurotransmitters in the brain, is made by cells in the brain stem. These cells release dopamine, one of the neurotransmitters that help control muscle movement. The...
PMS Quiz
Take the PMS Quiz Premenstrual syndrome (PMS) refers to a range of monthly symptoms that starts 1 to 2 weeks before a woman's menstrual period. Most women have at least some PMS symptoms. Learn more about PMS by taking this quiz. 1. Which group of women is more likely to have PMS? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is One culture may report different symptoms from another culture, but women from all walks of life are affected. A. Those in industrialized countries B. Those i...
Radon Gas Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Radon? Radon is a gas that you can't see or smell, but is present in nearly all the air around us. Everyone breathes in radon every day, usually at low levels. People who inhale high levels of radon are at increased risk for developing lung cancer. Radon is a problem in homes in which higher concentrations collect. Find out more about radon by taking this quiz, based on information from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the National Cancer Institute (NCI). 1. Where...
Raynaud's Phenomenon Quiz
Take the Raynaud’s Quiz Raynaud's disease or phenomenon is a disorder that affects a person’s blood vessels in the fingers, and sometimes the toes. Learn more about this disorder by taking this quiz. 1. If you have Raynaud's phenomenon, you will know it because because your skin changes color when you are exposed to cold. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The main symptoms of Raynaud's are a change in skin color and a change in skin temperature. Skin color changes from ...
Reproductive Cancers Quiz
What Do You Know About Reproductive Cancers? Cancer can strike any part of the reproductive system, but research has led to better diagnoses, treatments, and a lower chance of death for many of these cancers. 1. How common is testicular cancer in men? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although testicular cancer accounts for only 1% of all cancers in men, it is the most common form of cancer in young men ages 15 to 35. Any man can get testicular cancer, but it is more co...
Reye Syndrome Quiz
Take the Reye Syndrome Quiz Reye syndrome is a disease that affects all the organs, but causes the most harm to the brain and the liver. Find out more about the disease by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke and the American Liver Foundation. 1. Reye syndrome primarily affects which age group? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It occurs mainly in children, although some cases have been reported in adult...
Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz
Rheumatoid Arthritis Quiz Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic disease that affects 1.5 million Americans. It has no cure, but it can be controlled by a range of treatments. Learn more about RA by taking this quiz. It's based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 1. One characteristic of RA is that it usually affects the same joints on both sides of the body. If one hand is involved, the other one is, too. You didn't answer this question. You an...
Scoliosis Quiz
Take the Scoliosis Quiz Find out how much you know about scoliosis by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 1. Most idiopathic scoliosis that occurs in children appears before age 10. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Scoliosis can occur before age 10, but it's rare and is generally caused by some condition such as a spinal tumor, congenital heart disease, or a genetic disorder rather than ...
Seizure Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Seizures? A seizure is an uncontrolled electrical discharge from brain cells that causes mental and physical symptoms. Epilepsy is a group of chronic conditions in which a person has unprovoked, recurring seizures. Find out more about epilepsy and seizures by taking this quiz, based on information from the Epilepsy Foundation. 1. Although the characteristics of a seizure may differ from person to person, seizures are caused by the same thing: You didn't answer this question. Y...
Sickle Cell Disease Quiz
Take the Sickle Cell Disease Quiz Red blood cells are usually doughnut-shaped. In a person with sickle cell anemia, the red blood cells are shaped like a C—like a sickle. Find out more about this disease by taking the following quiz. 1. People with sickle cell anemia are born with it. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The disease is inherited. People with sickle cell anemia inherit a sickle cell gene from each parent. People who inherit a sickle cell gene from only one ...
Sleep Apnea Quiz
Take the Sleep Apnea Quiz When your sleep is upset throughout the night, you can be very sleepy during the day. Perhaps you have sleep apnea--a breathing disorder marked by many brief interruptions of breathing during sleep. 1. Sleep apnea is most common among women. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although sleep apnea occurs in both sexes and among all age groups, it is most often diagnosed in middle-aged men. It may be under-diagnosed in women. About 18 million Amer...
Spine Health Quiz
Take the Spine Health Quiz Back pain is one of the most common nerve-related illnesses in the United States. Keeping your spine in good health is one way to avoid back pain. Learn more about your spine and back pain by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS), the American Association of Neurological Surgeons, and the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1. How many healthcare provider visits each year are because of back proble...
Tattoos and Body Piercing Quiz
What Do You Know About Tattoos and Body Piercing? Tattooing has been done as a decorative practice since ancient times. It's now also being used for some cosmetic medical procedures and for permanent makeup applications. Find out more about tattoos and piercings by taking this quiz. 1. How is a tattoo applied to the skin? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The needles usually are attached to a small machine and tubes that hold the dyes. The tattooist moves the machine ov...
Teen Immunization Quiz
Take the Teen Vaccine Quiz Thanks to vaccines, most U.S. children are protected against serious diseases such as measles, mumps, diphtheria, polio, and chickenpox. But what happens to that protection when a child becomes a teen? A teen who missed a vaccine or booster as a child may need to be immunized. Learn more about which vaccines teens need by taking this quiz. 1. Who decides what vaccines children, teens, and adults need and when they should get them? You didn't answer this question. You answered ...
Vision Quiz
Take the Vision Test Find out how much you know about your eyes. 1. Which of these is a leading cause of vision loss or blindness? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is All three of these conditions can cause either severe vision loss or blindness. Diabetes is the leading cause of new cases of blindness among adults each year. Glaucoma is another leading cause of blindness in the U.S.; among African-Americans, it is the most common cause of blindness. Others at risk for gla...
Water Safety Quiz
What Do You Know About Water Safety? Hundreds of people drown each year in the U.S., including those who die in boating accidents and in swimming pools. Summertime is a prime time for water-related injuries. Learn more about water safety by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Red Cross (ARC) and other safety groups. 1. Alcohol is rarely involved in drowning deaths related to boating mishaps. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Alcohol use is blamed in...
Weather and Your Health Quiz
How Does the Weather Affect Your Health? We talk about the weather when we don't have much else to chat about: "Nice day, isn't it?" "Aren't you sick of this rain?" The weather has more to do with your health than you might realize. Learn more about the weather and you by taking this quiz. 1. People who suffer from a “bum knee” often say they can tell when rain is coming. This is because they may have which of these common health conditions? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answ...
Workplace Interruptions Quiz
Can You Control Workplace Interruptions? Having trouble concentrating on important tasks at work because of frequent interruptions? If so, knowing how to control and avoid them can increase your productivity. Here is a quiz to help you assess your knowledge of how to deal with interruptions. 1. It's efficient to check your e-mail every time you get a message. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It's more efficient to open your e-mail only twice a day, unless you're expect...