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Acne Quiz
What Do You Know About Acne? Acne is the most common skin disease in the U.S. Test your knowledge of acne by taking this quiz. 1. What part of the skin does acne affect? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Glands at the base of hair follicles make oil. The oil travels up the hair shaft. Oil trapped inside follicles causes acne. A. Epidermis B. Endodermis C. Hair follicles D. Hair shaft 2. Where does acne most often show up? You didn't answer this question. You answered Th...
Activity Quiz
The Activity Quiz Are you ready to start exercising, but don't know where to start? This quiz can get you off on the right foot. 1. How much moderate physical activity does a person need? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services says that adults should get at least 150 minutes a week of moderate physical activity. If you’re not used to being active, that may not be possible at first. You can start with just a few minutes each da...
Addiction Quiz
What Do You Know About Addiction? Addiction is a long-term (chronic) brain disease that is also called substance abuse disorder. It can be caused by using too much of a drug or alcohol. Over time, addiction changes the structure and function of the brain. Find out more about addiction by taking this quiz. 1. Addiction can begin when a person uses drugs, but addiction is more than just using a lot of drugs. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is When someone abuses a drug, ch...
Adult Immunizations Quiz
Quiz Yourself: Adult Immunizations Find out what you know about getting immunized by taking this quiz. 1. You should get a tetanus and diphtheria booster every 15 years. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is You should get this booster every 10 years. A. True B. False 2. If you got the primary polio vaccine series as a child, you don't need any follow-up boosters. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is If you have had the primary series of the p...
Advance Directive Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Advance Directives? How important is it to draw up a living will? Take this quiz and find out. 1. The two most common forms of advance directives are the living will and durable power of attorney. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A regular will is a document that states how you want your estate handled after your death, according to the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO). It takes effect after you die. A living will is ...
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...
Alcohol Abuse Quiz
What Do You Know About Alcohol Abuse? Misusing alcohol can lead to serious problems. Alcohol-use disorder can be mild, moderate, or severe. Alcohol-use disorder is a pattern of drinking that results in failure to meet work, home, or school responsibilities, among other things. Alcoholism is the severe form of alcohol-use disorder. It is considered a disease with symptoms that include an extremely strong craving for alcohol, loss of control over drinking, or physical dependence. Learn more about the effe...
Allergies Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Allergies? Allergies are nothing to sneeze at. Learn how to better deal with them by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these body systems causes allergic reactions? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Antibodies are released to protect the body against a perceived threat. A. Endocrine B. Immune C. Nervous D. Autonomic 2. An allergen is anything that triggers an allergic or hypersensitive response. Which of these could be an allergen? You di...
Alternative and Complementary Medicine Quiz
Alternative and Complementary Medicine Quiz Many people swear by alternative and complementary therapies. Find out more about these treatments by taking this quiz. 1. Alternative medicine and complementary medicine mean the same thing. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These two terms are often used interchangeably, but they mean different things. According to the National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH), alternative medicine refers to medical th...
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...
Anthrax Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Anthrax? Anthrax is a serious disease that can affect the skin, lungs, and digestive tract. Learn more about this disease by taking the following quiz. 1. Anthrax is caused by which of the following? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Anthrax is caused by the rod-shaped bacterium Bacillus anthracis . Like most bacteria, it reproduces by forming spores. It is primarily a disease of hoofed animals like cattle, sheep, and goats. But it can affect ...
Antibiotics Quiz
Take the Antibiotics Quiz Antibiotics have been called "wonder drugs." They can treat infections that once killed many people. But using these drugs when they shouldn’t be has allowed certain bacteria to become resistant to them. Learn more about this important issue by taking this quiz. It is based on information from the CDC and the Alliance for the Prudent Use of Antibiotics. 1. Antibiotics kill both viruses and bacteria that cause illness. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct an...
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...
Aspirin Quiz
Take the Aspirin Quiz Each year, more than a million Americans die from heart attacks and other forms of heart disease. Taking low doses of aspirin is one way to help with heart health. Other ways include healthy eating, regular exercise, and not smoking. Learn more about how aspirin can help fight heart disease by taking this quiz. 1. One way that aspirin helps people with heart disease is by preventing blood platelets from forming clots. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer...
Asthma Awareness Quiz
Asthma: What Do You Know About It? What do the composer Beethoven and President Kennedy have in common? Asthma. How much do you know about this disease? Take this quiz to find out. 1. Asthma is the leading cause of long-term illness in children. When does it usually show up? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Half the cases develop in childhood. Asthma symptoms may go away as children become adults. They may come back as adults get older. A. At birth B. Before age 5 C. B...
Asthma in Children Quiz
Your Child's Asthma: Quiz Children are more likely to have asthma than are adults. In fact, asthma is the most common long-term childhood disease, according to the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Find out more about this condition by taking the following quiz. 1. Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Asthma is a common disease among children and adults in the U.S., and it is increasing. A. True B. Fa...
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...
Athlete's Foot Quiz
What Do You Know About Athlete's Foot? Itch. Scratch. Itch. Scratch. The itching caused by athlete's foot can be intense. Named for the active people who seem most prone to this condition, athlete's foot can affect even couch potatoes. Find out more by taking this multiple-choice quiz. 1. Athlete's foot is caused by: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The fungi are called dermatophytes, and they like to grow in warm, moist places, like the insides of your sweaty shoes. T...
Atopic Dermatitis Quiz
Take the Atopic Dermatitis Quiz Atopic dermatitis is a chronic skin condition marked by inflamed and itchy skin. It can be inherited, and it affects millions of Americans. The following quiz, based on information from the National Institutes of Health, offers helpful facts about the condition. 1. People who have atopic dermatitis also may have: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is "Atopic" refers to a group of conditions that can run in families and usually occur together....
Autism Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Autism? Autism is a developmental disability that usually starts in early childhood. Because different children can have widely different symptoms, autism is classified as a "spectrum disorder," which means it is a group of disorders with similar features, ranging in severity from mild to serious. Find out more about autism by taking the following quiz. 1. A person with autism has difficulty interacting with others. Which of these is an example of impaired social interaction? ...
Autoimmune Diseases Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Autoimmune Diseases? Autoimmune diseases can affect anyone, but women are at greater risk. These diseases also share common symptoms: fatigue, dizziness, and low-grade fever, according to the National Women’s Health Information Center. Test your knowledge of this serious--and mysterious--class of diseases. 1. Which of these is an autoimmune disease? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is AIDS stands for "acquired immunodeficiency syndrome," but thi...
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 ...
Birth Defects Quiz
What Do You Know About Birth Defects? See how much you know about birth defects. Learn what you can do to lower your risk. 1. How many babies in the U.S. are born with birth defects? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is According to the March of Dimes, about 1 in 33 babies born each year in the U.S. has a birth defect. A. 1% B. 3% C. 5% D. 10% 2. When is an unborn baby most at risk of developing a birth defect? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answ...
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 Pressure Quiz
Take the Blood Pressure Quiz Do you know your risk factors for high blood pressure? You can’t do anything about some risk factors. But other risk factors can be changed. Learn about the risk factors for high blood pressure by taking this quiz. 1. At what age should you have your first screening for high blood pressure? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends that a healthy adult get a first blood pressure check at age 18. If ...
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...
Botulism Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Botulism? Botulism is rare, but extremely dangerous. This quiz will help you learn how to make sure the food you eat is safe. 1. The majority of botulism cases are: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is You can get botulism in 3 ways: by eating foods that contain the botulism toxin, by eating foods that contain spores of the bacteria, or through a wound infected with the bacteria. C. botulinum is an anaerobic bacterium, meaning it grows in places ...
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 ...
Burns Quiz
What Do You Know About Burns? Burns can occur anytime of year, but the summertime can hold special hazards because many of us are outdoors doing yard work, grilling, or boating. Learn more about burns by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these facts is true about burns? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is To prevent scalds from hot water, check your water heater setting to see that it is set at 120 degrees, the recommended temperature. At that temperature, it takes 5...
Caffeine Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Caffeine? Is there a link between drinking a lot of caffeine and osteoporosis? Find out when you take this quiz. 1. How does caffeine affect the body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is When you drink 1 to 2 cups of coffee a day, it acts as a mild stimulant. The caffeine boosts your heart rate and blood pressure. This makes you feel more alert and better able to concentrate. Caffeine's effects start about 15 minutes after you drink it. The effe...
Calcium Quiz
The Calcium Quiz Test your knowledge of the importance of calcium by taking this quiz. 1. Calcium does which of these things in your body: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Calcium is important to your body in many ways. It helps your bones, heart, nerves, muscles, and blood. A. Develops strong bones and teeth and keeps them healthy B. Helps you keep a normal heart rhythm C. Helps your muscles do work D. Sends nerve impulses E. Helps your blood clot F. All of the above ...
Cancer Warning Signs Quiz
Test Your Knowledge of Cancer's Warning Signs Early detection of cancer is important because it is usually easier to treat—and possibly cure—when caught early. Do you know what signs to look for? Take this quiz to find out more. 1. Any sudden or progressive change in a mole's appearance could be a sign of skin cancer. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is That’s why it’s important to regularly check your skin for any changes in moles, freckles, or other skin marks, the Amer...
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...
Cat Scratch Disease Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Cat Scratch Disease? Cats make wonderful pets. That's why there are millions of pet cats in the U.S. Sometimes, however, cats can cause an illness called cat scratch disease. Find out more about this illness by taking this true-false quiz. 1. Cat scratch disease (CSD) is primarily found in children. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Most cases are in people under 21 years old. A. True B. False 2. CSD is an allergic reaction to touching a cat. ...
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 ...
Celiac Disease Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Celiac Disease? Celiac disease is a digestive disease that can affect children and adults alike. Also known as celiac sprue, this disease is the most common genetic disease in Europe and is considered significantly underdiagnosed in the U.S. Learn more about the disease by taking this quiz. 1. People with celiac disease cannot eat which kind of food? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is When a person with celiac disease eats any of these grains, ...
Cervical Cancer Quiz
What Do You Know About Cervical Cancer? According to the American Cancer Society (ACS), more than 4,000 American women die from cervical cancer each year. But death rates have declined dramatically over the last 50 years because more women are being screened. To learn more about cervical cancer and prevention, take this quiz, based on information from the National Cancer Institute (NCI) and the ACS. 1. Where is the cervix located in the body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct ans...
Child Development Quiz
What Do You Know About Child Development? Test your knowledge of child development by taking this quiz. 1. When riding in a motor vehicle, how tall should a child be to sit in a regular seat and use an adult seat belt instead of a being strapped into a car safety seat or booster seat? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Children are usually big enough to use a regular seat when they are 8 to 12 years old. Before allowing your children to use the regular seat and adult sea...
Childhood Asthma Quiz
What Do You Know About Living with Asthma? Asthma is a disease that affects the airways of the lungs. It is the most common long-term disease of children. Test your knowledge of daily life with asthma. 1. What are the symptoms of asthma? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Common asthma symptoms are shortness of breath, cough, chest tightness, and wheezing. A. Tightness in the chest B. Wheezing C. Sneezing D. A and B 2. Which of these can trigger an asthma attack? You did...
Chlamydia Quiz
What Do You Know About Chlamydia? Test your knowledge of chlamydia by taking this quiz. 1. How many kinds of sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are prevalent in the U.S. today? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is But chlamydia is one of the most pervasive, ahead of gonorrhea and syphilis, but second to the human papillomavirus, or HPV. Doctors diagnose more than 2.5 million cases of chlamydia each year. A. 100 B. 50 C. 25 D. 10 2. The STI chlamydia is a bacterium that...
Cholesterol Quiz
Take the Cholesterol Quiz Cholesterol is a soft, waxy substance found in all parts of your body. It helps form cell membranes and helps your body make some hormones and vitamin D. Excess cholesterol can build up in the arteries, narrowing them and slowing or blocking blood flow to the heart, brain, and other organs. 1. Anyone who is 20 or older should have a cholesterol check: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Depending on your results your doctor may tell you to have t...
'Choose My Plate' Quiz
What Do You Know About the 'Choose My Plate' Eating Plan? The federal government's personalized food plan – called Choose My Plate – is the latest version of a guide to good nutrition that started years ago with the Four Food Groups. Find out how much you know about the current dietary guidelines. 1. The Dietary Guidelines for Americans were developed to make people aware of the food groups that make up a healthy diet. Which of these organizations developed the guidelines? You didn't answer this questio...
Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Quiz
Take the Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Quiz We all get tired. Many of us have felt depressed at times. But the mystery known as chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS) is not like the normal ups and downs we experience in everyday life. 1. For many people, chronic fatigue syndrome can begin when? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is For other people, CFS develops after a bout of infectious mononucleosis ("mono"), which temporarily saps the energy of many teenagers and young adults. Ofte...
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...
Common Cold Quiz
What Do You Know About the Common Cold? 1. More than 200 viruses cause colds. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is And some of those viruses can be quite potent. Some viruses, such as the rhinoviruses, seldom produce serious illness. But others, such as parainfluenza and respiratory syncytial virus, can lead to severe lower respiratory infections in young children. A. True B. False 2. Frequent hand-washing can reduce your chances of getting a cold. You didn't answer this q...
Constipation Quiz
Take the Constipation Quiz Find out more about constipation by taking this quiz. 1. Your doctor may diagnose constipation if you have fewer than 3 bowel movements a week. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Other symptoms of constipation include hard stools that are difficult to pass, or a sensation of incomplete evacuation. A. True B. False 2. Certain medications can cause constipation. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The list of medic...
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...
Coronary Artery Disease and Angioplasty Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Coronary Artery Disease and Angioplasty? Coronary artery disease (CAD) plays a major role in the leading cause of death in this country: heart attack. CAD is also known as atherosclerosis. Learn more about this disease and its treatment by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI). 1. Which is a symptom of coronary artery disease? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Healthy arteries are smo...
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...
Cycling Quiz
Take the Cycling Quiz You’ve been vowing to get more exercise, so why not pump up the tires and head out on your bike? Better yet, get the family out with you, and everyone benefits. Use this quiz to gear up your knowledge about bicycling. 1. Bicycling is an excellent form of exercise because it gives you a good workout with less strain on your joints than jogging. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Bicycling is easier on your back and joints than jogging. Biking is also...
Cystic Fibrosis Quiz
What Do You Know About Cystic Fibrosis? Cystic fibrosis (CF) is an inherited disease that mostly affects the respiratory and digestive systems. About 30,000 children and young adults in the U.S. have CF. Most of them are descendants of people from northern Europe. Find out more about CF by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institutes of Health. 1. CF affects which body system? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The sweat glands and the reproductive...
Depression Quiz
Depression Quiz Test your knowledge of depression by taking this quiz. 1. Which of these behaviors is a symptom of depression? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is This loss of interest usually causes problems with sleeping and eating. Brief periods of depressed mood are normal. A. Cynicism B. Unexplained aggression C. Loss of interest in all things D. Rapid mood swings 2. Depression can occur at which age? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer i...
Diabetes Quiz
What Do You Really Know About Diabetes? Millions of Americans have been diagnosed with diabetes. And millions more have diabetes but don't know it, the CDC says. Yet diabetes is the seventh leading cause of death in the U.S. See how much you know about this long-term disease by taking this quiz. 1. How many people with diabetes has type 2 diabetes? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is People with diabetes most often have type 1 or type 2. You are at higher risk for type 2 ...
Diabetes: Test Your Knowledge
Diabetes: Test Your Knowledge If you have diabetes, taking steps right away to control it will help you avoid complications that may come up later. This multiple-choice quiz, based on information from the American Diabetes Association, will help you with important answers now. 1. Diabetes happens because of which of these? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is When you have diabetes, your body can't use blood sugar properly. Blood sugar is also called blood glucose A. Your ...
Dialysis Quiz
How Much Do You Know about Dialysis? The kidney's main job is to get rid of extra fluid and waste material in your blood. Kidneys harmed by disease, injury, or birth defects lose their filtering ability. This lets dangerous levels of fluid and waste build up. This is known as kidney or renal failure (end-stage renal disease). A person with kidney failure needs dialysis or a kidney transplant to survive. Learn more about dialysis by taking this quiz. It is based on information from the National Institute...
Diarrhea Quiz
What Do You Know About Diarrhea? Anyone can get diarrhea. In fact, the typical American adult experiences diarrhea about 4 times a year, according to the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). Most cases of diarrhea, defined as loose, watery stools occurring more than 3 times in 1 day, last a day or 2 and need no treatment. Find out more about this common digestive problem by taking this quiz, based on information from the NIDDK and the American Academy of Pediatrics. ...
Diet Quiz
Take the Diet Quiz Weight management is a growing concern in this country. Six out of every 10 Americans are overweight or obese. At any given time, millions of people are trying to lose weight. Each year, billions of dollars are spent on weight-loss products and services, from diet books to shoe inserts. Learn more about diets and weight loss by taking this quiz, based on information from the Federal Trade Commission (FTC) and Weight-control Information Network (WIN). 1. How much weight loss is a safe ...
Dietary Fiber Quiz
What Do You Know About Dietary Fiber? You hear a lot about fiber and why you need it. But what is it? Fiber is a term applied to carbohydrates that cannot be digested. It is found in all plants that are eaten for food. Learn more about this important part of your diet by taking this quiz, based on information from Harvard School of Public Health. 1. Nutritionists classify fiber in 2 main types. One type is soluble. How is soluble fiber defined? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct a...
Dietary Guidelines Quiz
What Do You Know About Dietary Guidelines? In 2011, the federal government unveiled a new dietary icon called Choose My Plate, which reflects the updated nutritional guidelines published in the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for Americans. Find out how much you know about the latest dietary guidelines by taking the following quiz. 1. The Dietary Guidelines were developed to educate the American public about the food groups in a healthy diet. Which of these organizations developed the guidelines? You didn't ans...
Dietary Supplement Quiz
Choosing and Using Supplements Americans spend billions of dollars each year on vitamins, minerals, and herbs. Dietary supplements can help with good nutrition. But many people take them without knowing enough to make sure they get the best results. Find out how much you know about dietary supplements by taking this quiz. 1. Eating a variety of foods each day can give you many of the vitamins and minerals you need for good health. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A bal...
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...
Drinking Water Quiz
Take the Drinking Water Quiz When you're thirsty for a drink of water, you probably turn on the tap or grab a bottled water. You may take for granted that the water you drink is safe and pure. But the quality and safety of water can vary from place to place. It depends on where the water comes from and how it was treated. Find out more about drinking water by taking this quiz. 1. If you are part of a public water system, where can you get information about your drinking water? You didn't answer this que...
Drug Interaction Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Medicine Interactions? Every year thousands of people have problems when the medicines they take interact with each other. This might be between prescription and over-the-counter medicines. Or it might be between medicines and herbal products. Other interactions can happen between medicines and certain foods or health conditions. Learn what you can do to prevent these interactions by taking this quiz. 1. Many things can change how well a medicine works. You didn't answer this ...
Drugs and Pregnancy Quiz
What Do You Know About Drugs and Alcohol in Pregnancy? Smoking, drinking alcohol, and using drugs while pregnant can harm your growing baby. Know how to avoid these dangers to have a healthy pregnancy and baby. Find out more about drugs and pregnancy by taking this quiz. 1. You are more likely to have a miscarriage if you smoke while pregnant. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Women who smoke cigarettes have a higher risk for miscarriages, stillborns, and premature or l...
E. Coli Illness Quiz
How Much Do You Know About E. Coli Illness? E. coli bacteria often make the news. As a source of foodborne illness, E. coli can be deadly. But aren't E. coli also regular residents of our intestines? When do E. coli become the "bad guys"? To learn more about this common bacterium, take the following quiz. 1. E. coli and other species of bacteria found in your intestines help your body do what? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is They also suppress the growth of harmful ba...
Ear Infection Quiz
Take the Ear Infection Quiz Infections of the middle ear are also called otitis media. They are a common problem during childhood. Seventy-five percent of children have at least 1 middle ear infection by the time they turn 3. How much do you know about this illness? Take this quiz. It’s based on information from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders. 1. An ear infection usually begins with a cold. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Otitis m...
Ear, Nose, and Throat Quiz
Take the Ear, Nose, and Throat Quiz Ear, nose, and throat problems affect both children and adults. Knowing how to prevent and treat them can help you stay healthy. See how much you know about the ears, nose, and throat by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery. 1. Cotton swabs are a safe and easy way to remove wax from the inside of your ears. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Inserting cotton-tipped app...
Eating Disorders Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Eating Disorders? Many people go on a diet to lose a few extra pounds, but for some people dieting turns into an eating disorder. Researchers aren't sure why this happens. Find out more about eating disorders by taking this quiz. 1. A person with an eating disorder isn't trying hard enough to eat right. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is An eating disorder is a real illness. It is not about lacking the will to eat right. A. True B. False 2. The...
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...
Erectile Dysfunction Quiz
What Do You Know About Erectile Dysfunction? Erectile dysfunction (ED) is commonly known as impotence. Learn more about erectile dysfunction by taking this quiz. It's based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (NIDDK). 1. At what age can ED occur? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is ED is more common in men over age 65, but it can happen at any age. It’s normal for men to have changes in erectile function, such as taking...
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...
Fats in Foods Quiz
Fats in Foods Quiz How much do you really know about the fat that lurks in your food? Take this quiz and find out. 1. How many calories are in 1 gram of fat? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is All fat contains 9 calories per gram. A gram of either carbohydrate or protein contains 4 calories, and a gram of alcohol contains 7 calories. A gram is a unit of weight, and 1 gram is about the same weight as a standard paperclip. A. 7 B. 9 C. 11 2. How many teaspoons of fat are i...
Fats Quiz
What Do You Know About Fats? Fat is 1 of the 3 main components of food, along with carbohydrates and protein. It’s important to a healthy diet – but only in modest amounts. And not all types of fat are healthy. Find out more about fat by taking the following quiz. 1. Which of these food types is the main dietary cause of high cholesterol in the blood? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although it might seem that the cholesterol in your diet would have the greatest impac...
Fever Quiz
What Do You Know About Fever? One minute you're hot; the next, you're chilled and your teeth chatter. You've got a fever. See how much you know about fever, what causes it, and the best ways to treat it. 1. Your health care provider will consider that you to have a fever if your temperature taken by mouth is: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is If you have a temperature above your normal temperature but below 100.4, it’s called a low-grade fever. A low-grade fever is mild...
Fiber Quiz
The Big Fiber Quiz How much fiber should you get each day? Is there more than 1 kind of fiber? What foods contain fiber? See how much you know about fiber by taking this quiz. 1. Experts say that fiber can be good for your health if you get how many grams a day? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A. 5 grams per 1,000 calories B. 10 grams per 1,000 calories C. 14 grams per 1,000 calories 2. Fiber is found in naturally stringy vegetables and meats such as flank or skirt st...
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....
Flu Quiz
What’s True About the Flu? See how much you know about the flu by taking this quiz. 1. The flu mainly causes stomach upset. It is always passed on by being close to someone who has nausea or vomiting. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The flu is a viral respiratory tract infection. It generally passed from person to person through the air when an infected person sneezes or coughs. But the virus can also live for a short time on objects like doorknobs, pens, pencils, key...
Food Allergy Quiz
Food Allergy Quiz Do you or does someone in your family have a food allergy? Take this quiz and learn how to better cope with this condition. 1. Although many people think they or their families have food allergies, only about 5 percent of children have proven allergies to food. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is And among adults, the incidence of clinically proven food allergies drops to about 4 percent of the population. A. True B. False 2. Food intolerance is potentia...
Food Poisoning Quiz
Food Poisoning Quiz Find out what you need to know about keeping your family safe from foodborne illnesses. 1. Perishable foods are foods that decay quickly. These foods should not be left at room temperature longer than 2 hours. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Refrigerate or freeze perishables, prepared foods, and leftovers as soon as you can. It’s best if these foods are put in the refrigerator or freezer within 2 hours after using. This will keep harmful bacteria f...
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...
Food Safety Quiz
What Do You Know About Food Safety? Each year, millions of Americans become ill from foodborne illnesses and thousands die. To help prevent foodborne illness, you can take steps to ensure the safety of the food you eat. To learn more about food safety, take this quiz, based on information from the FDA. 1. You should use soap to clean your fruits and vegetables before eating them. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is You should not use soap, detergents, or bleaches on fruit...
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...
Genital Herpes Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Genital Herpes? Genital herpes is a common sexually transmitted disease in the U.S. About 1 in 6 teens and adults has genital herpes, according to the CDC. Find out more about genital herpes by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. How many types of herpes simplex virus are there? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The herpes simplex virus (HSV), which causes genital herpes, comes in two forms: type 1 and type 2. HSV type 2 is...
Germs Quiz
Take the Germs Quiz Germs: We find them everywhere—or they find us. It seems we can't avoid them. We spend a lot of time worrying about picking them up, sharing them, and losing them. But what do we really know about germs? Take this quiz to find out. 1. Germs are most likely to thrive in this room of the house: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The answer is the kitchen, and the key is the word "thrive." Bathrooms generally host more bacteria and germs than kitchens, b...
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. ...
Growth Plate Quiz
Take the Growth Plate Quiz Growth plates are found on the long bones of children and teenagers. These plates are areas where tissue is growing near the end of the bones, according to the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases (NIAMS). Test your knowledge of growth plates by taking this quiz. It’s based on information from the NIAMS. 1. The growth plate is the weakest area of the growing skeleton. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The growt...
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...
Hantavirus Quiz
How Much Do You Know About the Hantavirus? First identified in the early 1990s in the desert Southwest, the hantavirus has been reported in more than 30 states. Learn more about the virus and hantavirus pulmonary syndrome (HPS) by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. Where have most cases of HPS been reported? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Most cases of HPS occur in rural areas. HPS was first identified in 1993. Most of the cases have been in West...
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...
Head Lice Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Head Lice? Head lice are insects that are found, as the name suggests, on the head. They are common human parasites. Learn more about head lice by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. Head lice usually are found behind the ears or at the back of the neck along the hairline. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is They only dwell on the scalp and human hair and are not found on other parts of the body. Body lice, which are not comm...
Headaches Quiz
What Do You Know About Headaches? When you get a headache, it's usually not the bones of the skull or the brain itself that's hurting. The pain comes from pain-sensitive nerves located near the muscles and blood vessels of the face, neck, and scalp, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Find out more about headaches by taking this quiz. 1. Which of these is the most common kind of headache? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Nine of 10...
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...
Healthy Snacks Quiz
Take the Healthy Snacks Quiz Don’t feel guilty about snacking! Eating small, frequent meals can help you control your weight and stay fueled throughout the day. Just make sure your snacks—and those you serve your kids—are nutritious. Find out more about healthy snacking by taking the following quiz. 1. One way to limit the size of your snacks is to buy food packaged in single servings. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Buying single-serving packages makes it easy to mon...
Healthy Teeth Quiz
Brushing Up on Healthy Teeth Keeping your teeth healthy sounds simple: Brush and floss twice a day and see your dentist twice a year. The trouble is, simple as that sounds, you may need to know more. It's not that dental health is hard - it is easy. But give this true-false quiz a try to see just how much you know about keeping your teeth their brightest, whitest, and healthiest. 1. You must brush and floss your teeth after every meal to prevent gum disease and cavities. You didn't answer this question....
Hearing Quiz
Take the Hearing Quiz Hearing loss can occur for many reasons. Sometimes it occurs as people age. Sometimes it occurs after a long exposure to loud sounds. Learn more about hearing and hearing loss by taking this quiz. 1. After years of exposure to a humming refrigerator, people can develop hearing loss. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although long-term exposure to certain sounds can cause hearing loss, sounds of less than 75 decibels are considered safe. A humming r...
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 Disease Risk Quiz
What Do You Know About Heart Disease Risk? Knowing what causes heart disease and how you can prevent it can help you live a longer, healthier life. Take this quiz to find out more about reducing your risk for heart disease. 1. There's nothing you can do to prevent heart disease. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Healthy adults can reduce their risk for heart disease and a heart attack by maintaining a healthy weight (a body mass index of less than 25), getting enough ex...
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...
Hemoglobin A1c Quiz
The Hemoglobin A1c Quiz If you have diabetes, you should know about the importance of hemoglobin A1c. Test your knowledge of hemoglobin A1c by taking this quiz. 1. A hemoglobin A1c test measures the average amount of sugar in your blood over the last three months. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The hemoglobin A1c test shows the average amount of sugar in your blood over the last 3 months. It's a simple lab test done by your doctor. The hemoglobin A1c test is the best...
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...
Herb and Spice Quiz
Herb and Spice Quiz What do you know about the herbs and spices we use in our food? 1. Herbs and spices can be combined in any way you like and with any foods. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The only rule is to trust your taste buds and to go easy at first until you know which flavors you prefer and which herbs and spices go well together. A. True B. False 2. The flavor of low-fat foods is enhanced by herbs and spices. You didn't answer this question. You answered Th...
HIV/AIDS and Seniors Quiz
Take the Seniors and HIV/AIDS Quiz Twenty-five percent of all people in the U.S. with HIV/AIDS are age 50 or older, and the number of older people diagnosed with HIV/AIDS each year is increasing. 1. If you are infected with HIV, you will definitely get AIDS. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is AIDS is the most advanced form of HIV infection; not everyone with HIV will develop AIDS. If there's any chance you may be infected with HIV, you should be tested as soon as possibl...
HIV/AIDS Quiz
What Do You Know About HIV/AIDS? According to the CDC, more than 1.1 million Americans are infected with HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Find out more about HIV and AIDS by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. When was HIV first recognized in the United States? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Around this time, doctors in Los Angeles and New York were reporting rare cases of pneumonia, cancer, and other illnesses among male patients who had sex with...
Holiday Sweets and Treats Quiz
What Do You Know About Holiday Sweets and Treats? If you want to eat healthy this holiday season, is it necessary to cut out all those tempting treats and snacks? Take this quiz to find out. 1. Which oil is best to avoid? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Although palm oil contains no cholesterol, it is high in saturated fatty acids. These fatty acids can raise your level of LDL ("bad") cholesterol, which increases your risk of heart disease. A. Olive B. Palm C. Canola ...
Household Poisons Quiz
What Do You Know About Household Poisons? Hair spray, vitamins, antifreeze, pet products, house paint. These and other common items found in any home are useful when used correctly. But in the wrong hands, they can be deadly. Learn more about how to keep your home safe from accidental poisoning by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). 1. Only household products with the word "poison" on the label are dangerous. You didn't answer t...
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...
Immunization Quiz
Immunization Quiz Vaccines have made certain childhood diseases rare in this country. Find out more about vaccines by taking this quiz. 1. The first vaccine developed was against smallpox. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The first vaccine was developed in 1796, by a British doctor, Edward Jenner. The word vaccine comes from a Latin word relating to cows. That's because the first vaccine was based on cowpox, a mild disease of cattle and people, but it also protected ag...
Impotence Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Impotence? Impotence is also called erectile dysfunction. Find out how much you know about what causes impotence and how it’s treated. 1. What is the most common cause of impotence? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Vascular problems are the most common cause. These problems can be caused by high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, high cholesterol, and heart disease, according to the American Urological Association. A. Vascular problems B. Side ...
Infant Immunization Quiz
Take the Infant Immunization Quiz Test your knowledge of vaccinations against a variety of diseases that can affect your child. This quiz is based on information from the CDC. 1. A pregnant woman passes antibodies to her unborn baby through the placenta to protect against certain diseases. About how long does this natural immunity last after birth? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A pregnant woman passes on antibodies to those diseases she herself is immune to. That ma...
Inhalant Abuse Quiz
What Do You Know About Inhalant Abuse? Many American teenagers experiment with intoxicating inhalants. These substances are deadly, however, for 100 to 200 youths in the U.S. each year. Find out more about inhalant abuse by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 1. Inhalants are rarely abused by teens today. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Inhalants are the fourth or fifth most abused substance by teens, according to t...
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 ...
Kidney Health Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Kidney Health? 1. How much blood do your kidneys filter daily? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is One of the functions of your kidneys is to remove waste products and extra fluid from the blood. Waste products come from your diet and normal breakdown of tissues. The kidneys filter about 50 gallons of blood a day. Of that amount, about one-half to two quarts of fluid and waste products are removed from the blood and passed out of the body in uri...
Kidney Stones Quiz
Take the Kidney Stone Quiz Kidney stones are one of the most common problems of the urinary tract—and one of the most painful disorders. How much do you know about kidney stones? Try your hand at this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases. 1. Most kidney stones pass through a person's urinary tract without any medical intervention. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is If the crystals that form the stones remain...
Knee Injury Quiz
What Do You Know About Knee Injury? Your knees are complex joints and that makes them more vulnerable to injury. Learning how to prevent knee injuries and treating them if they occur can help you stay active at work and play. Test your knowledge of knees by taking this quiz, based on information from the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons. 1. Ligaments connect muscles to bones. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Ligaments connect bones to bones. The 4 main ligament...
Late-Life Depression Quiz
Late-Life Depression Quiz Older adults often suffer from depression because they do not know the symptoms. Or they do not want to talk with their health care provider about it. Also friends and family may think that the symptoms of depression are just a passing mood. Depression is a medical illness. Learn more about depression in older adults by taking this quiz. 1. Depression is a natural part of growing older. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Depression is not a norm...
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,...
Low Blood Pressure Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Low Blood Pressure? There's a lot of information about the dangers of high blood pressure, but low blood pressure can endanger your health, too. 1. How is low blood pressure, or hypotension, defined? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Optimal blood pressure is less than 120/80 mm Hg, according to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI). The exact level that marks low blood pressure differs from person to person, although the offici...
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...
Male Pattern Baldness
What Do You Know About Male Pattern Baldness? Some men cope with their inevitable loss of hair by wearing a cap most of the time. Some don an artificial hairpiece to cover their loss. Still others shave their whole head. There's more to know about baldness than toupees, though. Learn more by taking this quiz. 1. An average scalp has how much hair? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is People with brown or black hair have the most, at 155,000 strands. Blond-haired people hav...
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...
Marijuana Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Marijuana? Knowing about marijuana can help you recognize its use in others, so you can encourage them to seek treatment. Marijuana is a street drug made from the flowers, stems, seeds, and leaves of the hemp plant. It is usually smoked as a cigarette, in a pipe, or in a cigar casing in which the inner tobacco has been replaced with marijuana. Marijuana also can be consumed by mixing with foods, brewing into a tea or "vaping" in an e-cigarette device. The main active ingredien...
Medication Safety Quiz
Do You Know Enough About Taking Prescription Medications? Learn how to better manage your medications by taking this quiz. 1. Older people have a greater risk for drug interactions. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Not only do we usually take more medications as we age and develop some medical problems, but as we age, body changes can affect the way the medications are absorbed and used. Changes in the digestive tract affect how quickly a medication is absorbed. If you...
Melanoma Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Melanoma? Melanoma is a type of skin cancer. Although skin cancer is the most common type of cancer, melanoma cases make up less than 5% of all skin cancers, according to the American Cancer Society. Find out how much you know about melanoma by taking this quiz. 1. What is melanoma? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Melanoma is a serious form of skin cancer, but it is nearly as common as some other types of skin cancer. It occurs when the pigm...
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...
Mercury in Fish Quiz
What Do You Know About Mercury in Fish? Nearly all fish and shellfish have some mercury in them, the federal government says. Find out how much you know about mercury in fish by taking this quiz. 1. Mercury in the environment can cause health problems when it is in which form? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Mercury is an element that is usually not harmful. But in the environment, mercury changes to methylmercury. This organic form is easily absorbed by living things...
Migraine Headaches Quiz
What Do You Know About Migraine Headaches? Many households in the United States have someone who suffers from migraine headaches, according to the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke. Take this quiz to test your knowledge of migraines. 1. Who is most likely to have migraines? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The reason isn't known, but researchers suspect that hormones may be involved. A. Men B. Women C. Teens D. Children 2. What is a common trigger...
Miracle Diet Quiz
Miracle Diet? Fat Chance! So you think you know how to eat right—what foods are healthy, what foods keep the weight off—yet you can't avoid peeking at the latest fad diet. A voice inside says you'd lose the weight without cutting calories if you ate your cheeseburger without the bun, drank a liquid protein concoction, and stopped eating for three hours before you go to bed, or ate exactly 40% of calories from carbohydrates, 30% from protein, and 30% from fat at each meal and snack. Sound crazy? Sure it ...
Mold Allergy Quiz
Take the Mold Allergy Quiz Molds are microscopic fungi that are everywhere in our environment. Learn about mold allergy by taking this multiple-choice quiz. 1. How many species of mold exist? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Estimates range from the tens of thousands to more than 300,000, according to the CDC. A. 10,000 B. 50,000 C. 100,000 D. No one knows 2. People sensitive to molds are allergic to what part of the mold organism? You didn't answer this question. You ...
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...
Nicotine Quiz
Take the Nicotine Quiz Nicotine, one of the main chemicals in tobacco, is the primary reason that smoking is so addictive. Even though most smokers know that smoking is bad for them, they find it difficult to quit because of nicotine's effect. 1. Nicotine causes which of these changes in the body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Nicotine temporarily increases the heart rate by two to three beats a minute and increases blood pressure in the short term because it constr...
Nicotine-Replacement Therapy Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Nicotine-Replacement Therapy? Want to quit smoking? Here is the latest information about nicotine-replacement therapy and other aids that can help you. 1. Most medicines that help you quit smoking contain nicotine. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is These medicines are called nicotine-replacement therapy. They ease withdrawal symptoms and reduce the craving for nicotine, the National Cancer Institute (NCI) says. People trying to quit get a dose...
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...
Nutrition and Cancer Quiz
What Do You Know About Nutrition and Cancer? A diet that includes plenty of fruits, vegetables, and whole grains is important for good health. How does diet affect your risk for cancer? Find out by taking this quiz, based in part on information from the American Cancer Society (ACS). 1. Eating f5 or more servings of fruits and vegetables each day may lower your cancer risk. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Eating enough fruits and vegetables may help prevent several ty...
Nutrition Quiz for Seniors
Take the Senior Nutrition Quiz Eating a healthy diet is essential for people of every age. But as you age, doing so is especially important. To assess how much you know about good nutrition, take this quiz. 1. As you grow older and become less active, you need fewer nutrients in your diet. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is As you grow older, you may need fewer calories, particularly if you are less active than when you were younger, says the National Institute on Aging ...
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...
Older, Wiser, Wider?
Older, Wiser, Wider? Call it what you will: the battle of the bulge, middle-age spread, the waistline war. Somewhere in that busy time between 30 and 40, the forces of nature—children, work, time—gang up on you. One day you notice last season's clothes are a little uncomfortable this time around. All this comes at a time when age is less acceptable as an excuse for gaining weight. Just look at the current U.S. Dietary Guidelines, which make no allowance for getting heavier through the years. Getting old...
Organic Foods Quiz
Fielding Questions on Organic Foods Organic foods were once sold only in health food stores and farmers markets. But they are slowly becoming a staple at your local supermarket. Find out more about organic foods by taking this quiz. 1. What's the best way to tell the difference between organic and nonorganic foods? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The USDA has set rules for making and labeling organic food. The label says "USDA ORGANIC" across a field and the horizon. ...
Osteoarthritis Quiz
What Do You Know About Osteoarthritis? Osteoarthritis is the most common type of arthritis. Learn more about this disease by taking the following quiz. It's based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal and Skin Diseases. 1. Which part of a joint does osteoarthritis usually affect? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Cartilage is the slippery tissue that covers the ends of bones in a joint. Healthy cartilage allows bones to slip over on...
Osteoporosis Quiz
What Do You Know About Osteoporosis? Osteoporosis is a disease that thins and weakens a person's bones. It makes them less dense and more fragile. Test your knowledge of this disease by taking the following quiz. 1. At what age do you have the most bone density? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Your body forms new bone at a faster pace than it loses it (resorption) until around age 30. After age 30, bone loss slowly gets faster than bone formation. A. Your 20s B. Your ...
OTC Pain Reliever Quiz
Test Your Knowledge of OTC Pain Relievers Over-the-counter (OTC) pain relievers can quickly relieve a headache, backache, cramps, and other aches and pains. But even though these medications are readily available and inexpensive, you should take care whenever you use them or give them to a child. Take this quiz to see how much you know about OTC pain relievers. 1. OTC pain relievers are safe when taken as directed. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is OTC pain relievers ar...
Overactive Bladder Quiz
How Much Do You Know About an Overactive Bladder? Overactive bladder is a health problem that can affect your daily life. It can cause you to feel depressed, guilty, and tired from not sleeping well. You may have to miss work and may struggle with personal relationships. 1. Going to the bathroom more than 8 times a day is normal. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Some people blame frequent trips to the bathroom on drinking too many beverages, getting older, or having a ...
Over-the-Counter Medication Quiz
What Do You Really Know About Over-the-Counter Medications? Just because a drug is available without a prescription doesn't mean it's safe to take, the FDA says. Take this quiz and learn the ins and outs of over-the-counter (OTC) medicines. 1. How are prescription drugs different from OTC ones? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Prescription drugs require a doctor or other health care provider to monitor their effects. A. They contain higher amounts of active ingredients...
Paget Disease Quiz
Take the Paget Disease Quiz Paget disease is a condition that affects the bones. It usually causes them to become enlarged and deformed. Worldwide, it is the second most common bone disease, after osteoporosis. It is named after Sir James Paget, who first diagnosed the disease in 1877. Learn more about Paget disease by taking this quiz. 1. How does Paget disease affect the body’s normal process of breaking down and rebuilding bone? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Thro...
Pain Quiz
Take the Pain Quiz What's the most sensitive part of your body? Are women less sensitive to pain than men? Does everyone feel pain? Get answers to these and other questions by taking the pain quiz. 1. Most pain serves no purpose. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Pain can be a warning that your body is injured or infected. The doubled-over pain of a ruptured appendix will send you straight to the emergency room; without this warning, you could die. This type of acute pa...
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...
Pet Diseases Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Pet Diseases? Dogs and cats and birds and hamsters. Snakes and guinea pigs and turtles. The family pet can be a source of joy and companionship, no matter what kind of animal it is. But sometimes your favorite animal can be a source of illness. Learn more about pets and disease by taking this quiz. 1. What is the word used for a disease that people can catch from animals? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Zoonoses are diseases of animals with ...
Pinworms Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Pinworms? Test your knowledge of pinworms and how to prevent an occurrence. This quiz is based on information from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases (NIAID) and the CDC. 1. An infection with pinworms is called: You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A pinworm infection is called enterobiasis. It is caused by the parasitic worm Enterobiasis vermicularis. Other names for pinworm infection include seatworm infection and threadw...
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...
Pneumonia Vaccine Quiz
How Much Do You Know About the Pneumonia Vaccine? Pneumonia is a serious lung infection that is more common in older adults, infants, young children, and some people with chronic health problems. Two vaccines offer protection against pneumococcal pneumonia. Find out more about pneumonia and the vaccines by taking this quiz, based on information from the CDC. 1. Pneumonia can be caused by viruses or bacteria. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Pneumonia is an inflammation...
Poison Ivy Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Poison Ivy? It's fun to take a hike through the woods: listening for songbirds, looking at wildflowers, spying the occasional chipmunk. You also need to keep an eye out for the bane of hikers—poison ivy. Find out how much you know about this annoying plant by taking this true-false quiz. 1. The leaves of poison ivy, poison oak, and poison sumac burn skin on contact. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The rash that develops upon exposure to any ...
Poison Prevention Quiz
What Do You Know About Poison Prevention? Every 30 seconds a child is poisoned in the U.S., according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers (AAPCC). Sixty percent of all poisonings occur to children under age 6. Poisons can be solids, liquids, sprays, or gases. They can be something a person eats, breathes, gets in the eyes, or on the skin. Learn more about accidental poisonings by taking this quiz. It is based on information from the AAPCC and the CDC. 1. Which of these toxic substances...
Poisonous Houseplants Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Poisonous Houseplants? Houseplants help keep your indoor air clean, make a dramatic statement in your interior design, and provide a sense of well-being around the house. But some plants can poison children or pets. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about the safety of common houseplants. 1. One of the most common houseplants in the U.S. is the philodendron. It grows quickly and soon fills your home with lush, green growth. But chewing on those lush leaves can cause...
Prediabetes Quiz
What Do You Know About Prediabetes? Take this quiz to find out how to cut your risk of developing type 2 diabetes. 1. If you are taking the fasting plasma glucose test, what blood sugar level may mean prediabetes? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Three tests can be used to find out if you have prediabetes: the fasting plasma glucose test (FPG), the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT), and the hemoglobin A1C (A1C). The FPG is done after you fast, or go without food, for ...
Prescription Drug Abuse Quiz
What Do You Know About Prescription Drug Abuse? Prescription medications can successfully and safely treat mental and physical illnesses. But some medications can be addictive and many can be abused. Being aware of these potential harms can help you prevent them. Learn more about prescription drug abuse by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). 1. People of any age, income, education level, and gender can abuse prescription drugs. You didn't answer this ...
Prescription Drugs Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Prescriptions? Prescription drugs can work wonders—when they're taken as they should be. But what happens when you miss a dose? Or when you want to take an over-the-counter medication along with your prescription? See if you know the answers to these and other questions by taking this quiz. 1. How are prescription drugs different from over-the-counter medications? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Prescription medications and OTC medications s...
Prostate Health Quiz
What Do You Know About Prostate Health? Prostate cancer and other diseases of the prostate are common. Learning about these diseases can help you recognize problems. You can then seek medical treatment right away. 1. The prostate gland is located where in your body? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is It surrounds the upper part of the urethra. This is the tube that carries urine and semen out of the body. A. Right next to the kidneys B. Below the bladder and in front of ...
Psoriasis Quiz
Take the Psoriasis Quiz Psoriasis is a chronic skin disease that affects millions of Americans. Although it can affect people of any age, it occurs mostly in young adults. Find out more about this disease by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute of Arthritis and Musculoskeletal Diseases, and the American Academy of Dermatology. 1. What happens to skin cells in a person with psoriasis? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The normal turnover of ...
Quitting Smoking Quiz
What Do You Know About Quitting Smoking? No matter what your age or how long you have smoked, giving up cigarettes is the ticket to a longer life. Consider that just 12 hours after your last cigarette, the carbon monoxide level in your blood returns to normal. A year after you've quit, your risk of heart disease is half that of a smoker's. 1. The risk for death by heart attack or coronary heart disease goes down how soon after you quit smoking? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct a...
Rabies Quiz
Take the Rabies Quiz Rabies is a preventable viral disease of mammals most often passed on through a rabid animal. The vast majority of rabies cases reported to the CDC each year occur in wild animals like raccoons, skunks, bats, and foxes. 1. The rabies virus is passed on by contact with what part of an infected animal? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The rabies virus is transmitted to others through the saliva of the infected animal. All mammals can carry the virus....
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 ...
Repetitive-Stress Injuries Quiz
Take the Repetitive Stress Injuries Test Repetitive stress injuries (RSIs) can be painful and debilitating. They can cause damage to tendons, ligaments, nerves, and muscles over time. Also called repetitive motion syndromes, RSIs can affect almost any part of the body. Test your knowledge of RSIs by taking this multiple-choice quiz. 1. Which of these activities can result in a repetitive stress injury? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Baseball pitchers, musicians, and ...
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...
Rosacea Quiz
Take the Rosacea Quiz Approximately 14 million people in the U.S. have rosacea. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about this skin condition. 1. Rosacea affects mainly the back and the belly (abdomen). You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Rosacea usually occurs on the face, although the neck and upper chest are also sometimes involved. Rosacea also affects the eyes in about half the cases. A. True B. False 2. Rosacea is a disease that develops in childhood, growi...
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 ...
Seasonal Affective Disorder Quiz
Take the Seasonal Affective Disorder (SAD) Quiz If you notice you feel depressed when the seasons change, you may have seasonal affective disorder (SAD). This condition is marked by periods of depression followed by periods of normal or high mood the rest of the year. Take this quiz to learn more. 1. People with seasonal affective disorder feel sad only during the winter. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is People with SAD have depression during a certain season of the ye...
Seasonal Allergy Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Seasonal Allergies? For people with seasonal allergies, spring and fall can be times of sniffles and sneezes. Find out more about seasonal allergies by taking this quiz. 1. Which of the following is a symptom of seasonal allergies? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Other symptoms include itchy eyes, nose, and throat, and a runny nose. People’s symptoms depend on where they live and the substances to which they’re allergic. A. Sneezing B. Stoma...
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...
Senior Fitness Quiz
Take the Senior Fitness Quiz You don't have to be reminded about the aging process. It's inevitable—but some of the changes associated with aging are not. Just because you're older than 60 doesn't mean you can't be fit. Learn more about senior fitness by taking this quiz. 1. As we get older, we should limit our physical activities because they can be too taxing on our bodies. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is A decline in physical fitness is not a consequence of aging, ...
Senior Oral Health Quiz
Take the Senior Oral Health Test Getting older can affect your oral health. Some health conditions can affect your mouth, making problems you already have worse. That’s why is especially important to get good dental care as an older adult. Find out how much you know about teeth by taking this quiz, based on information from the National Institute on Aging. 1. All people eventually lose their teeth as they age. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Teeth are meant to last a ...
Sexually Transmitted Disease Quiz
What Do You Know about Sexually Transmitted Diseases? Chlamydia, herpes, and gonorrhea are sexually transmitted diseases (STDs). Millions of new STD infections occur in the U.S. each year, according to the CDC. Take this quiz to find out more about STDs, as well as how to protect yourself from them. 1. STDs are most common in which age group? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Nearly half of all STDs occur in people ages 15 to 24, according to the CDC. Other age groups a...
Shingles Quiz
What Do You Know About Shingles? Learn about shingles, a painful skin condition, by taking this quiz. 1. Both chickenpox and shingles are caused by the same virus, varicella-zoster (VZV). What does varicella mean? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is Varicella is a Latin word used to tell the chickenpox/shingles virus from its much more dangerous relative, variola, which causes smallpox. Zoster is part of the virus name because it is the Greek word for girdle. A common sym...
Shoulder Quiz
The Shoulder Quiz A dislocation and a torn rotator cuff are just 2 things that can go wrong with your shoulders. Can you think of others? Find out how much you know about shoulders by taking this quiz. 1. The collarbone is part of the shoulder joint. You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is The shoulder joint is a ball and socket joint made up of 3 bones: the collarbone (clavicle), the shoulder blade (scapula), and the upper arm bone (humerus). A. True B. False 2. The shoulder...
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...
Sleep Quiz
What Do You Know About Sleep? Sleep is as important as the food you eat and the air you breathe. Find out more about sleep by taking this quiz. 1. Infants need about how many hours of sleep in 24 hours? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is How much sleep a person needs depends in large part on age. Infants need about 16 hours; school-aged children, 10 to 11 hours. Teens need about 9 hours. Most adults seem to need 7 to 8 hours of sleep a night. That amount can vary to as f...
Sleep: Test Your Knowledge
What Do You Really Know About Sleep? A good night's sleep—everyone needs it, but not everyone gets it. We stay up late and get up early, and then wonder why we always feel tired. Why is sleep important? See how much you know about snoozing by taking this quiz. 1. The rapid eye movement (REM) sleep stage is when dreaming occurs. How often does REM happen during the night? You didn't answer this question. You answered The correct answer is REM sleep occurs about every 1-1/2 to 2 hours while you sleep, the...
Smallpox Quiz
How Much Do You Know About Smallpox? Smallpox was once found throughout the world, causing illness and death wherever it occurred. Smallpox was primarily a disease of children and young adults, with family members often infecting each other. A massive program by the World Health Organization eliminated all known smallpox viruses from the world in 1977. Although the disease no longer exists, samples of the virus that caused smallpox were saved by various governments for research purposes. 1. Smallpox is ...
Smokeless Tobacco Quiz
What Do You Know About Smokeless Tobacco? Smokeless tobacco may seem less harmful than smoking. But the health prob