Just for all you health media junkies…..Test your knowledge of 2013 Health stories – FUN quiz

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Courtesy of NHS Choices

In 2013, Behind the Headlines has covered more than 500 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you’ve been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun.

Why not test your knowledge of 2013’s health news with our month-by-month quiz?

Answers are at the foot of the page (no peeking!).

In January 2013’s health news…
According to the Daily Mail, spiritual people were said to be more likely to be?
•A) Happy
•B) Obese
•C) Mentally ill
The Daily Mail also said that Vietnamese mums can teach their baby’s potty training by doing what?
•A) Withholding food
•B) Sign language
•C) Whistling

In February 2013’s health news…
What, according to the Daily Express, was said to boost brain power?
•A) Playing Sudoku
•B) Chewing gum
•C) Tai Chi
What did Canadian researchers do to a group of kittens?
•A) Kept them in a pitch black room for 10 days
•B) Fed them ketamine and then got them to navigate a maze
•C) Made them listen to Swedish death metal music

In March 2013’s health news…
What was said to be at its lowest quality during the summer months, according to Israeli research?
•A) Sperm
•B) GP services
•C) Menopausal women’s memory
What did the BBC say might cut the risk of lorry drivers crashing?
•A) Playing music in the cab
•B) Carrying out relaxation exercises before every journey
•C) Caffeine

In April 2013’s health news…
What new regional diet and lifestyle combo was touted as a route to good health, according to The Independent?
•A) The Finnish diet – a mix of a fish-rich diet, saunas and plenty of cold water swimming
•B) The Hawaiian diet – a mix of a rice-rich diet, lot of fresh fruit and dancing
•C) The Cuban diet – a mix of a low-calorie diet and plenty of cycling
What did the BBC say could be the price of fame?
•A) Unhappiness
•B) Early death
•C) Paranoia

In May 2013’s health news…
What did the BBC suggest you should never do if hungry?
•A) Have sex
•B) Go swimming
•C) Shop
What did the Metro say was keeping some of us up at night?
•A) Money worries
•B) iPads
•C) Indigestion

In June 2013’s health news…
What, according to Polish and New Zealand scientists, was upsetting young children?
•A) Angry LEGO faces
•B) 3D films
•C) Clowns
What was judged as England’s most unhealthy local authority, according to the Daily Mirror?
•A) Hull (technically the City of Kingston upon Hull
•B) Portsmouth
•C) Manchester

In July 2013’s health news…
What substance could be used to grow new teeth, according to Metro?
•A) Urine
•B) Bone marrow
•C) Skin cells
What, it was claimed in The Daily Telegraph, could help reduce anxiety during pregnancy?
•A) Massage
•B) Eating fish
•C) Acupuncture

In August 2013’s health news…
What do Princess Diana, Humphrey Bogart and Elvis Presley have in common, say US researchers?
•A) They are all thought to have been colour-blind
•B) They all used homeopathic remedies
•C) They were all used in a screening test for memory loss
Which outdoor activity could “reset your body clock”?
•A) Potholing
•B) Camping
•C) Dogging

In September 2013’s health news…
Men with bigger what make worse fathers, a US study claimed?
•A) Feet
•B) Testicles
•C) Wallets
What rather unpleasant sounding treatment was described by the BBC as a potential cure for inflammatory bowel diseases?
•A) Inhaling the smell of raw sewage
•B) Eating slugs
•C) Drinking bottled mucus

In October 2013’s health news…
What did the Mail Online say was the best cure for a hangover?
•A) Sprite
•B) Coffee and ibuprofen
•C) Going for a morning jog
What did The Daily Telegraph say might increase your risk of throat cancer?
•A) Wearing a tight belt
•B) E-cigarettes
•C) Using a Bluetooth phone headset

In November 2013’s health news…
What did the Metro say could be a sign that you are intolerant of alcohol?
•A) You become irritable and prone to violence
•B) You become teary
•C) Your face flushes red
Manipulating what, according to the Mail Online, could lead to improved health?
•A) The plotlines of popular children’s cartoons
•B) The output of celebrities Twitter feed
•C) The layout of food on a breakfast buffet table

In December 2013’s health news…
What did Scottish marine researchers say could help you bust your acne problem?
•A) Mud from the Firth of Forth
•B) Seaweed
•C) Kippers
Who sits down more than they did in the 1960s, according to the Daily Mail?
•A) Mothers
•B) Fathers
•C) Hippies

AND THE ANSWERS ARE…..

January
Spiritual people are more likely to be:
•C) Mentally ill – researchers found that people who described themselves as spiritual were more likely to have mental health and substance misuse problems
Vietnamese mums can teach their baby’s potty training by:
•C) Whistling – apparently whistling to encourage a child to start urinating is a widely used technique amongst Vietnamese mothers

February
What was said to boost brain power:
•B) Chewing gum – fMRI scans found that chewing sum stimulated blood flow in regions of the brain associated with concentration
Researchers did what to a group of kittens:
•A) Kept them in a pitch black room for 10 days – this wasn’t just random animal cruelty, but an attempt to cure the conditions “lazy eye” by rewiring visual circuits inside the kittens’ brains

March
What was said to be at its lowest quality during the summer months?
•A) Sperm – sperm morphology dropped over the summer months – we’re not sure why
What was alleged to cut lorry drivers’ risk of crashing?
•C) Caffeine – an Australian study found that drivers who consumed caffeine to stay awake were 63% less likely to crash compared with drivers who didn’t

April
What new regional lifestyle and diet was touted as a route to good health?
•C) The Cuban diet – a mix of a low-calorie diet and plenty of cycling – a combination of a cash-strapped government and a US oil embargo left the Cubans feeling healthier (and hungrier)
What was said to be the price of fame?
•B) Early death – researchers working their way through 1,000 New York Times obituaries claimed to have found a pattern between fame and an early death

May
What should you never do if hungry, we were told?
•C) Shop – during a “simulated shopping” experience, the researchers found that people who were hungry selected more high-calorie foods than people who had just eaten a snack
What is keeping some of us up at night?
•B) iPads – an opinion piece argued that the widespread use of LED lights, which we rely on to view smartphones, tablets, televisions and laptops screens, is disrupting our sleep

June
What was said to be upsetting young children?
•A) Angry LEGO faces – a team analysed the faces of Lego “minifigs” over the course of the last 35 years and found a trend of an increasing proportion of “angry faces”
What was judged as being England’s most unhealthy local authority?
•C) Manchester – it may have given the world New Order, The Smiths, Stone Roses and Oasis but it also topped the league for premature deaths

July
What substance could be used to grow new teeth?
•A) Urine – we are not taking the p*** – researchers did indeed use stem cells generated from human urine cells to grow teeth-like structures in a group of mice
What, it was claimed, could help reduce anxiety during pregnancy?
•B) Eating fish – a cross-sectional study of 9,500 pregnant women found those who reported eating lots of oily fish were less likely to report high levels of anxiety symptoms

August
What do Princess Diana, Humphrey Bogart and Elvis Presley have in common?
•C) They were all used in a screening test for memory loss – other faces used by the US researchers included Oprah Winfrey and Pope John Paul II
What type of activity could “reset your body clock”?
•B) Camping – it was claimed that spending a week under canvas away from artificial lights would bring the sleep-wake cycle back into balance

September
Men with bigger what make worse fathers a study claimed?
•B) Testicles – researchers claimed to have found an association between larger testes and less caregiving activity from the father
What, arguably unpleasant, treatment was touted as a potential cure for inflammatory bowel diseases?
•C) Drinking bottled mucus – like a more disgusting version of probiotics, drinking mucus can help protect the friendly bacteria in the digestive system

October
What was said to be the best cure for a hangover?
•A) Sprite – the fizzy lemon-lime combo was said to be most effective in clearing the body of the toxins produced by alcohol, according to Chinese research
What was said to increase a person’s risk of throat cancer?
•A) Wearing a tight belt – in what could be bad news for weightlifters, wearing a weightlifting belt may cause acid reflux, theoretically increasing your risk of throat cancer

November
What is a sign that you could be intolerant of alcohol?
•C) Your face flushes red – a Korean study suggest that facial flushing is a sign that the body cannot break down acetaldehyde – a harmful substance found in alcohol
Manipulating what could lead to improved health?
•C) The layout of food on a breakfast buffet table – putting healthier food at the beginning of a buffet table led to people eating a healthier breakfast

December
What did Scottish marine researchers say could help you bust your acne problem?
•B) Seaweed – marine algae could be an effective additional treatment against some strains of bacteria associated with acne
Who sits down more than they did in the 1960s, according to the Daily Mail?
•A) Mothers – mothers spent more time on sedentary activities such as “screen-based media use” according to a study of their diaries

THE ALL IMPORTANT SCORES – HOW WELL DID YOU DO?

•0-2: Doctor Nick Riviera (The Simpsons)
•3-5: Doctor and the Medics (psychadelic rock group)
•6-8: Doctor Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)
•9-11: Doctor Dre (rapper)
•12-15: Doctor Quinn (Medicine Woman)
•16-19: Doctor Leonard “Bones” McCoy (Star Trek)
•20-23: Doctor Dana Scully (X Files)
•24: Doctor Who (Gallifreyan Time Lord)

Thanks for taking part and we hope you had fun. Wishing you a happy and healthy 2014 from all at Schwabe Phama http://www.schwabepharma.co.uk

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One Response to Just for all you health media junkies…..Test your knowledge of 2013 Health stories – FUN quiz

  1. Very interesting insights! The general consensus for maintaining a healthy body and mind is to eat well, exercise regularly and sleep well. It’s interesting to see the top health stories of 2013 and what the most popular answers are.

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