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A Page Full of Medicine and Health Trivia Questions and Answers

With so much going on in the news lately about healthcare and medicine I couldn’t resist putting together a quiz about medicine, health care, and other medical related topics.  In the news today I read about the senate and the health care reform, swine flu vaccine recalls, and promising new cancer treatments.  Medicine is racing toward the future at a breakneck speed, so lets slow down and enjoy a good old fashioned Trivia quiz.

1. What type of microbe causes the common cold?
A: Virus.

2. What kind of food poisoning can be caused by eating half-cooked poultry?
A: Salmonella poisoning.

3: Which body fluid is affected by thalassemia?
A: Blood.

4. Which insect transmits malaria?
A: Mosquito.

5. What kind of contraceptive is the best protection against sexually transmitted diseases?
A: Condom.

6. Who developed vaccination against smallpox?
A: Jenner.

7. What is the main organ affected by a stroke?
A: Brain.

8. What is the disease in which normal clotting of the blood is slowed or stopped completely?
A: Hemophilia.

9. Diabetes results from a failure to secrete which hormone?
A: Insulin.

10. Which agency of the United Nations exists to fight and eradicate disease?
A: World Health Organization.

11. The tree Salix alba was used in the preparation of which drug?
A: Aspirin.

12. Malarial parasites live in which part of the mosquito?
A: Salivary glands.

13. Diabetes insipidus affects which organ?
A: Kidney.

14. Which disease, targeted by the World Health Organization, was eradicated by 1980?
A: Smallpox.

15. What is the name given to a statistician who calculates life expectancy, etc. for an insurance company?
A: Actuary.

16. Dopamine acts on which ;part of the body?
A: Brain.

17. Hodgkin’s disease is what type of disease?
A: Cancer.

18. English writer D H Lawrence died of which disease?
A: Tuberculosis.

19. Amniocentesis is used in which field of medicine?
A: Obstetrics.

20. The T cells of the human immune system mature in which gland?
A: Thymus.

21. Where would you find the pisiform bone?
A: Wrist.

22. Which protein forms hair and nails.
A: Keratin.

23. Of what do we have 52 in a lifetime, 20 of which are deciduous?
A: Teeth.

24. What is the substance produced by hard exercise and oxygen debt, causing stiffness in the muscles?
A: Lactic Acid.

25. What are the natural pain-killing substances produced in the brain and pituitary gland?
A: Endorphins.

26. What is the substance that the body over-produces in an allergic reaction to pollen?
A: Histamine.

27. Which three bones are collectively known as the auditory ossicles?
A: Hammer; anvil; stirrup.

28. What is an overgrowth of fibrous tissue, usually produced at the site of a scar?
A: Keloid.

29. What is the pigment that colors skin?
A: Melanin.

30. What is the colored muscle that responds involuntarily to light?
A: Iris.

31. What is the name of the membrane enclosing the fluid around the fetus?
A: Amnion: amniotic membrane.

32. Which is the only vein …


Low Platelet Count – Boost Your Low Platelets With These Foods

Want to know how you can tremendously boost your low platelet count? Would you like to boost your platelets from 40,000 to 90,000? Or maybe your platelets are slightly under around the 90,000 and 100 thousand and would like a little boost to increase them to the normal 150,000 or more. Well read on and find out how this goal is possible for many by just eating certain foods that will greatly improve your low platelets.

Is this goal really possible? Buy reading this article you will find that certain foods found in your local supermarket can let you achieve this goal. But first you really need to know which foods can make your problem worse by aggravating your ITP disorder.

So that you can understand how these foods may help you, you need to understand first the different mechanisms by which the body destroys or reduces your platelets.

1. They are destroyed by your spleen

2. Platelets are destroyed by your immune system

3. Platelets are not being produced in sufficient quantities in your bone marrow

4. Platelets are oxidized in the body by free radicals. Free radicals are abnormal toxic oxygen molecules

By stopping one of these mechanisms in your body you can greatly reduce the amount of platelets being destroyed and have more to spare for normal body functions. I am going to show you how to use your foods to interfere with mechanism number 4.

By shutting down the fourth mechanism mentioned you can boost your low platelet count in a few months. But you need to know about the bad foods first. These are the foods that will actually make your ITP blood disorder worse.

These are some of the major foods to avoid:

1. All types of greasy foods

2. Stay away from mayonnaise and hydrogenated fats such as margarine

3. Also stay away from all fried foods high in trans fats

4. Avoid excess protein

5. Avoid sugar and processed starches such as white flour

Increase your platelets with these foods

These foods are the ones you need to increase in your daily meals. Consume more foods while they are fresh. And I really mean fresh. You should eat a large portion of raw foods on a daily basis. At least 3-4 fruits and 2 large green salads. They are high in substances known as phytonutrients.

Super foods such as as berries, pomegranate, blueberries are great fruits that will boost your low platelet count levels. Probably not good to use these if you have extremely low platelets. But as long as your platelets are higher than 40,000 or 60,000 they are safe and beneficial. Always check yourself to see if your platelet levels are around this range. Eat on a daily basis 1 cup of blueberries.

At least one large salad a day, but two is much better. Drink green juices made of romaine, carrots, cabbage, some wheat grass and an apple. These should be mixed.

A small dose of gamma vitamin E …