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Weekly Health Quiz: Covid Vaccines, Microbiomes and How We Move
Which statement about the way we move is supported by research?
Romantic couples unconsciously tend to synchronize their walking pace
Pet dogs tend to synchronize their movements with family members
People who taking up dancing tend to feel greater degrees of closeness
All of the above
About what percentage of Americans have received at least one Covid vaccine shot?
About what percentage of Americans expressed anxiety about resuming in-person interactions once the pandemic eases?
Compared to those whose gut microbiome stays relatively stable over time, those whose microbiome changes over the decades tend to:
Have shorter life spans
The microbiome has little relationship with how successfully you age
Which statement about maple syrup urine disease is not true?
The name comes from the distinctive smell of urine and sweat
It is a rare genetic disorder that can run in families
Symptoms include periods of disorientation and confusion
People with the disorder must eat a high-protein diet
Researchers believe that a current outbreak of Ebola in Guinea was likely caused by a survivor of West Africa’s 2014-16 epidemic who harbored the virus for at least five years and then transmitted it via:
Fred Figa, a pharmacist, died recently from coronavirus complications. He is perhaps best known for alerting people to the dangers of an unregulated injection of this vitamin that caused the deaths of 38 infants in the 1980s:
Weekly Health Quiz: Exercise, Body Temperature and a Covid Vaccine Mystery
An 11-minute program of calisthenics and rest, done three times a week for six weeeks, had this effect on out-of-shape young men and women:
It increased their fitness levels
It improved their endurance by 7 percent
It increased their leg power slightly
All of the above
Which statement about body temperatures is not true?
Worldwide, average body temperatures seem to be decreasing
Body temperatures tend to rise during and after exercise
Older people tend to have lower body temperatures than younger people
Body temperature tends to be higher in the morning than in the evening
Health authorities are investigating the death of a 56-year-old doctor in Florida who developed this blood clotting disorder days after receiving the Covid vaccine:
Acute immune thrombocytopenia
Creutzfeldt-Jakob disease, sometimes called mad cow disease, is thought to be caused by this type of infectious organism:
Which statement about throat cancers is not true?
Most throat cancers are caused by human papillomavirus, or HPV
Having oral sex at a young age increases the risk of developing throat cancer
HPV-associated throat cancers are more common in women than men
HPV-associated throat cancers are more common in whites than in African-Americans
Being overweight during pregnancy was tied to this fertility issue, Danish researchers report:
Mothers who are overweight during their first pregnancy are at increased risk of fertility problems during subsequent pregnancies
Daughters born to overweight mothers were at increased risk of having fertility problems
Sons born to overweight mothers were at increased risk of being infertile
All of the above
Diets rich in this vitamin were tied to a lower risk of developing Parkinson’s disease:
Vitamins C and E