Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year


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In 2016, Behind the Headlines covered more than 300 health stories that made it into the mainstream media. If you've been paying attention you should find this quiz easy and fun.


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


 


In January 2016's health news...


In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what condition?



  1. Sex addiction

  2. Bipolar disorder

  3. Autism


In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth"?



  1. Seasonal affective disorder

  2. Agoraphobia

  3. Social anxiety disorder


In February 2016's health news...


Brain scans were used to see if what activity was addictive?



  1. Shopping online

  2. Checking your emails

  3. Using Facebook


Exercise in middle age was claimed to stop what from shrinking?



  1. Your brain

  2. Your penis (assuming you have one)

  3. Your height


In March 2016's health news...


What could possibly "break your heart" (or at least damage your heart muscles)?



  1. Moments of joy

  2. A sudden shock

  3. The loss of a much loved pet


Why should you always be polite to your doctor?



  1. Well-liked patients are often pushed to the front of the waiting list

  2. You are more likely to get an appointment when you want

  3. Rude patients are "more likely to be misdiagnosed"  


In April 2016's health news...


What was said to put off bedbugs from making a nest in your mattress?



  1. Making sure your bed sheets were either yellow or green

  2. Burning a scented candle every evening

  3. Regularly playing opera (or any other music that contains high-pitched noises)


What group leisure activity was found to boost immunity in people recovering from cancer?



  1. Line dancing

  2. Singing in a choir

  3. Amateur dramatics  


In May 2016's health news...


What psychoactive substance was tested as a treatment for depression?



  1. Peyote

  2. Psilocybin

  3. DMT


What was said to help babies sleep better?



  1. A massage

  2. A bath before bedtime

  3. Leaving them to cry  


In June 2016's health news...


Researchers claimed one of the following proverbs about food could actually be evidenced-based?



  1. All happiness depends on a leisurely breakfast

  2. Beer after wine and you'll feel fine; wine after beer and you'll feel queer

  3. Eat breakfast like a king, lunch like a prince and dinner like a pauper


What was said to be a bad influence on young girls?



  1. Disney Princess culture

  2. Selfies

  3. YouTube "vloggers"  


In July 2016's health news...


What could millions of people have without realising it?



  1. A parasite inside their digestive system

  2. A "secret ginger gene"

  3. An extra bone inside their foot


What increasingly popular activity was linked to blood clots?



  1. Zumba dancing

  2. Binge-watching box sets

  3. "Screen walking" – checking your phone screen while walking  


In August 2016's health news...


What popular types of summer venues were said to be becoming measles hotspots 



  1. Beaches

  2. Water parks

  3. Music festivals


A decline in the quality of what could have potential human implications?



  1. Bee pollen

  2. Dog sperm

  3. Ant eggs  


In September 2016's health news...


What skin condition could delay the signs of ageing?



  1. Acne

  2. Eczema

  3. Psoriasis


What activity could help you pass a kidney stone?



  1. Paragliding

  2. Riding a roller coaster 

  3. Snowboarding


In October 2016's health news...


What did we describe as "lukewarm at best"?



  1. Claims coffee prevented dementia

  2. Claims that hot baths prevented high blood pressure

  3. Claims that electric heating blankets prevented erectile dysfunction


What was reported as putting people off making appointments to see their GP?



  1. Receptionists asking questions about symptoms

  2. Sitting in a waiting room full of sick people

  3. Having to take time off work  


In November 2016's health news...


Adults who spent time doing what activity in childhood were reported as having better mental health?



  1. Going to regular religious services

  2. Eating a vegan diet

  3. Belonging to the Scouts or Girl Guides


Using what type of sporting equipment was said to help you live longer?



  1. Golf clubs

  2. Exercise bikes

  3. Racquets  


In December 2016's health news...


What type of exercise was said to be best for sperm quality?



  1. No exercise

  2. Moderate exercise

  3. Intense exercise


Regular pubic hair grooming was linked to what?



  1. Increased risk of sexually transmitted infections

  2. Triggering acne on the skin of the inner thighs 

  3. In men – shrinkage of the scrotum


Answers


January


In a controversial study, monkeys were genetically engineered to develop what disorder?



In a similarly controversial study, what psychological condition was dismissed as a "myth"?



February 


Brain scans were used to see if what activity was addictive?



Exercise in middle age was claimed to stop what from shrinking?



March


What could possibly "break your heart" (or at least damage your heart muscles)?



Why should you always be polite to your doctor?



April


What was said to put off bedbugs from making a nest in your mattress?



What group leisure activity was found to boost immunity in people recovering from cancer?



May


What psychoactive substance was tested as a treatment for depression?



What was said to help babies sleep better?



June


Researchers claimed what following proverb about food could actually be evidenced-based?



What was said to be a bad influence on young girls?



July


What could millions of people have without realising it? 



What increasingly popular activity was linked to blood clots?



August


What popular types of summer venues were said to be becoming measles hotspots?



A decline in the quality of what could have potential human implications?



September


What skin condition could delay the signs of ageing?



What activity could help you pass a kidney stone?



October


What did we describe as "lukewarm at best"?



What was reported as putting people off making appointments to see their GP?



November


Adults who spent time doing what activity in childhood were reported as having better mental health?



Using what type of sporting equipment was said to help you live longer?



December


What type of exercise was said to be best for sperm quality?



Regular pubic hair grooming was linked to what?



Scores:



  • 0-2: Carry on Again Doctor (1969): Dr Nookey is disgraced and sent to a remote island hospital...

  • 3-5: Dr. Dolittle 2 (2001): Dolittle must save a forest and a bear's life...

  • 6-8: The Return of Doctor X (1939): A hotshot reporter and a young doctor team up to investigate a series of grisly murders and a mysterious sample of synthetic blood...

  • 9-11: The Fiendish Plot of Dr. Fu Manchu (1980): Fu Manchu's 168th birthday celebration is dampened when a hapless flunky spills Fu's age-regressing elixir vitae...

  • 12-15: The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977): A shipwrecked survivor discovers a remote island with a mad scientist...

  • 16-19: Doctor Strange (2016): A former neurosurgeon embarks on a journey of healing only to be drawn into the world of the mystic arts...

  • 20-23: Dr. Who and the Daleks (1965): An eccentric inventor and his companions travel in his TARDIS to the Planet Skaro and battle the evil menace of the Daleks...

  • 24: Doctor Zhivago (1965): The life of a Russian physician and poet who, although married to another, falls in love with a political activist's wife and experiences hardship...


Thanks for taking part and we hope you had fun and have a happy and healthy 2017. 


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