Behind the Headlines 2016 Quiz of the Year


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In 2014, 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 2014's health news with our month-by-month quiz?


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 disorder?



  • 1) Sex addiction

  • 2) Bi-polar 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 are a man)

  • 3) Your body 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) Choir singing

  • 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 what following proverb 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


Injections of what kitchen staple were said (wrongly) to be a potential cancer cure?



  • 1) Salt

  • 2) Pepper

  • 3) Olive oil


 


In September 2014's health news...


One newspaper claimed that eating a certain snack could trigger a stroke within minutes; what was it?



  • 1) Kebab

  • 2) Deep-fried Mars Bar

  • 3) Bacon sandwich


What “old wives tell” may have turned out to be correct?



  • 1) Going outside with wet hair can give you a cold

  • 2) Honey can be used to treat infection

  • 3) Chocolate can help relieve symptoms of PMT


 


In October 2014's health news...


What doesn’t exist according to Italian researchers?



  • 1) The vaginal orgasm

  • 2) The Male mid-life crisis

  • 3) Love at first sight


What was said to protect against prostate cancer?



  • 1) Having a cold shower at least once a week

  • 2) A Norwegian style diet of lots of fish, game and preserved meat

  • 3) Multiple sexual partners; at least 21 over the course of a lifetime


 


In November 2014's health news...


Watching what classic comedy was said to help prevent vision loss?



  • 1) Only Fools and Horses

  • 2) George and Mildred

  • 3) Dad’s Army


What was reported to spread over 80 million bacteria?



  • 1) Drinking out of somebody’s else’s pint

  • 2) A French kiss (aka “snog”)

  • 3) A sneeze


 


In December 2014's health news...


What seems to be becoming less deadly over time?



  • 1) Rabies

  • 2) Anthrax

  • 3) HIV


What could potentially save the NHS millions of pounds per year?



  • 1) Running operative theatres on a 24 hours per day basis

  • 2) More breastfeeding

  • 3) Adding fluoride to all of the English water supply


 


Answers


January


What was said helped make bones stronger?



Warnings were issued about the possible return of what?



February 


What activity was said to lower your sense of wellbeing?



What video game was used to reduce food cravings?



March


What was cited as a potential weapon against the obesity epidemic?



What antisocial activity was said to trigger potentially harmful by-products?



April


What quintessentially English brand was claimed to be an effective alternative to statins? 



What activity was said to prevent depression in older people?



May


England fans were warned about what in the run-up to the World Cup in Brazil?



What was said to be better than patches and gum as a smoking quitting aid?



June


A new invention that can predict strokes was unveiled; what was it?



What was said to damage men’s sperm quality?



 


July


What technology company carried out a controversial experiment on some of their users?



What flavouring was said to make people feel fuller?



August


What NHS service was said to be a waste of time by one team of researchers?



Injections of what kitchen staple were said (wrongly) to be a potential cancer cure?



September


One newspaper claimed that eating a certain snack could trigger a stroke within minutes; what was it?



What “old wives tell” may have turned out to be correct?



October


What doesn’t exist according to Italian researchers?



What was said to protect against prostate cancer?



November


Watching what classic comedy was said to help prevent vision loss?



What was reported to spread over 80 million bacteria?



December


What seems to be becoming less deadly over time?



What could potentially save the NHS millions of pounds per year?



Scores:



  • 0-2: Doctor Leo Spaceman (30 Rock)

  • 3-5: Doctor Douglas "Doogie" Howser (Doogie Howser, M.D)

  • 6-8: Doctor Harold Legg (Eastenders)

  • 9-11: Doctor Niles Crane (Fraiser)

  • 12-15: Doctor Ross Geller (Friends)

  • 16-19: Doctor Gregory House (house)

  • 20-23: Doctor Zachary Smith (Lost in Space)

  • 24: Nurse Jackie (Nurse Jackie)


Thanks for taking part and we hope you had fun and have a happy 2015.


 


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