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35 Medical Trivia Questions Only Geniuses Will Get Right

How well do you know your health lingo? These challenging medical trivia questions are the ultimate test of your health and wellness IQ.

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What is high-density lipoprotein?Photo: RD.ca/Shutterstock

Medical trivia question #1: High-density lipoprotein is…

A. A muscle-building nutrient
B. “Good” cholesterol that reduces the risk of heart disease
C. A resilient cancer cell
D. A molecule that makes hair shiny and healthy

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Medical trivia - Exercise can raise high-density lipoproteinPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer #1: B

High-density lipoprotein (HDL) is the name for “good” cholesterol that picks up excess “bad” cholesterol in the blood and takes it to the liver, where it’s broken down. HDL can be measured with a blood test. If it’s too low, exercise, quitting smoking and choosing healthy fats are good ways to raise it. How’s that for medical trivia that could save your life?

Find out the worst foods for your cholesterol.

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What is adherence?Photo: RD.ca/Shutterstock

Medical trivia question #2: Adherence is the degree to which…

A. A doctor follows medical regulations
B. A patient keeps returning to the same doctor
C. A doctor keeps track of a patient’s progress
D. A patient follows medical recommendations

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Following a doctor's advicePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer #2: D

Adherence is the degree to which a patient follows a doctor’s advice. Blood-pressure medication regimens, for example, are known for poor adherence because many patients underestimate the risks of hypertension.

Find out the medication mistakes that could be making you sick.

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What is a keloid?Photo: RD.ca/Shutterstock

Medical trivia question #3: A keloid is…

A. A disease that mimics multiple sclerosis, causing misdiagnosis
B. An overgrowth of scar tissue
C. Fibre-rich food
D. An instrument that operating-room staff use to measure weight

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Man inspecting keloid scar tissuePhoto: Shutterstock

Answer #3: B

A keloid is an overgrowth of scar tissue that can form after surgery or an injury. Although its lumpy or ridged tumour-like appearance can be alarming, it is usually harmless.

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What is a zoonotic disease?Photo: RD.ca/Shutterstock

Medical trivia question #4: A zoonotic disease is an illness that…

A. Can be treated by a trained veterinarian
B. Requires animal products to eradicate
C. Can be transmitted from animals to humans
D. Threatens to wipe out a species

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Medical trivia questions - baby chickPhoto: Shutterstock

Answer #4: C

A zoonotic disease is an illness that can be transmitted from animals to humans. Among the more common ones is salmonella infection (from chickens, ducks, turtles, snakes).

Samonella is just one of the diseases you can prevent simply by washing your hands.

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What is orthostatic hypotension?Photo: RD.ca/Shutterstock

Medical trivia question #5: Orthostatic hypotension is…

A. A raised heart rate due to chronic stress
B. Light-headedness caused by a lack of sodium
C. Lowered blood pressure caused by standing up
D. Poor circulation in the hands and feet

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Medical trivia - dizzy man