Holiday Health Hazards
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Holiday Health Hazards

Can you be allergic to your Christmas tree? Why do more people get heart attacks in winter? Test your holiday health IQ.

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Holiday Health Hazards
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Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: Poinsettias are poisonous to people and pets.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The popular holiday houseplant presents no health threat to your or your four-legged friends. Research that examined nearly 23,000 poinsettia exposures found no significant level of toxicity released by the plant. Go ahead, deck those halls.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

To prevent Campylobacter jejuni, a bacteria that can cause serious tummy aches, to what temperature should you cook your holiday turkey?

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The correct answer is: Prevent a belly ache by cooking your turkey to 165 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to check the bird's temp: insert a thermometer into the deepest part of the meat, being careful not to touch a bone. Be sure to clean the thermometer between each use so you don't cross-contaminate.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

Going from the frigid outdoors to cozy-warm indoors can do a number on your skin. What's the best way to combat dryness?

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The correct answer is: Little known dermatology fact: Lotions and creams, even when they promise to increase moisture, actually have drying effects on skin. That's because the two main ingredients are water and alcohol. And hot showers will only make things worse. Your best protection against winter-dry skin is a greasy emollient containing petrolatum, such as Vaseline or Aquaphor.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

Chilled foods should stay below what temperature?

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The correct answer is: Chilled foods should be kept at or below 39 degrees to prevent bacteria growth. Check your fridge: It may not be cool enough to prevent bacteria growth when you're storing lots of food. A fridge thermometer can alert you when the temp rises too high.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

How quickly after being set out should leftovers be stored in the fridge?

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The correct answer is: Refrigerate leftovers within two hours of serving to prevent bacteria growth.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

Which of the following household items can be used to test whether a toy presents a choking hazard for a small child?

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The correct answer is: A cardboard toilet paper roll comes in handy for a simple choke-proof test: If a small toy can fit inside the tube, your child could choke on it. If it can't, you're all clear.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a safe place to leave a burning candle while you're out?

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The correct answer is: The correct answer is none of the above -- you should never leave burning candles unattended. Most residential fires occur during the winter months. Keep candles away from children, pets, walkways, trees and curtains.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

According to the CDC, which of these groups causes the most accidental fires around the holidays?

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The correct answer is: Fires caused by children tend to increase around the holidays According to government stats, kids cause nearly 60 house fires a day in mid-December, with more again around New Year's.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

Which of these chemicals is used on Christmas trees and may make your cat or dog sick?

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The correct answer is: All of the above chemicals can be used on Christmas trees -- and they can make your pets sick, too. Needles and branches tend to carry traces of these chemicals, which can then be passed to your pets if they chew on the tree. Got a chewer? Distract him from the tree with chew toys and treats.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

Which is the best way to avoid picking up a bug on an airplane?

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The correct answer is: Tuck a bottle of alcohol-based hand sanitizer in your carry-on to keep germs at bay. Use it after getting seated, before and after eating and drinking, when you return from the restroom and any time you come in contact with public surfaces. Frequent use can cut your risk of getting sick by 50 percent.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

Ah - you're home alone with a cup of cocoa and a roaring fire. Suddenly you begin to feel headachey, dizzy and confused. What might be happening to you?

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The correct answer is: You may be experiencing symptoms of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning. Known as "the silent killer," carbon monoxide is an odorless, colorless gas produced by fuel-burning appliances. Early symptoms of CO poisoning are similar to the flu -- headache, dizziness, confusion and shortness of breath. If you don't get away quickly, you can even die. To be on the safe side, install a CO detector on every level of your home, within 10 to 15 feet outside each bedroom, and away from humid areas. Mount the detector on the wall or ceiling, depending on your model's instructions.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

Heart attacks spike around Christmas and New Year's. What may explain this phenomenon?

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The correct answer is: All of these factors may contribute to the spike in heart attacks around the holidays. Cold weather constricts arteries and makes blood clot more easily. As you're shoveling snow, hauling Christmas trees or shoving packages of presents up attic stairs for safe keeping, overexertion may threaten your ticker, too. Holiday-season stress and anxiety also take their toll. Keep your heart healthy by avoiding overindulging in alcohol or holiday foods, taking regular walks and establishing a stress-free holiday zone.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

Each year more than 35,000 sledding accidents are reported. How can you protect yourself before sailing down a snowy hill?

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The correct answer is: Do a terrain check before throwing yourself on the toboggan. Avoid hills that are close to streets or bodies of water and/or are too icy or steep, and try to find a sledding area that provides a good stretch of flat ground at the bottom for slowing down.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

Long car rides can be taxing on your lower back. Which of these moves can help protect it?

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The correct answer is: A quick stretch break before, after and during every hour you're on the road can prevent the lower-back woes that often come with long drives. One to try while seated: lift your left knee up as high as is comfortable without straining. Now lift your right knee in the same manner. Alternate slowly, as if marching.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

It's cocktail party season! Which type of alcohol is least likely to leave you with a hangover?

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The correct answer is: Clear or light-colored liquors are less likely to cause hangovers than darker liquors, which contain higher levels of congeners, substances that give alcohol its flavor, color, aroma and -- unfortunately -- its hangover-inducing powers. The darker a drink, the more congeners it contains.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating before you drink alcohol will up your risk of a hangover.

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The correct answer is: This is false. Skip dinner before you drink and you're almost guaranteed a hangover -- or worse, a trip to the porcelain throne. Food helps your body regulate your blood sugar levels and the absorption of alcohol. Without it, the effect of alcohol may be more dramatic, which can leave you uncomfortable, to say the least.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

Which food can help you shake off a hangover the morning after?

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The correct answer is: Order the scramble. Eggs are high in the antioxidant N-acetyl-cysteine, which helps protect the liver cells from injury. That's a good thing, since your liver will be working over time to cleanse your body of all that liquor from the night before.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: Artificial Christmas trees are allergy-proof.

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The correct answer is: This is false. If improperly stored from year to year, an artificial tree can collect significant amounts of dust and dirt. It can even harbor mold and mildew, which can aggravate sinuses and allergies. If you're allergic to live trees, go for the fake -- but make sure it's covered and kept clean while packed away.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

Which of these is a symptom of a possible allergy to a live Christmas tree?

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The correct answer is: An allergy to your Christmas tree may cause sneezing, watery eyes and an itchy nose. If you know you're allergic to trees or grasses, odds are high you'll be allergic to a live Christmas tree, too. That's because the biggest allergy concern with Christmas trees is mold spores, which thrive on evergreen trees. Talk with your doctor or allergist about the most allergy-friendly way to deck the halls.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

How many weeks can you leave a Christmas tree up before its dryness makes it a fire hazard?

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The correct answer is: The National Fire Protection Association suggests live trees should be removed after four weeks to avoid a fire hazard. Each year, American fire departments respond to more than 230 hundred residential fires triggered by Christmas trees.

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