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Weird Health Facts

Science -- and medicine -- really can be stranger than fiction. See how well you know these weird-but-true health facts.

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Question 1 of 15 Correct

What is it the condition called when your second toe is longer than your big toe?

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The correct answer is: Morton’s Foot Syndrome, or Morton’s Toe, occurs when your metatarsal bones in the first toe are shorter than those in the second toe. While not serious, having Morton’s Toe can lead to arch pain and callusing or discomfort of the ball of the foot at the base of the second toe.

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Question 2 of 15 Correct

Which is not true about taste buds?

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The correct answer is: Taste buds aren’t just limited to your tongue. They can be found on the roof of your mouth, your throat and even your esophagus.

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Question 3 of 15 Correct

What is the colloquial term for gynecomastia?

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The correct answer is: Gynecomastia, a.k.a. man boobs, occurs when mens’ breasts swell and become abnormally large. Normally it isn't serious, although sometimes it can be caused by conditions like kidney failure or hyperthyroidism. Men and boys with the condition may experience embarrassment, low self-esteem and sometimes breast pain.

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Question 4 of 15 Correct

True or false: Your funny bone is an actual bone in the arm.

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The correct answer is: False. Humerus comes from the Latin word for shoulder. "Funny bone" is a play on humerous/humerus. When you hit your funny bone, you’re actually hitting the ulnar nerve, which crosses the humerus at the elbow. This contact produces an odd, sometimes painful sensation.

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Question 5 of 15 Correct

What is the smallest bone in the human body?

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The correct answer is: The smallest bone in the body is called the stapes bone, or the stirrup bone. One of three tiny bones in the middle ear that transmits sound to to the inner ear, it's only about 1/8-inch long in adults.

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Question 6 of 15 Correct

Someone who has excessive sweating in their palms, hands and feet suffers from what condition?

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The correct answer is: Hyperhidrosis is the name given to excessive and uncontrollable sweating. People with this condition typically have overactive sweat glands. Common areas where perspiration occurs: the face, underarms, hands and feet. Strong antiperspirants, Botox and sometimes surgery may remedy the condition.

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Question 7 of 15 Correct

Which of these organs is known for its regenerative powers?

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The correct answer is: The liver is the only organ that can regenerate itself fully after a large part of it is injured or removed. In fact, when part of the liver is removed for a transplant, the donor's and recipient's parts will grow to the normal size.

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Question 8 of 15 Correct

"Polydactyly" refers to a condition in which a person has extra:

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The correct answer is: Polydactyly is a condition in which a person has more than five fingers or toes. These extra digits may be fully formed or just small attachments. Surgery is the most common treatment.

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Question 9 of 15 Correct

True or false: Adults have more bones than babies do.

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The correct answer is: False. Babies are actually born with about 300 bones, some of which fuse together as they grow. Mature adults only have 206 bones.

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Question 10 of 15 Correct

What does a nephrologist study?

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The correct answer is: A nephrologist is a doctor who specializes in kidney care. Neurologists study the nervous system (which includes the brain), pulmonologists focus on respiratory processes and cardiologists look at the heart and circulatory system.

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Question 11 of 15 Correct

About 25% of the US population lives with chronic halitosis. What does halitosis stand for?

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The correct answer is: Halitosis is the clinical term for bad breath. Culprits include dry mouth, food, upper respiratory illnesses, thyroid problems, medications and more. Brushing your teeth and flossing daily can help keep your breath sweet, but if you’re concerned about a chronic problem you should visit your dentist or doctor.

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Question 12 of 15 Correct

True or false: Someone who suffers from oniomania is obsessed with peeling onions.

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The correct answer is: False. Oniomania is the compulsive desire to buy. Those living with it are known as shopaholics. According to the American Psychological Association, there are approximately 15 million “oniomaniacs” in the US.

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Question 13 of 15 Correct

What type of odd therapy can be used to drain blood from swollen parts of the body after reconstructive surgery?

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The correct answer is: Believe it or not, leech therapy is quite effective at draining wounds of excess blood. The use of leeches was abandoned around the start of the 20th century, but has recently made a comeback as a cheap and effective treatment.

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Question 14 of 15 Correct

How many chromosomes do humans have?

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The correct answer is: Humans have 23 pairs of chromosomes, for a total of 46. Chromosomes contain DNA, a set of genetic instructions passed down from parent to offspring and that make each of us unique.

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Question 15 of 15 Correct

True or false: Men’s fingernails grow faster than women’s.

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The correct answer is: True. According to the American Academy of Dermatology (AAD), women’s nails grow more slowly than men’s. The only exception is during pregnancy when women’s nails may grow quicker. Another fun nail fact from the AAD: Nails grow fastest during the summer.

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