The Weekly Health Quiz: Drinking Tears STDs

04 August 2017 Written by  Well

Test your knowledge of this week’s health news.

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Frequent binge drinking is declining most rapidly among this group of teenagers:




Teens from low-income families

Answer: Teenagers on the whole are binge drinking less frequently, though the rate of decline is slower among girls, black adolescents and people from lower socioeconomic backgrounds. To learn more, read Binge Drinking Drops Among Teenagers

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Drug-resistant strains of this sexually transmitted disease that "hide out" in the throat are on the rise:





Answer: Drug-resistant strains of gonorrhea that silently hide out in the throat can be easily transmitted by oral sex. To learn more, read A Dangerous, ‘Silent Reservoir’ for Gonorrhea: The Throat

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Dry eye is a potentially serious condition characterized by lack of tear production. Which statement about tears is not true?

Tears contains dozens of proteins and other substances that help provide lubrication to the eye

Tears supply the eye with nutrients and oxygen, help focus images and clear the eye of debris

Tears are composed of three layers with different functions

Vigorous exercise may spur production of oils in tears that lubricate the eye

Answer: Tears actually contain hundred of substances and some 1,500 proteins. To learn more, read Dry Eyes Deserve Attention

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A study found that beginning runners tend to:

Take too many steps per minute

Take too few steps per minute

Adopt too long of a stride length

Naturally run at the correct stride and cadence

Answer: The researchers found that both expert runners and beginners naturally tend to adopt a running stride that's right for them. To learn more, read The Best Running Stride? The One That Comes Naturally

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For the first time, scientists successfully edited a gene mutation in a human embryo that may lead to a fatal illness later in life. The illness was a form of:


Heart disease

Cerebral palsy

Cystic fibrosis

Answer: The mutation caused a form of heart disease, but the technique could one day apply to more than 10,000 genetic conditions. To learn more, read In Breakthrough, Scientists Edit a Dangerous Mutation From Genes in Human Embryos

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Moderate drinking was tied to an:

Increased risk of Type 2 diabetes

Decreased risk of diabetes

Drinking had no impact on diabetes risk

Answer: Moderate drinkers had a lower diabetes risk than those who drank infrequently. To learn more, read Moderate Drinking Tied to Lower Diabetes Risk

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Gum disease in older women was tied to an increased risk of this form of cancer:

Esophageal cancer

Cancer of the gallbladder


All of the above

Answer: Periodontal disease increased the risk of all these cancers, as well as breast and lung cancers. To learn more, read Gum Disease Tied to Cancer Risk in Older Women

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