Medical Myths quiz

Medical myths

By Jesse

There are a surprising number of medical-related myths that we’ve been told (or even taught) in our daily lives that are untrue.

Take the tongue taste zones, for example. I was taught about these in school, and there are diagrams that exist that show how the tongue is supposedly split into areas that each experience a different taste and work together to give your mouth a full range of tastes. Despite being taught in schools, this is untrue, and can easily be disproved by putting a bit of salt on the tip of your tongue – this is supposedly the area that can taste sweetness, but you can taste the salt just fine.

I wanted to explore some of the most common of these myths in the form of a quiz, which I hosted for the Pomegranite team as a skills share.

Pick the myth

Choose the incorrect option

Correct! Wrong!

We actually use a lot of our brains most of the time. Average human brain scans don’t show any big dormant areas, and each section of our brain has been shown to relate to a specific function in the body.

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Thoughts
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Whenever we enter REM (rapid eye movement) sleep we’re dreaming. REM sleep occurs in short episodes across each night each about 90 minutes apart.

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Gum
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The body is very efficient at getting things that aren’t useful out.

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Sweets
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Sugar rushes aren’t real. Many studies have been done on the subject which conclude that there’s no scientific basis for the belief that sugar causes a spike in activity. Google it!

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Razor
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There are actually studies as early as 1928 that show shaving has no effect on hair growth. Shaving only removes the dead part of the hair, not the live part under the skin, which is why it has no effect. The hair might feel coarser because of the sharp taper a razor gives the end of a shaved hair. Places where people shave tend to also commonly be places where hair happens to naturally grow thicker as well.

Pick the fact

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Colours
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This is most likely why American school buses are yellow - it’s so people can have slightly faster reaction times when kids and cars are involved.

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Nails
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These are usually because of a minor injury that happens to the base of our nails. Because our nails grow quite slowly, the white spots are technically only visible (outside of our skin) about 6 weeks after the injury, and the injury is usually so minor we’ve forgotten about it at that point. It’s sparked a few myths surrounding why they appear.

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This was because Renaissance doctors believed there was a harmony between the planets and various organs in our bodies, and patients were often prescribed different metals for treatments of different ailments. Mercury would actually remain a syphilis treatment up until the 20th century.

Choose the option/s you think are correct. This one's a doozy!

Please select 3 correct answers

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Marine wildlife continues to amaze us! Mantis shrimps’ complex visual systems were thought to mean they could see more colours than most animals, but it’s really actually more that it helps them see and process colours faster, to improve their reaction time. To put this into perspective, humans have 3 cones in our eyes to see colour, mantis shrimp have 12.

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