Hot Topics Health Quiz: Test Your Knowledge

How's your knowledge of health-related topics such as cloning, medication errors, and infant nutrition? Find out by taking our 9-question quiz.

1. What is the best way to prevent the spread of noroviruses (Norwalk-like viruses) that have been found on some cruise ships?

  1. take antibiotic drugs
  2. take antiviral drugs
  3. wear a mask on deck
  4. wash hands frequently
  5. avoid the dining room and other public eating places
2. Cloned animals are:
  1. the same as transgenic animals
  2. biological copies of existing animals
  3. made by adding genes from humans
3. What method is used today to clone an animal?
  1. embryo splitting
  2. somatic cell nuclear transfer
  3. blastomere separation
4. In a recent FDA evaluation of fatal medication errors, which type of error was the most common?
  1. using the wrong route of administration
  2. giving the wrong drug
  3. giving the wrong drug dose
5. How many medication error reports has the FDA received since 1992?
  1. 5,000
  2. 10,000
  3. 20,000
  4. 30,000
6. Of all the drug names that companies propose to the FDA, how many does the agency reject to help avoid drug name confusion?
  1. one fourth
  2. one third
  3. one half
  4. two thirds
7. The goal of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is to increase the number of mothers breastfeeding their babies in the period immediately following birth to:
  1. 20 percent
  2. 50 percent
  3. 75 percent
  4. 90 percent
8. About how many new drugs, biologics, medical devices, and animal drugs were approved in 2002?
  1. 500
  2. 1,000
  3. 3,000
  4. 5,000
9. Between January and December 2002, 22 outbreaks of what disorder were reported aboard cruise ships?
  1. gastroenteritis
  2. pneumonia
  3. influenza

Answers

  1. Answer: D. The best way to prevent the spread of noroviruses (Norwalk-like viruses) that have been found on some cruise ships is to wash your hands frequently.

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  2. Answer: B. Cloned animals are biological copies of existing animals.

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  3. Answer: B. Somatic cell nuclear transfer is the method used today to clone an animal.

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  4. Answer: C. Giving the wrong drug dose was the most common fatal medication error.

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  5. Answer: C. The FDA has received 20,000 medication error reports since 1992.

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  6. Answer: B. One third of all the drug names that companies propose to the FDA are rejected to help avoid drug name confusion.

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  7. Answer: C. The goal of the National Breastfeeding Awareness Campaign is to increase the number of mothers who breast feed their babies in the period immediately following birth to 75 percent.

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  8. Answer: D. About 5,000 new drugs, biologics, medical devices and animal drugs were approved in 2002.

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  9. Answer: A. Between January and December 2002, 22 outbreaks of gastroenteritis were reported aboard cruise ships.

Portions of the above information has been provided with the kind permission of the National Institutes of Health (http://www.nih.gov/).
Last Editorial Review: 6/9/2003