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Quiz: What do you know about your health?

This week we're testing your knowledge of health news and facts from recent St. Petersburg Times articles. You're on your honor to complete the quiz without resorting to the Internet for help. Get all 10 right and you can call yourself a genius — and a loyal reader.

Irene Maher, Times staff writer

1 The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention confirmed the first U.S. case of this illness on April 15. Today the CDC reports more than 40,000 cases nationally; 3,000 in Florida. What is the illness?

a. Salmonella from tainted peanut butter.

b. Swine flu.

c. E. coli from raw spinach.

2 What popular pain remedy is the leading cause of liver damage in the United States and sends 50,000 people to emergency rooms annually because of overdose?

a. Acetaminophen

b. Aspirin

c. Alcohol

3 Heart disease in men took center stage with the sudden deaths of celebrities Michael Jackson and Billy Mays. List five symptoms common in men having a heart attack.

4 Heart attack symptoms are often different in women. List at least three of the most common signs of heart attack in women.

5 Which one of these is a health myth?

a. Arthritic joints ache when stormy weather is on the way.

b. Reduced sunlight over months can cause depression.

c. Hurricanes induce labor in expectant women.

6 Spelling test: Which is the correct spelling of an organ that most men know about, but many can't seem to pronounce:

a. prostrate

b. postate

c. prostate

7 Ladies, your turn. The American Cancer Society recommends this screening test annually, starting at age 40, for early detection of breast cancer. Which word is correct?

a. mammogram

b. mammiogram

c. marmogram

8 When do federal health officials say a swine flu vaccine will likely become available?

a. Never

b. October

c. August

9 Name at least three ways to prevent getting any kind of flu.

10 Most health experts agree that drinking alcohol is okay if limited to no more than one drink a day for women and two drinks for men. What constitutes one drink?

a. 6 bottles of beer or 3 glasses of wine or 3 shots of spirits

b. 6 ounces of beer or 3 ounces of wine or 3 ounces of spirits

c. 12 ounces of beer or 5 ounces of wine or 1 ½ ounces of spirits

1. B; 2. A; 3. Pressure in the chest; pain that radiates to the arm, back, neck, jaw or stomach; shortness of breath; nausea; light-headedness; a cold sweat; 4. Unusual fatigue, sleep disturbance, shortness of breath, indigestion, anxiety; 5. C; 6. C; 7. A; 8. B; 9. Get vaccinated; wash hands frequently with soap and water; use alcohol-based hand sanitizer; avoid touching eyes, nose, mouth; avoid close contact with people who are sick.; 10. C.

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