It's almost New Year's, so it's time for the latest Tampa Bay Times health news quiz, with an emphasis on news from the second half of the year. No cheating allowed — Santa's already working on his 2013 naughty list.
1. The biggest health story of 2012 was the U.S. Supreme Court's decision upholding the Affordable Care Act. When did Florida Gov. Rick Scott first back down publicly from his staunch opposition to the law known as "Obamacare"?
A. When the court ruled.
B. When Scott learned 3.8 million Floridians have no health insurance.
C. After President Obama was re-elected.
2. Consolidation is all the rage in the U.S. health care industry. In the Tampa Bay area, what not-for-profit hospital wants to be acquired by a for-profit chain?
A. St. Joseph's Hospital
B. Bayfront Medical Center
C. St. Anthony's Hospital
D. Florida Hospital Tampa
BONUS: What hospital was the first, and so far the only one, to join the University of South Florida's new health system?
A. Bayfront Medical Center
B. Helen Ellis Hospital
C. Lakeland Regional Medical Center
D. Tampa General Hospital
3. The federal government just started penalizing hospitals for readmitting too many Medicare patients too soon after discharging them. Which local hospital received the biggest penalty?
A: Northside Hospital
B. Brandon Regional Hospital
C. Regional Medical Center Bayonet Point
D. Tampa General Hospital
4. Thousands of Americans received contaminated spinal injections that have led to hundreds of people contracting a rare form of meningitis, resulting in three deaths in Florida. What was in the injections that was so dangerous?
A. E-coli bacteria from an infected pharmaceutical worker in India.
B. Fungus from a drug processing facility in Massachusetts.
C. Melamine particles from an unapproved facility in China.
5. Researchers from the University of South Florida and the University of Miami in 2012 said they found the first direct evidence that a common substance is associated with a reduced risk of dementia. What is it?
B. Vitamin D
C. Caffeinated coffee
D. Leafy greens
6. Other than exposure to loud music and noise, what can cause early hearing loss, according to USF researchers?
A. Some prescription medications
C. Radiation therapy
D. All of the above
7. According to the American Heart Association, what is the most important part of cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)?
A. Chest compressions
B. Mouth to mouth breathing
C. Checking for a pulse
D. They're all equally important.
8. As the nation seeks to lower health care costs, which Tampa Bay hospital system is ensnared in a standoff with insurer United Healthcare, leaving nearly a half million residents with limited access to its hospitals?
B. BayCare Health System
D. Florida Hospital/Adventist Health System
9. How did human reproduction become major political news in 2012?
A. Republican Todd Akin of Missouri lost his Senate race after claiming "legitimate rape'' doesn't lead to pregnancy.
B. The Catholic Church and the Obama administration fought over coverage of contraceptives in health plans.
C. Both of the above.
D. Neither of the above.
10. According to a Tampa Bay Times investigation, in the year since Florida's Prescription Drug Monitoring Database began, more than 48 million prescriptions for controlled substances were written. Prescribers checked the database before writing how many of them?
A. 2 percent
B. 20 percent
C. None of them
D. 75 percent
11. In her speech at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Ann Romney talked about her health condition. What is it?
C. Multiple sclerosis
12. A troubling health trend is the increasing number of children getting obesity-related diseases usually associated with adults. Which of the following will be available for teens next year in Tampa?
A. A new pill to prevent Type 2 diabetes
B. Bariatric or weight loss surgery
C. Joint replacement surgery