CHRISTMAS HEALTH QUIZ 2023: What £6,000 test was Kim Kardashian lambasted for promoting? Why was Night Nurse banned? And what name did Fergie give to her new breast?

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1 There were fears in the autumn that an invasion of blood-sucking, insecticide-resistant bedbugs could sweep Britain after an outbreak in which city?

2 Which herb oil was featured in TikTok videos watched by more than one billion people as a possible hair-loss remedy?

  • a) Mint oil
  • b) Rosemary oil
  • c) Basil oil

3 In November health chiefs recommended children be given a new vaccine for which common, rash-causing illness?

4 A new drug which appears to slow Alzheimer’s sparked hope it could help the one million people affected by the condition in the UK. But which two serious side-effects did the drug, lecanemab, cause in trials?

Kim Kardashian attends the Swarovski x SKIMS Celebration at the Swarovski NYC Flagship on November 7, 2023 in New York City 

Kim Kardashian attends the Swarovski x SKIMS Celebration at the Swarovski NYC Flagship on November 7, 2023 in New York City

Kim Kardashian attends the Swarovski x SKIMS Celebration at the Swarovski NYC Flagship on November 7, 2023 in New York City

Amy Dowden arrives at the Pride Of Britain Awards 2023 at Grosvenor House, London, UK on October 8, 2023

Amy Dowden arrives at the Pride Of Britain Awards 2023 at Grosvenor House, London, UK on October 8, 2023

5 There was a shortage in May of which common type of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) – and why was it a worry?

6 By the end of August, the waiting list for routine NHS hospital treatment had surged past what mind-blowing number, according to the Health Foundation?

  • a) One million
  • b) Seven million
  • c) Ten million

7 A review published in September found there was ‘no real proof’ that a popular supplement to ease irritable bowel syndrome symptoms would actually help. What was the supplement?

8 A commonly taken cold and flu remedy was banned in March for triggering a rare but potentially deadly allergic reaction among patients having a general anaesthetic. What was the medicine?

9 Cosmetic surgery to remove fat on the cheeks to make the cheekbones and jaw look chiselled was a rapidly growing social media trend among young people this year, rumoured to include pop star Liam Payne and socialite model Bella Hadid. What was this fat called?

10 Which costly procedure got reality star Kim Kardashian in hot water when she promoted it on Instagram to pick up cancer and other conditions before symptoms emerge?

  • a) A full-body MRI scan
  • b) A mammogram
  • c) A smear test

11 Numbers of people on long-term sick leave has reached a record high of 2.5 million, according to the Office for National Statistics in March. What were the three main reasons people needed to stay off work?

The film Barbie was a massive hit when released in UK cinemas in July. The doll was invented by American businesswoman Ruth Handler (pictured). But it is less well known that she also invented a medical device ¿ what was it?

The film Barbie was a massive hit when released in UK cinemas in July. The doll was invented by American businesswoman Ruth Handler (pictured). But it is less well known that she also invented a medical device – what was it?

Bella Hadid walks the runway as Naomi Campbell, partnered with Qatar Creates, host a couture fashion and art charity show as part of the EMERGE global initiative and under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani at QF Ceremonial Court on October 28, 2022

Bella Hadid walks the runway as Naomi Campbell, partnered with Qatar Creates, host a couture fashion and art charity show as part of the EMERGE global initiative and under the patronage of Her Excellency Sheikha Al Mayassa bint Hamad Al Thani at QF Ceremonial Court on October 28, 2022

12 New NHS guidance recommends that menopausal women dealing with hot flushes, bad sleep and mood changes should be offered what treatment either instead of, or alongside, HRT?

13 Ozempic, a drug developed to treat type 2 diabetes, made headlines this year after a surge in demand led to worldwide shortages. But why did so many people want a prescription?

  • a) It gives you better skin
  • b) It helps you lose weight
  • c) It makes your hair grow faster

14 Singer Celine Dion cancelled her entire world tour in May after being diagnosed with a rare health condition. What was the condition she was diagnosed with?

15 What is the name of the daily pill that the NHS announced in November would be offered to women at higher risk of breast cancer as a preventative treatment?

  • a) Paracetamol
  • b) Turmeric
  • c) Anastrozole

16 What did BBC newsreader George Alagiah urge the public to do in his poignant final social media message before his death from bowel cancer in July?

17 Strictly Come Dancing pro dancer Amy Dowden was diagnosed with breast cancer in May. What did she do with her family ‘to take back control’ during her treatment?

18 In February, a 19-month-old girl called Teddi became the first person in the UK to receive a revolutionary gene therapy drug for a fatal genetic disorder called metachromatic leukodystrophy. The treatment, called libmeldy, is the most expensive in the world. But how much did it cost?

19 More than 1,500 people a year are dying from bone fractures as, in many areas, the NHS is failing to diagnose people with which disease?

20 NHS-approved heart drug, inclisiran, given as a twice-a-year injection, reduces levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol by up to 50 per cent after just two weeks, which experts say could prevent heart attacks and strokes. So why are just 20,000 of the 300,000 eligible patients actually on it?

21 There has been huge controversy this year about government plans to boost numbers of NHS support workers called physician associates. How much training do they receive before they can treat patients?

22 In June, the Duchess of York revealed that she was recovering from surgery to remove her breast following a diagnosis of cancer. She gave her reconstructed breast an interesting name. What was it?

Ozempic, a drug developed to treat type 2 diabetes, made headlines this year after a surge in demand led to worldwide shortages. But why did so many people want a prescription?

Ozempic, a drug developed to treat type 2 diabetes, made headlines this year after a surge in demand led to worldwide shortages. But why did so many people want a prescription? 

There were fears in the autumn that an invasion of blood-sucking, insecticide-resistant bedbugs could sweep Britain after an outbreak in which city?

There were fears in the autumn that an invasion of blood-sucking, insecticide-resistant bedbugs could sweep Britain after an outbreak in which city?

23 Cases of which highly infectious and potentially very serious childhood disease, symptoms of which include a blotchy rash, are on the increase in the UK?

24 What percentage of the average British person’s diet is made up of ultra-processed food – packaged products with lots of fat, sugar, salt and additives?

25 The film Barbie was a massive hit when released in UK cinemas in July. The doll was invented by American businesswoman Ruth Handler. But it is less well known that she also invented a medical device – what was it?

Calamine lotion

Calamine lotion

26 A TikTok trend for using which medicine as a make-up ‘primer’, to be worn under foundation, triggered a shortage in pharmacists?

27 Women with a type of ovarian cancer could benefit from a new drug combination that was found to be twice as effective as existing treatments, researchers said in June. How many women are diagnosed with ovarian cancer every year?

28 Pop singer Taylor Swift’s Eras Tour is expected to be the first ever music tour to gross more than $1 billion in revenue. How did the star train for the 151 shows?

29 The first womb transplant performed in the UK took place early in 2023. The patient, born without a functioning womb, may now be able to become pregnant. The donor was…

  • a) Her mother
  • b) Her sister
  • c) Her next-door neighbour

30 In November the Government announced the launch of a prostate cancer screening trial. But why hasn’t there been such a programme thus far?

Day & Night Nurse for colds & flu

Day & Night Nurse for colds & flu

THE ANSWERS… and no peeking! 

  1. B. Rosemary oil – but experts said there is no evidence it works and it could actually irritate the scalp, leading to hair falling out.
  2. Chicken pox. Experts who advise the Government on vaccines have called for all infants to be offered a jab at 12 and 18 months of age.
  3. Life-threatening brain swelling and brain bleeds were reported in the trial, and three people died as a result of side effects potentially linked to the drug.
  4. Utrogestan, a type of HRT that mimics the female hormone progesterone. It must be taken alongside the other common type of HRT, oestrogen, in order to protect against thickening of the womb lining, heavy bleeding and womb cancer.
  5. B. Seven million. The exact figure reported was 7.7 million, expected to rise to 8 million within a year. If doctors continued to strike, as they are doing, the number could rise even higher.
  6. Probiotics – often described as ‘good’ or ‘friendly’ bacteria, which are often available in yogurt drinks. An analysis carried out by Leeds Teaching Hospital experts of 82 trials concluded was no good evidence they offered relief.
  7. Day Nurse and Day and Night Nurse Capsules, along with all other cold a flu remedies that contain the ingredient pholcodine, believed to cause the reaction.
  8. Buccal fat. Surgeons warned against the procedure over risks of nerve damage and puncturing the salivary gland in the cheek.
  9. A. Kim paid £6,000 for a full-body MRI, but doctors said the scan should not be used as a screening tool for people with no symptoms. Mammograms and smear tests, on the other hand, are important screening tests provided by the NHS.
  10. Mental health issues in younger people, as well as back and neck pain, possibly due to the rise in home working. Long Covid was also suggested.
  11. Cognitive behavioural therapy, a kind of psychotherapy, was recommended by health watchdog the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence after studies showed it helped ease symptoms.
  12. B. Research found patients on Ozempic, also known as semaglutide, shed up to a fifth of their bodyweight after a year of using the once-a-week jab.
  13. Stiff Person Syndrome, a neurological condition that causes muscle stiffness and spasms.
  14. C. Around 289,000 women could be eligible for the drug anastrozole which may cut rates of the disease by 50 per cent, according to NHS England. However, it can cause unpleasant, menopause-like side effects.
  15. The NHS bowel cancer screening test, sent every two years to those aged 60 to 74 to carry out at home. It can detect early signs of bowel cancer.
  16. Amy shaved her head in an emotional video after losing hair during her chemotherapy.
  17. £2.8 million, but the NHS paid less after negotiating a confidential discount.
  18. Osteoporosis, which affects 3.5 million people in the UK. The Royal Osteoporosis Society said that only half of England’s hospital trusts have a fully functioning screening service and it was leading to preventable deaths.
  19. Experts say the slow uptake is partly due to the fact that the Royal College of General Practitioners and British Medical Association refuse to back the jab, so GPs are reluctant to prescribe it.
  20. Two years, although they must also have a health or life sciences degree, such as biochemistry. The Government plans to train 10,000 more over the next 15 years in a bid to ease the NHS staff shortage crisis.
  21. Derek. The Duchess said that she chose the name as it made her laugh, and personalising her new breast was a positive step that helped her move forward.
  22. Measles is on the rise after rates of young children receiving the vaccine that prevents it has fallen in recent years, particularly in London.
  23. 60 per cent of the average UK diet is ultra-processed food, despite the fact that a growing body of research suggests it can be linked to cancer, dementia and mental illness, according to TV doctor Chris Van Tulleken.
  24. A realistic breast prostheses, called Nearly Me, designed to be worn in the bras of women who had a mastectomy. It was available in 70 sizes. Handler started the business after struggling to find good options following her own breast cancer surgery.
  25. Calamine lotion. The medicine helps reduce pain and itching caused by minor skin problems including sunburn, insect bites and stings. Dermatologists warned using it long term could cause severe damage to the skin.
  26. Almost 7,500 women each year in the UK.
  27. Taylor, 34, claimed she ran on a treadmill every day while singing all 44 songs in her setlist.
  28. B. Her sister. The joint operations took 18 hours at the Oxford Transplant Centre.
  29. Because the main blood test used to pick up the cancer is considered not good enough, with a high false-positive rate leading to unnecessary biopsy ops. The new trial will involve offering men MRI scans, which are considered accurate and low-risk.
  30. Paris experienced a surge in cases. The deputy mayor of Paris, Emmanuel Gregoire, told French TV: ‘No one is safe. You can catch them anywhere and bring them home.’ Luckily the outbreak failed to take hold in the UK.

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