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The Ultimate Respiratory Problems Quiz
by Staff
Those of us who are healthy often take the ability to breathe for granted. But there are many things that can go wrong with this essential system of the body, causing every breath to become a struggle.

What is the name of the tiny air sacs in the lungs where oxygen and carbon dioxide transfer occurs?

  • trachea
  • alveoli
  • bronchi

What does the medical term chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) refer to?

  • lung dysfunction
  • smoking addiction
  • something stuck in your throat

Which of the following impact air transfer in the lungs?

  • air conditioning
  • air circulation in the room
  • weak chest muscles

What sort of foods should be avoided for people with emphysema?

  • dairy
  • meat
  • fruit

Which of the following nutrients is important to aid muscle contraction?

  • calcium
  • vitamin B
  • magnesium

Which of the following spices is known for its anti-inflammatory properties?

  • pepper
  • turmeric
  • paprika

Which of the following body systems are directly affected by cystic fibrosis?

  • the digestive system
  • the cardiovascular system
  • the muscular system

How many people in America have cystic fibrosis?

  • 1 in 9
  • 1 in 31
  • 1 in 55

Curcumin is a spice that has been found to bypass the effects of cystic fibrosis. Which culture commonly uses it in their cooking?

  • Indian
  • Asian
  • Middle Eastern

People with cystic fibrosis become nutrition deficient. How is this corrected?

  • with food supplements
  • with a stomach feeding tube
  • with surgery

Vitamin D is known for its role in bone development. Which other important function does it have?

  • It improves body tissue integrity.
  • It improves eyesight.
  • It strengthens the immune system.

Essential fatty acids help to reduce inflammation in the body. Which of the following fruits contain high levels of essential fatty acids?

  • peaches
  • coconuts
  • apples

Glutathione is a substance naturally produced in the body to aid repair and detoxification. What levels of glutathione are found in people with cystic fibrosis?

  • low
  • high
  • normal

What attribute of microwave popcorn does the chemical diacetyl produce?

  • crunchiness
  • salty flavor
  • buttery taste

While the safety of microwave popcorn is still being investigated, what should you avoid?

  • eating microwave popcorn
  • smelling microwave popcorn
  • serving microwave popcorn

The SARS (severe acute respiratory syndrome) epidemic caused panic around the world. Why were scientists desperately trying to identify the virus?

  • to create a vaccine
  • to win the Nobel prize
  • to combat the potential use of SARS in biological warfare

Which of the following symptoms found in SARS is not a symptom of a regular flu?

  • fever
  • fatigue
  • shortness of breath

Who is at risk of getting SARS?

  • older people
  • children
  • anyone in contact with someone infected

How long after exposure to SARS do symptoms appear?

  • within five days
  • within 10 days
  • within 15 days

SARS treatment is similar to which other respiratory disease?

  • pneumonia
  • emphysema
  • lung cancer