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Quiz: Can you pick out the health lie?

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Test your health knowledge with our fun (and tricky) challenge questions.

Tula Karras

By Tula Karras

This April Fools’ Day, along with playing harmless pranks on your family (anything involving a whoopee cushion is a crowd-pleaser), fine-tune your powers of perception about health information. Take this truth-or-lie quiz and see how you do. Which of these statements are accurate, and which one is false?

  1. Red-light therapy is scientifically proven to help reduce pain levels.
  2. It’s not safe to combine acetaminophen (Tylenol®) and ibuprofen (Advil®).
  3. Your level of anxiety can affect your pain threshold.
  1. After you work out at the gym for an hour, you need to rehydrate with an electrolyte drink.
  2. Hydrating before a workout helps your heart pump blood more easily and efficiently.
  3. Exercise can help your brain create new brain cells.
  1. Nearly one-third of people have reported not taking their prescription medicine as directed because they couldn’t afford it.
  2. Insured members overpay for prescription medications nearly 25% of the time.
  3. Most pharmacies sell prescription medications within a similar price range.

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  1. People with low levels of vitamin D may have a higher risk of nasal allergies, asthma, eczema and hives.
  2. Dealing with allergy symptoms while you drive can be as dangerous as having 2 to 3 drinks before you get behind the wheel.
  3. All allergy medications work best when you take them at the first sign of symptoms.
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Additional sources
Combining pain relievers study: Cochrane Library (2019). “Single dose ibuprofen plus acetaminophen for acute post-operative pain”
Exercise and the brain: Dana Foundation (2019). “How does exercise affect the brain?”
Survey on pharmacy prices: Consumer Reports (2018). “Shop around for lower drug prices”
Statistic on out-of-pocket pricing: USC Schaeffer Center (2018). “Overpaying for prescription drugs”
Allergies and driving: European Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology (2014). “Allergic rhinitis is a risk factor for traffic safety”