Fun Facts about Health

Unusual facts about the state of physical, mental and social well-being in which disease and infirmity are absent.

There are 10 million viruses in one drop of sea water

The average count of viruses in 1ml of surface layer water is about 10,000,000. The world’s oceans are teaming with viruses. A litre of seawater typically contains billions of viruses – the vast majority of which remain unidentified. Viruses: Essential to human existence Viruses play an essential role in the life of microorganisms like plankton. …

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Why you should never eat grapefruit before taking drugs

If you’re on medication, maybe think twice before tucking into your morning grapefruit. Taking drugs at the same time as eating grapefruit can exacerbate the effect of the drugs and cause serious side effects. Grapefruit contains a chemical that affects your enzymes and makes the effect of many medicines much stronger than normal. The chemical …

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5 a day was a compromise, it should be 10 a day

The British Department of Health recommends that we eat 5 portions of fruit and veg a day. However, the Japanese government, recommends to its citizens to eat 13 portions of fruit and veg a day. So why should the Japanese need more fruit and veg? “There must be a balance between what is healthy for …

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Spanish flu killed 5 times more than WWI and the Black Plague put together

Not a fun fact but perhaps surprising. In 1918 an epidemic called ‘Spanish Flu’ killed about 50 million people or 3% of the global population. It claimed more lives than the First World War (8.5 million) or the Black Plague (20 million). Bonus fact: Why was it called Spanish flu? The global pandemic became known …

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Why is it called quarantine?

The word quarantine comes from quarantena, the Venetian for ‘forty’. This is because during the times of the Black Death (15th century) ships returning to Venice were ordered to remain on an island for 40 days( which is where we get the word ‘isolation’ coming from the latin ‘insula’ meaning island). Why 40 days? The …

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Since Coronavirus, around 75,000 people have died from Malaria; a curable disease

This is not a fun fact but… There has been considerable media coverage on the Covid 19 Coronavirus outbreak. Since its outbreak at the beginning of the year, the disease has killed 7,100 people, around half of whom, in developed western countries. Meanwhile, at the same time, Malaria has already killed an estimated 75,208 people …

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Ditch the bra to have firmer breasts?

A French researcher has suggested that wearing a bra encourages sagging by weakening the breast’s supporting tissue. In a 15-year study, a sports science expert from the University of Besançon Rouillon found that women who never wore bras had nipples on average seven millimeters higher in relation to their shoulders each year than regular bra …

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The average human temperature has dropped by about a degree in the last 150 years. In 1851 German doctor Carl Reinhold August Wunderlich (what a name) calculated that the average armpit temperature of 25,000 patients was 98.6F (37C). Scientists at Stamford university of studied thousands of historic medical reports including medical records of civil war …

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