Strange Medical Facts for Medical Assistants

Add some fun trivia to the medical knowledge you’re acquiring

There’s a lot to learn in a medical assistant program, from anatomy and physiology, to a long list of medical terms that you may have never even heard of.

It can be a good idea to take a break and entertain yourself with some fun facts about the human body. These pieces of trivia might just come in handy at a party or in a conversation with one of your instructors—you never know! See if you had an inkling about any of these:

1. Adults have fewer bones than babies do. Babies are born with 350 bones, but they fuse together as we grow and we end up with only 206 as adults.

2. Even though researchers have figured out how to create artificial organs and tissues, they haven’t been able to come up with a way to create artificial blood.

3. Every day, your heart pumps 2,000 gallons of blood through your blood vessels.

4. Violent individuals (such as criminals) have lower cholesterol than non-violent individuals. The same is true in monkeys!

5. Your brain uses 20% of the oxygen that goes into your bloodstream, even though it only makes up about 2% of our body mass. This is more oxygen than any other organ in the body consumes.

6. Your two feet can generate a pint of sweat every day, because you have 500,000 sweat glands there.

7. If you’re taking medication for restless leg syndrome, you might want to steer clear of a casino! Some dopaminergic agents used to treat this condition have been shown to have a side effect of compulsive gambling. No one knows why!

8. Multiple sclerosis (MS) is more common in cold parts of the world than in tropical and semitropical areas.

9. We get a new stomach lining every three to four days, because of the intense stomach acids that also help to break down food.

10. 80% of your brain is water. So take a drink to stay sharp!

If you’re training for a medical career, we hope you’ve enjoyed these fun facts! Maybe in the course of your studies you’ll come across even more!


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