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Quiz: Myths and facts about your bones

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Adults have fewer bones than babies. True or false?

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Adults have fewer bones than babies. True or false?

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The skeleton of a newborn baby is made up of about 300 bones. Adults only have 206. This is because as a baby grows some of their bones fuse together.

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Where is your funny bone?

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Where is your funny bone?

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Your funny bone is actually a nerve in your elbow, not a bone. That’s why it’s no laughing matter if you hit it by accident. Even a light tap on the right spot can cause a weird, tingling pain. This is caused by the ulnar nerve, which wraps around your elbow joint on the way from your upper arm to your hand.

When are your bones fully grown?

When are your bones fully grown?

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Bone growth is usually completed by your late 20s, but your bones continue to change after that. From your 40s, bones become thinner and more brittle. In the UK, 1 in 5 men and 1 in 2 women over 50 will break a bone as a result of osteoporosis. You can help maintain healthy bones and ward off bone loss with weight bearing exercise and a healthy diet that includes plenty of vitamin D and at least 700 mg of calcium a day.

One role your bones play is to make blood cells. True or false?

One role your bones play is to make blood cells. True or false?

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Your bones have many jobs. They support the body and enable movement. They also act as a shield, protecting your organs from damage. The skull protects your brain and the ribs protect your heart and lungs. Bones also manufacture red blood cells, which carry proteins and oxygen to tissues, as well as white blood cells, which help fight infections.

Which of your bones is most likely to be broken?

Which of your bones is most likely to be broken?

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Broken bones are more common in childhood, when bones are still forming, and in older age, when bones are more brittle. The clavicle, also called the collar bone, is the bone most prone to breakage. It can be fractured by a strike to the shoulder or by a fall onto your hand or arm. Fractures in the hands and arms are also common because of falls.

Fizzy drinks can hurt your bones. True or false?

Fizzy drinks can hurt your bones. True or false?

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This is an old wives tale. The bubbles in carbonated drinks will not harm your bones. However, that doesn’t mean fizzy drinks are great for your overall nutrition. Some research suggests caffeine and phosphorus found in colas may deplete calcium levels which leads to weaker bones. Healthy drinks that may actually benefit your bones are milk, yoghurt shakes and drinks with extra calcium, such as fortified orange juice.

Which bone in your body is not connected to any other bones?

Which bone in your body is not connected to any other bones?

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“Your knee bone’s connected to your thigh bone…” The old song is right .. for the most part. There’s only one bone in your body that isn’t connected to any other bone at all. It’s the hyoid, a V-shaped bone at the base of your tongue. It works as an anchor for the tongue in the back of your mouth.

Does smoking harm your bones?

Does smoking harm your bones?

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Smoking not only harms your lungs, heart and general health, it’s also bad for your bones. The nicotine and other chemicals in cigarettes make it harder for your body to absorb calcium and vitamin D that help maintain healthy bones. Smoking also makes you more prone to osteoporosis.

You have fewer bones in your big toe than in other toes. True or false?

You have fewer bones in your big toe than in other toes. True or false?

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Four of your toes have three tiny bones, but your big toe only has two. The bones in your toes don’t move much – but they’re important as they support half of your body weight. Your hand is structured the same way as your feet, with three bones in each of your fingers, but only two in each thumb.

Where is the tiniest bone in your body found?

Where is the tiniest bone in your body found?

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The award for the tiniest bone in the body goes to the 'stirrup' bone in your ear. It lies behind your eardrum and is only 2.5 to 3.3 mm long. Its big brother is the femur in your thigh, which gets the award for longest and strongest bone in the body.

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