Millennials aren't as well-versed with anatomy, and this is negatively affecting healthcare. Researchers from the Lancaster Medical School administered the anatomical test and based on the results, middle-aged non-graduates received higher scores compared to the young graduates who also participated.
The researchers warned that the low quiz results could imply that the public has a “poor knowledge of anatomy,” and that this can lower the effectiveness of health screening campaigns targeting specific organs. Dr. Adam Taylor said, “Whilst many of the public do not have or need formal anatomical knowledge, it is beneficial in monitoring and explaining their own health.” (Related: Healthcare companies finally starting to realize that disease prevention saves more money than disease “treatment.”)
For the quiz, participants were tasked with attaching the following labels on a blank template of a human body: the brain, cornea, lungs, liver, diaphragm, heart, stomach, appendix, bladder, kidneys, pancreas, gallbladder, spleen, adrenals, thyroid, hamstrings, biceps, triceps, quadriceps, cruciate ligament, and Achilles tendon.
The terms listed above were chosen based on how often they were mentioned in an average day, like in health and fitness, when treating sports injuries, discussed on TV shows, and in online searches for abdominal pain. In the test, the only organ that all participants correctly identified 100 percent was the brain. The results revealed that the biceps muscle and the cornea came next as the structures that people were able to properly identify.
The participants were the least familiar with the adrenal glands. Only less than 15 percent of the participants were able to identify it, and majority mistakenly believed that it was located in the neck.
While studying the results, the researchers made the following observations:
Dr. Taylor admitted that the results of the quiz showed the public's enthusiasm when it came to learning more about anatomy even though they weren't as familiar with the human body.
Aside from brushing up on anatomy, try these natural ways to improve your immunity so you can stay healthy:
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