20 Fun Facts for Medical Assistants

Medical assistant students should take note of this medical trivia

When you are in medical assistant school, you will be learning a whole lot about the human body. Some of it may be hard to understand and difficult to memorize, but other parts will be fascinating! You will be amazed at what the human body can do!

If you get a chance, take a brief time-out from your studies and read about these amazing medical facts.

    1. Do you remember your dreams? Humans have about 4 to 6 dreams each night. Scientists do not know exactly why we dream, but many think it helps to incorporate memories, solve problems, and process emotions.
    1. Have you dusted this week? It’s kind of unpleasant to imagine, but the dust around your house is mostly made up of human skin cells!
    1. Your blood vessels, if put end-to-end, could stretch almost half way to the moon!
    1. Have you ever seen a giraffe in a zoo? If you stretched out your small intestine, it would be almost as tall as a giraffe. Hard to believe!
    1. No one knows for sure exactly why, but your fingernails grow about 3 to 4 times faster than your toenails.
    1. Did you know that your sense of smell shuts down when you are asleep?
    1. Ever wonder how fast your sneezes are? They are about 100 miles per hour—faster than most fastballs!
    1. Your nose can detect over one trillion different scents. Not bad! (But a dog’s sense of smell is at least 10,000 times more acute than ours.)
    1. What are the biggest and smallest bones in your body? The biggest bone is the femur, and the smallest is the stirrup bone in your middle ear. No matter the size, be careful to take care of all your bones!
    1. Do you know what the hardest substance in the human body is? It’s not your skull bone…it’s your tooth enamel. Use these tips to keep your teeth healthy!
    1. Have you ever “caught” a yawn from someone else? It’s a strange-but-true fact that yawning is contagious. And it can even pass from dog to human!
    1. Hold your arms out and measure your “wing span” from fingertip to fingertip. In most people, their wingspan is just about the same as their height.
    1. Do you know your blood type? O-positive is the most common in the world, followed by A-positive. Learn more about blood donation here.
    1. Even though we feel solid, the human body is about 60% water. Your brain? About 80% water!
    1. Human cells are constantly dividing, dying, and regenerating, so it’s hard to get an exact count, but scientists estimate that we have over 37 trillion cells in our bodies.
    1. Blinking is one of our many involuntary actions. Did you know you blink about 28,000 times every day?
    1. You probably already know that each person’s fingerprints are unique. Did you know we also have unique tongue prints?
    1. You are about 1 centimeter taller in the morning than at night! During the day, your cartilage in your spine compresses about 1 centimeter, and after sleeping, it goes back to normal.
    1. You lose about 40 to 150 strands of hair every day. And it grows about 6 inches per year.
  1. Your heart is a busy organ. It pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day. Find out ways to live a heart-healthy life.

Thanks for taking a break with us to learn about these fun medical facts. Now it’s time to get back to studying!


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