20 Unusual Medical Facts for Medical Assistants

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If you are in a medical assistant program, you are probably learning about human anatomy, human physiology, and a list medical terms that you never knew existed. To give yourself a short break from your studies, take a look at our fun facts about the human body. You never know when these pieces of medical trivia might come in handy!

Did you know?…

  1. Your small intestine is about 20 feet long. That’s about as tall as a giraffe!
  2. The dust in your bedroom? That’s about 70 percent human skin cells.
  3. Your fingernails grow about 3 to 4 times faster than your toenails.
  4. If you put your blood vessels end-to-end, they would measure almost 100,000 miles! That’s almost half way to the moon!
  5. Counting all the bronchi and alveoli in your lungs, the surface area of your lungs is about 100 square meters or half the size of tennis court!
  6. Could you throw a fastball at 100 mph? Probably not, but your sneezes go that fast.
  7. Our noses might not be as good as a dog’s nose, but your nose can detect over 1 trillion different scents.
  8. The smallest bone in your body is in your middle ear. The stirrup bone is only 2-3 millimeters. The biggest and strongest bone is your femur.
  9. When you are asleep, you don’t swallow and your sense of smell doesn’t work.
  10. Yawning is contagious between people. But did you know it is also contagious between humans and their dogs?
  11. Tooth enamel is the hardest substance in the human body. Be sure to keep yours safe from decay.
  12. Most people dream about 4 to 6 times per night. Do you remember yours?
  13. About 60 percent of your body is water. And almost 80% of your brain is water!
  14. In most people, your arm span is about the same as your height.
  15. You blink about 28,000 times each day. Who ever counted that?
  16. O-positive is the most common blood type in the world. A-positive comes in second.
  17. Scientists think there are over 37 trillion cells in your body. That’s a lot of cells!
  18. Just as everyone has unique fingerprints, they also have unique tongue prints. Take that, Sherlock Holmes!
  19. You are about 1 cm taller in the morning than you are at night. This is because the day’s activities compress your cartilage, and after a night’s rest, it goes back to normal.
  20. Your heart pumps about 2,000 gallons of blood every day. So keep your heart healthy!

If you are in training for medical assisting or any medical career, we hope you have enjoyed these fun facts. The Harris School of Business provides fun tips and resources in our weekly blog. Our school provides career-focused training in areas such as medical assisting, dental assisting, medical billing and coding, and massage therapy. Contact us online for more information about getting your start at the Harris School.