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One hour of sitting and writing burns 68 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.1 Big Macs.

Never Say Diet

The Major League Eating record for mince pies is 46 in 10 minutes, held by Sonya Thomas. Warning: Most of these records are held by professional eaters with apt nicknames; the rest by people who really should find something better to do.

Doc Talk

Palp: Refers to taking a blood pressure reading under emergency conditions when listening for the systolic and diastolic pressures through a stethoscope is impossible. Instead, the measurement is taken by feeling (palpation) the pulse.

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Eremophobia: fear of being isolated, alone or just oneself

Best Medicine

A group of senior citizens were exchanging notes about their ailments.

"My arm is so weak I can hardly hold this coffee cup," said one man.

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