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Pain Gain

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The aches and pains of arthritis may be more common than previously thought. New research suggests national estimates based on whether study participants recall ever complaining to a health professional about arthritis, likely do not capture all cases. They estimate that (more accurate but higher) 56 percent of men and 69 percent of women over age 65 have signs of arthritis.

Doobie Others

With more and more states implementing new marijuana laws, emergency physicians in a new study are cautioning their peers that the number of children who show up in hospitals after accidentally consuming marijuana edibles could rise significantly. And doctors will need to keep that in mind during diagnoses -- since many of the symptoms of marijuana intoxication in children, such as drowsiness, respiratory ailments or vision problems -- are similar to other conditions.

Body of Knowledge

One square inch of skin contains, on average, four yards of nerve fibers and 100 sweat glands.

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Almost 9 million children and 370,000 pregnant women are covered by the federal Children's Health Insurance Program. Lawmakers missed a September 9 deadline to extend funding and efforts to renew support have thus far failed. States are preparing plans to let those affected know coverage may run out by end of year.

Life in Big Macs

One hour of massaging someone while standing burns 272 calories (based on a 150-pound person) or the equivalent of 0.4 Big Macs. For the recipient, there's minimal calorie consumption. On the other hand, they're getting a massage.

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