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Scientists Marvel at Santa's Stamina
Date:12/24/2007

of Dermatology and Dermatologic Surgery. "I wonder if that's windburn or sunburn from daylight reflecting off the snow. Mrs. Claus now applies sunscreen to his cheeks each morning," Marks said in a statement.

Another society expert, orthopedic surgeon Dr. Daniel Piaso, believes Santa works out regularly in the warmer, off-season months at the North Pole. How else to explain how the gray-haired guy skips over rooftops and pops in and out of his sleigh so quickly?

"Not a lot of my patients are sliding up and down chimneys, but Santa must be exceptionally nimble to do so," Piaso said.

But what keeps Santa going year after year? It could be as simple as the joy he gets in giving, the experts said.

"He loves what he does," the physicians said. According to the experts, study after study finds that "job/life satisfaction and a positive outlook can contribute significantly to an overall sense of well-being."

Ho, ho, ho to that.

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Have more questions about Santa? Ask the experts at the Santa Institute.



SOURCES: David J. Dzielak, associate vice chancellor, strategic research alliances, and Rebecca Waterer, M.D., assistant professor, medicine; both of the University of Mississippi Medival Center's Santa Institute, Jackson; Nov. 20, 2007, news release, Pennsylvania Medical Society


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