iStock/Thinkstock(NEW YORK) — If you’re not one of those people yourself, chances are you know someone who insists they can tell if it’s going to rain thanks to a bum knee or a trick elbow.
Sorry to inform you, however: researchers from Harvard Medical School say they’ve proven you don’t have a super power.
After comparing data from 11 million primary care visits for back or joint pain in the United States to weather stats from thousands of National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) stations, the scientists found no connection between the visits and rainy weather.
“The bottom line is: Painful joints and sore backs may very well be unreliable forecasters,” noted study lead Anupam Jena with Harvard Medical School’s Department of Health Care Policy.
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