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posted by cmn32480 on Saturday October 01 2016, @04:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the hands-up-and-scream-(in-pain) dept.

Riding a roller coaster may help patients to break up and pass kidney stones:

When you're trying to pass a kidney stone, you're probably not thinking, in your cloud of agony, "Darn it! I should have ridden a roller coaster." And yet a new study suggests doing just that. According to research published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association [open, DOI: 10.7556/jaoa.2016.128] [DX], the bump and jolt of a roller coaster may actually help bump and jolt small kidney stones right through your system.

Dr. David Wartinger is one of the researchers who led the study, which involved bringing a silicone model packed with kidney stones and urine on Walt Disney World's Magic Kingdom Big Thunder Mountain Railroad ride. Yes, it is as fascinating as it sounds. Wartinger, an osteopathic urological surgeon and professor at Michigan State University, said he got the idea from a patient who said he passed three kidney stones while riding the Orlando coaster. "It's hard to ignore that kind of a story, no matter how much of a cynic you are," Wartinger said. To be fair, you can't pin this one on Disney magic. "We have been hearing stories for years from people who went on vacation, gone to amusement parks, and ended up passing a kidney stone," he said.

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  • (Score: 2, Touché) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:22PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @05:22PM (#408832)

    I got some water from Flint, care to raise your kid on it?

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  • (Score: 1, Interesting) by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @07:44PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Saturday October 01 2016, @07:44PM (#408860)

    It seems clear to me that GP's familial line -already- has reduced brain function--perhaps due to lead.

    ...then again, it could be genetic.

    -- OriginalOwner_ []

    • (Score: 1) by Francis on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:55AM

      by Francis (5544) on Sunday October 02 2016, @01:55AM (#408943)

      To be fair, that's not because there was leaded gasoline being burned, it was the lead paint chips when the family mistook them for potato chips.