'Anti-Nobels' honour roller-coaster kidney stones treatment

Leslie Hanson
September 16, 2018

Romanian Gabriela-Alina Sauciuc is among the winners of the 2018 Ig Nobel Prizes, a parody of the Nobel Prize awarded every autumn "for achievements that first make people laugh then make them think". They're all reliable study and practically about all procure been published in hit upon-reviewed journals.At the awards ceremony, held at Harvard College in Cambridge, US, every victor has 60 seconds to disclose an acceptance speech.

The inspiration behind the roller-coaster research began several years ago when one of Prof David Wartinger's patients at Michigan State University's College of Osteopathic Medicine returned from a holiday trip to Walt Disney World in Florida. One highlight is a study that showed riding the rattling Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Disneyland could help dislodge kidney stones.

Questioning whether or no longer it turned into once ended in by the dart or a twist of destiny, the patient went on the dart several more events and whenever a stone popped out.

Armed with a silicone model of his patient's renal system which he built himself and artificial kidney stones, the professor went on many different types of rollercoaster.

Prof Wartinger also found that frightening rides with big drops were less effective than "rattling" ones with side-to-side and up-down motion. They are all genuine studies and almost all have been published in peer-reviewed journals.

Lengthy acceptance speeches were kept short by an eight-year-old girl, who repeated "please stop, I'm bored" after the 60-second time limit.

Medical Education: Scientists are sometimes rudely described as being "up their own backsides" if they are thought to be too obsessed with their research.


"He's a friend and I told him it would be a good laugh", Maskin said. "This trial will be humorous, but I inserted an endoscope into my colon for a serious motive".

"If people watch a video of my self-colonoscopy, they think colonoscopy is simple and easy", said Akira Horiuchi.

"People actually feel a lot better", she told a crowd of about 1,000 people who had gathered September 13 at Harvard University's Sanders Theatre. "I do this research to make colonoscopy easier and more comfortable, so fewer people will die". The study documented how most people using complicated consumer products do not read the instruction manual. Another shows that cannibalism just isn't very nutritious since humans have such low muscle mass in comparison to other animals (sorry, Hannibal). This was to analyse the eating practices of early humans, rather than to inform present-day dietary choices.

Last but certainly not the least, the Economics Prize winners investigated employees' use of voodoo dolls in order to retaliate against abusive bosses.

The study was one of 10 recognized at this year's Ig Nobel Prize ceremony, which also honored research on topics such as smelling flies in wine, the nutritional content of human flesh and self-colonoscopies. It is - especially for fragile, painted areas on ceramics, and on gold leaf.

A Swedish team won the biology Ig Nobel for demonstrating that wine experts can reliably identify, by smell, the presence of a fly in a glass of wine - possibly sparking a new genre of jokes involving sommeliers. Other winners included teams that showed that the majority of people that use complicated products, read the instruction manual (literature prize); the researchers, who examined the Spanish drivers to determine the frequency, motivation and effects, yelling and swearing while driving in the vehicle (peace prize). The team's solution is to try to reduce stress on the road - a task as sizable as reducing conflict in the Middle East, noted BBC.

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