Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Doctor Discovers A Particular Roller Coaster Helps People Pass Kidney Stones

A Michigan State University professor emeritus discovered recently that riding a roller coaster helps patients pass kidney stones with nearly a 70 percent success rate. That coaster is Walt Disney World’s Big Thunder Mountain. Michigan State University professor emeritus David Wartinger is in MSU’s Department of Osteopathic Surgical Specialties. He led both a pilot study and an expanded study to assess whether the stories he was hearing from patients were true, according to a MSU press release. For the pilot study, he took a 3D model of a hollow kidney containing three kidney stones no larger than 4 millimeters on the ride in a backpack 20 times. He found that sitting in the last car of a roller coaster showed a 64 percent passage rate while sitting in the first few cars had a 16 percent success rate. The expanded study, conducted with MSU resident Mark Mitchell, included riding the same roller coaster with multiple kidney models attached to the researchers. They discovered even better results while sitting in the back of the coaster, with a passage rate of nearly 70 percent. In all, he used 174 kidney stones of varying shapes, sizes and weights to see if each model worked on the same ride and on two other roller coasters. Big Thunder Mountain was the only one that worked. pace Mountain and Aerosmith’s Rock ‘n’ Roller Coaster both failed. Wartinger says the other rides were too fast and too violent with a G-force that pins the stone into the kidney and doesn’t allow it to pass. (Baltimore CBS)


Police: Drunk driving suspect had a lizard in her bra

Police in Massachusetts said the arrest of a drunken driving suspect took a bizarre turn when she was found to be carrying a bearded dragon in her bra. The Taunton Police Department said officers responded to the scene of a crash and found the female suspect standing next to her vehicle while a male friend attempted to drive the car off the front lawn of a home. Police said the vehicle had four flat tires, deployed airbags, and both bumpers were ripped off. Investigators said the 1999 Mercedes had crashed through six mailboxes before coming to a rest on the lawn. The woman, who police said was driving at the time of the crash, was arrested operating a motor vehicle under the influence of liquor, driving to endanger, and a marked lane violation. The man was also arrested when police discovered he had a handgun in the waistband of his pants. He refused to tell police his name. Police said the woman revealed while being taken into custody that she was in possession of a pet bearded dragon lizard. “Where does one hold a Bearded Dragon Lizard while driving you ask?” police wrote on Facebook. “Answer: In their brassiere of course!! The Bearded Dragon Lizard was transferred to the Taunton Police Department and turned over to the Animal Control Officer. It faces no charges at this time.” (Taunton Police Department Facebook)


Woman in dinosaur costume charged after scaring carriage horses

A woman wearing an orange dinosaur suit who spooked carriage horses in South Carolina has turned herself into authorities. Nicole Wells, 26, surrendered to police in downtown Charleston around 9:30 a.m. Friday morning. She has been charged with disorderly conduct and wearing a mask or disguise, according to a Charleston Police Department statement. Wells was cited and released. Carriage driver Van Sturgeon said a detective told him the woman turned herself in, but he admitted that he did not know what the “disorderly conduct” and “wearing a mask or disguise” charges were. The police report says Sturgeon lost his balance and fell off the carriage. He was transported to a local hospital for his injuries. Sturgeon says he suffered a bruise and a broken bone in his left foot. None of the horses or passengers were injured at the scene. Before Wells turned herself in, the Charleston Animal Society had offered a $2,500 reward for information leading to an arrest.  (WCSC TV)


Woman charged for macing fast food employees over stale french fries

Employees at a fast food restaurant in Coon Rapids, Minnesota, say a woman sprayed them with Mace during a dispute over fresh french fries. According to the criminal complaint, police went to Wendy’s Thursday afternoon after receiving a call about a disturbance. When police arrived, employees told them 25-year-old Eiram Chanel Amir Dixson came through the drive-thru, ordered food and asked that her french fries be fresh. During an ensuing argument, the employees said Dixson reached through the window. An employee then threw a soda at her. Dixson then grabbed Mace from her car and sprayed it through the drive-thru window, according to the employees. The manager of the restaurant was hit directly in the face and another employee was also hit. Dixson faces one charge of use of tear gas to immobilize.  (CBS Local)


Couple unknowingly drives onto interstate with drunk man on trunk

It’s a story almost too strange to be true. A drunk man passes out and goes for a ride on the trunk of a stranger’s car down a busy Memphis interstate, and neither the drunk man nor the driver knew it. It’s amazing this man didn’t fall off the car and get run over. He is lucky to say the least. The man crawled up on the back of the car with a trunk that’s only about 14 inches wide. It was dark out and the drivers sunshade was stuck up, so he couldn’t see what was on his trunk. “The officer came up and he said, ‘Mr. are you aware there’s a body on your trunk?’, and that did not register. He goes, ‘Mr. I’m not messing with you. There’s a body on your trunk.’ So I got out. We walked around and sure enough there he was still hanging on, still unconscious, just lying there.” The officer had to wake the guy up. The driver said the man was so drunk, he started to stumble into traffic and the officer grabbed him. The man was put in the cruiser, but there’s no word on his identity or if he was charged with anything. (Fox 13)


Parents force 5-year-old boy to drink mouthwash until he became intoxicated 

A man and his girlfriend were arrested after his son arrived at a hospital while under the influence of alcohol. 25-year-old Tyriese Howard and his girlfriend, 23-year-old Breya Allen, of Albuquerque, New Mexico, both raised his three children. The boy told officers that he was very thirsty so his parents gave him mouthwash to drink. The boy said that on other occasions, he drank water from the toilet bowl. The boy showed signs of abuse all over his body. He and his siblings told police that their “mom” and dad punched them in the face and beat them with all kinds of household item such as cords, hangers, belts, spatulas and switches. The kids said that were warned not to tell anyone because “snitches get switches.” Both are now being held on $50,000 bond. (KOB 4 TV)


No fruit juice for kids under 1, doctors say

Parents may be unknowingly giving their young children too much fruit juice, as an influential group of doctors now say kids under 1 should not be given any at all. The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) announced on recently new guidelines to address one of the most commonly asked questions among parents. The new policy, which was detailed in Fruit Juice in Infants, Children and Adolescents: Current Recommendations, indicates that 100 percent fruit juice should not be provided to children younger than 1 unless there is a medical reason for it “in the management of constipation.” For children ages 1-3, the AAP recommends a maximum daily intake of 4 ounces. Children ages 3-6 should receive no more than 4-6 ounces of fruit juice daily, while those 7 and older should receive a maximum of 8 ounces. (AAP News)


Twisted Tuesday Brings Us:

*International Day to End Obstetric Fistula
*Declaration of the Bab Day
*National Taffy Day
*World Crohn’s and Colitis Day
*World Turtle Day

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