Roller coasters could be a cure for kidney stones

first_imgThe research, led by Michigan State University, was prompted by the case of a patient suffering from kidney stones who reported passing a stone after each of three consecutive rides on the Big Thunder Mountain Railroad roller coaster at Disney World in Florida.Scientists then used 3D printer to create an anatomical model of a kidney filled with urine and three kidney stones of differing size.The device was placed aboard a front seat on the same Disney World attraction, where over numerous rides it showed a stone passage rate of 16 per cent, while a ride on the back seat yielded a rate of 63 per cent. Dr David Wartinger, who co-authored the study published in The Journal of the American Osteopathic Association, said: “Preliminary study findings support the anecdotal evidence that a ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stones.“Passing a kidney stone before it reaches an obstructive size can prevent surgeries and emergency room visits.” Over the years numerous remedies have been prescribed to treat kidney stones, but until now climbing aboard a theme park roller coaster has not been one of them.That could be set to change, however, after a US medical journal reported that riding a “moderate-intensity” roller coaster helped facilitate the passage of small kidney stones in a dummy on more than 60 per cent of occasions. Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings. A ride on a moderate-intensity roller coaster could benefit some patients with small kidney stonesDr David Wartinger, Michigan State Universitylast_img

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