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Coasters, a cure for kidney stones?

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Suffering from kidney stones? Jump on a roller coaster.

A Michigan State University urologist has found that riding specific roller coasters can help people pass kidney stones.

David Wartinger, a professor emeritus, did a pilot study on the issue after he had people tell him they were able to pass the stones after riding Big Thunder Mountain Railroad at Walt Disney World’s Magic Kingdom in Florida.

Using a 3D model of a hollow kidney, complete with three kidney stones, Wartinger took the model for a ride on the coaster more than a dozen times.

“In the pilot study, sitting in the last car of the roller coaster showed about a 64 percent passage rate, while sitting in the first few cars only had a 16 percent success rate,” Wartinger told MSU Today.

More than 100 different kidney stones of various size and shapes were used in the study.

The model was also tested on different coasters, but success only happened on Big Thunder Mountain.

The study was published in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association.

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