University of Duh!

by admin on April 7, 2011

Every once in a while I like to take a look at some of the more pointless pieces of medical research, studies that tell you something you could have guessed without devoting years of research and lots of money to it. Sadly, there’s never a shortage of people with PhD’s willing to tell you the obvious.

An unlucky break

Here’s one I came across just this week. Adolescent girls who take part in high impact sports such as soccer, gymnastics or even cheerleading are at greater risk of having a stress fracture than girls who don’t take part in those activities.

Really! You mean if I do things where I’m flinging my body around I’m more likely to hurt it than if I’m just sitting at home reading a book or playing video games. Amazing.

Remarkably that came from folks that you think would know better, researchers at Children’s Hospital and Harvard Medical School. And it was published in the Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, a really well-respected journal.

I guess everyone screws up once in a while.

Twist and shout – ouch!

On a similar vein a study from the Center for Injury Research and Policy found that gymnastics is more dangerous than chess, and in fact has an injury rate comparable to ice hockey.

Incredible. I would have thought it was more than ice hockey to be honest because hockey players don’t have so far to fall, and are wearing lots of padding. Gymnasts have flimsy outfits on and are hurling themselves around beams, bars and vaulting horses. That’s one of the reasons I dropped gymnastics at school and took up a much safer sport; rugby!

I drink therefore I am

But it’s not just sports that are the focus of pointless pondering. Researchers at the Washington University School of Medicine found – gasp horror shock! – that the heavier a drinker a young person was the more likely they were to have multiple sex partners.

They could have found that out by simply propping themselves on a bar stool in any bar in town and watched the action around them. Probably saved themselves a lot of time and money too.

Who knows, with all that research going on around them they might even have got lucky and taken their “work” home with them.


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