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JAOA study ranks among world’s top academic research for 2016

The study, which found that roller coasters can help riders pass small kidney stones, was honored by research impact-tracking firm Altmetric.


When Marc Mitchell, DO, and David Wartinger, DO, published research in the Journal of the American Osteopathic Association (JAOA) indicating that riding moderate-intensity roller coasters could help people pass small kidney stones, their findings made headlines around the world.

On Tuesday, research visibility tracker Altmetric recognized the study as one of the top 100 most-discussed academic papers in the world published this year. In addition, Altmetric ranked the roller coaster study as being among the top 5% of all the research the company evaluated in 2016.

“We’re thrilled to learn that the global societal impact of this unique research is being recognized,” says Audrey Lusher, director of the JAOA. “Osteopathic research continues to expand its reach and visibility for the improved health care of patients everywhere, and the JAOA is excited to help drive this progress.”

To learn more, read the study in the JAOA and watch this clip reel of some of the news coverage the study generated:

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