Monday, September 26, 2005

Hilarious Journal Articles #16: Watching World Series Causes Drop In Hospital Visits

From Scientific American:
When is an emergency not quite an emergency? According to a new study, the answer depends on how well your favorite baseball team is doing. A report published in the October issue of the Annals of Emergency Medicine reveals that the number of visits to emergency rooms in Boston-area hospitals was inversely related to how well the Red Sox performed in the 2004 World Series.
I was unable to find the original reference in the Annals. However, a search for baseball revealed the following other articles:
  • Impact of Yankee Stadium Bat Day on Blunt Trauma in Northern New York City
  • Baseball and Beer: An Analysis of Alcohol Consumption Patterns Among Male Spectators at Major-League Sporting Events
  • Spectator Risk at Professional Sporting Events: An Analysis of the Cleveland Clinic Event Medicine Program
  • 412 Variables Influencing Medical Use Rates in Mass Gathering Events
  • The Puck Stops Here: Spectator Injuries, A Real Risk Watching Hockey Games
  • Testicular dislocation: An uncommon and easily overlooked complication of blunt abdominal trauma
  • 99 Serious Ice Hockey Injuries in Young Athletes
  • Orbital Emphysema: How Common, How Significant?
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