Best of PubMed #5

Here’s this week’s entry in the “Best of PubMed” series. Today in the spotlight: research on grandmothers, Klingons, and Humpty Dumpty. As usual, if you want to know the details of these fascinating and vital bits of research, go to the PubMed website, copy the PMID number into the “Search” box. And… voilà !!!

My daughter is a Klingon.

Bennett HJ.

J Fam Pract. 1994 Sep;39(3):295-6. No abstract available.

PMID: 8077912

Carousel ponies are bad!

Garcia TB, Miller GT.

JEMS. 2005 Mar;30(3):34, 36, 39. No abstract available.

PMID: 15775903

The importance of smelly feet and stinky cheese.

Lenzer J.

BMJ. 2006 Oct 14;333(7572):771. No abstract available.

PMID: 17038719

Effects of intensive cell phone (Philips Genic 900) use on the rat kidney tissue.

Koca O, Gökçe AM, Öztürk MI, Ercan F, Yurdakul N, Karaman MI.

Urol J. 2013 Spring;10(2):886-91.

PMID: 23801472


Considering the damage in rat kidney tissue caused by EMR-emitting cell phones, high-risk individuals should take protective measures.

The mummy‘s curse: historical cohort study.

Nelson MR.

BMJ. 2002 Dec 21;325(7378):1482-4.

PMID: 12493675.



To examine survival of individuals exposed to the “mummy’s curse” reputedly associated with the opening of the tomb of Tutankhamen in Luxor, Egypt, between February 1923 and November 1926.


44 Westerners identified by Howard Carter as present in Egypt at the specified dates, 25 of whom were potentially exposed to the curse.


Length of survival after date of potential exposure.


In the 25 people exposed to the curse the mean age at death was 70 years (SD 12) compared with 75 (13) in those not exposed (P=0.87 for difference). Survival after the date of exposure was 20.8 (15.2) v 28.9 (13.6) years respectively (P=0.95 for difference). Female sex was a predictor for survival (P=0.02).


There was no significant association between exposure to the mummy’s curse and survival and thus no evidence to support the existence of a mummy’s curse.

Bionic grandma.

Davenport RJ.

Sci Aging Knowledge Environ. 2005 Nov 9;2005(45):ns3. No abstract available.

PMID: 16282284

Drinking grandma: the problem of embalming.

Chiappelli J, Chiappelli T.

J Environ Health. 2008 Dec;71(5):24-8.

PMID: 19115720

Let’s throw grandma in jail.

Serafini MW.

Natl J (Wash). 1996 Sep 7;28(36):1922. No abstract available.

PMID: 10160339

‘Teaching grandma to suck eggs’

Pittaway A, Harvey P.

Anaesthesia. 2001 Sep;56(9):906-924. No abstract available.

PMID: 11534092 [PubMed – as supplied by publisher]

Does grandma need condoms? Condom use among women in a family practice setting.

Murphree DD, DeHaven MJ.

Arch Fam Med. 1995 Mar;4(3):233-8.

PMID: 7881605

Grandma was right–wash your hands!

Kennedy MS.

Am J Nurs. 2011 Dec;111(12):7. doi: 10.1097/01.NAJ.0000408160.66618.02.

PMID: 22112865

Is grandma drowsy, or is she drugged?

Findlay S.

US News World Rep. 1989 Jun 12;106(23):68. No abstract available.

PMID: 10293088

When baby’s mother is also grandma–and sister.

[No authors listed]

Hastings Cent Rep. 1985 Oct;15(5):29-31.

PMID: 4066302

An ounce of prevention, and grandma tried them all.

Labarbera M.

NY Folkl Q. 1964;20(2):126-9. No abstract available.

PMID: 11615024

Why did Grandpa drop the glass?

Latash ML, Johnston JA.

J Appl Physiol. 2012 Apr;112(7):1093-4. doi: 10.1152/japplphysiol.00160.2012. Epub 2012 Feb 9. No abstract available.

PMID: 22323653

Bachelor grandpa.

Bouxsein J, Morgan G.

J Am Health Care Assoc. 1984 Mar;10(2):36-7, 39-40. No abstract available.

PMID: 10265323

Rebuilding Humpty Dumpty with a serotonin inhibitor.

Seeman E.

Nat Med. 2010 Mar;16(3):264-5. doi: 10.1038/nm0310-264. No abstract available. Erratum in: Nat Med. 2010 May;16(5):607.

PMID: 20208508

Implementation of the Humpty Dumpty Falls Scale: A Quality-Improvement Project.

Rouse MD, Close J, Prante C, Boyd S.

J Emerg Nurs. 2013 Jan 17. doi:pii: S0099-1767(12)00547-8. 10.1016/j.jen.2012.11.001.

PMID: 23333159

Did we learn anything from Humpty Dumpty?

Dechert RE.

Crit Care Med. 2009 Oct;37(10):2851-2. doi: 10.1097/CCM.0b013e3181b39f6f.

PMID: 19865014

Too bad for you, Humpty Dumpty.

Morton WJ.

J Med Assoc Ga. 1980 Nov;69(11):901-2.

PMID: 7452105

Humpty Dumpty goes to hospital.

Sparks L.

Can Nurse. 1968 Mar;64(3):34-6. No abstract available.

PMID: 5636101

Published by


I am a science writer at the Max Delbrück Center for Molecular Medicine in Berlin, author of fiction and popular science books, an artist, and a professional musician who performs on the viola da gamba and Medieval and Renaissance stringed instruments. I edit manuscripts of all types and teach the full range of scientific communication skills. I am doing theoretical work in this subject - see for example

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.