Best of PubMed #21: Shoes and socks

This week’s entry: A “shoes and socks” special. For those of you who are new to this column, you can often find abstracts of the articles or a link to the full text by cutting and pasting the PMID number into the search box at the following site:



Please, sir, pull down your socks!
Bonucchi D, Piattoni J, Ravera F, Savazzi AM, Cappelli G, Pimpinelli N, Modesti PA.
Intern Emerg Med. 2007 Dec;2(4):287; comment 287-90.
PMID: 18043875


Helping families get past the missing socks.
Nicholson M, Manchester A.
Nurs N Z. 2007 Mar;13(2):16-7.
PMID: 17427370


Choosing socks
Douglas C.
BMJ. 2000 Jun 3;320(7248):1549A.
PMID: 10834918


Buttered bread, odd socks and knotted rope–urban myths or scientifc fact?
Rowe RC.
Drug Discov Today. 2002 Jun 1;7(11):595-6.
PMID: 12047866


Perceptual responses while wearing an American football uniform in the heat.
Johnson EC, Ganio MS, Lee EC, Lopez RM, McDermott BP, Casa DJ, Maresh CM, Armstrong LE.
J Athl Train. 2010 Mar-Apr;45(2):107-16.
PMID: 20210614


Please pass me the onions and the socks–lidocaine toxicity.
Mack RB.
N C Med J. 1983 Aug;44(8):485-6.
PMID: 6579356


High heels as a cause.
Bajer D.
Dtsch Arztebl Int. 2013 Apr;110(17):296. doi: 10.3238/arztebl.2013.0296.
PMID: 23671477


Interference of high-heeled shoes in static balance among young women.
Gerber SB, Costa RV, Grecco LA, Pasini H, Marconi NF, Oliveira CS.
Hum Mov Sci. 2012 Oct;31(5):1247-52. doi: 10.1016/j.humov.2012.02.005. Epub 2012 Jun 27.
PMID: 22742722


Effect of shoe type on descending a curb.
George J, Heller M, Kuzel M.
Work. 2012;41 Suppl 1:3333-8. doi: 10.3233/WOR-2012-0601-3333.
PMID: 22317224


Break dancing: a new risk factor for scarring hair loss.
Monselise A, Chan LJ, Shapiro J.
J Cutan Med Surg. 2011 May-Jun;15(3):177-9.
PMID: 21561588


Toxic sock syndrome.
Mueller KK, Pesqueira MJ, Cobb MW.
Cutis. 1996 Nov;58(5):337-8.
PMID: 8934073

A new perspective on spontaneous blinks.
Pult H, Riede-Pult BH, Murphy PJ.
Ophthalmology. 2013 May;120(5):1086-91. doi: 10.1016/j.ophtha.2012.11.010. Epub 2013 Feb 8.
PMID: 23399377


Preference for newspaper size.
Tsang SN, Hoffmann ER, Chan AH.
Appl Ergon. 2013 Aug 26. doi:pii: S0003-6870(13)00157-9. 10.1016/j.apergo.2013.07.015.
PMID: 23987982


The uses of hopelessness.
Bennett MI, Bennett MB.
Am J Psychiatry. 1984 Apr;141(4):559-62.
PMID: 6703135



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