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Parachutes do NOT save lives: Laughable study reveals how flawed 'research' can be

In a trial of 23 volunteers, all participants somehow survived being hurt out of a plane – even those without parachutes. Parachutes do not save the lives of people who jump from aeroplanes, or so a study suggests. ] But the sarcastic scientists did not mention until 16 paragraphs into the study how the volunteers jumped a more 0.6m off a stationary aircraft. The scientists argued their lighthearted trial highlights how misleading research can be. Pictured is one of the 'brave' volunteers who agreed to jump 0.6meters without a parachute in the name of scientific research. Heldigvis, alle deltagerne overlevde Writing in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, they added accurate interpretation requires a complete and critical assessment of the study. The 'Look Before You Leap' study was carried out by scientists at Harvard and led by associate professor of medicine Dr Robert Wayne Yeh. Selv om skrevet i god moro, forskerne håber deres resultater vil bede folk om at læse studier i sin helhet enn å ta en kursorisk lesning av abstrakt. To carry out the study, the scientists approached adult passengers on a commercial plane mid-flight to ask if they would be willing to parachute in the future. The researchers admitted they found it tricky trying to find people willing to hurt thousands of feet through the air without a parachute. In response, they allowed 11 of the volunteers – which they opened up to their friends and family – Without protection to jump just 0.6m,…

In a trial of 23 volunteers, all participants somehow survived being hurt out of a plane – even those without parachutes.

Parachutes do not save the lives of people who jump from aeroplanes, or so a study suggests. ] But the sarcastic scientists did not mention until 16 paragraphs into the study how the volunteers jumped a more 0.6m off a stationary aircraft.

The scientists argued their lighthearted trial highlights how misleading research can be.

 Pictured is one of the 'brave' volunteers who agreed to jump 0.6meters without a parachute in the name of scientific research. Thankfully, all the participants survived

Pictured is one of the ‘brave’ volunteers who agreed to jump 0.6meters without a parachute in the name of scientific research. Heldigvis, alle deltagerne overlevde

Writing in the Christmas edition of the British Medical Journal, they added accurate interpretation requires a complete and critical assessment of the study.

The ‘Look Before You Leap’ study was carried out by scientists at Harvard and led by associate professor of medicine Dr Robert Wayne Yeh.

Selv om skrevet i god moro, forskerne håber deres resultater vil bede folk om at læse studier i sin helhet enn å ta en kursorisk lesning av abstrakt.

To carry out the study, the scientists approached adult passengers on a commercial plane mid-flight to ask if they would be willing to parachute in the future.

The researchers admitted they found it tricky trying to find people willing to hurt thousands of feet through the air without a parachute.

In response, they allowed 11 of the volunteers – which they opened up to their friends and family – Without protection to jump just 0.6m, which the researchers called a ‘minor caveat’ in their study design.

They wore a blank North Face or other branded backpack, while the 12 other participants were given parachutes.

The jumps were performed at either the Yankee Air Museum in Belleville, Michigan or Katama Airfield in Martha’s Vineyard, Massachusetts.

None of the study’s participants – whether they were wearing a parachute or not – died or were injured within five minutes or 30 days of the jump.

The researchers revealed the parachute did not deploy for all 12 of the volunteers because of the short duration and altitude of falls’.

They sarcastically described their study as groundbreaking.

And they added it “should give a momentary break to experts who advocate for routine use of parachutes for jumps from aircraft in recreational or military settings.”

They wrote in De BMJ dat, zou de resultaten moeten worden gereproduceerd in toekomstige proeven, het zou kunnen besparen de globale economie biljoenen of dollars jaarlijks uitgegeven op parachutes om te voorkomen dat verwondingen gerelateerd zijn aan gravitatieproblemen.

When pointing out flaws in the research, the scientists accepted there could have been a lower risk of death or major trauma because they jumped from an average altitude of 0.6m on aircraft moving at a mean of 0km / h.

But they wrote: ‘It will be up to the reader to determine the relevance of these findings in the real world.’

They later added the results’ might not be generalizable to the use of parachutes in aircraft traveling at a higher altitude or velocity ‘.

The researchers also wrote: ‘The PARACHUTE trial satirically highlights some of the limitations of randomized controlled trials.

‘Nevertheless, we believe that such trials remain the gold standard for the evaluation of most new treatments.

‘The PARACHUTE trial does suggest, however, that their exact interpretation requires more than a brief reading of the abstract.’

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