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ER visits down during Red Sox playoff run

Updated: September 26, 2005, 11:14 AM ET
Associated Press

BOSTON -- Red Sox fever does not send people to the hospital. In fact, it seems to have the opposite effect.

According to a study published Monday in the Annals of Emergency Medicine, traffic in Boston-area emergency rooms significantly slowed during last year's Red Sox championship games.

"I have no idea where the patients go, but they don't come into the emergency room," said Dr. Alasdair Conn, the ER chief at Massachusetts General Hospital, which was included in the study.

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