Carpal Tunnel Laser Therapy

The May-June 2005 issue of Arthritis Today reports on a noninvasive laser stimulation, which uses low-level (cold) laser beams focussed on pain points inthe wrist and hand. The technique is said to promote cell repair and reduce inflammation related to carpal tunnel syndrome. This technique is called “Low-Level Laser Therapy” …

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Dragon In Action

This is a bit of an old link, but I just found it so it’s new to me. Jon Udell, a comumnist for InfoWorld magazine provides a demonstration of Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 in action. He captured a short screen video of himself actually using Dragon to dictate a column. It’s …

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Questing for Comfort

Andrew Savikas has written an excellent article on RSI (A Quest for Comfort). In it he details his search for information on RSI, first on the Internet, then in a book (It’s not Carpal Tunnel Syndrome: RSI Theory and Therapy for Computer Professionals). I’ve seen that book mentioned on numerous …

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RSI Makes Musicians Face The Music

An article in the Miami Herald (When Sonatas Strike Back) discusses Repetitive Strain Injuries that can affect classical musicians, listing some pieces that are especially stressful on the players. These “killer tunes” include Mahler’s Fifth Symphony, Ravel’s Bolero, Handel’s Messiah, and works by Tchaikovsky and John Adams. The article includes …

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ViaVoice vs. Dragon Naturally-Speaking

Naomi Aoki, a writer for the Boston Globe, in search of relief for her carpal-tunnel syndrome, recently tested two voice-recognition programs and posted her results at boston.com. She reports numerous problems with IBM’s ViaVoice 9.1 Pro, but was pleasantly surprised with Dragon NaturallySpeaking 8 Preferred. “I picked up a Boston …

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Mouse Mounds?

A company called ChestRest has come up with an interesting twist on the standard mouse pad. Featuring anime-inspired artwork and two strategically-placed wrist-rests, this ergonomic mouse pad “supports the wrist by the valley between two gelatin mounds”. Until inventory runs out, 100% of the profit from these products will be …

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The Working Wounded In California

In The Working Wounded, reporter Rachel Brahinsky describes the effects of the recent changes in California’s workers’ compensation insurance system. The changes – heavily touted by Governator Schwarzenegger – were meant to help control the staggering costs of workers’ compensation claims, by limiting cash payouts to workers and limiting workers’ …

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Beware of BlackBerry Thumb

CNET (Got ‘BlackBerry Thumb’? Rest UR digits) and the Newark Star-Ledger ( Feeling The Pain Of Handheld Devices) report on an ailment dubbed “‘BlackBerry Thumb”, which afflicts users of the popular BlackBerry device, as well as people who use their phone for text messaging. These communication devices feature a tiny …

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