Magazine article Work & Family Life

Take a Break from Too Much 'Mousing'

Magazine article Work & Family Life

Take a Break from Too Much 'Mousing'

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It's computer "mousing" more than typing on a keyboard that's causing so many hand and wrist ailments these days, according to a Danish study reported in the Journal of the American Medical Association.

Of the nearly 7000 office workers questioned, 11 percent reported hand tingling and numbness characteristic of carpel tunnel syndrome (CTS), but only about 1.4 percent experienced these symptoms at night-a key signal that differentiates CTS from other disorders.

But one year later, 5.5 percent of those who initially had no symptoms reported tingling and/or numbness. The researchers found a correlation between the development of symptoms and "mousing" for more than 20 hours a week.

To reduce mouse-related hand strain, HealthNews editor Arthur W. …

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