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For spring, 1998, we have added three useful books concerned with the most prevalent pains and injuries of the information age. Worthwhile reading for sufferers and those that perform those tasks that may lead to these common maladies of our time.

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A Pain in the Neck: The Latest Information on Causes, Therapies & Prevention by Arthur Winter, Ruth Winter, Craig Winter (Editor).       A pain in the neck is a common but often medically ignored problem. You no longer need to suffer in silence. This book provides information about such neck-related problems as: * Head Turning Pain * Whiplash * Occupational Disability * Dizziness * Stiff Neck and Torticollis * Shoulder and Arm Pain * Numbness or Tingling in The Hands * Tension Headache * Scalenus Anticus Syndrome * Lumps

A Pain In The Neck is an easy-to-understand guide containing the latest information on the diagnosis, treatment and prevention of dysfunction and pain in that very vulnerable area between your head and shoulders.

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Back Pain: Chinese Qigong for Healing & Prevention by Jwing-Ming Yang.       For centuries the Chinese people have healed and strengthened their bodies with Qi Gong, the Chinese science of manipulating vital energy (Qi) for health and wellness. Now, you can learn these gentle exercises and soothing massage techniques to help ease your lower back pain, strengthen your torso, prevent future back problems, and promote improved Qi and blood flow to expedite your body's natural healing abilities. 196 photos & illustrations.

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Carpal Tunnel Syndrome and Repetitive Stress Injuries: The Comprehensive Guide to Prevention, Treatment and Recovery by Tammy Crouch.       Tammy Crouch, a former sign-language interpreter, had carpal-tunnel release surgery twice. Both surgeries were unsuccessful. She then learned about "alternative" therapies for her pain, including massage, osteopathy, acupuncture, and chiropractic, and she passes along her wisdom in this book.

Crouch stresses the importance of finding out exactly what type of RSI you have and of seeking conservative treatment instead of jumping in and having surgery like she did. This book also gives an excellent rundown and explanation of the diagnostic techniques that doctors use, from the innocuous Phalen's test to the often-excruciating electromyography nerve conduction test. While the explanations of different treatments could be more in-depth, they're a good primer if you're investigating your options. Crouch also includes information about worker's compensation plus an extensive list of resources-- organizations, Web sites, books, and articles--helpful for those learning how to treat these often chronic conditions.

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The Complete Illustrated Guide to Feng Shui : How to Apply the Secrets of Chinese Wisdom for Health, Wealth and Happiness by Lillian Too.       Feng Shui ("wind and water") is the ancient Chinese metaphysical science or art of living in harmony with your environment in order to promote health, wealth, and happiness. Lillian Too offers her years of experience with feng shui in The Complete Illustrated Guide To Feng Shui. Too provides readers with the practical information needed to understand and apply feng shui principles to their own environments and lives. It also explains the roots of feng shui in ancient China and contains lavish color artwork demonstrating applications of the principles. The Complete Illustrated Guide To Feng Shui is a perfect introduction to the principles, practices, and purposes of feng shui for the western reader.

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Feng Shui : The Book of Cures : 150 Simple Solutions for Health and Happiness in Your Home or Office by Nancilee Wydra.       In Feng Shui: The Book of Cures, expert Nancilee Wydra offers 150 easy, inexpensive solutions for making the home or workplace an uplifting, life-affirming space. This book details the incredible impact spaces have on people and then shows how to adjust factors such as lighting, furniture, and objects for a happier, healthier environment.

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Feng Shui : How to Achieve the Most Harmonious Arrangement of Your Home and Office by Angel Thompson.       Feng Shui is an ancient Chinese practice based on the idea that the auspicious placement of buildings, walkways, doors, furniture, etc., allows cosmic energy or "chi" to flow freely, thereby creating a harmonious environment. Written by a feng shui teacher and consultant for ten years, this book explains how feng shui can help enhance health, harmony, peace, and prosperity for those who practice it. 90 photos and illustrations.

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Repetitive Strain Injury : A Computer User's Guide by Emil Pascarelli, Deborah Quilter.       This book has become a bible for those suffering from RSI. It explains what to ask your doctor (and why) when you go in for a diagnosis; it also lists more than two dozen types of RSI and related conditions, from cervical radiculopathy to reflex sympathetic dysfunction to fibromyalgia. If these terms sound intimidating, then the book succeeds in bringing them down to clear, manageable definitions. This is also the RSI book if you’re looking for information on the psychological ramifications of RSI and how to handle both time off from work and the return to the office.

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The Computer User's Survival Guide: Staying Healthy in a High Tech World by Joan Stigliani.       Looks squarely at all the factors that affect your health on the job, including positioning, equipment, work habits, lighting, stress, radiation, and general health. It provides practical, positive steps that can be taken to alleviate health risks and improve working conditions.

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Stretching at Your Computer or Desk by Bob Anderson, Jean Anderson (Illustrator).       Bob Anderson has been spreading the gospel of flexibility for decades (he published Stretching in 1980; it has 2 million copies in print in 17 languages), and now he applies what he knows to the modern keyboard culture. The exercises in this book are designed for workplace settings--sitting at your desk, standing at the copy machine, talking on the phone--and can all be done without drawing too much attention to yourself. People with lower-back, neck and shoulder pain from sitting too much, or with repetitive-stress injuries from typing, will find this book especially useful.

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25 Steps to Safe Computing by Don Sellers.       Aimed at anyone who uses a computer regularly and is concerned about the possible health risks involved, this easy-access book--designed for quick desktop reference--devotes a spread to each topic in an approach packed with tips and practical advice on using computers more safely and effectively.

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Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome And Other Repetitive Strain Injuries : A Self-Care Program by Sharon J. Butler, Jacqueline Entwistle Freeman (Illustrator).       The book is arranged to let you pick and choose the correct stretches to suit your needs. Too much typing, guitar playing, or gardening? Stiff neck, tingling fingers, sore upper arms, or all three? However you developed your repetitive strain injury and whatever your upper-body symptoms (or if you're smart and you'd like to prevent such problems), there are multiple stretches in Conquering Carpal Tunnel Syndrome to suit your needs. The book is arranged to help users develop a personalized stretching program with more than 40 stretches for the upper body, forearms, wrists, fingers, and thumbs to choose from. Butler thoroughly explains the importance of stretching and the correct (and incorrect) way to do it, and the exercises are lucidly illustrated.

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Effective Computer Display Design by William W. Banks, Jon Weimer.       Advanced text and reference for human factor courses in Industrial engineering for human factors/engineers covering design of computer display for effective human interaction. Includes worksheets, tables, checklists, case studies, and two sets of display design guidelines that can be used immediately on the job.

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Cognitive Aspects of Computer Supported Tasks by Yvonne Waern.       Explores the role of cognition in human-computer interaction. Reviews current knowledge and theories about how people use computer systems for cognitive tasks--learning, problem-solving, storing and organizing information--and discusses applications to reading/text processing and database organization. Investigates a broad range of questions concerning the effects computers have on the way we think and act such as: How can computer use be made less stressful for ordinary user? Also considers implications of the physical aspects of video display terminals--flicker, color, quality of auditory output. Explores users' prior knowledge and learning styles in relation to how they use computers.

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Zap! How Your Computer Can Hurt You and What You Can Do About It by Don Sellers, Stephen F. Roth (Editor).       At least 50% of people who use computers experience visual discomfort, and in 1990, 27% of data processing managers reported repetitive-motion injuries among their staff. This easy-access guide covers the full range of computer-related health risks--and tells how to prevent them.

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