Health and Fitness

The new reading position is quick march?

By Paul St John Mackintosh
February 8, 2015 // 1 Comment

For those concerned with the health effects of their sedentary reading habits, a new study could be inspiring. And although it’s specifically about work habits, its application to reading should be obvious. The study, by a joint team from the Tech3lab, HEC Montreal, and the OU Price College [...]

My Summer of Ergonomics Begins!

By Joanna Cabot
June 20, 2013 // 2 Comments

I am delighted—but nervous—to officially be on summer holiday! I’m looking forward to a less structured schedule, and I have plenty to keep me busy. But unfortunately, most of this stuff is computer-related. I looked far and wide for an in-person offering for a continuing-education course [...]

E-Book Ergonomics: Best Practices?

By Joanna Cabot
September 12, 2012 // 7 Comments

I was working only part-time over the summer, and had a lot more time for reading than I usually do. I found, to my dismay, that about halfway through July, I started getting wrist issues: pain when I typed for long periods, numbness and tingling at night and other troublesome symptoms. What was [...]

Gadget distraction increasingly causing pedestrian accidents

By Chris Meadows
July 30, 2012 // 2 Comments

Better be careful if you use that e-reader while walking. The Washington Post has an Associated Press story on walker distraction causing accidents and injuries. According to the AP, reports of distracted walkers being treated at hospitals have more than quadrupled over the last 7 years, and there [...]

Seeking one-handed e-reading solutions

By Chris Meadows
January 4, 2012 // 20 Comments

I haven’t posted much over the last few days, partly because of some trying times my family is going through right now. On New Year’s Eve, my Mom was in a farm equipment accident and ended up having her right arm amputated a few inches below the shoulder. It’s been hitting the family pretty [...]

Appendicitis: E-reading view from a hospital bed

By Chris Meadows
September 27, 2011 // 4 Comments

Saturday afternoon, I started feeling abdominal pain. I thought it was just food poisoning or the stomach flu, but when it didn’t improve by Sunday afternoon I went down to the local urgent care center and learned that it was, in fact, appendicitis. They operated right away, removing the [...]

Dr. Peter Watts hospitalized after emergency surgery

By Chris Meadows
March 3, 2011 // 1 Comment

Canadian SF writer Dr. Peter Watts just can’t seem to catch a break. We covered his arrest and conviction for getting out of his car when crossing the US/Canada border. Now, while in the hospital for a routine skin biopsy on his leg, he managed to contract necrotising fasciitis, otherwise known [...]

Doctors underrepresented in on-line medical advice

By Chris Meadows
February 25, 2011 // 2 Comments

One of the great things about the current state of electronic text is how much information and advice is available free on-line for the asking—concentrations of expertise in answer sites like Quora, as well as pre-published content available through search engines. But when it comes to important [...]

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