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Archive for June, 2009

Oak Island man hit, killed in accident near Boiling Spring Lakes

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

Brunswick County | A 45-year-old man was killed Monday night after authorities say he ran on to N.C. 87 near Boiling Spring Lakes and was hit by a car driven by a state Alcohol Law Enforcement agent.

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Radio executive, tattoo artist to challenge incumbent Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

By Patrick Gannon,Patrick.Gannon@StarNewsOnline.com

At least two Wilmington businessmen – a radio executive and a tattoo artist – plan to oppose Mayor Bill Saffo in his bid for another two-year term in November.

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Computer injuries on the rise

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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More than 60% of U.S. households now contain at least one personal computer, and many have multiple machines.

The rate of computer ownership is soaring, but the injury rate from computers is increasing even faster, according to a new study.

Researchers from Nationwide Children’s Hospital examined a national database for computer-related injuries that were serious enough to be seen In the emergency department.

They found that computer ownership increased 300% over the course of the 13-year study, but injuries from computers rose by more than 700%.

The most common accidents occurred when patients were caught on or tripped over computer equipment. However, 1 in 5 injuries were due to computer equipment falling on the patient.

Children less than 5 years old were the most likely to be hurt. Experts recommend small children always have supervision when using computers.

To further reduce injuries, doctors say computers should be kept on a stable surface, away from walking paths, with all cords and cables safely bundled and tucked out of sight.

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More than 60% of U.S. households now contain at least one personal computer, and many have multiple machines.

The rate of computer ownership is soaring, but the injury rate from computers is increasing even faster, according to a new study.

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Couple’s love for sailing brought them to, kept them in Wrightsville Beach

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

By Si CantwellStaff Writer

Rick and Nita Neumeister came sailing into Motts Channel 35 years ago and never left.

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Tennis, anyone?

Tuesday, June 9th, 2009

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Orthopedic specialists are examining cases of what’s being called “cell phone elbow”.

Medically known as cubital tunnel syndrome, cell phone elbow is caused by bending your elbow too tightly for too long. You can develop it from too much talking on the phone.

Bettye Weihs says she experiences severe pain from holding her phone up to her ear all day long. “On my cell phone or any phone really, elbow, neck, you know moving back and forth from ear to ear trying to make sure you’re not hurting one arm or hurting your neck too much.”

Doctor Robert McIver says, Bettye’s likely experiencing cell phone elbow. “What cell phone elbow is, is it’s actually an increased pressure on the ulnar nerve, which is a nerve that runs right behind your elbow, and it’s caused by prolonged positioning of having your elbow flexed or bent passed 90 degrees and holding it to your ear.”

Doctor McIver says there are other ways patients can develop cubital tunnel syndrome as well. “It can be from sitting on your elbow too long, by holding your elbow bent while you’re sleeping at night for a longer period of time, all of them ultimately ending up in the same numbness and tingling going down your ring and your pinky finger and on the outside of your arm, all stopping at the elbow.”

In the early stages, cubital tunnel syndrome typically heals with time, but severe cases can lead to permanent nerve damage.

Doctor McIver says cell phone elbow is different than tennis and golfer’s elbow. Tennis elbow involves the muscles on the outside of your elbow, while golfer’s elbow involves muscles on the inside of your elbow. Both are a burning and aching type of pain.

Cell phone elbow affects the nerves, and causes a tingling feeling down your arm.

If you start developing a problem, Doctor McIver recommends switching your phone to the other hand until the pain goes away, and consider buying a hands-free headset.

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Doctor McIver says cell phone elbow is different than tennis and golfer’s elbow. Tennis elbow involves the muscles on the outside of your elbow, while golfer’s elbow involves muscles on the inside of your elbow. Cell phone elbow is caused from bending your elbow too tightly for too long.

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