Saturday, August 9, 2008

Carpal Tunnel Symptoms and Relief

Carpal tunnel syndrome is caused by pressure on the median nerve at the wrist joint. The median nerve runs from the forearm to the hand, and controls movement of the fingers and thumb.

Carpal tunnel syndrome may commonly occur in those who are involved in an occupation that requires repetitive motion of the wrist. Women are three times more likely to develop carpal tunnel than men. If you work at a computer for several hours a day as I do, you may have experienced symptoms of carpal tunnel, such as burning, tingling, or itching numbness in the palm of the hand and the fingers or weakness of grip and the inability to grasp small objects. Symptoms of carpal tunnel start gradually and increase over time, so don't think it will go away on its own.

If you have carpal tunnel syndrome, it is important to provide proper support for the wrist and forearm as you conduct your daily activities. Such support can provide carpal tunnel relief from the pain and numbness commonly associated with CTS and may even prevent its development. The IMAK SmartGlove provides support with a flexible support splint and the massaging ergoBeads pad under the wrist improves circulation. The SmartGlove will keep your wrist in an ergonomically correct position and fits either hand.

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Scientists Find Enzyme That May Cause Endometriosis

Endometriosis, a condition in which patches of the lining of the uterus appeark in other parts of the body, is the most common cause of pelvic pain in women. Now researchers at the University of Liverpool have discovered and identified an enzyme that could be responsible for this condition.

Researchers discovered that an enzyme, called telomerase, is released by cells in the inner lining of the womb during the latter stages of the menstrual cycle in women who are affected by endometriosis. Telomerase is not commonly found in the cells that make up the body, but is uniquely found in the inner lining of the womb and in some special cells, such as sperm and egg cells. The enzyme is also found in cancer cells and is thought to be responsible for replicating DNA sequences during cell division in chromosomes.

The research, published in Human Reproduction, will help scientists develop new techniques for diagnosing and treating the condition.