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Herman J. Woltring
08-13-1991, 06:18 PM
Dear Biomch-L and Medinf-L readers,

The following announcement on a new list C+HEALTH was received today.

Sincerely, Herman J. Woltring, Eindhoven/NL

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Date: Tue, 13 Aug 1991 10:24:01 -0400
From: Judy Smith
Subject: New List: C+HEALTH (Computers and Health)
To: risks@csl.sri.com, risks-l@irlearn.BITNET, mednews@asuacad.BITNET
Resent to: Biomch-L@hearn.BITNET, Medinf-L@dearn.BITNET (Wed, 14 Aug 1991)

This list is intended to promote sharing of information, experiences,
concerns, and advice about computers and health. Anecdotal evidence, media
reports, and some formal studies suggest that computer users are at risk
from misuse and overuse of computers. Eyestrain, headache, carpal tunnel
syndrome, and other apparently computer-related maladies are increasing.
And, it would appear that colleges, universities, and other institutions
have been slow to respond with education, training, office and lab design,
furniture purchasing, and other programs that could make computing more
healthful -- and productive.

We welcome questions and answers; article and book reviews; hardware,
software, and furniture evaluations; approaches to influencing
institutional policy; speculation; and humor. Medical, legal, technical,
financial, aesthetic, and administrative viewpoints are encouraged. We hope
that this forum will be of interest to end users, computing managers,
epidemiologists, and policymakers.

Subscribers to this list may also wish to participate in EDUCOM's Project
EASI: Equal Access to Software for Instruction, "dedicated to assisting
higher education in developing computer support services for people with
disabilities." EASI provides information and guidance on campus
applications of adaptive computer technology. For information on EASI,
contact Carmela Castorina, CSMICLC@UCLAMVS.BITNET.

In general, C+Health will focus on individual and institutional measures
for "keeping healthy people healthy" as well as remedies for restoring
temporarily disabled people to health. We suggest that computing issues
related to those with permanent disabilities be referred to our dedicated
colleagues at EASI. Although this distinction will not always be "easy,"
one goal of C+Health is to minimize the number of casualties in our
increasingly computer-intensive campuses, offices, and homes.

This list will not be moderated, at least initially, so we encourage
contributors to be succinct, to include relevant parts of messages to which
they are responding, and to append their names, titles, and institutions to
contributions. New users are welcome to send to the list a brief statement
of their experiences and interests in this topic. Unless stated otherwise,
it will be assumed that contributions represent individual opinion rather
than institutional policy.

As list owners, we look forward to your contributions to C+Health,

Judy Smith, Data Analyst, Office of Data Administration and Information
Resource Planning, University of Pennsylvania; SmithJ@a1.relay.upenn.edu.

Kimberly Updegrove, Lecturer, School of Nursing, University of
Pennsylvania; kimu@dairp.upenn.edu.

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On-line references on Computing and Health:

The following articles from campus computing newsletters are recommended
for those interested in issues of ergonomics, radiation, light and glare,
work habits and exercise, and related issues and protective measures.
Articles can be retrieved by sending a GET FILENAME FILETYPE command to
LISTSERV@BITNIC (not IUBVM), where FILENAME FILETYPE are shown below in
CAPITAL LETTERS.

COMPHEAL DUBEY_J Computers & Health (Reed College; 3/91; 520 lines)
COMPHEAL UPDEGR_D Computers & Health: Issues & Protective Measures
(U of Pennsylvania; 1/91; 262 lines)
CTS SHEEHAN_M Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (Indiana U; 11/90; 212 lines)
ERGONOM UPDEGR_D Computers Don't Belong on Desktops
(U of Pennsylvania; 11/90; 90 lines)
ERGO BALKITS Workstation design (UC Davis; 8/88; 64 lines)
PAIN BRADLE_J Computing Pains (U of Houston; 3/89; 135 lines)
SFVDTLAW UPDEGR_D San Francisco VDT Safety Ordinance (1/91; 146 lines)
VDT SHEEHA_M VDT Health Risks (Indiana U; 11/90; 137 lines)

Thanks to Wendy Rickard-Bollentin of EDUCOM for maintaining the articles
archive of CCNEWS, from which these articles were selected.