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Questions tagged [computers]

Questions involving the usage or effects of computers on health, whether mental or physiological.

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Using farsighted glasses to counter nearsightedness?

Edit: I might not have worded my question well enough. A shorter and more direct version would be: Can nearsightedness be just a result of eyes getting accustomed to working at very close distances ...
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Does a computer screen work as a lightbox?

We often hear two related facts: That using a lightbox can help maintain one's circadian rhythm. That using a computer late a night can make it harder to sleep at night due to the blue light emitted ...
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Which one is better? Reading on a computer, on a tablet, or on paper?

I'm a graduate student and I have to spend a lot of time on reading research papers everyday. My question is which of the following is the best choice for eye health? I can either read them directly ...
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Does wearing glasses while on the computer increase myopia?

Nearsightedness is prevalent in demographic groups that look at screens for most of their time, such as office workers or students. (Saw et al., 2002) Glasses correct the defocusing of the lens in the ...
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Does looking at a computer can be good for your eyes?

Let's put aside harmful affects of staring at computer screen, is there any advantage of looking at computer screen for long time ? The reason that I ask this question is this: My mother and father ...
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Can computers cause issues to retina?

I know working with computers can cause eyestrain and red eyes (and also the Computer Vision Syndrome). But recently I got some messages saying computers and mobile phone displays could cause retinal ...
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How is the workflow of physical examination's documentation in the USA exactly?

e.g. do you use paperforms, EHR masks? Do you type directly into a physician letter? In Germany we use mostly a paper form in the first place and afterwards we document the results into a report. You ...
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Need help with Dementia Hackathon Idea (Professionals experienced with dealing with Dementia patients appreicated!)

Me and my team are planning to go to a Dementia based Hackathon early March and since this is our first actual hackathon we were wondering if you could provide some advice regarding our idea. Here's ...
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Can a small monitor + powerful reading glasses be a substitute for a large monitor with same resolution?

Reading or focusing up close puts strain on the eyes and I believe can be bad in the long run. With that in mind, would keeping my monitor at a distance (3-4 feet) and using the right set of "...
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How to reduce repetitive strain injury

Since I am a software developer, I regularly to a lot of typing when I program. What would reduce the risk of getting RSI if breaks are not an option? Currently my setup is a laptop using the built ...
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I am not a student of medicine but a research scientist in Algorithms. I wish to contribute to medicine and am looking for a starting point. [closed]

I wish to understand tuberculosis and contribute to its research, though I am open to other problems. How should I start? I do not wish to join any university. I wish to do it as my side-project.
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How can I loosen tight Trapezius muscles?

I'd also appreciate ways of preventing them from becoming tight, specifically when working at the computer. Thanks!
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Why do I get dizzy when I expect an user interface to scroll while it's lagging?

I have a lot of programs running on my laptop. I got very used to scrolling things with my two fingers on a touchpad. The problem is when the programs start to lag and my eyes expect the scroll, but ...
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Is the blue light emitted by computer monitors deleterious for the human eyes?

Is the blue light emitted by computer monitors deleterious for the human eyes? By deleterious, I mean irreversible damage. I read some conflicting information: http://www.drweil.com/health-wellness/...
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Healthy sitting while doing computer work

What are the most important things to look out for concerning regular sitting in front of a desktop computer? Frankly, I don't know what's important and what I should prioritize. What chair should I ...
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Does reducing the key travel distance in a keyboard help prevent computer users from getting repetitive strain injuries (RSI)?

The vast majority of desktop computer keyboards have around 4 mm of key travel distance, which is about twice longer than the key travel distance on most laptops (and flat keyboards a.k.a. thin ...
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What keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons)?

I wonder what keyboard put the least strain on the epicondyles (elbow tendons). There exist many keyboards that advertise themselves as being ergonomic, but often fail to provide more details as to ...
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Can adding o-rings in mechanical keyboards alleviate RSI?

I have read many claims from individuals that adding o-rings in mechanical keyboards alleviate RSI. The reasoning is that it allows shock absorption, which minimizes finger fatigue (e.g., according to ...
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Do vertical split-keyboards cause less stress on the hand, wrist and arm than traditional keyboards?

Vertical split-keyboards are often marketed as more ergonomics than traditional keyboards. Is that true? I am especially interested in stress on the epicondyles of the humerus. I am aware of the ...
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Which type of chair is best to avoid back pain?

I'm aware that such chairs are called ergonomic chairs. But what things does one have to consider while buying these chairs? Height, arm rest, back rest, etc? I'll be thankful if you could post some ...
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Is it a good exercise for the eyes to work with different font sizes or would refocusing strain the eye?

In my work I deal with several screens, and recently I have started using different pieces of software for coding. When I installed the new one, I noticed that the font size there is a bit bigger, and ...
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Is working on a computer for a long time everyday bad for health? [duplicate]

Is looking continuously at a computer screen for a long time everyday bad for health? If yes, then what care should be taken while working on a computer?
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Is there a particular term for this eyesight problem?

I have had for the past few months, and today I spend a couple hours trying to identify it and have had no luck. Certain areas of my vision will change to be "darker" - but it seems as it those ...
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Which background color is better for eyes while working on computers for a long time?

I am a Software Engineer, so as such I use a computer system for more than 9 hours a day. While I am working which background color is best white or black to help avoid unnecessary eye strain?
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an animation of an object moving randomly on a computer screen to reduce eye strain?

Given that it is not natural for human vision to stare for a long time at still objects (a computer display, that is), would an animation of an object moving randomly across the screen (much like in ...
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Can an IPS panel in a monitor help relieve eye strain?

Working as a programmer, I have problems with my eyes. I am using eyedrops, but that does not help. Up till now I always worked with LED monitors a colleague told me that I could try one with an IPS ...
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How do digital devices affect mood?

I'm particularly curious about research that's been done on smartphones. Please provide links to articles, books, research, etc...
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CT scan software [closed]

I'm looking for software (free or budget) to analyze CT scans of pigs. I need to find the volume of the lungs, in normal situations and during pneumothorax (laprosopic surgery). The problem I'm having ...
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Are computers bad for health?

I am a CS student, so my career requires sitting for long periods of time (8~9) hours infront of a laptop daily. I've been hearing for quite a long time that computers are harmful for health. I'm ...
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Is Low Blue Light helpful for preserving eyesight?

I'm a coder and interested in save my eyesight. I've met the term named low blue light. Monitors decrease the level of blue color and theoretically protect my eyes. Here's a quote from monitor ...
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Do using trackballs put more stress on the hand, wrist and arm than a traditional mouse?

I have read and heard contradicting personal experiences on how good trackballs are to avoid RSI as they put more stress on the hand, wrist and arm than a traditional mouse. Do using trackballs put ...
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Can using a standing desk alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. a traditional sitting desk)?

I have read in some individual accounts that standing desks alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. a traditional sitting desk). Example: I kept my regular desk and decided to test standing at my desk as ...
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Does Apple’s Magic Trackpad put more stress on the hand, wrist and arm than a traditional mouse?

I have read and heard contradicting personal experiences on how much stress on the hand, wrist and arm Apple's Magic Trackpad put compared to a traditional mouse. E.g. http://softwareprototyping....
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Can mechanical keyboards alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. regular keyboards)?

I have read in some places that mechanical keyboards alleviate the pain of RSI (vs. regular keyboards). E.g.: http://techshift.net/5-reasons-why-you-should-buy-a-mechanical-keyboard/ 5 reasons ...
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Do vertical mice cause less stress on the hand, wrist and arm than traditional mice?

Vertical mice are often marketed as more ergonomics than traditional mice. Is that true? I am especially interested in stress on the lateral epicondyle of the humerus. Example of such claim, from ...
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Can head-controlled mice cause neck pain?

Is it possible to use a head-controlled mouse (e.g. SmartNav) 10 hours a day while avoiding neck pain? Are there any particular ways of using such mice that reduce the risk of getting neck pain?
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How to know whether phrase A causes less stress on my vocal cords than phrase B?

Say I have 2 English phrases A and B. How to know whether phrase A causes less stress on my vocal cords than phrase B? A and B are short phrases, ranging from 1 to 4 words. I use them as voice ...
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How healthy are hands-free stenomasks?

I use hands-free stenomasks for extended periods of time. How healthy is it? I am mostly worried about the quality of the air I inhale, and I would like to know the effect on the skin to have ...
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How to tell the difference between not so serious wrist, finger, arm pain/strain/weakness and carpal tunnel syndrome?

Many people now a days, use the computer a lot. A very lot. I'm guessing it's normal to feel some slight discomfort, small pain regularly in your dominant hand, wrist, and/or underside of forearm if ...
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Right wrist pain from using computer mouse [closed]

I'm Shimmy, almost 30ish, Male, 6', 158 lbs. I'm a heavy computer user and sit in front of my homedesk for long intervals (5-18h daily). I use the computer mostly for working with text (software ...
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How can I protect my eyesight when using computers?

My job requires long periods of computer screen use. I have good eyesight (20/15) and don't wear glasses, but I definitely notice my eyes feeling fatigued at the end of the day. Sometimes when I'm ...
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Can I use a foot pedal to send mouse clicks and/or modifier keys ergonomically?

When using computers, I often want to send more inputs than my keyboard can. I once tried to use a foot pedal (a.k.a. footswitch) to send mouse clicks and modifier keys, but it seemed to put a lot of ...
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How can I avoid voice strain when using speech recognition all day long?

I use speech recognition all day long for my work and most of my personal activities. Put aside taking frequent short breaks, making sure that I don't speak unnecessarily louder than I need to achieve ...