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NEW PC KEYBOARD HELPS COMBAT REPETITIVE STRESS INJURY; DESIGNED TO RELIEVE CAUSES OF FASTEST GROWING WORKPLACE HAZARD

 CAZENOVIA, N.Y., Sept. 21 /PRNewswire/ -- Repetitive Stress Injury (RSI), an occupational hazard faced by workers who do a lot of computer word processing and data entry, may be relieved in part by the design of new ergonomic keyboards.
 "All of us using high-tech computers have been trained and strained on low-tech, old-fashioned keyboards," says Gerald C. Groff, president of Marquardt Switches, Inc. He says authorities believe one result of this is an increased incidence of Carpal Tunnel Syndrome, a tingling, numbness or pain in the hands and arms sometimes misdiagnosed as arthritis or tendinitis.
 "Experts tell us the keyboard, by itself, is neither the cause nor the total cure for RSI," says Groff. "But an ergonomically designed keyboard, we believe, is an essential part of the solution."
 Research into causes of stress on tendons, muscles and joints was conducted at the Fraunhofer Institute for Industrial Science and Organization in Stuttgart, Germany, enabling design of the Marquardt MiniErgo keyboard. The new PC keyboard is attracting attention and interest in the health and medical community, ranging from hand surgeons to occupational and physical therapists.
 Availability of the new keyboard in the workplace and home office is important, Groff says, because RSI now accounts for more than half of all workplace illnesses. The number of RSI cases has grown ten-fold in the previous decade to a reported 224,000 in 1991.
 The German-made keyboard, called the MiniErgo for its compact size, is IBM AT and PS/2 compatible. Features include:
 -- a split, or V-shaped, configuration gently sloping to the sides and front to help naturally align hands and wrists with arms for less strain;
 -- a non-glare surface with generous resting area for hands and palms;
 -- sculptured keycaps in the standard "QWERTY" letter layout for rapid transition from traditional keyboards.
 For a free brochure, "Ergonomics, RSI and the Computer Keyboard," or to order the MiniErgo, affordably priced at $179 factory-direct from Marquardt, call 800-282-ERGO (3746).
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 /NOTE TO EDITORS: Line art, photos and interviews with Marquardt, medical authorities and users are available/
 /CONTACT: Rich Toth of Sage Marcom, 315-478-6612, for Marquardt Switches, Inc./


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