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SCIENTISTS STUDYING NON-SURGICAL LASER TREATMENT OF CTS

 CHICAGO, Oct. 4 /PRNewswire/ -- Scientists are studying use of a portable, hand-held, non-surgical laser device to treat Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (CTS), as reported today in a presentation to the National Safety Council Congress & Exposition at McCormick Place.
 The approximately three-hour presentation outlined a multifaceted research program to address both the causes and the treatment of CTS, which in 1990 accounted for nearly 48 percent of all reported workplace injuries, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. It currently produces an estimated $29,000 in losses per employee in medical treatments and lost wages among computer operators, assembly line workers, garment workers and others whose profession involves strain to the tendons forming the carpal tunnel in the wrist.
 The research program included a controlled scientific study on 160 General Motors workers to determine the effects of the Lasermedics 830, a non-surgical, non-thermal therapeutic device developed by Lasermedics, Inc. (OTC: LMDX). Based in Stafford, Texas, Lasermedics is the technical leader in non-thermal (cold) laser therapy.
 The scientific study compared symptomatic and quantitative measures of improvement between a group receiving physiotherapy plus the Lasermedics 830 treatment against physiotherapy alone in the double- blind design.
 As explained today, the Lasermedics device's invisible laser light penetrates the skin, entering tendons, muscle and other surrounding tissue along its path, and deposits photons into the cells, acting as a catalyst for immediate stimulation.
 Researchers hypothesize that the laser light may act to improve microcirculation bringing increased blood flow and oxygen to the affected area.
 Data from the study are currently being analyzed to determine whether the positive results of laser treatment seen in a pilot study were confirmed.
 Participating in the study were: Thomas Anderson, Ph.D., neurophysiologist, General Motors Corporation Biomedical Division; Jeffrey Basford, M.D., Ph.D., Mayo Clinic; Phillip Bendick, vascular physiologist, William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.; Joana Chakraborty, Ph.D., Medical College of Ohio; Mimi Crean, physical therapist; Albert De Clerk, industrial engineer; Ed Fahey, associate, Clarkston, Mich.; Wayne Good, M.D., general surgeon, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital, Pontiac, Mich., and physician, GMC; Bryan Shumaker, M.D., director, Laser Center, St. Joseph Mercy Hospital; and Chadwick Smith, M.D., clinical professor of orthopedic surgery at the School of Medicine of the University of Southern California, founder of the Laser Society of North America, and chairman of Lasermedics, Inc.
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 /CONTACT: Jonathan Braun or Merrill Freund of Lasermedics, Inc., 914-241-8777/
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