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RSI STRIKES NEW YORK TIMES NEWSROOM

 RSI STRIKES NEW YORK TIMES NEWSROOM
 RIDGEWOOD, N.J., Jan. 20 /PRNewswire/ -- The TJFR Business News


Reporter, the twice-monthly newsletter that tracks the nation's business and financial media, reports a dramatic increase in the incidence of repetitive stress syndrome, or RSI, at The New York Times. The increase seems to coincide with the newspaper's phased shift from its Harris VDT system to a new system made by Atex Corp.
 Atex VDTs are used by about 450 news organizations in this country and the company is embroiled in litigation from news employees who claim they were injured while using the Atex systems.
 By some estimates, as many as 60 to 80 of the paper's roughly 1,000 editorial employees have developed RSI symptoms which manifest as aching wrists, numbness in the hands, weakened grip and sore neck and shoulders. Only a dozen or so were reported to have had symptoms six months ago.
 The exact causal nature of RSI is unclear. Some departments at the paper, including the Sunday business section and the Washington bureau, have used the Atex keyboards for over a year and neither area reports any outbreak of symptoms. At the daily business section, on the other hand, four reporters and editors fell victim only weeks after the Atex installation, although the most seriously afflicted individual was diagnosed while still using the Harris system.
 If there is any link at all, it appears those who work under the tightest deadlines are most prone to the RSI disorder. Some reporters at the paper now wear splints as a preventative measure.
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 /CONTACT: Jane Reilly of TJFR, 201-444-6061/ CO: TJFR Business News Reporter; New York Times ST: New Jersey IN: PUB SU: SM-CK -- NY001B -- 1420 01/20/92 12:34 EST
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