The Bust Stops Here.
More news from the work front: Even breast size could be a valid reason for medical leave. Large-breasted women are at greater risk for carpal tunnel syndrome, a research team led by a plastic surgeon reported (Plast. Reconstr. Surg. 105:1314-19, 2000). They studied 151 women who sought breast reduction surgery between 1994 and 1996 and a control group of 64 women who wore a B cup size or smaller. Based on symptoms reports and results of "standard provocative tests," nearly 20% of the women in the surgery group were found to have carpal tunnel syndrome, compared with none of those in the control group. The researchers were left to speculate as to why size would matter so much in a disorder that involves compression of the median nerve. They plan a follow-up study of participants after breast reduction surgery. The results could provide further--uh--support for the reduction mammaplasty business.