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'WhatsAppitis' is a Real Disease, Says Report

by Sheela Philomena on  March 27, 2014 at 10:10 PM Research News   - G J E 4
Excessive chatting or texting on WhatsApp messenger can damage your health and lead to a new disorder WhatsAppitis, says report published in Lancet.
 'WhatsAppitis' is a Real Disease, Says Report
'WhatsAppitis' is a Real Disease, Says Report
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A report in the prestigious medical journal, The Lancet, said that "WhatsAppitis" is a credible disease, after a doctor in Spain diagnosed a 34-year-old female patient with bilateral wrist pain induced by excessive use of 'WhatsApp'.

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"She held her mobile phone for at least six hours and continuously used both thumbs to send messages to relatives and friends," Spanish physician Ines M Fernandez-Guerrero wrote in the journal.

The next morning, that woman woke up with aching wrists.

"The diagnosis for the bilateral wrist pain was 'WhatsAppitis'," Fernandez-Guerrero added.

He treated the woman with non-steroidal, anti-inflammatory drugs and asked her to completely avoid using the cell phone to send messages.

"Initially reported in children, such cases are now seen in adults. 'Tenosynovitis' caused by texting with mobile phones could well be an emerging disease," the doctor has warned.

Physicians need to be careful of these new disorders coming to the fore owing to the hand-held technology, Fernandez-Guerrero cautioned.

Source: IANS
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