1. Fingerless gloves
“The popular half-gloves that leave fingers uncovered for texting may be good for communicating electronically,” says a recent release from Loyola University Health System, “but they may also lead to permanent loss of fingers due to exposure to the cold.” Trauma doctor Arthur Sanford adds, somewhat drolly, “Bundling up for winter may take you out of media circulation temporarily but better that than to permanently lose the ability to text due to frostbite.”
Too much can apparently cause a phenomenon called “text neck,” an “overuse syndrome involving the head, neck and shoulders, usually resulting from excessive strain on the spine from looking in a downward position at hand held devices such as cell phones.” Symptoms include fatigue, muscle spasms, and even stress headaches.
According to a 2010 investigation of purses from 100 top stores, many contained dangerous levels of lead. At least one, H&M, agreed to eliminate the metal from its purses as a result of the report, so those seeking lead-free purses can shop there.
4. Teddy bears
They don’t appear to contain lead, but teddy bears have been the subject of several recalls. The Colorful Hearts Build-a-Bear was recalled in 2011 because its eyeballs could fall out and children could choke on them. And in 1989 the “Jump Rope” bear topped a “Toys That Kill” list because it came with “a nylon jump rope and a headband that both pose risk of strangulation injury.”
Excessive BlackBerry use can cause “BlackBerry thumb,” in which the thumb and sometimes fingers throb with pain. The American Physical Therapy Association has apparently recognized this as a legitimate condition. No word on whether sick nail art can forestall it.
It turns out your odds of having to go to the ER this year due to some kind of mishap with tape are 1 in 170,200 — small, but not nonexistent. Most tape-related accidents are cuts from the tape itself or the teeth of the dispenser, but according to the Book of Odds, some also result from “tripping over or being hit by a roll of it, or its being ingested, inhaled, or otherwise misused.” In 2007, one woman reported “eating soup & found tape in soup, now throat feels sore and scratched.” Be warned.
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