Court cases for "repetitive motion injuries" and "carpal tunnel syndrome" are waiting to happen to schools. The National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health estimates such injuries amount to $27 billion in medical bills and lost productivity, but schools are doing much to reduce the risk.

According to a study of 95 elementary students in 11 schools by Lorraine E. Maxwell, Ph.D., at Cornell University, 61 percent fell into a range for concern, and the remaining 39


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