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MDGuidelines Named One of Best Symptom Search Engines

nurseWe’re pleased to announce that, a network and directory, recently listed MDGuidelines first in their list of “50 Best Search Engines for Your Symptoms.”

Writer Jill Gordon introduced the list by saying: “A number of reputable doctors have begun to offer versions of their services online. Here are some of the best symptom search engines provided by doctors and others in the healthcare industry.” provides resources for selecting nursing schools, learning about the different types of degree programs available to nursing students, and the career prospects that nurses can pursue, at all levels.

Workplace Injury of the Week: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome

carpal_tIs your company (or are you, personally) experiencing disability leaves because of carpal tunnel syndrome? You’re not alone. It’s one of the most common workplace disability conditions.

Carpal tunnel syndrome (CTS) is a condition in which thickened tendons or ligaments in the wrist compress the median nerve that runs from the forearm to the hand. In carpal tunnel syndrome, inflammation, swelling or fluid retention may compress the nerve, causing pain and numbness in the fingers, particularly the thumb, index and middle fingers, as well as serious hand weakness.

Risk factors for carpal tunnel include any type of activity that involves highly repetitive wrist motion, holding the wrist in awkward positions for sustained periods of time, forceful pinching or gripping, and work-task stresses. Examples might include working for long periods of time with power tools or performing heavy assembly line work. Women are three times more likely to develop the syndrome than men because of their typically smaller carpal tunnel.

The median return-to-work duration for carpal tunnel syndrome is 43 days, but this can vary widely depending on treatment and other case management factors.

Want to know more? Read more about this common workplace injury and see typical disability durations and other physician-reviewed information at mdguidelines.

Join us at DMEC!

dmec logoReed Group will be exhibiting at the DMEC (Disability Management Employer Coalition) conference in Portland, Oregon, July 19-22.  Stop by our booth (#102) and get a demo of and our exciting new Predictive Modeling Tool, which will allow much more accurate prediction of disability return-to-work durations and potentially save employers millions of dollars. I look forward to seeing you there.