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Video Gamers Cramping, Not Climbing

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The popularity of video games may have an unintended safety benefit: fewer children are falling out of trees. Britain's Daily Telegraph reports that hospital admissions for tree-related accidents are way down since 1999. On the other hand, a spike has been seen in repetitive-stress injuries among young people.

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Good morning. I'm Renee Montagne.

The popularity of video games among kids may be having an unintended benefit: Fewer kids are falling out of trees. Britain's Daily Telegraph reports hospital admissions for tree-related accidents are down more than a third since 1999, which may mean fewer kids are climbing trees and instead hunched over PlayStations indoors. Support for that theory - there's a spike in kids being treated for repetitive-stress injuries.

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