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After Wii knee, PlayStation palm lumps

Doctors are concerned that there is a new skin disorder being caused by excessive PlayStation activity. They call it "PlayStation palmar hidradenitis."

I know most people in the world have already made major changes to their fitness regimen to avoid a nasty case of Wii knee.

You'll all remember Wii knee. This was the condition, caused by excessive Wii console waggling, that was discovered, quite miraculously, just before the Christmas shopping season.

Now doctors are warning all PlayStation obsessives not to grip their consoles so tightly. If you do, you may be at risk of PlayStation palmar hidradenitis.

This is a skin disorder that is characterized by painful lumps on your palms. And you just thought you were holding your four-iron too tightly.

Vincent Piguet and his colleagues at University Hospitals and Medical School of Geneva revealed their gripping discovery in the British Journal of Dermatology. They liken the condition to patches that appear on children's feet after too much hopping, skipping, and jumping or whatever.

This may be the first case of PlayStation hand worm. Doctors are suggesting the cause is simply not removing your hand from the console for a period of five years. Cc Schizoform

Perhaps you, the people who treat your PlayStation with loving reverence, will be a touch skeptical about PlayStation Palm Lumps. Sony is already there, putting its arms around you and telling you that the mad people will be captured shortly.

A Sony representative slipped a little spoke into the researchers' inflated tire. He noted that the study involved just one 12-year-old girl. One statistically significant 12-year-old girl, naturally.

He told Reuters: "As with any leisure pursuit, there are possible consequences of not following common sense, health advice, and guidelines, as can be found within our instruction manuals."

The Sony instruction manual tells you not to grip too tightly? Now that's customer care. I know you'll all be most concerned about the 12-year-old girl who was the first to be diagnosed with PlayStation palm lumps.

She did recover. Her treatment? She stopped playing for 10 days. So who among you will give up PlayStation for Lent? Just, you know, so that you don't get lumpy palms when you're stroking the Easter Bunny.