'Toasted skin syndrome' may be the least of their troubles

Updated: What is there to say about people who can stand the heat?

Every one of us has at one time or another encountered a circumstance where the best or only place to put the laptop was on our lap.

And almost every one of us has learned quickly that this can be at best a temporary solution for one simple reason: heat; laptops give off more than laps are designed endure comfortably, or, it should surprise no one, safely.

The fact that some of us apparently can endure more laptop heat than others, however, apparently results in a rare medical condition, according to this Associated Press story quoting from an article in the journal Pediatrics.

Doing it a lot can lead to "toasted skin syndrome," an unusual-looking mottled skin condition caused by long-term heat exposure, according to medical reports.

In one recent case, a 12-year-old boy developed a sponge-patterned skin discoloration on his left thigh after playing computer games a few hours every day for several months.

OK, 12-year-olds are drawn toward inexplicable behavior. But aren't they supposed to have such things largely sorted out by the time they get to college ... or at least law school? Guess not.

Dr. Kimberley Salkey, who treated the young woman, was stumped until she learned the (law) student spent about six hours a day working with her computer propped on her lap. The temperature underneath registered 125 degrees.

The bar exam should be a day at the beach.

(Update: Just occurred to me that the law student's tale was from 2007 and so it's likely that she is already a lawyer and, of course, suing the laptop makers.)

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