Originally Published By Shannon Malloy of News.com.au, June 19, 2019
Up to half of all young people could be developing horn-like growths in the backs of their heads, startling Australian research suggests.
Younger generations seem to be developing horns in the back of their skulls due to the extended use of technology like smartphones and tablets.
Two Australian researchers made the bizarre discovery while examining hundreds of X-rays of people aged between 18 and 30, finding almost half had developed bone growths. They’re the kind of spurs normally seen in hunched-over elderly people who’ve subjected their bodies to long-term poor posture and significant stress loads on their bones. But the presence of the “horn-like” skull growths raise serious concerns about what extended use of phones is doing to young people’s bodies.
The findings by Dr David Shahar and Associate Professor Mark Sayers at The University of the Sunshine Coast flew under the radar when they were published at the end of last year, two years after their initial warning about the trend.
But a BBC article last week about how tech is changing the human body cited their research and saw an explosion in interest in the work.
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For Your Health,
Dr. Steven M. Gillis