HEALTH ALERT: Kids are growing horns due to smart phones
It's the bizarre medical condition caused by excessive phone use
We all know that habitual use of smart phones has changed our manners for the worse, but it now it seems they’re also altering our bones – even causing the development of horn-like growths!
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A Sunshine Coast University study of 1200 people has found that 41 per cent of participants aged between 18 and 30 have developed a bony lump at the rear of their skulls, known as a spur, due to phone-related bad posture.
Such spurs generally don’t appear until later in life, but in a new trend, they’re starting to present in patients as young as 13.
Researcher Dr David Shahar told Sunrise, ‘The issue is being created by people engaging in forward head protraction for long periods of time.'
The good news is that improved posture can help avoid the disturbing condition.
‘Posture maintenance is imperative from an early age,’ he says.
‘Just as we have educated children to maintain oral hygiene, I think it's important to promote good posture.’
Matthew DenbyMatthew is Executive Editor - Digital (Entertainment & Family) at Pacific Magazines