Published: Sat, June 22, 2019
Electronics | By Kelly Massey

Horns grow on young peoples’ heads due to gadget use

Horns grow on young peoples’ heads due to gadget use

Those subdermals aren't cheap, you know. The weight transfer that causes the buildup can be compared to the way the skin thickens into a callus as a response to pressure or abrasion.

The new skeletal accessory extends out from the skull, just above the neck.

In recent years, medical experts have warned of conditions possibly related to repeated technology use such as "text neck" and "texting thumb".

The growths are typically seen in elderly people whose bodies have hunched over, putting a lot of stress on their bones.

Then, this month, the BBC cited the paper in a story about modern life's impact on the skeleton. "You may say it looks like a bird's beak, a horn, a hook". This research included only bone spurs that were 10 millimeters, about two-fifths of an inch.

He told the Washington Post that the horn could be a "portent of something nasty going on elsewhere, a sign that the head and neck are not in the proper configuration".

Teens are growing horns now, which makes a kind of logical sense if you've ever spent time with a teenager.

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Their work began about three years ago with a pile of neck X-rays taken in Queensland. The bad news is, the spurs are growing at the back of the skull.

And the young people were indeed rather terrified of this possibility, as we can gauge from their reactions on Twitter.

The researchers' findings are based on analysis of 1,200 anonymized radiographs of adults, ages 18-86, and represent an expansion on their 2016 study that saw similar unexpected bone growth involving 218 participants, ages 18-30. David Shahar, the first author of the research noted that people should become more aware of such issues. This anatomical feature is called an external occipital protuberance, or EOP.

That's no longer the case.

Experts give the report mixed reviews, noting that the study is based on looking back at X-rays taken in the past, lacks a control group and can not prove cause and effect. Thirty-three percent of the subjects were found to have the bone growth, but oddly enough, the growth was found to have decreased with age.

The good news is you can change the way you hold your head and lower your risk of developing them. The researchers hypothesize that it is due to poor posture from people craning their heads forward more because of phone and mobile device usage. "What happens with technology?" he said. They don't even claim that device use and appendages are correlated. "That requires an adaptive process to spread the load". Schools should teach simple posture strategies, he told the The Washington Post.

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