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Children are growing horns from using cellphones

The perils of too much screen time and cellphone use for children and adolescents run the gamut from triggering feelings of envy and depression to interfering with sleep and academic performance and even possibly increasing the risk of cancer.  But one of the most shocking revelations potentially linked to cellphone use was quietly published in the Journal of Anatomy in 2016. It relates to enthesophytes, which are bony projections that form at an attachment site of ligament, tendon or joint capsule to a bone.  These bony protrusions may take on a spike, hook or horn-like appearance on X-rays, but have historically primarily been seen in the elderly, as the growths are thought to develop slowly over time, as the result of mechanical stress and strain — the type that results from overuse and repetitive movements performed over decades.  Read more...

 

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