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"About the Idea That You’re Growing Horns from Looking Down at Your Phone …" - Denise Grady

  • The New York Times
  • New York, NY
  • (June 20, 2019)

Researchers say they have found enlargements, or bone spurs, where the skull meets the neck, anywhere from a third of an inch to more than an inch long. The study suggests that “sustained aberrant postures associated with the emergence and extensive use of hand-held contemporary technologies, such as smartphones and tablets,” are to blame. David Putrino, PhD, assistant professor of rehabilitation and human performance at the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, who was not involved in the study, said the connection between a bent neck and the bone spurs seemed real, and the growing bones of adolescents were more likely than those of adults to change shape or form spurs in response to increased forces. However, he added, “I don’t think we’re at a point yet where we can blame this on cellphone use.”

— David Putrino, PhD, Director, Rehabilitation Innovation, Mount Sinai Health System, Assistant Professor, Rehabilitation and Human Performance, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai

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