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Children are growing horns from using cellphones

Analysis by Dr. Joseph Mercola Fact Checked

kids growing horns from using cellphones

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  • Extensive use of screen-based activities and the associated poor posture may be triggering the growth of bony projections on children’s skulls
  • Enthesophytes 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
  • A type of enthesophyte called enlarged external occipital protuberances (EEOP) was found in 41% of 18- to 30-year-olds in one study
  • In another study published in 2018, researchers found that a combination of gender, the degree of forward head protraction and age was predictive of EEOP; being a male and increased forward head protraction were most linked to prominent bone growths
  • One of the study’s authors is a chiropractor who specializes in treating the “forward head posture epidemic” and has offered posture pillows for sale on his website, leading some to question the findings’ validity

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.

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