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Australian researchers find 'horns' growing on young people's skulls from phone overuse - The Washington Post
New research in biomechanics suggests that young people are developing hornlike spikes at the back of their skulls — bone spurs caused by the forward tilt of the head, which shifts weight from the spine to the muscles at the back of the head, causing bone growth in the connecting tendons and ligaments. 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.
computing  phones  skulls  bodies  bones  technology 
28 days ago by max_read
Humans Are Growing Weird, Bone Spikes on Their Skulls. Smartphones May Be the Culprit
The strange story of the external occipital protuberance --

'A cause-and-effect relationship hasn't been identified, but it's possible that the spike comes from constantly bending one's neck at uncomfortable angles to look at smart devices. The human head is heavy, weighing about 10 lbs. (4.5 kilograms), and tilting it forward to look at funny cat photos (or however you spend your smartphone time) can strain the neck — hence the crick people sometimes get, known as "text neck." Text neck can increase pressure on the juncture where the neck muscles attach to the skull, and the body likely responds by laying down new bone, which leads to that spiky bump, Shahar told the BBC. This spike distributes the weight of the head over a larger area, he said.'
text-neck  bones  skull-spike  smartphones  future  medicine  via:jm 
4 weeks ago by ignatz
BBC - Future - How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
This has led to a discipline known as “osteobiography" – literally “the biography of bones” – which involves looking at a skeleton to find out how its owner lived.
bones  anatomy  bbc  wtf  science  future  doom 
4 weeks ago by ignatz
Humans Are Growing Weird, Bone Spikes on Their Skulls. Smartphones May Be the Culprit
The strange story of the external occipital protuberance --

'A cause-and-effect relationship hasn't been identified, but it's possible that the spike comes from constantly bending one's neck at uncomfortable angles to look at smart devices. The human head is heavy, weighing about 10 lbs. (4.5 kilograms), and tilting it forward to look at funny cat photos (or however you spend your smartphone time) can strain the neck — hence the crick people sometimes get, known as "text neck." Text neck can increase pressure on the juncture where the neck muscles attach to the skull, and the body likely responds by laying down new bone, which leads to that spiky bump, Shahar told the BBC. This spike distributes the weight of the head over a larger area, he said.'
text-neck  bones  skull-spike  smartphones  future  medicine 
4 weeks ago by jm
BBC - Future - How modern life is transforming the human skeleton
Article about the malleability of our bones, and the science of osteobiography; BBC, 2019-Jun 13.
2019  anatomy  BBC  bones  evolution 
4 weeks ago by amoore
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6 weeks ago by arthur
New human species found in Philippines - BBC News
There's a new addition to the family tree: an extinct species of human that's been found in the Philippines.
history  humanities  human  bones  anthropology 
april 2019 by xer0x
Pediatric Orthopedics :: UNM Health System | The University of New Mexico
Whether your child experiences a sprain, broken bone or more complex musculoskeletal condition, you'll find excellent orthopedic care at UNM Health System.
nm  bones  sacha 
february 2019 by PBR

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