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Dreaded short-wavelength “blue” light from smartphones and other screens is supposedly creating a generation of sleepless zombies, spurring the creation of “night mode” apps that tamp down cold blue light and infuse smartphone screens with warmer yellows and reds. But as with zombies, some things appear different in the scientific light of day.
A recent Washington Post headline has people up in arms: “Horns are growing on young people’s skulls. Phone use is to blame, research suggests.” As a professional paleoanthropologist, I’m here to throw some cold water on that claim. The research doesn’t back it up.
The story is about a well-known anatomical feature called the external occipital protuberance. This common trait can often be felt as a bump on the back of the skull, at the middle, just above where the neck muscles attach. …
Symptoms of an ear infection are hard to catch and sometimes even harder for kids to communicate — the most warning parents tend to get is a fussy kid acting out or not being able to sleep.
But that could change after research findings announced last week by a team of scientists from the University of Washington. Justin Chan, PhD student, and Shyam Gollakota, associate professor at the Paul G. …
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If you’re like the average American, you probably sleep with your smartphone within arm’s reach. A 2015 Bank of America report found that 71 percent of people sleep with or near their phones — and that includes the 13 percent who said they slept with their phones in their beds.
Maybe you’ve wondered whether keeping your phone nearby is a bad idea — perhaps it’s zapping your brain with radio waves or otherwise…
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