Bone spurs occasionally form at the base of human skulls, but their growth has not been linked to the use of handheld devices

This claim appeared as the headline of a Washington Post article describing a 2018 study in which researchers in Australia observed the size and prevalence of bone spur growth at the base of human skulls. As of November 2019, the article had received more than 310,000 reactions, comments, or shares on Facebook. However, the headline misrepresents the findings of the study and incorrectly refers to bone spurs as “horns”.



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