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| AND FINALLY| KEY WARNING FORGET CARPAL TUNNEL, ‘TEXT NECK’ IS THE LATEST TRAUMA OF THE SOCIALLY SAVVY, WARNS DR CHRISTIAN JESSEN. IT’S TIME TO STEP AWAY FROM THE CRACKBERRY OR FACE THE CONSEQUENCES very so often a piece of technology comes along that is so quickly and completely embraced by the vast majority that it becomes like an extra limb. Used frequently and rarely put down, the smartphone has undoubtedly improved both our working and social lives no end. E for any great stretch of time. Making sure you take regular breaks by looking up and straight ahead every few minutes, and trying to sit up straight when texting should help. SOCIAL SIDE-EFFECTS Other researchers have looked at the effects of smartphones on relationships, and there are danger signs. Many Brits claim they have been usurped from a relationship by their partner’s phone. One in eight adults claim their partner spends more time using their phone than speaking to them, according to a recent survey. Most of us feel the need to keep our phones within arms’ reach for between 15 and 17 hours a day and a fifth of us sleep next to our phones. FEELING THE STRAIN But there does seem to be a cost: research is spewing forth reports about the detrimental effects smartphones are now having on our health. From the ongoing debate about whether mobile phone signals give you brain cancer (the current thinking is that they don’t) to repetitive strain injuries (RSI) endured by the digits such as iPhone Finger or Blackberry Thumb. And now a new type of RSI, which is caused by frequently hunching over a mobile phone for long periods, has been reported and been speedily named ‘text neck’. More and more patients are coming forward asking for help with stiff necks, headaches and shoulder and arm pain, and in many cases the single cause of this collection of symptoms is flexion of the neck for extended lengths of time due to mobile phone use. If left untreated it may well contribute to arthritic damage to the neck in the future. The problem is due to the simple fact that Mother Nature failed to predict the arrival of the smartphone and so our necks are not designed to be held in flexion WORDS: Dr Christian Jessen and Holly Quayle | PHOTOGRAPHS: Getty Images A MESSAGE FROM DR CHRISTIAN ‘On an average night out we will spend 48 minutes on our phones, send three emails, 12 texts, two photos and some of us even update Twitter with alarming frequency. My diagnosis? Smartphones in bed are the ultimate turn-off. Which is exactly what you should be doing with yours at night.’ MARCH 2012 | 303

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of AT Home with Christian Jessen - March 2011

EDITOR'S LETTER
A WARM WELCOME FROM DR CHRISTIAN
NEWS
SAVE THE DATE
DEFENSIVE EATING
SLEEPING BEAUTY
SPOIL YOURSELF
FAMOUS FIGURES
WIN TOP PRIZES
DR JESSEN, I PRESUME
FEEL-GOOD FACTOR
A BEAUTIFUL MIND
PROTECT YOURSELF
GETTING OVER IT
KEEP CALM AND CARRY ON
WHAT LIES BENEATH
SUGAR HIGHS AND LOWS
WHAT'S UP, DOC?
ON THE RUN
SMOKING GUN
FRESHLY GROUND
I CAN'T EAT THAT
OFF THE SCALES
WALKING TALL
IN GOOD HANDS?
GIRLS ONLY
IN THE BLOOD
PERIOD PROPERTIES
FERTILITY HELP
A WEE ISSUE
UNDER YOUR HAT
CONFESSIONS OF AN ALCOHOLIC
DANGER ZONE
BODY BASICS
HEART-STOPPING MOMENTS
BACK TO BASICS
WALKING ON SUNSHINE
THE SKIN YOU LIVE IN
LISTEN UP
EYESORE
IN PLAIN SIGHT
DOWN UNDER
BUMP 'N GRIND
LET'S TALK ABOUT SEX
MAN TALK
DO YOU KNOW YOUR BMI?
I'LL HAVE A 'P' PLEASE
BOYS DON'T CRY
TO THE EXTREME
THREE-DAY SLIM DOWN
TOTALLY ADDICTED TO CAKE
JUST A PINCH
GYM JAMS
THEY'RE DOING WHAT?
GOTTA HAVE IT
EYES WIDE SHUT
PETER PAN PLAN
HOW OLD?
HOW OLD?
FUZZ FREE
FUZZ FREE
CUT HERE
CUT HERE
ON THE MEND
ON THE MEND
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
KNOW YOUR NIP/TUCKS
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
IN THE SPOTLIGHT
STAY SAFE ABROAD
STAY SAFE ABROAD
SAY CHEESE!
SAY CHEESE!
IVORY TOWER
IVORY TOWER
MOUTH MAYHEM
MOUTH MAYHEM
COMING SOON
COMING SOON
LIGHTEN UP
LIGHTEN UP
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
COULD YOU BE A GUINEA PIG?
HEADS UP
HEADS UP
LAST WORD
LAST WORD
STOCKISTS
STOCKISTS

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