A study that made recent headlines about a possible link between over-use of mobile phones and skulls in the skull contains significant drawbacks, according to several reports.
One of the concerns, reported on Tuesday at The Washington Post, is that one of the leading authors, a chiropractor named David Shahar, of the Sunshine Coast University in Queensland, Australia, may have had a conflict of interest – an undisclosed business , selling pillows to help the posture. Another report published by PBS.com raised another problem: the authors suggested the relationship between cranial bone growth and technology, but did not measure the use of the phone by the subjects.
The study, originally published in 201
Studies are usually reviewed, which means that they are considered by several other field experts, before an article is published, as a way to ensure its quality and accuracy. In this way, they are more likely to be scientifically valid and to reach reasonable conclusions. Nature, using this practice, reviewed the study and signed its publication.
There is little research on the physical effects of long periods of use of mobile phones, especially among young people. In response to criticism, Shahar admits that researchers speculate about the cause of bone growth. In the study, they wrote: "Although the Tablet Revolution is fully and effectively reinforced in our day-to-day activities, it should be remembered that these devices are only a decade and may be associated symptomatic illnesses."
But Shahar said that he and co-author Mark Sears did not say that they had actually studied the technology of their subordinates. – he said in the NBC News letter on Tuesday. "If you do not speculate in the discussion, what might be the reason, this would leave this discussion incomplete, as most of these studies do." scientific journals and has presented more than 30 national and international conferences. The 2018 study is the first high-level author Shahar article.
NBC News has reached scientific commentary on the published study. A spokeswoman for the magazine earlier told PBS Newshour that she was looking at the document and would "take action when appropriate".
FOLLOW NBC HEALTH ON TWITTER Shamard Charles is a medical journalist for NBC News and Today, who reports on health policy, public health initiatives, the diversity of medicine, and new developments in the field of health research and medical treatment.