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Monday 25 September 2017

Alert over 'iPad neck' for fans of new device

MILLIONS of computer tablet users are being warned they are in danger of 'iPad neck' and 'iPad shoulder'.

Scientists say this is because holding a tablet low down means users have to gaze downwards more sharply, increasing the pressure on their joints.

The research team, from the Harvard School of Public Health in the US, says iPads should be held higher or placed in a special case that allows them to sit upright on a table, similar to a conventional desktop computer.

Study author Dr Jack Dennerlein said: "The use of media tablet computers is associated with high head and neck flexion postures, and there may be more of a concern for the development of neck and shoulder discomfort. Tablet users should place the tablet higher, on a table rather than a lap."

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