Long-term use of gaming devices painful

May 29, 2011 at 5:01 PM
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LONDON, May 29 (UPI) -- Young children who use gaming devices and cell phones a lot long-term may suffer high levels of joint pain, U.S. researchers suggest.

Yusuf Yazici of the New York University Hospital for Joint Diseases says the study, involving 257 15-year-old students in St. Louis, says pain reported by children using Xbox and Gameboy devices was statistically higher than pain reported for the iPhone.

However, the length of time spent using the devices heightened the pain suffered, with the odds of reporting pain increasing by two for every one hour of play, Yazici says.

"Our study has shown the negative impact that playing computer games and using cell phones can have on the joints of young children, raising concerns about the health impact of modern technology later in life," Yazici says in a statement. "We hope that further research in this area will shed light on what could be a serious health concern for today's gaming children, in later life."

The findings were presented at the European League Against Rheumatism annual congress in London.

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