Feeds

Mobile phone gives man stroke

And watch out you don't get 'phone neck'

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Top three mobile application threats

A psychiatrist almost died because he held his telephone in the wrong position, doctors said yesterday. The 43-year-old Frenchman suffered a stroke after talking to a patient for over an hour with the phone receiver held between his ear and shoulder. Shortly after the call, he experienced temporary blindness in his left eye, a ringing in his left ear and had difficulty speaking, the Daily Telegraph reports.

A scan revealed a tear in the wall of the internal carotid artery, which supplies blood to the brain. A thin pointed bone between the ear and jaw called the styloid process had come into contact with the artery. In this case the bone was longer than usual.

Dr Mathieu Zuber, a neurologist in Paris, said: "This case shows us that everyday activities with a prolonged distortion of the neck, such as holding the phone between your ear and shoulder, can have unpredictable consequences for some people.

"Unfortunately, there is no simple procedure to identify people with long styloid processes, but they could be occurring more frequently than was generally thought." The patient had experienced no more symptoms since the stroke. "But now he avoids holding the phone between his ear and shoulder.

Research by Surrey University has also found that tilting your head to talk into the phone for too long can result in a condition called phone neck. Holding the handset in this manner increases the risk of muscle stiffening, inflammation of tendons and disc troubles. ®

Related stories

Link between mobile phones and Alzheimer's - more evidence
Man beaten to death for using mobile phone in pub

3 Big data security analytics techniques

More from The Register

next story
Sorry London, Europe's top tech city is Munich
New 'Atlas of ICT Activity' finds innovation isn't happening at Silicon Roundabout
MtGox chief Karpelès refuses to come to US for g-men's grilling
Bitcoin baron says he needs another lawyer for FinCEN chat
Dropbox defends fantastically badly timed Condoleezza Rice appointment
'Nothing is going to change with Dr. Rice's appointment,' file sharer promises
Audio fans, prepare yourself for the Second Coming ... of Blu-ray
High Fidelity Pure Audio – is this what your ears have been waiting for?
Did a date calculation bug just cost hard-up Co-op Bank £110m?
And just when Brit banking org needs £400m to stay afloat
Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace
Up, up and away in my beautiful balloon flying broadband-bot
Apple DOMINATES the Valley, rakes in more profit than Google, HP, Intel, Cisco COMBINED
Cook & Co. also pay more taxes than those four worthies PLUS eBay and Oracle
prev story

Whitepapers

Designing a defence for mobile apps
In this whitepaper learn the various considerations for defending mobile applications; from the mobile application architecture itself to the myriad testing technologies needed to properly assess mobile applications risk.
3 Big data security analytics techniques
Applying these Big Data security analytics techniques can help you make your business safer by detecting attacks early, before significant damage is done.
Five 3D headsets to be won!
We were so impressed by the Durovis Dive headset we’ve asked the company to give some away to Reg readers.
The benefits of software based PBX
Why you should break free from your proprietary PBX and how to leverage your existing server hardware.
Securing web applications made simple and scalable
In this whitepaper learn how automated security testing can provide a simple and scalable way to protect your web applications.