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6 on Health: Study on how cell phone addiction affects the brain

6 on Health: Study on how cell phone addiction affects the brain

A new study says cell phone addiction could negatively affect how the brain works.

Researchers looked at brain images from 19 teenage boys who had been diagnosed with smartphone addiction and compared them with brain images from 19 teens who were not addicted to smartphone usage.

Researchers found the brains of addicted boys had significantly higher levels of a neurotransmitter called "gaba," which slows down neurons in the brain and can result in a lack of focus.

Twelve of the boys addicted to their cell phones received cognitive behavioral therapy, and after nine weeks their "gaba" levels had normalized.

The study has not been peer-reviewed. However, researchers of the study say the findings align with other studies that indicate smartphone and internet addiction can harm the brain.

Six on Health is sponsored by Beaumont Emergency Center.

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