Cellphone use and the risk to human health keeps rearing it’s head at every turn. Apparently, the last has not been heard on the controversy. We published an article in March this year on the topic Cellphones and Cancer (you can access the article here) where we highlighted various shades of opinion on this topic. We thought we were done. But how wrong could we be. Shortly after our article was published, researchers from Yale School of Medicine working on mice published their discovery that radiation from cellphones placed close to the pregnant mice for a considerable length of time do affect the foetuses (i.e. the unborn mice). In the study that took a two year period to conclude, cellphones were placed on the cages of the pregnant mice. The brain development seem to be affected leading to over activity behaviors and memory disturbances in new born mice. The behaviors of these new born mice were found to be similar to what obtains in Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder ADHD in humans.
One of the study authors, Tamir Aldad added that rodent pregnancies last only 19 days and offspring are born with a less-developed brain than human babies, so further research is needed to determine if the potential risks of exposure to radiation during human pregnancy are similar.
Studies of this kind cannot be done on humans due to ethical reasons, and retrospective studies have so far not yielded any convincing proofs in humans because other environmental factors in the pregnant women’s lives might also have contributed to behavioral disorders in their children. This much is noted and acknowledged by the study group. However, many studies that were later confirmed in humans were initially done on laboratory animals. So, once again, we say one cannot be too cautious on such issues. While it is definitely advantageous to carry and use cellphones, it may be wise for pregnant women keep the phones as far as possible from their tummy.
Another of the study’s authors, Dr Hugh Taylor has this to say: “It’s probably safer for a pregnant woman not to carry their cell phone clipped to their belt or sleep with the phone near their abdomen unless it’s turned off,”
This to us, seem to be very sound advice.
What’s your opinion on this?
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The full scientific paper here.