Wednesday, May 21, 2008

Cell Phones Risky during Pregnancy?

Cell Phones Risky during Pregnancy?: "Or maybe not." WebMD
"...Kids whose mothers used cell phones while pregnant had a 54% higher risk of behavior problems -- emotional problems, hyperactivity, conduct problems, and peer problems. Kids who used cell phones themselves had an 18% higher risk of behavior problems. And kids with both exposures had an 80% higher risk of behavior problems..."We tried to make it go away by controlling for smoking, which does explain behavior problems. We corrected for social issues, and for alcohol use, and mothers' psychiatric diagnoses, and it did not go away," Olsen says. "So we were left with this. Then we said, well, we'd better publish this and see if anybody else can confirm these findings."...The more exposure women had to cell phones during pregnancy, the higher the odds of behavior problems in their child. And while risk from children's use of cell phones seems improbable, it adds to the risk from fetal exposure -- by just as much as one would expect from a real 18% increase in risk..."

This is only a correlational study and needs more follow up. But such strong correlations demand immediate research on the subject.
Also -
Heavy Cell Phone Use Linked To Cancer, Study Suggests: "Dr. Sadetzki, a physician, epidemiologist and lecturer at Tel Aviv University, published the results of a study recently in the American Journal of Epidemiology, in which she and her colleagues found that heavy cell phone users were subject to a higher risk of benign and malignant tumors of the salivary gland."

Most studies indicate cell phones do not cause cancer, however the ones that do seem like compelling research. It's quite revealing that for such a ubiquitous technology, a relatively small amount of money goes into research to test whether it is safe. It might be. It might not be. But it tells you a little about human nature that we don't spend more to find out.

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