Tuesday, November 25, 2008
Monday, November 24, 2008
By: Charles Noe
Reviewed By: Martin E. Liebling, M.D., FACP
A cancer expert's advice to restrict use of cell phones has revived the long-simmering debate over whether or not the handy gadgets raise the risk of brain cancer. You don't need to throw your mobile under the bus, but there are precautions you can take if you're concerned:
Keep cell phones away from your head. Use a speakerphone, headset or remote antenna. Regular headphones may be safer than Bluetooth earpieces; however, regular headphones may decrease the ability to hear outside sounds such as traffic or sirens.
Use your cell only for short calls. Use your landline when you can.
Set limits on your kids' use of cell phones.
As the National Research Council has pointed out, people aren't dropping dead from using cell phones but we need to know more about the potential health effects of this and similar technology, such as:
Long-term exposure to cell phones and other wireless devices, particularly on pregnant women, fetuses and children
The rapid growth of wireless networks, along with base station antennas and electromagnetic fields
Changes in handheld cell phone antenna design
Exposure of more parts of the body to radiofrequency energy due to texting, emailing and Bluetooth technology
What do you think about the possible risks of cell phones?
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