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The World Health Organization’s recent study linked cell phones to cancer, but researchers in Switzerland and Scandinavia aren’t so sure. Recent studies on children who use cell phones found the opposite – determining that the relationship between cell phone usage and brain tumors is inconclusive. With more and more parents letting their children have their own cell phones should they be concerned about the radiowaves effects on kid’s brains or not?
The Swiss study focused on regular users of cell phones, ranging in ages from 7 to 19. Researchers interviewed 352 children and teens who had been diagnosed with brain tumors from 2004-2008, as well as 646 kids in a control group, and all of the parents involved. The interviews concluded that just over half of the entire group were regular cell phone users, meaning that the brain tumors were present with or without cell phone usage. The same goes for the healthy children, there was no difference shown between the kids who regularly used cell phones and those who didn’t.
Dr. Martin Roosli, PhD and his colleagues at the Swiss Tropical and Public Heath Institute in Basel also examined the patients’ brains. They concluded that the cerebellum, temporal and frontal lobes, the areas of the brain that are in direct exposure to a cell phone’s radiofrequency energy, had no increased risk in regular cell phone users. The same goes for the side of the brain that corresponds with the ear most used when making calls.
With cell phones’ commonality being a somewhat new phenomenon over the last ten years or so, Roosli and his researchers plan to further study their long term effects on adult and child brains. Future studies may uncover new risks, but for the time being, these researchers aren’t linking cell phone usage directly to brain tumors.
That being said, as a parent, you may want to practice a “better safe than sorry” policy on your child’s cell phone usage. With inconclusive results, more studies are clearly needed to determine what’s truly safe for our kids.
via Med Page Today
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