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What Is Your Cell Phone Doing to Your Brain?

National Institutes of Health researchers aren't sure if it's good or bad

by Karen

Is your cell phone safe? That’s the question many of us are asking today after the National Institutes of Health (NIH) released a new study showing increased activity in the brains of cell phone users.

Hey, wait a sec, increased brain activity sounds like a good thing, doesn’t it?

Yet, however positive it sounds, it may not be according to the NIH researchers. Of course, we’ve been hearing rumors for years that cell phones might cause brain cancer, but none of those claims have ever been substantiated.

With the use (and abuse) of smart phones rising to new heights, about 71 percent of the U.S. population can now be found glued to their phones -- talking, texting, surfing websites, downloading apps, playing games, taking pictures, etc. and so on.

There’s obviously no escape from cell phones anymore. So tell us -- are you scared?

The NIH study tracked 47 people during a 50-minute call, during which they were asked to hold a cell phone up to each side of their head in both the “on” and “off” positions, and using a PET (positron emission tomography) to scan brain activity they found an increase in activity when the phones were in the “on” position.

You can read more about the NIA study on cell phones and increased brain activity in this CBS News report, though overall the results are inconclusive. As CBS News Medical Correspondent Dr. Jennifer Ashton explains, “They don’t know whether these are potentially harmful effects, or, believe it or not, whether they could actually be positive or good effects.”

What we want to know is, if anyone ever does prove cell phones are dangerous, would you be able to part with yours? Or would it be worth the risk? What would you do?


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1 Comments to "What Is Your Cell Phone Doing to Your Brain?"
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Kram says:
Wed, 02/23/2011 - 13:55

I will say this much... I don't believe that they are dangerous at all, and even if they were. I'd still use it.

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