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Posted: Tuesday, 27 May 2014 10:25AM

Do cell phones affect children's brains?



Researchers in Great Britain are preparing to launch the largest study in the world to investigate mobile phones and the effects they may have on children's brain development.  

So far, past studies have not found a link between cell phones and brain cancers.  

"There's no indication so far that exposure to these radio frequency waves is harmful in the case of brain cancer," said Dr. Joaquin Wong, a pediatric neurologist with Children's Hospital and assistant professor of pediatric neurology at the LSU Health Sciences Center.
 
While there is no convincing evidence that the RF signal from cell phones affect health, up to now, most scientific studies focused on adults. This time, the focus is on children.  

"So this one is looking at cognitive memory, recall, attention span also," Dr. Wong noted. "The period of increased vulnerability when you're more susceptible is in the younger ages.  Infants, toddlers, they acquire words, numbers, body parts, colors, and all that stuff happens early on," the doctor pointed out.

The study is expected to take 2 years to complete.  

So far, according to British research, around 70 percent of 11 to 12 year olds now own a cell phone and that figure rises to 90 percent by age 14.

 

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