Published: Mon, February 05, 2018
Medical | By Jackie Banks

New cell phone and health studies don't eliminate uncertainty

New cell phone and health studies don't eliminate uncertainty

Studies conducted by the U.S. government reveal that radiations from mobile phones are not really harmful to humans. Bucher notes that the radiation emitted increases when users are in spots where the signal is poor or sporadic and the phone has to work harder to connect.

They failed to prove a strong link between radiation and any health problems except one: tumors surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats. The rats received radiation over their entire bodies for nine hours a day for two years. On the other hand, some of these studies showed it is possible that cancer tumors growth to be influenced by cell phone radiation.

The rodents in the studies were exposed to radiation nine hours a day for two years, more than people experience even with a lot of cellphone use, so the results can not be applied directly to humans, says John Bucher, a senior scientist at the National Toxicology Program, during a telephone news briefing. Similarly, the researchers observed non-cancerous health effects - including lower birth weights, evidence of DNA damage, and heart conditions - among exposed rats, although it was not always clear if the conditions were caused by radiation exposure.

That debate has divided health agencies and organizations around the world, not to mention scientists, the cell phone industry, and consumer safety advocates.

The new findings are "incredibly important", says David Carpenter, a public health physician at the University of Albany, New York, who has long warned of cell phone dangers.

Researchers from the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) said, "Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors".

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Jonathan Samet, who led a prominent worldwide scientific panel that concluded that cell phone radiation was a "probable" human carcinogen, predicts the new studies won't "nudge that classification in one direction or another".

"We have not found sufficient evidence that there are adverse health effects in humans caused by exposures at or under the current radio frequency energy exposure limits", Shuren said. The new studies, when combined with previous research, have "given us the confidence that the current safety limits for cell phone radiation remain acceptable for protecting the public health".

Brain cancer experts agree, saying the real danger of cell phones is texting while driving.

NTP, a part of the National Institutes of Health, will hold an external expert review of its findings on March 26-28.

The lead scientist who conducted the study, John Buckner, told NBC that the results of the study are not concerning and also said he hasn't made any changes to his own cell phone usage as a result of the findings.

The FDA has proposed cell phone radiation for carcinogenicity and toxicology testing since 1999.

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