Cell Phone Use In Pregnancy & Hyperactivity

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Yale School of Medicine researchers found that exposure to radiation from using cell phones while pregnant affects the brain development of fetuses, and could possible lead to hyperactivity. The results are based on studies conducted on mice. The researchers exposed pregnant mice to radiation from a cell phone put above the cage and on an active phone call for the duration of the study.

The study is the "first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior," said senior author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

"We have shown that behavioral problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by cell phone exposure in the womb," said Taylor. "The rise in behavioral disorders in human children may be in part due to fetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure."

Another study back in 2008 by UCLA and Danish researchers surveyed over 13,000 children, and found that women who used cell phones while pregnant are more likely to have hyperactive children.

Those two studies do not necessarily mean that women who use cell phones while pregnant will wind up with hyperactive children. Mice and humans are different. However, if you are pregnant, it is best to do what you can to reduce radiation from your cell phone. An article for the web publication Inhabitots suggests two things you can do to reduce radiation exposure from your cell phone. The first thing you can do is get a case for your phone that reduces exposure. Pong Research Inc. developed cases for iPhones, Android phones, and Blackberrys. The cases have "proven in FCC-certified labs to protect consumers significantly (up to 95% below FCC limits) from wireless device radiation," according to the Inhabitots article.

The second thing you can do is buy a Belly Band, which claims to shield a baby from radiation exposure by "neutralizing incoming electromagnetic waves, canceling out the ambient radiation and reducing your exposure." It is lined with RadiaShield Fabric, which is touted as being a "highly conductive silver textile with the same shielding properties as a 1/4-inch thick sheet of aluminum."

Photo credit: Contra Costa Times

By none| November 21, 2012
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