A new cell phone radiation study has turned up some alarming results.
The study was published in The Journal of the American Medical Association suggesting that people may be altering their brains with cell phone use.
It indicated that about an hour on a cell phone causes the brain to produce an increase of glucose metabolism, which is due to the radiation emitted by the cell phone.
Children are especially at risk, this study indicates, showing the mass of an adult brain next to a child‘s brain. A child’s brain is still developing and they have thinner craniums, putting them more at risk. This alarming news has doctors speaking out and warning people to take precautions when using a cell phone.
The NY. Times reports that the new study shows changes in the brain nearest the cell phone’s antenna, but the health affects from this are not known. What is known is that a cell phone changes brain activity in one area of the brain after using a cell phone for less than an hour. This study sheds no light on cell phones causing cancer.
The cell phone should not be kept on your body, not in your pants pocket or any other pocket. It also should be used to text more than phone calls if this is possible. Keep the phone on speaker phone mode, or use a headset for your phone calls. The intensity of the radiation diminishes sharply with distance between your body and the phone.
Keep your cell phone fully charged, because when it is not, it emits more radiation. Do not sleep with the cell phone near you while charging, is another safety precaution added.
Cell phones emit more radiation when initially making contact with a cell phone tower, so one way to help cut down on the amount of radiation is to keep the cell phone away from your head when it is first connecting to a call.
Cell phones also emits less radiation when you are stationary. In a car or a train the cell phone must throw out little bursts of radiation periodically searching for the nearest tower.
The cell phone used in this study was a Samsung Knack model SCH-U310, a flip phone that was in wide use when the experiment was planned two and a half years ago. Today’s ubiquitous smartphones emit even more radiation because they are used to transmit more complex data.