Keep Calling but Call Smarter
Today it is estimated that more than 90% percent of the Western world uses cell phones. As the technology becomes cheaper and more accessible, its usage by a greater number of people, including children, is bound to increase.
While I think this technology is here to stay, Sadetzki says, I believe precautions should be taken in order to diminish the exposure and lower the risk for health hazards. She recommends that people use hands-free devices at all times, and when talking, hold the phone away from ones body. Less frequent calls, shorter in duration, should also have some preventative effect.
While she appreciates the ease of communication that cell phones allow between parents and their children, Sadetzki says that parents need to consider at what age their children start using them. Parents should be vigilant about their childrens using speakers or hands-free devices, and about limiting the number of calls and amount of time their children spend on the phone.
Some technology that we use today carries a risk. The question is not if we use it, but how we use it, concludes Sadetzki.
Sadetzkis main research on this new study was carried out at the Gertner Institute for Epidemiology and Health Policy Research at the Sheba Medical Center. Her research is part of the international Interphone Study, which attempts to determine an association between cell phones and several types of brain and parotid gland tumors.
|Contact: George Hunka|
American Friends of Tel Aviv University