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Report Urges More Research Into Cell Phones
Date:1/17/2008

pital in Royal Oak, Mich., agreed that more research is needed into the long-term effects of cell phone use.

"I think this report is right on the money," he said. "The bottom line is we absolutely need more information. We haven't really seen much being done over the last couple of years, and the cell phone itself is evolving rapidly. It's not just a phone anymore, and within five to 10 years, it will be even more transformed. It already does everything from texting to e-mailing, and we have to see how that's going to affect us."

Fellows said that adults who use cell phones frequently would be an obvious target for new research. But, he added, the most vulnerable population is children, whose brains are still developing.

"My daughter is 9, and she doesn't have a cell phone, but all her friends do," he said. "However, ultimately, the findings may not be all negative. In fact, we put people into higher electromagnetic fields to treat migraines, to treat seizures. So exposure doesn't necessarily carry negative health connotations. We just don't know. So the call for greater research is 100 percent necessary."

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For more on cell phones and health concerns, visit the National Cancer Institute.



SOURCES: Frank S. Barnes, chairman, National Research Council report committee, and distinguished professor, department of electrical and computer engineering, University of Colorado, Boulder; Jonathan Fellows, D.O., neurologist, Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, Mich.; Jan. 17, 2008, Identification of Research Needs Relating to Potential Biological or Adverse Health Effects of Wireless Communication Devices, The National Academies Press


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