Congress warned about cell phone health risks

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Experts raise concerns about health risks of cell phonesHealth risks connected with cell phone use have not adequately been explored, an expert has warned a congressional subcommittee.

David Carpenter, director of the Institute of Health and Environment at the University of Albany, expressed concerns about the effects of long-term exposure to mobile phone radiation, particularly on children.

He also drew links between the current uncertainties surrounding cell phones’ link to brain cancer and those seen several decades ago in regard to cigarettes’ link to lung cancer.

Fellow scientist Ronal Herberman of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute displayed a model of a child’s brain to demonstrate how radiation may penetrate more deeply for younger users.

"Every child is using cell phones all of the time, and there are three billion cell phone users in the world," he commented.

The pair also cited various studies that have drawn connections between cell phones and cancers, including Swedish research that linked frequent use with benign tumors on the ear’s auditory nerves.

Some 89 percent of U.S. adults say they own a wireless or cell phone, according to a poll conducted by Harris Interactive earlier this year.
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