A recent study from the Yale School of Medicine shows a link between cell phone radiation exposure and behavior issues in mice. The study, which focuses on mice fetal exposure to cellular frequency between 800–1900 Mhz found that “mice exposed during pregnancy had impaired memory, were hyperactive, and had decreased anxiety, indicating that in-utero exposure to radiofrequency is a potential cause of neurobehavioral disorders.” 1
Although it can be argued that mice have a very different physiology than humans, more and more studies are now surfacing that analyze the association between cell phone exposure and behavior in children. In a Danish National Birth Cohort study which involved mothers of 13,159 children, mothers reported on cell phone usage during pregnancy and by their child. The study found that “greater odds ratios for behavioral problems were observed for children who had possible prenatal or postnatal exposure to cell phone use,” and that “exposure to cell phones prenatally-and, to a lesser degree, postnatally-was associated with behavioral difficulties such as emotional and hyperactivity problems around the age of school entry.” 2
An even more recent study by researchers at Dankook University College of Medicine in Korea on links between cell phone usage and ADHD in children suggests that mobile phone use “may aggravate or sustain the ADHD symptoms.” The researchers evaluated over 2,400 children in elementary schools in Korea for cell phone exposure and ADHD symptoms through parent biennial parent questionnaires over several years. The study “showed an increased risk for ADHD symptoms in association with heavier voice call mobile phone use among children exposed to lead.” 3
Australia’s radiation watchdog, Australian Government’s Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) recommends that “parents encourage their children to limit their exposure by reducing call time, by making calls where reception is good, by using hands-free devices or speaker options, or by texting.” 4 ARPANSA also makes other recommendations for reducing exposure from wireless devices, such as using a wired ear-piece with a cell phone, using a wired land-line phone, and keeping devices including AV transmitters, wireless security cameras, and baby monitors at a distance.
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Sources and References
- Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure From 800-1900 Mhz-Rated Cellular Telephones Affects Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Mice – Tamir S. Aldad, Geliang Gan, Xiao-Bing Gao& Hugh S. Taylor, 15 March 2012, Scientific Reports ↩
- Prenatal and postnatal exposure to cell phone use and behavioral problems in children. – Divan HA, Kheifets L, Obel C, Olsen J., July 2008, Epidemiology ↩
- Mobile Phone Use, Blood Lead Levels, and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Symptoms in Children: A Longitudinal Study – Yoon-Hwan Byun, Mina Ha, Ho-Jang Kwon, Yun-Chul Hong, Jong-Han Leem, Joon Sakong, Su Young Kim, Chul Gab Lee, Dongmug Kang, Hyung-Do Choi, Nam Kim , March 21, 2013, PLOS | One ↩
- Fact Sheet – Mobile phones and children – Australian Government – Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) ↩