Bad news – cell phone radiation may adversely affect the development of memory performance in specific regions of the brain…
This is according to a recent study involving nearly 700 teenagers.
The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily lives.
Research conducted by scientists at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) looked at the relationship between exposure to RF-EMF from wireless communication devices and memory performance in adolescents.
Cell phone exposure in young adults
The study found that cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from mobile phone use over one year may have a negative effect on the development of figural memory performance in adolescents.
“Potential risks to the brain can be minimised by using headphones or the loudspeaker while calling…” – Researcher Martin Röösli
Figural memory is mainly located in the right brain hemisphere and association with RF-EMF was more pronounced in adolescents using the mobile phone on the right side of the head.
“This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations,” said Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures and Health at Swiss TPH.
How to minimise the risk of RF-EMF exposure
The potential effect of RF-EMF exposure to the brain is a relatively new field of scientific inquiry.
“It is not yet clear how RF-EMF could potentially affect brain processes or how relevant our findings are in the long-term,” says Röösli.
“Potential risks to the brain can be minimised by using headphones or the loudspeaker while calling, in particular when network quality is low and the mobile phone is functioning at maximum power.”
Source: Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute via www.sciencedaily.com
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