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Possible Cell Phone Danger To Brain
from mobile phones causes
changes in the brain which could pose risks
to health, an authoritative two-year study
has concluded. In ground-breaking research
on the effects of radiation on the brain -
which has for the first time used human
cells rather than rats - scientists found
that even low-level emissions from handsets
They believe the changes could disable a
safety barrier in the body which is meant to
protect the brain from harmful substances in
the blood. The scientists are now calling
for further research to discover how
important the effects on health might be.
The study, conducted by the Radiation and
Nuclear Safety Authority in Finland, found
that exposing human cells to one hour of
mobile phone radiation triggered a response
which normally only occurs when cells are
This led the cells which make up blood
vessel walls to shrink, allowing tiny
molecules to pass through into brain tissue.
The report's conclusion warns: "The possible
breakage of the
blood-brain barrier), if
occurring repeatedly over a long period of
time, might become a health hazard because
of the possible extra-capillary accumulation
of molecules that might cause
brain tissue damage."
The study is a an important step forward in
mobile phone research because it has proved
biochemical changes, which were found to
occur in rats, also occur in human cells.
Scientists now need to discover how the
human body reacts to such changes and
whether it can cope, or if there are serious
Professor Darius Leszczynski, who will
present the research at a conference in
Canada this month, said he could confirm
that radiation from mobile phones does
affect the delicate make-up of human cells.
"We have shown there are biochemical changes
in human cells," he told the Evening
Standard. "Other studies in animals have
shown this can lead to a leakage in the
blood brain barrier.
"So what I believe is that we will find
these leaks occur in humans too. What we do
not know is the extent of these leaks and
whether they have an effect on our health.
"Our bodies may be able to cope with it so
there will be no risks. But it could be
found that, over time, the effects on health
could be much more significant."
Two years ago, a government inquiry into
mobile phones led by Sir William Stewart
concluded there was no evidence of a risk to
health. But he advised that caution is taken
over the use of mobiles by children until
more evidence on the impact on health is
Despite multi-million pound research across
the world since then, the effects of
long-term use still remains unclear. But
recently, a handful of studies have begun to
raise questions over safety. A survey of
11,000 people in Sweden and Norway found
that many suffer from headaches and
tiredness after using the gadgets.
Another study, by Swedish cancer specialist
Lennart Hardell, suggested that using the
old analogue mobiles, popular in the early
Nineties, increased the risk of cancer. His
research is now at the center of a lawsuit
in the US. Judges are deciding whether it
provides enough proof of a link between
cancer and mobile phones for claimants to
take manufacturers to court.
However, the growing body of research on
mobiles and health is leading some countries
to consider action. China is debating
whether to force phone companies to
reduce the levels of
radiation. British experts
said last night there was no need for panic.
They insisted that more research was needed.
how to protect yourself from
harmful radiation emitted by
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