The study revealed an association between use of wireless telephony and increased content of the protein transthyretin in the blood. Söderqvist stresses that the increase needn’t in itself be a cause of concern. But since it indicates that the brain is in fact affected by microwaves from wireless telephones, he says, there may be other – as yet unknown – effects that may impact our health.
“We should all follow the recommendations of the Radiation Safety Authority when it comes to using headsets and avoiding mobile phone use when the coverage is poor,” he says.
Children and adolescents who regularly use wireless telephones reported more health symptoms and graded their well-being lower than those who do not use them regularly.
“The connection was strongest regarding headaches, asthmatic complaints, and impaired concentration,” says Söderqvist. “But more research is needed to exclude the effects of other factors and sources of error, even though it is difficult to see how this connection could be fully explained by such factors.”
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