We’ve heard of stories – many true and just as many false – about the adverse effects of radio waves on the human body. Ever since mobile phones came out ages ago (or what seems like ages ago), people have been making speculations about how bad they can be for us. Of course, even those who conducted scientifically sound studies could not make solid conclusions if only because the effects might not be evident decades later.
Another study has been making waves lately, mainly due to the idea that radiation from mobile phones may have a negative effect on babies still in the womb. Specifically, the study pinpoints the possible effects of radiation from cell phones on the brain development of fetuses. The researchers hail from the Yale School of Medicine, and they state that due to exposure to cell phone radiation, babies may be prone to problems such as hyperactivity.
The researchers were led by Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, who is a professor and the chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences. Together with the team, Taylor conducted experiments on pregnant mice. They exposed one group to a cell phone on an active call. The phone was muted the entire time. The other group was also exposed to a cell phone, but a deactivated one.
The results showed that the mice, when they reached adulthood, showed a higher tendency to be hyperactive. Worse, they also showed problems with memory capacity.
Now we know that mice and humans are not exactly the same, but these little critters have proven to be good subjects in lieu of humans. After all, you can hardly conduct this kind of study on people!
The bottom line is that the researchers state that more study is needed to have conclusive results, but if you want to be safe, better reduce exposure of your baby (in your belly) to radiation from cell phones. Makes sense, yes?