Science: Cell Phones Do Something to Your Brain


According to a new study, radiation from your cell phone does something to your brain. Or, more specifically, “cell-phone radiation waves increase activity in certain parts of the brain.” But is this bad? Good? Can it lead to brain cancer? Should we talk less? No one is willing to go out on a limb yet and tell us what’s what.

In what may be the most physically dorky scientific study of late, NIH researchers attached cell phones to both sides of the participants’ heads. One was off; one was muted, but on. After 50 minutes of having two phones attached to their heads, the presumably mortified survey participants got brain scans that indicated that glucose levels in the part of the brain closest to the phone that was on were 8 to 10 percent higher than the other side.

Aside from the fact that you shouldn’t go attaching phones to your head,

“The implications for health remain unclear,” Prof. Patrick Haggard, who studies cognitive neuroscience at University College London, told BBC, noting that bigger fluctuations in brain activity occur naturally when, for example, someone is thinking or speaking.

Of course, if you want to be really safe, you could stop using your cell phone altogether and just tweet instead of actually talking to people.

New NIH study shows cell phone use affects brain activity, but health implications still unclear [NYDN]

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