Cell Phone Radiation Causes Abnormal Behavior in Children
Controversy surrounding the negative impact of cell phones (mobile phones) radiation seems that it will never end. After not proven to increase the risk of cancer, now it is thought that the radiation triggers behavioral disorders in children.
The greatest risk is experienced by children who are accustomed to using cell phones since a too early age. Even in the womb, the fetus is affected by this if the mother too often uses cell phones during pregnancy.
This finding was revealed by researchers from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA), published in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health recently. According to Ninemsn, the study involved 28,000 children aged 7 years and 100,000 pregnant mothers between the year 1996-2002.
During pregnancy, the mothers were asked to fill out questionnaires about lifestyle, including frequency of the use of cell phones. Similar questionnaire was given again after giving birth, and when their children enters the age of 7 years, while the researchers looked at medical records relating to the child’s emotions and behavior.
The results show that children who use cell phones since they were toddlers, are 50 percent more at risk of behavioral problems when entering the age of 7 years old. The abnormal behaviors was quite variable, one of them is focusing attention and hyperactivity disorder.
In children who are not accustomed to using cell phones, the risk remained high if during pregnancy the mother frequently uses cell phones. Not much different from the first group, cell phone usage during pregnancy increases the risk of behavioral disorders by 40 percent when children are aged 7 years.
Increased risk of behavioral disorders is quite high when compared with the average cell phone use on children respondents in the study. In their report, investigators said none of the child respondents who use cell phones more than 1 hour / week.
This finding once again shows the controversy about the dangers of cell phone radiation. In May 2010, the World Health Organization had confirmed that the increased risk of brain cancer from mobile phone radiation is not significant.