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Can Radiation From Wearable Devices Give You Cancer?

By    |   Wednesday, 18 March 2015 01:28 PM

The popularity of wearable health devices is rekindling the debate on the safety of mobile devices. Some researchers and consumers are now asking whether wearable computers — made by companies like Apple and Samsung — will be found to harmful in the years ahead, the New York Times reports.

Some health experts suspect that cellphones, which give off low levels of radiation, could lead to brain tumors, cancer, disturbed blood rhythms and other health problems, if held too close to the body for extended periods. Although most research has suggested such devices are largely safe, a few small studies have raised questions about risks, particularly in children.
While there is no definitive research on the health effects of wearable computers, the Times noted the most definitive study of mobile device risks — conducted by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a panel within the World Health Organization — suggested cellphones are “possibly carcinogenic.”
That soft conclusion was based on dozens of peer-reviewed studies on cellphone safety that suggest they could be as harmful as certain dry cleaning chemicals and pesticides. Or not.
But a widely reported study by Lennart Hardell, M.D., a professor of oncology and cancer epidemiology at the University Hospital in Orebro, Sweden, found talking on a mobile or cordless phone for extended periods could triple the risk of a certain kind of brain cancer.
As the debate and studies continue, Joseph Mercola — a physician who focuses on alternative — and other doctors recommend the following consumer advice, according to the Times:
  • Use wearable products that not have a 3G connection built into them, which will minimize any potential risks. The Apple Watch uses Bluetooth and Wi-Fi to receive data, and researchers say there is no proven harm from those frequencies on the human body.
  • Children should limit how much time they spend talking on a cellphone.
  • Wearable devices should be removed at bedtime.
  • Women who are pregnant should be extra careful with all of these technologies.
  • Using a hands-free adapter can limit the time holding a phone close to the head.

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Some researchers and consumers are asking whether wearable computers — made by companies like Apple and Samsung — will be found to harmful in the years ahead
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Wednesday, 18 March 2015 01:28 PM
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