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Cell Phones Imperil Kids, Researcher Warns

Saturday, 25 November 2000 12:00 AM

Writing in Britain’s prestigious medical journal Lancet, physicist Gerard Hyland says youngsters below the age of 18 who use cell phones can be exposed to memory loss, sleeping disorders and headaches. Children in that age group are more susceptible to such risks, he explained, because their immune systems are weaker than those of older individuals.

"Radiation is known to affect the brain rhythms and children are particularly vulnerable,'' Hyland said.

"The effect of microwaves from a mobile phone is a bit like interference on a radio. It has an impact on the stability of cells in the body. The main effects are neurological, causing headaches, memory loss and also sleeping disorders,'' he added.

Hyland insisted that too little is known about the potential dangers of cell phones.

"If mobile phones were a type of food, they simply would not be licensed because there is so much uncertainty surrounding their safety,'' he said.

Britain’s government, which has commissioned an investigation into the potential dangers of cell phones, said last May that children should be discouraged from using them.

Early this month new research showed that hands-free mobile phone kits can significantly boost the brain's exposure to radiation.

While many scientists admit that magnetic radiation from cell phones warms brain tissue, Hyland says the real health risk comes from low intensity radiation known as non-thermal radiation, not brain heating.

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