17 August 2009
Brain Damage From Mobile Phone Radiation
Researchers documented serious neuronal damage in rat brains following exposure to microwave radiation from a cell phone, at levels comparable to what people would experience during normal use.
Damage to nerve cells was observed in several places within the brain, including the cortex, hippocampus and basal ganglia. Exposed animals had "scattered and grouped dark neurons ... often shrunken .. with loss of internal cell structures."
According to the scientists, "intense use of mobile phones by youngsters is a serious consideration. A neuronal damage of the kind described here may not have immediate, demonstrable consequences, even if repeated. In the long run, however, it may result in reduced brain reserve capacity that might be unveiled by other later neuronal disease or even the wear and tear of aging."
The journal in which these results were published, Environmental Health Perspectives (the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences), went so far as to recommend using headsets.