Bones, Brains and Cell Phones

This week’s American Library Association email list highlighted two research studies on the health impacts of cell phones, specifically with bone density and brain tumors.

I’ve become more concerned over the past few years over the constant presence of cell phones around our bodies.  Rather I’ve taken notice that scientists are just beginning to study the affects of cell phone use, granted today’s cell phones are considered semi-new technology (much more different than technology used 20 years ago).

I have even talked to a few brain cancer survivors over the years who claim that their use of cell phones gave them brain cancer.  A Scandinavian study, however, which followed investigated 16 million cancer survivor patients found no real correlation between mobile phone use and getting brain cancer.

In a separate study on whether cell phone weaken hip bones, researchers found that men who carry their cell phones on their belts had a lower bone density on the side that they normally carry their cell phones.  The interesting aspect of this research was that most of the participants were young–averaging 32 years of age and had been carrying their cell phones for an average of six years.

The study suggests that the difference are “not statistically significant and fell far short of approaching bone density reductions seen in people with osteoporosis.”  Bone loss may be more significant in older adults, especially those with higher risk of osteoporosis.

“It is clear that using a cell phone poses no immediate risk,” Barnes tells WebMD. “But it may take many years to have the answers we are looking for with regard to long-term risk.”


About repplinger

John has served as a Reference Librarian at Willamette University since 2002. He is the liaison to the Science Departments, and is responsible for maintaining the collections related to the life & physical sciences. His research interests range over the entire spectrum of libraries and information sciences, but includes: - Google and its influence on information & society - The Internet's influence on information seeking & sharing behaviors - Trends of scholarly communication - Electronic learning environments - Traditional pedagogy - GIS use in academic libraries

Posted on December 10, 2009, in Health Info, Technology and tagged , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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