Are cell phones bad for your health?
Is using a cell phone bad for your health. In the first of a two-parter, Risk Bites looks at the chances of your phone giving you brain cancer (spoiler alert: not a lot). Next time — the more worrisome risk of your phone placing you in a life or death situation.
Note: The video refers to the World Health Organization review of cell phones and potential to cause cancer that was released in 2011. This study was conducted by the International Association for Research on Cancer (IARC) — IARC is a WHO specialized agency.
This week’s Risk Bites team:
David Faulkner (Script, post-production)
Andrew Maynard (all the other stuff)
World Health Organization: http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs193/en/
National Cancer Institute information on cell phones and cancer risk: http://www.cancer.gov/cancertopics/factsheet/Risk/cellphones
Carcinogenicity of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields. Baan et al.
The Lancet Oncology (2011) Volume 12, Issue 7, Pages 624-626
Cell Phones, Cancer, and Children, Boyce and Tarone. J Natl Cancer Inst (2011) 103 (16): 1211-1213. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/jnci/djr285
Mobile phone use and glioma risk: comparison of epidemiological study results with incidence trends in the United States. Little et al. BMJ (2012); 344 http://dx.doi.org/10.1136/bmj.e1147
Challenging cell phone impact on reproduction: A Review. Mehri, Z. O. Journal of Assisted Reproduction and Genetics (2012), Volume 29, Issue 4, pp 293-297 http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10815-012-9722-1
IARC Classifies Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields As Possibly Carcinogenic To Humans (IARC press release): http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf
Classification of agents in IARC monographs: http://monographs.iarc.fr/ENG/Classification/ClassificationsGroupOrder.pdf
ITU Global Technology Development figures, 2012: http://www.itu.int/net/pressoffice/press_releases/2012/70.aspx#.USgB9R3OuuI
Xkcd (just for fun!) http://xkcd.com/925/
Risk Bites is supported by:
University of Michigan School of Public Health. http://www.sph.umich.edu/
University of Michigan Risk Science Center. http://umriskcenter.org
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