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Government research shows link between cell phone radiation and tumors in rats

Man talking to cellphone Man talking to cellphone
Judith Alexander | 06 February, 2018, 15:23

But on Friday, two government studies suggest that if indeed there is any risk, it would be small. But they also lived longer.

In a bid to clarify matters, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), which plays a key role in developing U.S. cellphone regulations, asked the National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the National Institutes of Health to launch studies examining the issue. While similar research has been pursued for over two decades now, the latest scientific efforts focused on ultra-high doses of cell phone radiation on rodents that they wouldn't be able to test on humans.

So, the higher rate of tumors in males 'was probably due to the fact that male rats simply absorb more radiation than females as a function of the size of the animal, ' Dr Bucher explained. The levels ranged from a low of 1.5 watts per kilogram to a high of 10 watts per kilogram, and exposures were limited to the 2G and 3G frequencies, which are still widely used for voice calls and texting. Animals were assigned to control groups or to groups exposed to various levels of radiofrequency radiation.

"At this point we don't feel that we understand enough about the results to place a huge degree of confidence in the findings", John Bucher, a senior scientist with the NTP, told reporters in a briefing discussing the reports held Friday, according to the Washington Post.

That means that muscular tissues are especially affected by cell phone radiation, which my explain why the nerve tumors were most likely to form in a highly muscular organ.

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Medical advice on how to reduce exposure to cell phone radiofrequency radiation can be found at https://ehtrust.org/take-action/educate-yourself/10-things-you-can-do-to-reduce-the-cancer-risk-from-cell-phones/. However, the early data illustrates exactly why there's no firm proclamation on the safety of cellphones.

Bucher briefly reviewed the study design. Top researchers said the findings should not cause you to give up your cellphones. "The evidence for an association between cellphones and cancer is weak, and so far, we have not seen a higher cancer risk in people", Brawley said in a statement.

"Fortunately, since then, there have been hundreds of studies from which to draw a wealth of information about these technologies which have come to play an important role in our everyday lives". The panel led by Samet, dean of the Colorado State University School of Public Health in Fort Collins, was organized by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, a specialized agency of the World Health Organization.

Dr. Jeffrey Shuren, director of the F.D.A.'s center for devices and radiological health, said, "Even with frequent daily use by the vast majority of adults, we have not seen an increase in events like brain tumors". "Based on this current information, we believe the current safety limits for cellphones are acceptable for protecting the public health".

The new reports were based on data from two years of study pursued in a quest to determine whether cellphones - our main source of exposure to radiofrequency radiation - are emitting waves that increase our risk of cancer. Further, a significant increase in DNA damage was observed in hippocampus cells of the brain of male rats exposed to radiofrequency radiation. Separate reports of studies involving rats and mice are available on the NTP website.

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