Group Says Studies Show Cell Phone Radiation is UnhealthyMay 24, 2011 | Parker Waichman LLP
A group looking into cell phone risks claims a growing number of studies provide proof that radiation from the devices impact human health. The studies, all published in the past two years, were presented this week at a conference in Istanbul, Turkey sponsored by the Environmental Health Group.
During the conference, new research was revealed that scientists said demonstrated that just four hours of cell phone exposure can damage DNA, brain and sperm function.
"This work provides a warning signal to all of us. The evidence justifies precautionary measures to reduce the risks for every one of us," says Prof. Wilhelm Mosgoeller from the Medical University of Vienna who has led European research teams, who found that RF-EMF induce DNA breaks.
Conference highlights included a research team from the University of Athens discussing insect studies that have demonstrated acute exposure to GSM (Global System for Mobile) signals brings about DNA fragmentation in insects’ ovarian cells, and consequently a large reduction in the reproductive capacity of the insects. Further studies demonstrated that long exposures induced cell death to the insects in the study, the team said.
The co-chair of the conference, Prof. Nesrin Seyhan , presented work involving rats that he said confirms and strengthens early finding that just four hours of exposure to RF-EMF disrupts the ability of human brain cells to repair damaged genes. Prof. Seyhan is head and founder of Biophysics Department and Bioelectromagnetics Laboratory at Gazi University in Ankara. He is also the founder of the Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (GNRP) Center.
The industry staunchly defends the safety of mobile phones, saying the studies' conclusions are unfounded.
But according to a report from CNN, some experts say there still no clear answer on cell phone risks.
“There's no definitive evidence to support it either way,” says Dr. Denise Damek, an associate professor in neurology and neuroscience at the Anschutz Medical Campus at the University of Colorado Denver. “We're kind of a little bit behind the mark with collecting data so we have limited and flawed data to work with.”
"I think there is potential that a cell phone could cause a brain tumor. I think the data doesn't help us determining whether or not it does,” she continued.