Cell phone and cancer? Citing a caution issued in January by the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) in the United Kingdom, Henry Lai, a research professor at the department of bioengineering at the University of Washington, told TechNewsWorld that parents should be concerned that cell phones may be harmful to young children.
"Not very much research has been done on children or young animals [which can serve as models for children], but the results from other studies seem to indicate that there is a cause for concern," he said.
In its caution, the NRPB warned, "It is not possible at present to say that exposure to RF radiation, even at levels below national guidelines, is totally without potential adverse health effects."
The board also cited the findings in a report released in May 2000 by the Independent Expert Group on Mobile Phones that "children might be more vulnerable to any effects arising from the use of mobile phones because of their developing nervous system, the greater absorption of energy in the tissues of the head and the longer lifetime of exposure."
Nevertheless, Lai, an authority on the biological effects of non-ionizing radiation, conceded that "we don't know yet how the body responds to cell phone radiation."
When it was released, the NRPB document elicited a strong response from the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in the United States. http://www.emfnews.org/products.htmlhttp://emfnews.org/Lifewave-Cellphone-Matrix-Shield-Test.html