Cellphones Won't Give Your Kid Brain Cancer: Study
And kids should theoretically be most vulnerable
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jul 28, 2011 8:03 AM CDT
Go ahead and talk, kid. A new study shows you won't get cancer.   (Shutterstock)

(Newser) – Go ahead and get the family plan, because cell phones don’t increase the risk of brain tumors in kids or adolescents—the groups that should theoretically be most vulnerable—according to a new study. The European study, which involved nearly 1,000 participants, was prompted by fears that kids' developing nervous system could be harmed by cellphone emissions, the Wall Street Journal explains.

But the study concluded that “a large and immediate risk of cellphones causing brain tumors in children can be excluded,” according to its lead author. Public health data bears out that finding. Over the past 20 years, there’s been no increase in brain tumors in children in the US and parts of Europe, despite an explosion in cellphone use among them. But the Journal does note that most of the children studied had only been cellphone users for about four years and spent minimal time making voice calls (texting was more common by far), limiting factors that mean "we should still keep an eye" on the relationship between children's health and cellphones, says the study's lead author.

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DontLikeYou
Jul 28, 2011 9:31 PM CDT
Yes, because high intensity radiation from the transmitter on the cellphone sitting just centimeters from your child's brain is nothing to worry about. Brought to you by the cell phone industry.
finkster
Jul 28, 2011 10:58 AM CDT
"we should still keep an eye" on the relationship between children's health and cellphones" In other words we need to further study the effects of your guinea pigs....I mean children.