Cell Phone Radiation May Stave Off Alzheimer's

Electromagnetic waves might boost memory
By Jane Yager,  Newser Staff
Posted Jan 7, 2010 5:09 AM CST
Cell phone use may bolster brain function.   (Shutter Stock)

(Newser) – Researchers finally have some good news about the health effects of cell phones. The electromagnetic waves the phones emit may improve memory and prevent Alzheimer's disease, according to a recent study of mice exposed to radiation similar to electromagnetic waves from cell phones. The mice showed improved cognitive function and reduction of the protein deposits in the brain believed to cause dementia, the Independent reports.

It will take more research to determine whether the findings apply to humans, so for now people should refrain from "spending 24 hours a day on a mobile phone" to prevent or treat Alzheimer's, an expert says. "We don't know the long-term effects, and bills could go through the roof," he warned. Previous studies about the effects of cell phones—suspected of causing everything from ear aches to brain cancer—have proven inconclusive.
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