Addicted to your mobile phone? Your health may be at risk

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People who use cell phones more than 15 hours per month are at higher risk of developing certain brain tumors. (Photo Archive)

A study by French experts and published in the journal Occupational and Environmental Medicine shows that people who use cell phone more than 15 hours a month could be at risk of developing certain brain tumors.
“The main finding of our study is on the same line as other international research, although they are still to be confirmed,” about an “increased risk of brain tumor in people who used more” mobile phone, says Dr. Isabelle Baldi, one of the researchers who participated in the study.
According to the study, people who used their cell more than 15 hours a month for an average of five years were two to three times higher risk to develop a glioma, a type of benign brain tumor that may be malignant (glioblastoma) or ( as oligodendroglioma).
These users also have double or triple the risk of developing a meningioma (usually benign tumor of the meninges), that those who make moderate use of the mobile phone.
The study compared 253 cases of gliomas and 194 meningiomas, analyzed between 2004 and 2006, with testimony from 892 healthy adults representative of the French population.
The Dr. Baldi, who works in the public institute of epidemiology at the French city of Bordeaux, said it had been “difficult to determine” the level of exposure to telephone waves, as it is something that “is constantly evolving along the life. “The research also shows that mobile phone use has “clearly increased” since mid 2000, but recognizes that the new devices have reduced the waves since authorities regulate their emissions.
The largest study to date on the risks of cell called Interphone and was conducted in thirteen countries (Germany, Australia, Canada, Denmark, Finland, France, Israel, Italy, Japan, Norway, New Zealand, United Kingdom and Sweden), the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organization (WHO).