Mobile Phones and Cancer: More Research Needed

A large-scale study of the long-term effects of cell-phone use needs to be carried out, medical professionals said at a congressional hearingOn Sept. 25, while many legislators on Capitol Hill were debating how best to confront potential dangers of the financial crisis, a handful of lawmakers and physicians were airing concerns over a different would-be danger: prolonged use of cell phones. Their conclusion is that more research is needed, especially when it comes to kids.During a hearing before the House subcommittee on domestic policy, Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, used visual aids to drive his point home. Herberman held up model brains, one of an adult and another of a 5-year-old, each with a cell phone held to a corresponding ear.To read this BusinessWeek article in full, see www.businessweek.com/technology/content/sep2008/tc20080925_833994.htm.

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