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Cell Phones Now Blamed for Damaging Bones

Cell Phones Now Blamed For Damaging Bones
Yesterday it was cancer, and today it's bone degeneration. A recent study is blaming cell phones for reducing bone density in an area of the hip often used for bone grafts.

Turkish researchers believe that wearing a cell phone on a belt clip (which other researchers recommend as a way to prevent low sperm counts) may result in lower bone density, due to the phone's electromagnetic radiation. The research team used x-rays to measure the density of the upper pelvic ridges of 150 men. All of those men carried cell phones on their belts for, on average, 15 hours a day, and had been doing so for an average of six years. The measurements revealed slightly reduced bone density on the side where the men wore their cell phones.

Unfortunately, the study, which was published in the September issue of the 'Journal of Craniofacial Surgery,' has one glaring flaw -- the amount of the reduction in bone density was so low it was statistically insignificant. Researchers say their findings are only preliminary, and that exposure over a greater period of time could lead to yet more bone loss.

The scientists suggest keeping your cell phone away from your body as much as possible in order to avoid these negative effects. We're just beginning to wonder what isn't giving us cancer, causing heart disease, or making us impotent. [From: U.S. News, via]

Tags: bone density, BoneDensity, cellphone, cellphonehealth, electromagnetic radiation, ElectromagneticRadiation, health, study



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