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Cell Phone Research Could Mean Changes For The Wireless World

June 2, 2008

Nashville, TN - Scientists have long been skeptical of concerns about cell phone radiation, but new research into the effects of radiation on young children is showing a rise in behavioral and emotional problems. As a result, some parenting experts say it's time to rethink the growing use of wireless technology by and around youngsters.

Barbara Nicholson, co-founder of Attachment Parenting International, says the research is a wake-up call for parents to be more vigilant about their children's use of things like computers, televisions and video games.

"Babies are now spending a lot more time in front of a screen, whether it's a computer display or a TV set."

Nicholson says in addition to the health concerns over cell phone use, parents often are not paying enough attention to their children when they are on the phone, and some use the TV and computer as high-tech babysitters.

The study found that children exposed to radiation during cell phone use are more than 50 percent more likely to suffer from behavioral difficulties by the time they go to school, where they are virtually surrounded by wireless technology. Nicholson says the problems begin before birth, and she hopes the American Academy of Pediatrics will take a serious look at the research.

"In the same way they might want to question whether a mother would want to have an ultrasound during her pregnancy, she might also want to consider if she uses a cell phone, or at least the frequency of cell phone use."

Some scientists say the link between cell phone use and behavior issues is not a solid one, and the topic needs more examination.

The study is available online at

Barbara Dab/Craig Eicher, Public News Service - TN