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Cell phones on the brain

Two customers wait in line to purchase an iPhone 4 wearing iPhone placards on their heads.
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Two customers wait in line to purchase an iPhone 4 wearing iPhone placards on their heads.

Over half the world’s population now uses a cell phone on a daily basis. That’s a lot of radiation, and the public has wondered if we should be concerned. In her new book, Devra Davis cites recent research linking cell phones to brain tumors and other health problems. The five-year Interphone Study, funded by the European Union and health agencies in 13 countries, recently published its findings, which many scientists find inconclusive. The wireless industry and government agencies from the FDA to the CDC to the WHO tell us there isn’t enough evidence that cell phones are harmful. But many cancers take years to develop – have researchers had enough time to know for sure? And, if you’ve heard the warnings, have you dialed back on your minutes?

Over half the world’s population now uses a cell phone on a daily basis. That’s a lot of radiation, and the public has wondered if we should be concerned. In her new book, Devra Davis cites recent research linking cell phones to brain tumors and other health problems. The five-year Interphone Study, funded by the European Union and health agencies in 13 countries, recently published its findings, which many scientists find inconclusive. The wireless industry and government agencies from the FDA to the CDC to the WHO tell us there isn’t enough evidence that cell phones are harmful. But many cancers take years to develop – have researchers had enough time to know for sure? And, if you’ve heard the warnings, have you dialed back on your minutes?

Guests:

Devra Davis, author of Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Has Done to Hide it, and How To Protect Your Family

Bernard Leikind, PhD., independent physicist and author of the article Do Cell Phones Cause Cancer?

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