Study: Prenatal Cell Phone Exposure May Lead to Childhood Behavioral Problems
December 7, 2010 10:27 AM
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But UCLA researchers say they don't have enough evidence to prove it
Researchers from the
University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA)
, claim that they've found a correlation between
prenatal cell phone exposure
and behavioral issues during childhood, but do not have enough data to say that it's a sure thing.
Leeka Kheifets, Ph.D., study leader and a professor of epidemiology at UCLA's School of Public Health, along with her team of researchers, have found a possible relationship between a mother's cell phone use while pregnant and behavioral problems in the child later on.
There are quite a few theories that suggest cell phones may have other negative effects on the human body, but according to
, it really
depends on who you ask
. While some theories have noted that it may contribute to brain tumors and cancer,
others say the opposite
"There are theories, but we do not know," said Kheifets. "Exposure to the fetus is likely to be very low, so it's unclear how it can influence fetal development."
To find this possible correlation, Kheifets and her team of researchers analyzed the data on mothers who participated in the Danish National Birth Cohort study, which asked them lifestyle questions including amount of cell phone use during and after pregnancy. They also studied data on cell phone use from these mothers' children, which amounted to 28,745 7-year-olds.
The mother's were interviewed when their children turned seven, where they were asked about the child's cell phone use and behavioral problems. According to the study's overall results, 18 percent of children were exposed to cell phone use
before and after pregnancy
. Now, 35.2 percent of 7-year-olds used a cell phone, but less than one percent of them used a cell phone for more than one hour a week. Based on what their mother's said, 93 percent of the children had no behavioral issues while 3.1 percent showed signs of hyperactivity/inattention, relationship problems and conduct problems.
The next step, according to Kheifets, is to conduct this study again when the children are 11 years old. Kheifets would like to see if these percentages remain stable over the years, or if they take a drastic turn one way or the other.
Despite the fact that researchers are unsure as to whether
cell phone use negatively influences
a child's behavior, Kheifets warns that it can't hurt to reduce exposure anyway.
"Be aware of your exposure and while the science develops, use precaution," said Kheifets. "It is very easy to reduce exposure by keeping your phone away from the body and using a hands-free device, so why not do it?"
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RE: Correlation does not mean causation.
12/7/2010 6:39:41 PM
I really wish parents would spank their kids. My dad had to do it to me once or twice growing up, which saved him countless hours of "calling time out" or other similar ineffectual bullshit. Intimidation worked wonders and eventually build respect between us. These day it seems like too many parents want to be buddies with their kids instead of parents.
RE: Correlation does not mean causation.
Dr of crap
Dr of crap
12/8/2010 8:55:42 AM
Thank you, My point exactly. The above whining poster can kiss my A##.
It's the ones in charge that have made this mess. We can't even kill those that get the death penality. They sit in prison for 10 years first.
Spank your kids, put them in their place and they'll grow up right!
Use a little force to get the criminals. Take away the TV from prisoners.
Make them do manual labor for us outside.
Can we stop pandering to every body! It doesn't work!
“We do believe we have a moral responsibility to keep porn off the iPhone.” -- Steve Jobs
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