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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones 220

Stoobalou writes "Researchers at the National University of Cuyo, in Mendoza, Argentina, looked at that strange breed — men who wear mobile phones on their hip. They discovered evidence to suggest that the proximity of the mobile phone caused a reduction in bone mineral content (BMC) and bone mineral density (BMD) in the men who wore the phones over a 12-month period, compared to a control group that didn't."
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Mobile Phone May Rot Your Bones

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  • Another explanation (Score:5, Informative)

    by physicsphairy ( 720718 ) on Monday March 28, 2011 @10:39AM (#35639394) Homepage

    Just did a quick search and it does appear that if, e.g., this [livestrong.com] is accurate, stressing bone causes them to increase in density.

    Wearing a cellphone is restrictive on your range of movement, and you're more cautious about activities which could apply force to that area because you don't want to damage your expensive phone. Hence, the bone is less stressed, leading to less bone density.

    Even if that isn't right, it still seems to me like the correct control for the experiment, if they want to say it's the radiation that's causing the bone loss, would be to have the control group wearing deactivated phones, not having them wearing no phone at all.

  • Re:Nowai!! (Score:3, Informative)

    by Chuckles08 ( 1277062 ) on Monday March 28, 2011 @11:31AM (#35640158)
    As a Canadian citizen, I cry foul. A real Brazilian would have said "football", not "soccer". Now, if you don't mind, I have some skates to sharpen.

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