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Another Cell Phone-Cancer Study Emerges 212

oxide7 writes "Since the advent of cellular phones, researchers have pondered whether a connection exists between cell phone usage and brain cancer. New evidence always seems to emerge to support or refute such a link. On Wednesday, another study was added to the list. A European study involving nearly 1,000 participants found no link between cell phone use and brain tumors in children and adolescents. This marks the 3rd study this month and the 4th major one this year, all with different conclusions."
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Another Cell Phone-Cancer Study Emerges

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  • by Kenja ( 541830 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @02:30PM (#36912458)
    Remember, the study everyone was screaming about not too long ago put cell phones (and all other devices that emit radio waves of any sort) into the same carcinogen class as pickled cucumbers.
  • Re:Sigh (Score:5, Informative)

    by codegen ( 103601 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @03:01PM (#36912912) Journal

    What about non-ionizing UV light, then, which indeed causes DNA damage?

    Actually it is in the UV band that radiation become ionizing. Near UVA(300-400nm) is non-ionizing. Middle and Far UVB/C (200-300nm) is ionizing. The latter(UVB/C) causes DNA damage directly. UVA can contribute to cancer, but it is indirect through interactions with radicals. Nobody has ever said that there are not chemical interactions that can be influenced by non-ionizing radiation (chlorophyll and blue/red light comes to mind). However, cell phones are in the microwave region. If you can show an organic molecule that reacts chemically at these frequencies, I suspect there is a Nobel Prize in it for you. So far all anyone has been able to show is heat.

  • Re:follow (Score:3, Informative)

    by sjames ( 1099 ) on Thursday July 28, 2011 @03:53PM (#36913590) Homepage Journal

    While it does seem that cellphones don't cause cancer, a few of your points are weak enough that they should just be dropped.

    a) so are X-rays

    b) I'd rather be exposed to 800Watts of visible light than microwaves

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