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An issue that periodically makes its way into public discourse -- the impact and possible dangers to brain development and health posed by the ubiquitous use of cellphones -- is being revisited thanks to a newly published scientific study in JAMA . However, rather than offering any definitive answers, the new research, led by Nora D. Volkow of the National Institutes of Health, raises more questions. Volkow and colleagues found that 50 minutes of cellphone use was associated with increased brain glucose metabolism -- a marker of brain activity -- in the region closest to the phone antenna.
No definitive answers to whether cell phones can cause cancer. Pity that. The world might have had to come to a stop if it did cause, or encouraage any cancerous growths. In the mean time, or for as long as the wireless industry can keep murder under wraps, it might be a very good idea to practice some frugality regarding cellphone usage. Especially regarding kids, who will invariably spend more time in proximity of a phone than us adults. Don't get your teen a smart phone. What for?! You want them to convenience your own life, and add a measure of safety, they only need a tracfone.