Subscribe to NewsFactor Magazine

December 22, 2005
Updated Daily

Home/Top News
Enterprise Security
Data Management
Mobile Enterprise
Tech Trends
Internet Life
Personal Technology
Science & Innovation
Business Briefing
NewsFactor Magazine
Blog Bytes

Get your complimentary issue
Subscribe Today
See what's inside (free registration)
Change your address or other settings
Free Newsletters
Technology Briefing
CRM Alert
Wireless Industry Alert
Enterprise Security Report
Data Storage Report
BPM Industry Alert

NewsFactor Network
Microsoft Free Security Tools & Updates

Study: Human Cells Amplify Wireless Phone Radiation

Study: Human Cells Amplify Wireless Phone Radiation
December 11, 2000 11:03AM

There is still uncertainty about the connection between cell phone use and cancer, but scientists are learning that mobile phone radiation has a greater effect on the human body than previously thought.

TARGUSinfo On Demand data — Get critical customer and prospect information right the first time, every time. By phone, web or point-of-sale. Accelerate order processing, automate routine tasks, eliminate missed sales opportunities and increase your ROI.
Click here to wield the power of TARGUSinfo.

European researchers are reporting study results that indicate mobile phone radiation can be amplified by the shape of human cells, thus affecting body tissue.

Some scientists have suspected that low-frequency electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones may cause health problems ranging from memory loss to brain cancer. While theories linking mobile phone use and major health problems have not yet been supported by scientific evidence, research has shown that mobile phone radiation can cause subtle changes in cells that may be harmful.

Varying Cell Shapes

In the past, computers used to explore radiation effects caused by mobile phones have treated cells as simple spheres.

Researchers at the University Complutense in Madrid, Spain said they found that the intensity of electric fields induced in cells is heightened when considering that many human cells look more like cylinders than spheres.

The findings were reported in the journal Physics in Medicine and Biology, published by the Institute of Physics.

New Findings

The researchers calculated electric field intensity in a variety of shapes and found the intensity for non-spherical cells was dependent on the angle of the cell in relation to the radiation source.

Specifically, the electric field was amplified across the cell membrane -- an effect not taken into account by previous investigations. Radiation was amplified more by ellipsoidal and cylindrical-shaped cells than by spherical cells.

UK Warnings

"If we are going to gain an understanding of the mechanisms that underlie the biological effects caused by electromagnetic radiation, it is essential to consider the combined effects of shape and cell interaction," researcher Jose Luis Sebastian said.

On Friday, the British government announced a new US$10 million research program on the health implications of mobile phones. The UK has adopted a precautionary approach, advising people to keep calls short and take notice of Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) values when buying a phone.

Britain is the first country to embark on such a broad precautionary response to health concerns surrounding wireless phone use. Mobile phones sold in the United States are now beginning to carry notification of radiation levels.

Half of UK Uses 'Mobiles'

In Britain, where more than half the population uses mobile phones, mobile phone retailers and other outlets are being asked to voluntary distribute leaflets warning of risks.

More than 300 million people worldwide use cell phones, including 97 million in the U.S. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration recently ordered new studies after industry-sponsored test-tube research found cell phone signals might cause genetic damage in human blood cells, which may in turn spur cancer growth.


 More on this topic...
1. Three Arrested for Xbox Mods
2. Microsoft Beefs Up Security in Vista
3. Details of AOL-Google Deal Unfold
4. Time Warner Names Bewkes COO
5. FTC Touts Effectiveness of CAN-SPAM Act


Have an informed opinion on this story?
Send a Letter to the Editor.
We want to know what you think.
Send us your Feedback.

 Sponsored Links

3Com’s TippingPoint™ IPS: Plug it in.

Microsoft SQL Server 2005. Learn More.

New to BPM? Understand the basics.

Microsoft Free Security Tools & Updates.

Grow Faster with NetSuite: CRM, Accounting & More. Free Trial!

Pegasystems SmartBPM Suite helps you close the execution gap.

Intel(R) helps hospital create clinic.

See how EDS goes further to deliver effective technology service

Best in class enterprise IT solutions from 3Com

Experience CRM Success with

TARGUSinfo — On Demand data about the people contacting you.

TechExcel CRM - Powerful, configurable, affordable and easy to use.

Living in L.A.? Click here for Sales, Journalism & I.T. JOBS.

White Papers
Lower your TCO by deploying and integrating CRM applications.

How Mid-Market Firms Can Create a Real-Time Enterprise.

Intel(R) helps create kids clinic.

TARGUSinfo® Solutions Add $25 Million Revenue For Total Gym

More White Papers...

NewsFactor Top Tech News
Home/Top News | Enterprise | Hardware | Enterprise Security | Data Management | Mobile Enterprise | Mac
Tech Trends | E-Commerce | Internet Life | Personal Technology | Science & Innovation | Business Briefing |
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Data Storage Today | Wireless NewsFactor
Enterprise Linux I.T. | Enterprise Windows I.T. | Enterprise Security Today

NewsFactor Network Enterprise Applications Sites
BPM Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters | XML/RSS Feed

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2005 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved.