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Cellular Fear

A new study fails to find correlation between increased cell phone use and instances of brain tumors in a Scandinavian sample.

“One of the persistent fears of our modern era is that cell phone radiation may cause brain tumors. But here’s some good news: A team of researchers in northern Europe, however, has now combed through three decades of cancer registries and found no increase in the rate of brain tumors in the five to 10 years following widespread cell phone adoption in that region [Scientific American]. Overall the study found that cancer rates were unchanged from the period before mobile phones were widely used. Despite finding no increased risk for 10 years of cell phone use in Nordic countries, researchers say the cell phone-cancer issue is far from settled.”


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