Lab rats’ memory affected by mobile phones

Rats exposed to mobile phone radiation for two hours a week experienced poorer results on a memory test than the control group that hadn’t been exposed to the radiation.

Science Daily reports the experiments were conducted over a year at the Lund University Division of Neurosurgery in Sweden.

The researchers placed the rats in a box with four separate objects mounted inside. The objects were different on two occasions, and their placement was switched each time.

On the third occasion the rats found two objects from the first occasion and two from the second.

Rats in the control group spent more time exploring the objects from the first occasion (as they were more interesting given they hadn’t been seen in some time), whereas the experiment rats showed much less difference in interest between the objects.

The research team believe the findings may be related to their earlier findings that mobile phone’s microwave radiation can affect the ‘blood-brain barrier’.

The blood-brain barrier prevents substances in the blood damaging nerve cells or penetrating brain tissue.

The team had previously found that a protein that acts as a transport molecule in the blood, albumin, leaks into brain tissue when lab animals are exposed to mobile phone radiation.

The cerebral cortex and hippocampus – the memory centre of the brain – also suffered some nerve cell damage around four to eight weeks after radiation, while albumin damage occurred directly after radiation.

The researchers also found alterations in the activity of groups of genes that are functionally related.

The researchers say the next step is to determine why the changes occur.


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Rats definitely shouldn't be using mobile phones then.

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Perhaps the results could be interpreted differently..the rats had less interest in the objects because they remembered them better?

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Perhaps it just warrants further research

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It's hard to believe what we don't want to hear. Maybe we should believe in the precautionary principle. Maybe we should use our cell phones less. Maybe we should be open to a less convenient way of life.

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Maybe that's why some people talking into a mobile phone run their car into a tree; they have temporarily forgotten what a road is for.

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Maybe the accumaulated effects are now showing up in the way banks, auto companies, wall street, and everyone else can't seem to invest people's money the right way. Why is greed so prevalent? How is everyone's brain working with so much radiation and chemicals in their system. Frankly, I limit my use of the cell phone to a very minimum because at a recent convention of neurologist, no one seemed to have a cell phone pressed to their brain. They anwsered their calls on speaker phone or other means. Do they know something they are not telling us because of the effect it would have on investments with phone companies? Worth looking into.

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Might this finding have a broader implication, now that all newer home phone systems are wireless? What sort of electromagnetic radiation do these systems use to transmit between their base unit and the hand sets? If what they deliver is similar in type, if not in dose, then cell phones may simply be showing us the more extreme end of the "normal" constellation of exposure/damage done by our modern technological lifestyles.

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I get a headache if I use a cell phone for more than a very few minutes. That is deterrent enough for me. I can feel the effect even if I use the speaker or a headset, if the phone is within 2 feet of me. I have several friends who are heavy cell pphone users and are also recent onset migraine suffers. I look forward to the continuing research.

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These symptoms will go away if you use an rf3 (air tube) headset. I also get severe head pain if I do not use one.

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Tesla watches have been created that allegedly "neutralize" disruption caused by cell phone radiation. Could be a bunch of hokey, but is it any more weird than cell phones causing disruptions of brain function?

http://www.spinspace.com/biophysics/tesla.htm

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My 23-year old and her boy friend both use cel phones instead of land lines. They both also have severe head aches daily... I will be showing them this research!

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Interesting! Thanks.
A number of years ago there was another report on the harmful effects of the use of cell phones, you know, radiation, brain damage, cancer. No rats in that one, though. This new 'rat study' report brought to my mind similar warnings previously issued concerning the use of microwave ovens when they came into vogue and TVs when they switched from black-and-white to color. Each one a potential hazard to brain function. How dumb can we get???

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There was a guy interviewed on TV not that long ago, say in the last 2 years, who was a neurosurgeon and he was talking about the significant rise in the number of brain tumours behind the ear of cellphone users. In other words, business was booming. He was really upset because in his own family picture, his 12 yo daughter had just been given a cellphone. The radiation apparently penetrates significantly further into the brain tissue of young people, than it does adults. I saw a graphic of it once, and it is scary.

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I would like to know if there is significant microwave radiation from a bluetooth head set that is connected wirelessly to a cell phone. Any info on that and would it help to protect from the effects of the cell phone?

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Wireless Blue Tooth devices that hook onto the ear are essentially a transmitter and capable of emitting harmful radiation. Wired headsets can act like an antena and pick up ambient EMR (electromagnetic radiation) According to Dr George Carlo the safe ways to use cell phones are either on speaker or by using an air tube headset. These rf3 headsets are available in NZ over the internet The following website has links to a Cambell Live interview and other interviews with Dr Carlo. www.rf3.co.nz. Also look at a 60 minutes programe featured on a Monday night about 3 weeks ago.

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In l977 I, as a Realtor had a cell phone. It had the macanics in the trunk and the phone acted like a land line. Along the way, I had many cell phones and only just gave up my cell phone. I now have problems with my memory; I can't prove that my problems are cased by the cell phones but I do wonder. I think users should curtail use just in case...

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Good for the cell phone business then - they sell us mobile phones, our memory gets worse, so we are forced to upgrade to smart phones to remember stuff for us..

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Has anyone noticed that there is MORE energy in background radiation than that produced by a cellphone ? And that an ordinary phosphor tube produces more EMF in a week than a cellphone produces in a year ?

basic rule for scientific discourse - consider other factors that may be causing a conflicting results before destroying an expensive cellphone on the basis of research sponsored by a group with an agenda.

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It is true that we are surrounded by a "sea" of radiation from many diferent sources. The problems with cell phones are that they are put directly against the head. If you placed your head directly on the microvave or your computer when in use you might very well end up with similar damage. This is not "against" cell phones, but more "how to use them safely".

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Another example of scientific data being taken out of context and blown up into a media frenzy of fear and panic. All the scientists have discovered is that there is a possible link between mobile phones and a rare cancer, which merits more study. For news agencies worldwide to be implying anything else is just irresponsible.

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