Sunday, April 22, 2012

Mobile Phones and Pregnancy

Exposure to radiation from mobile phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of babies and potentially lead to hyperactivity, the researchers found the American School of Medicine Yale University.

The results, based on research in mice, were carried out in the March issue of Scientific American magazine "Nature".

"This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from mobile phones in fact influence the behavior of adult offspring," said lead study author. Hugh Taylor, Professor and Head Department of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility at the gynecological department of the medical faculty.

Taylor and co-authors of pregnant mice were exposed to radiation from mobile phones muted placed above the cages, which were active for a phone call during the study period. A control group of mice was housed under the same conditions with the mobile off.

The team measured the electrical activity of the brain of adult mice that were exposed to radiation as fetuses, carrying out psychological tests and testing behavior. They found that mice exposed to radiation more inclined to have hyperactivity and reduced memory capacity. Taylor attributed to changes in behavior, activities of radiation during pregnancy on the development of neurons in the prefrontal cortex of the brain.

Disorder and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), a developmental disorder associated with the neuropathology primarily localized in the same area of ​​the brain, characterized by inattention and hyperactivity.

"We have shown that the problems in the behavior of mice that look like ADHD are caused by exposure to mobile phones in the womb" - said Taylor, a transmits Hina. "The increase in disorder in human children, may in part be caused by fetal exposure to radiation from mobile phones," he added.

Taylor said that the need for additional studies in humans, in order to better understand the mechanisms behind these findings and establish safe limits of exposure during pregnancy. Yet it seems that the limited exposure of the fetus safe, concluded Taylor.

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