For the past several years, a small band of doctors and activists have been raising concerns about the possible connection between cell phone use and brain cancer. The cell phone industry — along with nearly all major national and international medical associations — have always responded with the same answer: there’s no evidence that cell phone radiation can even affect the brain, let alone cause cancer.
A new study published in the Feb. 23 Journal of the American Medical Association, found that a cell phone’s electromagnetic field can indeed cause changes in brain activity.
Important note: this does not demonstrate that cell phone use can lead to cancer. The study showed only that changes in brain activity occurred because of cell phone radiation — not whether the changes were good, bad or neutral. But this is the first study to show conclusively that cell phone radiation, even in short durations, does something to the brain. That’s enough to worry many people, especially parents of young children — kids have thinner skulls, and their brains can absorb higher levels of radiation.