Children whose mothers used a mobile phone while pregnant are at increased risk of growing up with behavioural problems according to new research.

Scientists from the Yale School of Medicine carried out tests on pregnant mice and found radiation exposure from phones led to a rise in hyperactivity, anxiety and poor memory in their young - and that the effect may be duplicated in unborn children.

Prof Hugh Taylor who led the study said: "We have shown that behavioural problems in mice that resemble ADHD are caused by mobile phone exposure in the womb.

"The rise in behavioural disorders in human children may be in part due to foetal cellular telephone irradiation exposure."

More research is needed to establish what a safe level of phone exposure would be but Prof Taylor advised pregnant women to limit their usage.

Posted 16/03/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com