Women exposed to high levels of mobile phone radiation during pregnancy risk harming their child's brain development and increasing their chances of having ADHD (attention-deficit hyperactive disorder), according to a new Yale University study.

Dr. Hugh Taylor, chief of Yale's Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences and co-author of the study explained: "We had pregnant mice in cages we just simply put a cellphone on top of the cage and waited for them to give birth. 

"The [babies of] mice exposed to cellphones  memories was slightly decreased and they were basically bouncing off the walls without a care in the world."

However, mice pregnancies last only 19 days and mice are born with less-developed brains than human babies so Taylor admitted that further research in humans into the mechanisms behind the findings is needed said "limiting exposure of the fetus to mobile phone radiation seems advisable." 

The Yale study will form part of major panel discussion held today [12 Nov] on 'Safe Cellphone Use'.

The event was organised by Dr. Devra Davis, who runs the non-profit organization Environmental Health Trust, who added: "While it may be legal for companies to show advertisements of phones being used in ways that are not recommended, it is not ethical.

"When they sell phones to people, and they tell them in fine print to not use them next to the body, and then all their advertisements show them using cellphones exactly next to the body ... I think that is really a profound disconnect that people ought to be aware of."

Some other countries around the world, including France, have banned companies from advertising cellphones to children due to the possible risks.

The team's study appears in Nature'sScientific Report 

Posted 12/11/2012 by richard.hook@pavpub.com