Children absorb more cellphone radiation

Posted by Emma Woollacott

A new study from the Environmental Health Trust has found that  children absorb twice as much microwave radiation from phones as do adults.

Children are currently absorbing twice the cellphone radiation to their heads as adults, says the team, and up to triple in their brain’s hippocampus and hypothalamus.

They also show greater absorption in their eyes, and as much as 10 times more in their bone marrow than adults.

Even for adults, it says, cell phones carried in the shirt or pants pocket exceed FCC exposure guidelines. The reason, says the team, is that the industry-designed process for evaluating microwave radiation is flawed.

The tests are based on the example of a single type of individual, a large man. Far better, says the team, would be to use anatomically based models of people of various ages, including pregnant women.

The amount of radiation absorbed should be determined in all tissue types, they say. Then, cellphones could be certified with children in mind, using the 'As Low As Reasonably Achievable' (ALARA) approach used to  set standards for radiological devices.

The potential dangers of cellphones - in particular, cancer - are increasingly causing concern, especially when it comes to children.

One big problem in establishing the danger is that cellphones simply haven't been around that long, or not in the hands of children, at any rate. It could be years yet before the long-term effects of early cellphone use - if any - become clear.

The report appears in Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.