12:00am

Wed December 4, 2013
Health, Science, Environment

Today on Your Call: Should we be concerned about cell phone radiation?

  

On today's Your Call, we'll talk to scientific experts about cell phones and how they may be affecting our health.  A recent study looks at the incidents of breast cancer in women who've kept cell phones in their bras.  Another looks at the effect of cell phone radiation on animal embryos in the womb.  But how much do we really know?  What do YOU want to know about how to use your cell phone safely?  Join the conversation on the next Your Call with Holly Kernan and You.

Guests:

Dr. Devra Davis, author of Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

Dr. Dariusz Leszczynski, research professor with the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority 

Resources:

Message inside an iPhone 5:

Settings --> General --> About --> Legal --> RF exposure

“To reduce exposure to RF [radio frequency] energy, use a hands-free option, such as the built-in speakerphone, the supplied headphones, or other similar accessories.  Carry iPhone at least 10mm away from your body to ensure exposure levels remain at or below the as-tested levels.  Cases with metal parts may change the RF performance of the device, including its compliance with the RF exposure guidelines, in a manner that has not been tested or certified.”

Environmental Health Trust: Cell Phones/ Radiation

Commonwealth Club: Expert Roundtable: Skeptical About Cell Phones and Health?

Devra Davis: Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation, What the Industry Is Doing to Hide It, and How to Protect Your Family

Blog: Between a Rock and a Hard Place 

National Cancer Institute: Cell Phones and Cancer Risk

Mobilize - A Film on Cell Phone Radiation

ScienceDirect: Swedish review strengthens grounds for concluding that radiation from cellular and cordless phones is a probable human carcinogen

Pew Research Center: Cell phone ownership hits 91% of adults

Time: More People Have Cell Phones Than Toilets, U.N. Study Shows

The San Francisco Appeal: Plan To Drop Sf’s Cell Phone Right To Know Law Approved By Board Of Supervisors

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