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New Report Warns of Harmful Effects of Cell Phone Useage

Washington, DC
Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Communicators take a look at a new study that found brain chemistry becomes altered after 50 minutes of cell phone usage. The discussion features several perspectives from the medical field, academics and advocates on the implications of the study.

Dr. Nora Volkow, Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, describes the research process conducted by National Institutes of Health scientists and the Energy Department’s Brookhaven National Laboratory. However, the study did not make conclusions about long-term effects of the altered brain activity.

Joining via teleconference are University of Pennsylvania Professor Kenneth Foster and author Devra Davis.

Foster, a professor in the Department of Bioengineering, does extensive research into the effect of radio-frequency energy. He offers his concerns about the NIH study and what it may lead others to believe about the long-term effects of cell phone radiation.

Then, Davis, the author of the book “Disconnect,” talks about her belief that cell phone radiation does produce harmful effects on the brain.

Updated: Sunday, May 22, 2011 at 2:06pm (ET)

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