Cell phone use by expecting mothers projects a new threat to their unborn baby.
Influences of the environment on a baby, through all the protective layers, in the womb is known for generations. How does this new environmental change can affect the growing fetus?
In mid 2011, the media was flooded with the news from International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a division of the World Health Organization (WHO), that the electromagnetic waves generated with regular use of mobile phones were injurious to human cells and could probably impose some risk of being carcinogenic.
Can the electromagnetic field generated with consistent use of cell phone by expecting mothers generate a new threat to their unborn baby’s delicate developing brain?
This concept was efficiently investigated by Dr. Hugh Taylor and his colleagues in their serial studies on mice.
The results obtained showed significant resemblance of adult mice behaviour to the behaviour of children suffering from ADHD. They found that the mice that were exposed to cell phone generated electromagnetic waves during their foetal life grew up to be hyperactive and their memory was found to be noticeably compromised.
The study is the first of its kind. It gives the first experiment based evidence of the harmful effect of the waves generated by cell phone use on foetal neuron development, which potentially leads to hyperactivity and poor memory in the affected offspring.
So, could the use of cell phones be the underlying cause of world wide rise in the incidence of ADHD? – A point to ponder and a topic for great research. We may find a solution to the distressing problem of ADHD
These studies in mice were conducted by Dr. Hugh S. Taylor, professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences and his collegues.
It was funded by grants from the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health & Human Development, and Environment and Human Health, Inc.
The results of the study are published in March 15, 2012 issue of Scientific Reports, a Nature publication.
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