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Mobile phone use could protect against Alzheimer's

7th January 2010

Alzheimer’s charities in the UK have given a cautious response to new research that suggests mobile phones might protect against the condition.

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US scientists carried out work on 96 genetically-altered mice exposed to the electro-magnetic field generated by a standard phone for two one-hour periods each day for seven to nine months.

Researchers from Florida Alzheimer's Disease Research Centre found that phone radiation actually protected the memories of mice programmed to get Alzheimer's disease.

However, chief executive of the Alzheimer's Research Trust Rebecca Wood said: "This research has been carried out in mice that mimic some of the symptoms of Alzheimer's in people, so we don't know if any similar effects will be seen in humans.”

She stressed more work was needed to discover if there will be any beneficial effects long-term.

The Alzheimer’s Society described the findings as “exciting and quite convincing”, though head of research Dr Susanne Sorensen also stressed more work was needed.

“This research in mice is at an early stage and a lot more work is needed before we can say anything about the possible preventative or treatment effects of this type of radiation on people with Alzheimer's disease,” she said.

The campaign group Mast Sanity warned that other studies had shown adverse effects of mobile phone radiation on the brain.

The Institute of Engineering Technology stressed that all isolated reports of health effects associated with low-level exposure to electromagnetic fields should be treated with some caution.

The Florida group is now testing more frequencies to see if they can get better results.


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