Feeds

Link between mobile phones and Alzheimer's – more evidence

Swedish research finds range of brain disorders triggered by microwaves

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Build a business case: developing custom apps

Just two minutes spent chatting on a mobile phone can give you the memory of a goldfish.

Researchers in Sweden have found that radiation emissions from mobiles can lead to conditions such as Alzheimer's Disease.

Rats were exposed to microwave pulses similar to those from a mobile phone by scientists at the University of Lund.

They found that after two minutes of zapping, the rodents' immune systems were damaged, the Daily Mail reported this weekend.

This allowed dangerous toxins and proteins to travel from the blood and enter the brain. Once in the brain tissue, there was a higher risk of developing brain or nerve diseases, such as Alzheimer's, Parkinson's or multiple sclerosis.

Professor Leif Salford, the neurologist who carried out the study, told the Mail: "We saw the opening of the blood-brain barrier even after a short exposure to radiation at the same level as mobile phones.

"We are not sure yet whether this is a harmful effect, but it seems that molecules such as proteins and toxins can pass out of the blood while the phone is switched on and cross into the brain."

This is the latest in a mountain of research pointing to the health risks of mobiles. Earlier this year, similar evidence from UK research was found.

Mobile phones stand accused of causing cancer, frying the brain, and even loosening the bowels.

But mobile phone manufacturers are still adamant that they pose no risk to health.

This was supported by an article in the New Scientist earlier this year, which stated that "a mild bout of exercise will heat your head more than the puny microwaves that the devices emit".

The jury is still out officially, with MPs last month deciding there was no concrete evidence on the issue.

Around 20 million Brits have a mobile. ®

For more brain-curdling info, check out Microwave News

Build a business case: developing custom apps

More from The Register

next story
iPad? More like iFAD: We reveal why Apple fell into IBM's arms
But never fear fanbois, you're still lapping up iPhones, Macs
Sonos AXES support for Apple's iOS4 and 5
Want to use your iThing? You can't - it's too old
Amazon says Hachette should lower ebook prices, pay authors more
Oh yeah ... and a 30% cut for Amazon to seal the deal
Philip K Dick 'Nazi alternate reality' story to be made into TV series
Amazon Studios, Ridley Scott firm to produce The Man in the High Castle
Joe Average isn't worth $10 a year to Mark Zuckerberg
The Social Network deflates the PC resurgence with mobile-only usage prediction
Chips are down at Broadcom: Thousands of workers laid off
Cellphone baseband device biz shuttered
Feel free to BONK on the TUBE, says Transport for London
Plus: Almost NOBODY uses pay-by-bonk on buses - Visa
Twitch rich as Google flicks $1bn hitch switch, claims snitch
Gameplay streaming biz and search king refuse to deny fresh gobble rumors
Stick a 4K in them: Super high-res TVs are DONE
4,000 pixels is niche now... Don't say we didn't warn you
prev story

Whitepapers

Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Boost IT visibility and business value
How building a great service catalog relieves pressure points and demonstrates the value of IT service management.
Why and how to choose the right cloud vendor
The benefits of cloud-based storage in your processes. Eliminate onsite, disk-based backup and archiving in favor of cloud-based data protection.
The Essential Guide to IT Transformation
ServiceNow discusses three IT transformations that can help CIO's automate IT services to transform IT and the enterprise.
Maximize storage efficiency across the enterprise
The HP StoreOnce backup solution offers highly flexible, centrally managed, and highly efficient data protection for any enterprise.