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Men and Mobiles: Calls to Take Caution
MSN.com June 28, 2004
phones bring convenience and peace of mind, but the benefit of always
being contactable may have a downside. New research shows men who
regularly carry their mobiles near the groin, on a belt or in a pocket
could potentially have their sperm count reduced by as much as 30
percent, ACA reports.
The study, conducted by Hungarian researchers, suggests male fertility
could be affected by the radiation emitted by mobile phones. It also
found the sperm that did survive exposure to radiation showed abnormal
Dr Chris Merry, vice-president of the Australian Medical Association
(AMA), says men shouldn't panic; rather the findings serve as a warning
to think carefully about what they do with their mobile phone.
"You want to be safe rather than sorry," says Dr Merry. "Who knows if
this will have long-term implications for Australia's reproductive
future? I think in the short term it's probably better to keep your
mobile phone in your jacket pocket or somewhere away from your groin."
But Professor David de Krester, director of Andrology Australia, an
organisation specialising in male fertility, is questioning the
validity of the research, which studied 221 men over 13 months.
While the jury is still out, Dr Merry advises all of us to employ some
cautionary measures when carrying our mobile phones. These include:
- Limiting the time you spend talking on your mobile phone;
- Store your mobile phone away from your groin area;
- Try storing your phone in your jacket pocket;
- If driving, try keeping your phone on the car seat next to
- Bear in mind mobiles still make regular transmission to
maintain contact with radio towers even when they're not in use..
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