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Men and Mobiles: Calls to Take Caution
MSN.com June 28, 2004
Mobile 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 movements.
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 you.
- 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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