Connection Between Cell Phone Usage and Health

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This eBook chapter gives a detailed account of the following health aspects connected to the use of mobile phones: radiation, cancer, brain tumours and sleep disorders. The chapter pays particular attention to the physical health effects of mobile phone usage, such as: How radiation can be absorbed into the human body, whether or not cancer is linked to excessive mobile phone use and if mobile phones can lead to brain tumour development. The results being presented in this chapter state there are no solid links between excessive phone usage and harmful effects of radiation, developing cancer or brain tumours but do insist that further investigation is required. In this chapter the author states facts gathered by a variety of studies that have been clearly written and are easy to understand. Although the majority of the results appear to have originated from accredited institutes (Institute of Cancer Epidemiology), organisations (World Health Organisation) and various researchers it remains difficult to comprehensively determine any bias due to the lack of available information on the author or publisher. Despite this chapter’s information on health issues being highly intriguing and relevant to the topic it is worth noting the majority of the information does stem from studies that were published between the years of 2004-2006 and the results of these studies being displayed are quite vague and are lacking detail. More current specific studies on these topics have been published and would be worth further investigation. The article focuses on a study that investigates connections between problematic mobile phone use and the number of motor vehicle accidents. The study focused on a 45 minute online assessment taken over fi... ... middle of paper ... ...tween mobile phone use and declining health issues. However, as questionnaires are not always totally reliable as research tools, it is advisable to be aware that this could be a limitation. Works Cited Henke, J. (2012) Mobile phone devices: Development, features, and effects on health & society (pp.63-75). Retrieved from O’Connor, S. S., Whitehill, M. J., King, M. K., Kernic, A. M., Boyle, N. L., Bresnahan, W. B., Mack, D. C., Ebel, E. B., (2013). Compulsive cell phone use and history of motor vehicle crash. Journal of Adolescent Health, 53(4). 512-519. doi: 10.1016/j.jadohealth.2013.05.015 Thomee, S., Harenstam, A., & Hagberg, M. (2011). Mobile phone use and stress, sleep disturbances, and symptoms of depression among young adults: A prospective cohort study. BMC Public Health, 11(66). doi:10.1186/1471-2458-11-66

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