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New Alarms Raised over Cellphone Effects on Pregnant Women, Kids

iStockphoto/Thinkstock(NORTH HAVEN, Conn.) -- Just a month into the New Year and the first report on the possible hazards of cellphone use has been released.

Non-profit Environment and Human Health, Inc. (EHHI) has fired the opening salvo of 2012 and it’s not good for the cellular technologies industry.

Lead author John Wargo writes, “The scientific evidence is sufficiently robust showing that cellular devices pose significant health risks to children and pregnant women. The weight of the evidence supports stronger precautionary regulation by the federal government.”

Wargo calls on cellphone makers to, “take immediate steps to reduce emission of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from phones and avoid marketing their products to children.”

Basing their findings on hundreds of previous studies, the EHHI researchers say that experiments performed on animals and humans detailing the effects of electromagnetic radiation said chronic cellphone use can lead to diminished learning, diminished reaction time, decreased motor function, reduced memory accuracy, hyperactivity and diminished cognition.

Since children and pregnant women are most susceptible to side-effects, EHHI recommends “The government must take greater responsibility for testing cellular technologies before they are marketed to assure their safety, their proper disposal and to educate the public about safe patterns of use.”

Copyright 2012 ABC News Radio

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