Largest study ever of cell phone use finds no additional risk for brain cancer.
The way Denmark tracks information about its citizens has made it a unique laboratory for long-term population studies. Taking advantage of this, researchers have found that after adjusting for things like age, years of cellphone use, and income there was no observed link between phone users and cancer. After 15 years of exposure, no dose effect was seen either.
PositiveTip: While these findings are comforting, it is still probably prudent to avoid constant talking on your cellphone unless using some type of earphone.
The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation on media and sleep concludes their review with this statement:
William Dement, a professor at Stanford University and a leading sleep researcher has written, “…my most significant finding is that ignorance is the worst sleep disorder of all.” This review of the literature on sleep and media use among children indicates that while there are some things we do know about media and sleep, there is much more about which we are still ignorant.
It is extremely important to understand that all of the different types of media to which our kids are exposed can cause both measurable effects and other effects that we don’t yet understand.
The report from the Kaiser Family Foundation goes on to discuss possible nightmares and new forms of media.
Media use and nightmares: Research has shown that many children may experience nightmares resulting from something they viewed on TV or in an electronic game, and most children have young children who view to this kind of media do not find it relaxing.
On the other hand, there are also new television programs that have been specifically created to calm children down and help them fall asleep, and are promoted to parents as such.
Are the new forms of media use influencing sleep in different ways?
The average number of hours that children over age five spend watching television has only changed a little in the past generation. However, among very young children, television and video/DVD viewing has increased dramatically.
A report from the Kaiser Family Foundation reports:
Distracted driving is becoming a large problem on the highways.
A major medical journal has weighed in heavily on the dangers of texting and talking on the cell phone while driving. The author urges all physicians to educate their patients that distracted driving is roughly equivalent to driving drunk. All those who think they can drive without incident while distracted, including every teen driver, should watch a graphic British public service announcement about this issue.
PositiveTip: Pull over if you have to fool with your phone or text while driving. This simple step could save your life!
Kids now spend more time playing games and media than actually talking on their cell phones!
Easy access to mobile devices like cell phones and iPods has significantly changed the way kids use media.
Over the past five years, there has been a huge increase in gadget ownership among 8-18-year-olds: from 39% to 66% for cell phones, and from 18% to 76% for iPods and other MP3 players. Young people now spend more time listening to music, playing games, and watching TV on their cell phones (an average of 49 minutes a day) than they spend talking on them (average 33 minutes a day).
PositiveTip: Monitor your kids' cell phone use. Know how they are using their technology. It’s important!
On January 26, 2010 the U.S. Department of Transportation issued regulations prohibiting bus or truck drivers from sending text messages while operating commercial vehicles. Those who choose to ignore these rules may be subject to a whopping fine of up to $2750.00. An increasing number of states are banning texting while driving as well. Remember the Texas bus driver who plowed into stopped traffic while texting? It was all caught on video!
Cell phone use might actually help prevent Alzheimer's disease! Really?
The Journal of Alzheimer's Disease has reported that researchers exposed normal mice and mice genetically bred to develop Alzheimer's disease (AD) to electromagnetic fields (EMF) at frequencies equivalent to cell phones for 2 hours each day. After 7-9 months those mice exposed to the EMF were actually protected against cognitive impairment, and AD-like symptoms were reversed in the mice predisposed to AD. Improved cognitive performance was measured in the normal mice, too.