London: Women using a mobile phone while pregnant could be risking the health of their unborn baby, researchers have warned.Yale School of Medicine researchers have found that exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affects the brain development of offspring, potentially leading to hyperactivity.The results are based on studies in mice.“This is the first experimental evidence that foetal exposure to radiofrequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behaviour,” said senior author Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Sciences.Taylor and co-authors exposed pregnant mice to radiation from a muted and silenced cell phone positioned above the cage and placed on an active phone call for the duration of the trial. A control group of mice was kept under the same conditions but with the phone deactivated.The team measured the brain electrical activity of adult mice that were exposed to radiation as foetuses, and conducted a battery of psychological and behavioural tests.
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