Cell Phone Use During Pregnancy May Harm Offspring, Yale Study Says

03/17/2012 03:10 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy may affect the developing brain of offspring, possibly leading to hyperactivity, according to Yale School of Medicine researchers whose study was performed using mice.

"This is the first experimental evidence that fetal exposure to radio frequency radiation from cellular telephones does in fact affect adult behavior," according to senior author Hugh S. Taylor, M.D., professor and chief of the Division of Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility in the Yale Department of Obstetrics, Gynecology & Reproductive Sciences.

It is noteworthy that the article in Science Reports, published March 15, 2012, explains that "mouse brain development is incomplete at birth" and is "distinct from that of humans." While further study is necessary, researchers seem confident they have discovered a troubling link between human fetal development and cell phone exposure.

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