A study in mice recommends using cell phones can help prevent some of the brain-wasting effects of Alzheimer's disease, U.S. researchers said on Wednesday.
Long-term contact to electromagnetic waves such as those used in cell phones, mice genetically modified to develop Alzheimer's performed as well on memory and thinking skill tests as healthy mice, the researchers wrote in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease.
The results were a major surprise and open the possibility of developing a noninvasive, drug-free treatment for Alzheimer's, said lead author Gary Arendash of the University of South Florida. Over a 35 million people globally will suffer from Alzheimer's disease or other forms of dementia in 2010, according to the Alzheimer's Association.
In the same time there has been recent disagreement about whether electromagnetic waves from cell phones cause brain cancer. Co-author Chuanhai Cao says that “the mice study is more evidence that long-term cell phone use is not harmful to the brain”.
The World Health Organization, the American Cancer Society, and the National Institutes of Health, have all concluded that scientific evidence to date does not support any bad health effects associated with the use of cell phones.
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