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Atlanta, GA: The recent discovery of, and surgery for a brain tumor located in the cranium of beloved Senator Ted Kennedy has refueled the debate over the link to cell phone use and cancer. Senator Kennedy's diagnosis of glioma relates to a tumor that critics have long associated with cell phone use.
The allegation has been dismissed by the American Cancer Society, and various other experts. Among the dissenters is Dr. Eugene Flamm, Chairman of Neurosurgery at Montefiore Medical Center, who referred to the alleged link as defying credulity.
However, it is interesting to note that three prominent neurosurgeons have revealed they never hold cell phones to their ears. Dr. Vini Khurana, an associate professor of neurosurgery at the Australian National University and an outspoken critic of cellphones, uses a speakerphone. Dr. Keith Black, of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, and Dr. Sanjay Gupta, a neurosurgeon at Emory University Hospital and the likeable chief medical correspondent for CNN, both prefer to use earpieces.
All three appeared on Larry King Live last week, and stressed the importance of keeping the microwave antenna of the cell phone as far from the brain as possible.
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My dad (who is a doctor) brought this up at dinner recently. He basically told our family that although the causal relationship between cell phone use and glioma will take a while to prove or disprove...there's no harm in taking precautions in using a headset/earpieces. I have an earpiece...but I don't carry it around all the time (which means I don't use it all the time).
What do you in the huddle think about the cell phone/cancer thing? Do you believe it? Or is it like everything else...the dose makes the poison.
Edited by stins - Tue, 29 Jul 2008 01:18:24 GMT