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More 'Tweens' Going Mobile; Long-Term Health Risks Remain Unclear

Monty Solomon (
Tue, 22 Mar 2005 18:42:02 -0500

By Associated Press | March 21, 2005

CHICAGO -- There were two things 11-year-old Patty Wiegner really,
really, really wanted for Christmas. One was a furry, playful dog
that's now filling her parents' home with the sound of barking. The
other gift makes a different kind of noise -- it has a ring tone that
mimics rapper 50 Cent's hit song 'Candy Shop.'

While some might question why someone so young might need one, and
some scientists have expressed health concerns, Patty is one of many
kids her age who are asking their parents for cellphones. And
increasingly, they're getting them.

Long-term health risks remain unclear
By Associated Press | March 21, 2005

SEATTLE -- Parents should think twice before giving in to a
middle-schooler's demands for a cellphone, some scientists say,
because potential long-term health risks remain unclear.

Researchers have speculated for more than 10 years that the
electromagnetic radiation emitted from cellphones may damage DNA and
cause benign brain tumors, said Henry Lai, a bioengineering professor
at the University of Washington.

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