by A. Grano on June 18th, 2012 at 9:32 am
Approximately 3 to 7 percent of school-age children suffer from ADHD – a 66 percent increase over the last 10 years, according to a new Northwestern Medicine study that was detailed in an article from BusinessInsider.com.1
Research conducted at the Yale School of Medicine and published in Scientific Reports found that exposure to radiation from cell phones during pregnancy affected brain development in mice.
Scientists found that mice that were exposed to radiation during fetal development were more hyperactive and showed lowered memory capacity after a series of psychological and behavioral tests in adulthood than the control group.2
An article from ScienceDaily.com notes that the researchers were able to determine that the behavioral changes appeared to occur in neuron development in the prefrontal cortex region of the brain.3 Since symptoms of ADHD such as inattention and hyperactivity are associated with the same region of the brain, the causation seems to be quite probable.3
The study authors said that more research is needed to conclusively apply the same findings to humans, but the research showed noteworthy first experimental evidence that fetal exposure was correlated to adult behavior.
According to ScienceDaily.com, lead study author Dr. Hugh S. Taylor said reducing radiation exposure from cell phones during pregnancy ‘seems warranted.’3
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- Michael Kelley, “STUDY: Cell Phone Use While Pregnant May Cause ADHD In Child,” Business Insider.
- Tamir S. Aldad, “Fetal Radiofrequency Radiation Exposure From 800-1900 Mhz-Rated Cellular Telephones Affects Neurodevelopment and Behavior in Mice,” Scientific Reports.
- Science Daily, “Cell Phone Use in Pregnancy May Cause Behavioral Disorders in Offspring, Mouse Study Suggests.”