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Pregnant women: keep cell phone away from belly, study says

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When expectant mom Kelly Fine uses her cell phone she keeps it far away from her bump. Fine, who is due in a month, says a co-worker told her about the risks of cell phone radiation to her baby.

Dr. Hugh Taylor, an ob-gyn and professor at Yale-New Haven Hospital and School of Medicine, recently authored a study in which pregnant mice were kept in a cage with an active cell phone on top of it. The mice exposed as fetuses were later tested as adults. He says the mice exposed to cell phone had decreased memory and were more likely to be hyperactive. Taylor says that in humans that translates to attention deficit disorder (ADHD).

But ditching cellphones altogether would be unrealistic. So what should pregnant women do?

Taylor says a pregnant woman should keep her phone as far away from her abdomen as possible; not in her pocket, not clipped to a belt, and not in a bag carried at the waist.

Dr. Devra Davis, another lead researcher and author on the topic, offers other tips: switch the phone to airplane mode whenever possible, put your tablet on the table where it belongs, and don't fall asleep with a device.

Taylor and Davis are now part of a growing coalition of doctors and scientists behind the Babysafe Project, which is aimed at getting the word out through social media with the hashtag #KnowYourExposure.

The experts agree that more research is needed. The problem is that not much funding is available for that kind of research. That is why Davis and other experts in her field are calling for a $1 fee on the sale of new cell phones to fund more studies and training.

NOTE: The study did not weigh in on a link between cell phone radiation and cancer. In fact, the National Cancer Institute says "no evidence from studies of cells, animals, or humans that radiofrequency energy can cause cancer," according to its website.

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