Friday, March 27, 2009
Medical Reports: Cell Phone Usage
Most of us spend about 13 hours a month talking on our cell phones, but are all those calls bad for your health? Seven's Christine Cruz tells us how much is too much in today's Healthcast.
WSVN -- Americans love to talk. Many of us spend our lives with our cell phones glued to our ears.
Cell Phone User One: "I use my cell phone all the time."
Cell Phone User Two: "I usually carry it everywhere I go."
Some probably talk more than they should.
Cell Phone User Three: "All the time."
Cell Phone User Four: "I am constantly fielding probably 30 or 40 calls a day."
But before you take that call, there are some risks you should know about. A new study shows cell phone usage by men may be linked to infertility problems.
Dr. Ashok Agarwal: "There was degradation in the quality of the sperm in the group, which was exposed to the cell phone for one hour."
Guys who talked for more than four hours per day had the lowest quality of sperm.
Other health issues, heavy cell phone use is linked to a 50 percent increased risk for developing tumors of the salivary gland, and another study showed it takes twice as long for a person to fall asleep after talking on a cell phone for just 30 minutes.
Cell Phone User Five: "I wrap my day up with personal phone calls."
Dr. Ashok Agarwal: "Keeping it by your bed at night disrupts your sleep, so I now put it in the corner of my bedroom."
Here's another downside: You could get what doctors call "mobile phone dermatitis," a rash in reaction to the nickel in some cell phones.
Cell Phone User Six: "When I use my cell phone, I sometimes break out."
And this may affect your teen more than you, but you could get what's called "blackberry thumb sore digits" from overuse and repetition.
So next time your cell phone beckons, you might want to think twice and hold that call.
Richard Lemus: "Experts recommend you hold the phone away from the body and make less frequent calls that are shorter in duration."
FOR MORE INFORMATION:
The Cleveland Clinic