Friday Sep 20, 2008 (foodconsumer.org) -- Long term use
of cell phone has already been associated with brain tumor.
Now a new study suggests that simply carrying
a cell phone with talk mode on could damage sperm.
The study by researchers at Cleveland Clinic showed cell
phones left on talk mode in a pocket increased oxidative stress and reduced
antioxidants in the semen.
Ashok Agarwal, the Director of the Center for
Reproductive Medicine and colleagues collected semen samples from 32 men and divided
each sample into two parts. One part was placed 2.5 centimeters from an 850 MHz
cell phone in talk mode for one hour and the other was not exposed to the
The researchers found oxidative stress increased and
antioxidants decreased in the semen samples exposed to the cell phone
Agarwal was cited by CNN as
saying that the effect was equal to a decrease in sperm quality.
This was not the first time that cell phone was found to have a
negative effect on the sperm. A few early studies have already associated exposure
to cell phone radiation with decreased sperm quality.
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