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Pediatricians’ new warning: Limit children’s exposure to cellphones

The American Academy of Pediatrics recently wrote a letter to the FCC urging the agency to adopt higher standards protecting children’s health from excessive exposure to radiation through the use of cellphones.

“Children are not little adults,” Dr. Gisela Mercada-Deane, chair of radiology at the American Academy of Pediatrics, said. “The amount of radio frequency that children will be exposed by the time they are our age [an adult] is exponential to the amount of radiation, radio frequencies that we ourselves are being exposed to in a lifetime.”

“The current FCC test does not take into account that children’s skulls are thinner and can absorb more radiation, Mercada-Deane added.”

“A 2012 report by the U.S. Government Accountability Office also recommends the FCC standards be reassessed to account for current usage. “By testing mobile phones only when at a distance from the body, FCC may not be identifying the maximum exposure, since some users may hold a mobile phone directly against the body while in use,” the report notes.” Read more.

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