Study Casts Doubt on Brain Cancer from Cellphones

Hold your cellphone against your head too long and you can get a brain tumor. Text too often and you can forget how to spell. Converse on your Bluetooth while waiting in line and annoy everyone around you.

One of those statements is undeniably true, one could be true, and one-about brain tumors-is probably false, according to a new study in Environmental Health Perspectives.

Because data is sparse about cellphone use by youngsters and about use periods longer than 15 years, be prepared for ongoing speculation about how cellphones affect your brain. And be mindful, the study says, that “Research cannot in principle prove the complete absence of an effect, but only place limits on its possible magnitude.”

Still, the conclusion is fairly compelling: “Although there remains some uncertainty, the trend in the accumulating evidence is increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumours in adults.”

Of course, we can’t promise that somebody won’t whack you in the head if you text and chat during the movie.

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