As the debate over the safety of radiation emitted from cell phones rages on, the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC) plans to review the safety of the mobile devices for the first time in more than a decade.
The FCC last updated its guidelines for the maximum radiation-exposure level in cell phones in 1996, according to Bloomberg News. It bases the limit on the amount of heat that cell phones emit. In 1996, there were 44 million mobile phone users in the U.S. Today there are 332 million subscribers, according to CTIA - The Wireless Association, a trade group.
Cell phones are being used for a longer time and more calls are being made by users now than ever before. Concerns about health impacts have grown with the use of mobile phones.
The National Cancer Institute says that radio frequency energy from cell phones held close to the head may affect the brain and other tissues.
Other studies have also found that cell phone radiation may be harmful. One new study released earlier this year suggested that cell phone use during pregnancy may be harmful to the health of unborn babies.
However, the FCC’s website says the link between radio-frequency energy from cell phones has not been conclusively linked with health problems, according to Bloomberg.
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