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It turns out our cell phones might have something to do with Alzheimer’s disease, according to a new study published in the journal Current research on Alzheimer’s disease.
According to a press release on the research, most scientists agree that Alzheimer’s disease is caused by excessive calcium buildup in the brain. And pulsed electronically generated electromagnetic fields (EMF) emitted by cell phones, according to the study, can cause or worsen this calcium buildup.
Animal models seem to support this theory, according to the article.
“EMFs act via electrical spikes and time-varying magnetic forces on a nanosecond time scale,” study author Martin Pall of Washington State University said in the release. . “Any of these can produce the ultimate nightmare – extremely early onset Alzheimer’s disease.”
The press release used even stronger language.
“Very young people exposed to radiation from cellphones or Wi-Fi for many hours a day can develop digital dementia,” he said.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, more than 6.5 million Americans age 65 and older are living with Alzheimer’s disease. Seventy-three percent are 75 or older, and the number of diagnoses is growing rapidly every year. By 2050, the number of people aged 65 and over with Alzheimer’s disease could reach nearly 13 million, almost twice as many as today.
The disease also disproportionately affects black and Hispanic communities, but wherever it occurs, Alzheimer’s disease kills. One in three elderly people die of this disease or other dementias, according to the association.
It’s also not the first time EMFs have been linked to health problems. While the National Cancer Institute says a link between EMFs and cancer is unlikely and that normal amounts of EMFs do not affect humans, Health line says there are other more common issues it has been linked to, including irritability, headaches, insomnia and other concerning symptoms.
Any link between Alzheimer’s disease and cellphones is still fairly marginal, but it’s intriguing – and disturbing, given the scope of mobile devices – enough to warrant further investigation.
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