Sunday, January 10, 2010

Cell Phones A Possible Breakthrough in Medical Field?

For several years now cell phones have shaped the technological world and steered the public towards a world of endless possibilites of communication. Though heavily debated, there is now new found research that celluar devices may actually serve as a beneficial aid for mice suffering with Alzheimer's disease. To counter the long belief that the radiations coming from active cell phone rays may cause brain tumors, there is a new study which shows that it could potentially be a cure or treatment for Alzheimer's. Researches studied the electromagnetic rays that were transferred to the brains of aged mice and discovered that the device depleted deposits of beta-amyloid which is a protein involved with the disease. Scientists are working to create a "technological antidote" for humans in the near future.

96 mice were the "guinea pigs" of the study and some were left without the experiment performed so that the researchers could compare the results with those that had not been tested with radiation. The mice were housed in cages with the celluar device and waves were emitted from an antenna to the mice's brains. The result was as follows: Young mice who had Alzheimer's that were exposed to the cell phones before their memory began to deteriorate were not at risk for cognitive disruption. However, if the aged mice were already displaying signs of memory loss, the radiation would eradiacate all impairment. The increase in brain temperature post exposure to radiation may be the cause of this phenomenon. Researches additionally discovered that blood flow increased due to the alteration in brain activity and that this boosted memory in the mice.

Now how could this potentially be beneficial to the human population? Well, simply enough, the experiment was conducted using human cell phones on the mice themselves so essentially, the same results could possibly follow if they were to be tested with humans. Electromagnetic exposure from cell phones is not only a technological breakthrough but it coincides with how the medical field is constantly finding more innovative ways to further research with diseases. Scientists are still testing and considering the pros and cons of this newfound brain research and hope that it will be of good use in the medical future.

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