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Could cell phones cure Alzheimer's disease?

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By David Liu

A new animal study led by University of South Florida researchers suggests that use of cell phones may help prevent or even cure Alzheimer's disease.

The study in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease showed mice prone to having Alzheimer's disease avoid developing the disease, mice with Alzheimer's got rid of the disease and mice without the disease boosted their memory among other things after exposure to cell phone radiation.

Gary Arendash Ph.D. and colleagues placed cages of mice around a cell phone radiation emitter and exposed the animals one hour a time twice a day for a period of seven to nine months.

Amazing enough is that these findings may be also applicable to humans, according to an early study.

Schüz J and colleagues from the Danish Cancer Society in Copenhagen, Denmark reported in a study published in the Feb 5, 2009 issue of PLoS One that use of cell phone was associated with fewer hospital contacts for Alzheimer’s disease in men.

The researchers analyzed data from a cohort of 420,000 people who started using cell phones between 1982 and 1995 and were followed through 2003 for hospital contacts for a diagnosis of a central nervous system.

They found the contact rates were increased by 10 to 20 percent for migraine and vertigo while the hospital contact rates were decreased by 30 to 40 percent for dementia including Alzheimer's disease, vascular and other dementia, Parkinson disease and epilepsy among men.

But there were no associations among women for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, multiple sclerosis or epilepsy.

Cell phone users who used the device for more than 10 years have been found at higher risk for brain cancer compared to the general population, some studies found.  But no association was found among those who have used the communication tool for less than 10 years, according to other studies.

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