1. Paging Dr. Pestilence: Doctors’ Dirty Cell Phones
New research released on Thursday suggests that your side effects of mobile phone related health issue may stem from your doctor’s phone. In a study published in the journal Annals of Clinical Microbiology, researchers at Ondokuz Mayis University in Samsun, Turkey screened the mobile phones of 200 health care workers in hospitals for germs that are known to be dangerous to human health.
The researchers found shocking results.
What the researchers found was that 94.5 percent of the phones tested — nearly 19 out of 20 — were contaminated with some kind of bacteria. Worse, some of the bacteria that the researchers found were known “superbugs” — bacteria that are resistant to one or more commonly used antibiotics.
Another shocking fact came to light.
Despite this, the researchers found that only about 10 percent of the health care workers studied cleaned their cell phones on a routine basis. “Mobile phones are frequently-used devices with clean or dirty hands in daily practice, including in hospitals,” Dr. Ahmet Dilek of the Ondokuz Mayis University team told ABCNews.com. “[W]e found that most of the medical professionals do not clean their own cell phones, and most of the [unclean] phones carried important hospital pathogens.”
2. When CellP hone Hazards Hit the Road
Cell phone radiation may not be as harmful as the conversations.
Specifically, researchers at Carnegie Mellon University studied the brain waves of drivers using cell phones — and they found that even just listening to a conversation reduced the amount of brain activity devoted to driving by 37 percent. The quality of driving showed a “significant deterioration,” according to the 2008 study. “The science tells [us] when [we’re] on the phone while driving, it is a high-risk activity — very, very risky,” Janet Froetscher, president and CEO of the National Safety Council, told ABC News correspondent Lisa Stark in a “World News” report in January. “But most people don’t understand that.”
4. Talking While Walking: Another Traffic Hazard?
You’re not at an automobile accident risk only when you’re driving.
So suggests a study published in January in the journal Pediatrics that shows that children are more distracted while crossing the street if they happen to be talking on a cell phone.
“The influence of cell phones on child pedestrian safety is particularly concerning because cell phones, an oddity a decade ago, are quickly becoming ubiquitous among American schoolchildren,” said the study’s authors.
Pedestrians aren’t very safe either.
Some preliminary studies show that even adult pedestrians get distracted while carrying on cell phone conversations while walking. Still, adults are much more likely to avoid injury, as they are generally more adept at navigating the crosswalk than children are.
5. ‘Phantom’ Vibrations
While they may pale in comparison to the seriousness of a car accident, the “phantom” vibrations experienced by some habitual mobile device users can be an annoying side effect of the wireless era.
Our reliance on our cell phones may actually be “training” some of us to believe it is vibrating when it is not. In the case of cell phones, people are rewarded when they pick up their calls and read their incoming text messages, which causes them to pick up their cell phones more and more frequently
7. Texting Takes a Toll on Thumbs
The side effects are not all in our heads. Our thumbs, it turns out, may also bear the brunt of our reliance on these devices.
Texting can have dangerous effects.
The sores and blisters that some experience from too much texting and typing have earned monikers such as “BlackBerry thumb.” And while the sore thumbs may seem like a new phenomenon, medical experts say there is a rational explanation for this modern-day nuisance.
Allergic to Your Phone?
What if you happened to be allergic to your own phone?
Those with allergies to certain metals, such as nickel, may experience yet another side effect of exposure to their cell phones in the form of contact dermatitis. Nickel is a metal that’s used in a wide variety of products, including jewelry, belt buckles and watch bands. It’s the most common cause of contact dermatitis in the developed world.
Research is on.
In a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal in January 2008, Bercovitch tested 22 models of cell phones for the presence of nickel. He found that 10 devices contained the metal — often around the menu buttons, near decorative logos, around the edge of the screen or on a part of the handset where paint was chipped.
The Perils of Loud Music
We’re well aware that loud music played for a long duration may interfere with our mental and perhaps physical well being too!
According to statistics from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention(http://www.cdc.gov/healthyyouth/noise/index.htm), about 12.5 percent of children and adolescents 6 and 19 years old and 17 percent of adults between 20 and 69 years of age have suffered permanent damage to their hearing from excessive exposure to noise. In total, this accounts for more than 30 million people.Sounds louder than 85 decibels can damage hearing.
8. Impaired Concentration
Researchers have found that most people fanatically check their menu screen, e-mail, apps and news though the probability of seeing something new is pretty much low. During a study, Reaction times in an emergency were 23 per cent longer when texting than normal. Probably that is why talking on mobile phone while driving is against the laws in many countries. Use of mobile phones reduces your ability to focus. You take more time to do a task whether it’s solving a mathematical question or approaching the car breaks to avoid an accident.
10. General Sickness
All that tapping, typing, and swiping may make your mobile screen as germ-packed as your computer keyboard and is hence definitely making you sick.
11. Eye Problems
The combination of holding your phone too close to your eyes along with staring at its viciously small font can lead to eye strain, headaches, dry eye and blurred vision.
13. Increased Stress
You bought your phone so you will be reachable 24X7. Consequently you never have the time to relax., why? Because you’re never inaccessible. You are constantly expecting someone to access you via your cell phone. This is building up the stress ( You don’t realize it though!).
The harmful radiations emitted by the cell phones can damage DNA. DNA damage in brain cells can affect neurological functions. This can possibly lead to neurodegenerative diseases.
14. Heart risks
According to a report published in European Journal of Oncology, radiations from cordless phones (including mobile phones) can cause irregularities in normal functioning of heart.
“That ringing in your pocket might turn out to be a death knell for your sperm”, says a research. Several studies have shown that men who excessively use cell phones have suffered from slower or damaged sperm and decreased sperm concentration.
Loss of Hearing
The radiation emitted by cell phones can damage delicate workings of the inner ear. People who are subjected to long-term mobile phone use are at a higher risk of developing hearing loss.
16. Brain Cancer
Cell phone radiation may be slowly damaging your brain. Using a unique technique for determining electromagnetic radiation, researchers came to a conclusion that the radio-frequency field generated by your cell phone triggers heating up of brain tissue.