By Holly Lebowitz Rossi

Most American teenagers make or receive 5 cell phone calls each day, research has shown.  Whether that regular cell phone use, over time, can cause brain tumors, is a topic of high debate in the scientific community.

On May 31, the World Health Organization (WHO) placed cell phones on a list of 266 items that may cause cancer in human beings.  Yet a study published this week in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute would seem to reassure parents that kids who use cell phones are at no heightened risk of developing brain cancer.  The study concluded, "Regular users of mobile phones were not statistically significantly more likely to have been diagnosed with brain tumors compared to nonusers."

Experts advise parents to consider teaching their children to take cell phone precautions such as using hands-free devices or speaker phone, or doing more texting than talking to keep the cell phone's antenna away from their heads.

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