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Are Cellular Phones Dangerous to Your Health?
Playing It Safe
- Hold longer calls on a conventional phone, restricting cell phone use to shorter calls and situations where traditional phones are not available.
- Use speaker mode, a headset, or a hands-free kit to place more distance between your head and the cell phone.
Cellular Telecommunications Industry Association http://www.ctia.org
Center for Devices and Radiological Health (FDA) http://www.fda.gov
Health Canada http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca
Public Health Agency of Canada http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca
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- Reviewer: Michael Woods, MD
- Review Date: 09/2013
- Update Date: 00/90/2013