Study: Cell Phone Radiation Leads to Memory Damage In Teens

By B.N. Frank

American federal scientists have reduced their exposure to cell phone radiation because of research.  Studies have determined more than increased cancer risk.  Research has also determined that cell phone radiation disrupts the blood-brain barrier which can cause it to leak.

American Academy of Pediatrics and other health experts have warned that children are more vulnerable to exposure because they are smaller and their skulls are thinner.  In fact, no “safe” level of wireless radiation has been scientifically determined for children or pregnant women.  Even though tech insiders have been limiting their own kids’ use of phones for many years, most parents don’t know about any of the above.  Otherwise they probably wouldn’t let their kids keep their phones near them 24/7 including near their beds.

Now more research has determined that cell phone radiation can cause memory damage – this time in teens.  From Environmental Health Trust:


Study finds mobile (cell) phone radiation affects memory performance in adolescents

Cancer is not the only health effect from cell phones documented in the published  literature.

A replication study by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute found one year of mobile phone linked to memory damage in teenagers. Specifically the teens that used the phone against one side of their head scored more poorly on tests that measured memory  skills specific to the brain regions getting the highest exposure.

  • This is a replication study with double sample size confirming prior results from 2015 study.
  • Higher cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from mobile phone use over one year was associated with figural memory performance in adolescents.
  • Figural memory is mainly located in the right brain hemisphere and association with RF-EMF was more pronounced in adolescents using the mobile phone on the right side of the head. “This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations.” said Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures and Health at Swiss TPH.
  • Objectively collected mobile phone user data from mobile phone operators was used.

News coverage of the study 

Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Excerpts from a press release by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, EurekAlert, Jul 19, 2018 found online here. 

“The research conducted by scientists at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute (Swiss TPH) looked at the relationship between exposure to RF-EMF from wireless communication devices and memory performance in adolescents. The study follows up a report published in the scientific journal Environment International in 2015 with twice the sample size and more recent information on the absorption of RF-EMF in adolescents’ brains during different types of wireless communication device use. These are the world’s first epidemiological studies to estimate cumulative RF-EMF brain dose in adolescents.

The study to be published on 19 July 2018 found that cumulative RF-EMF brain exposure from mobile phone use over one year may have a negative effect on the development of figural memory performance in adolescents, confirming prior results published in 2015. Figural memory is mainly located in the right brain hemisphere and association with RF-EMF was more pronounced in adolescents using the mobile phone on the right side of the head. “This may suggest that indeed RF-EMF absorbed by the brain is responsible for the observed associations.” said Martin Röösli, Head of Environmental Exposures and Health at Swiss TPH.

The data gathered from the Health Effects Related to Mobile phone usE in adolescentS (HERMES) cohort looked at the relationship between exposure to RF-EMF and development of memory performance of almost 700 adolescents over the course of one year. Participants, aged 12 to 17 years, were recruited from 7th to 9th public school grades in urban and rural areas of Swiss-German speaking Switzerland.”

Science  Daily, 2018 Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Foerster M., Thielens A., Joseph W., Eeftens M., Röösli M. (2018) A prospective cohort study of adolescents’ memory performance and individual brain dose of microwave radiation from wireless communication. Environmental Health Perspectives.


Exposure doesn’t only affect brain health either.  It can cause a variety of undesirable symptoms and illnesses including “Microwave Sickness” and Electromagnetic Sensitivity (ES).  In related news – there’s also a class action lawsuit against 11 smartphone models for exceeding federal RF safety levels up to 500%.

Activist Post reports regularly about cell phones (see 1, 2) and other sources of unsafe technology.  For more information, visit our archives and the following websites:

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