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Keeping a mobile in your pocket 'could affect fertility'

Men could be inadvertently damaging their chances of becoming a father by keeping a mobile phone in their trouser pocket, a new study suggests.

General view of a man using an iPhone mobile phone. Credit: Edward Smith/EMPICS Entertainment

Exposure to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from mobiles negatively affected sperm quality, according to scientists at the University of Exeter, who also admitted further research was needed.

Previous studies have suggested that radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation emitted by the devices can have a detrimental effect on male fertility.

Dr Fiona Mathews, of the University of Exeter, who led the study, said: "This study strongly suggests that being exposed to radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation from carrying mobiles in trouser pockets negatively affects sperm quality.

"This could be particularly important for men already on the borderline of infertility, and further research is required to determine the full clinical implications for the general population."

Study to examine effect mobile phone use on children

The world's biggest investigation into the effects of mobile phones on the developing brains of children has been commissioned by the Department of Health.

Scientists have launched the Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (Scamp) will focus on mental functions such as memory and attention which continue to develop into the teenage years.

About 2,500 school children will be tested. Credit: Thomas Eisenhuth/DPA/Press Association Image

About 2,500 school children will be tested at age 11 and 12 and undergo a further assessment two years later. Most children start to own a mobile phone at around 11 or 12.

Invitations have been sent out to more than 160 secondary schools in the outer London area to enrol pupils into the study.

Phone study will 'provide evidence base for policy'

A Government study into the effect mobiles have on a child's brain will "provide the evidence base with which to inform policy", the investigation's chief said.

Scamp's principal investigator Dr Mireille Toledano, from Imperial College London, explained:

As mobile phones are a new and widespread technology central to our lives, carrying out the Scamp study is important in order to provide the evidence base with which to inform policy and through which parents and their children can make informed life choices.

By assessing the children in year seven and again in year nine we will be able to see how their cognitive abilities develop in relation to changing use of mobile phones and other wireless technologies.

– Dr Mireille Toledano
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