Inveterate cell-phone addicts may feel that the devices help them to work smarter and -- surprisingly -- they may be right.
If they're mice, that is.
In mice prone to an animal form of Alzheimer's disease, long-term exposure to electromagnetic radiation typical of cell phones slowed and reversed the course of the illness, according to Gary Arendash, PhD, of the University of South Florida in Tampa, and colleagues.
A similar exposure in normal mice -- for two hours a day over seven to nine months -- improved their cognitive abilities compared with controls, Arendash and colleagues said in the January issue of the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, which is the research journal of the Alzheimer's Association…..
"This is no call for anyone to self-medicate," Thies said.
And other reactions to the study ranged from "interesting" to "nonsense."