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While the cell phone/brain tumor connection remains inconclusive, the American Association of Neurological Surgeons (AANS) cautions that cell phones present plenty of other risks to people’s neurological health, as illustrated by these few real-life scenarios:
  • 29-year-old male was talking on his cell phone while on an escalator, fell backwards, and lacerated his head.
  • A 50-year-old female suffered nerve damage which was related to extensive cell phone usage. She felt pain in her fingers and the length of her arm while holding her cell phone, and was diagnosed with cervical radiculopathy.
  • A 39-year-old man suffered a head injury after crashing into a tree on his bicycle while texting ~A 16-year-old boy suffered a concussion because he was texting and walked into a telephone pole.
  • A 25-year-old male was talking on his cell phone and walked into a street sign, lacerating his head.
  • A 43-year-old female fell down 13-14 steps while talking on her cell phone, after drinking alcohol. She suffered a neck sprain and contusions to her head, back, shoulder, and leg.
Several studies show cell phones are a leading cause of automobile crashes. It is estimated that drivers distracted by cell phones are four times more likely to be in a motor vehicle accident. The following are some sobering statistics:
  • According to a Harvard University study, an estimated 2,600 people die and 12,000 suffer serious to moderate injuries each year in cell phone-related accidents.
  • A Canadian study analysis of 26,798 cell phone calls made during the 14-month study period showed that the risk of an automobile accident was four times higher when using a cell phone. 
  • National statistics indicate that an estimated 50,000 traumatic brain injury-related deaths occur annually in the United States, 25,000-35,000 of which are attributed to motor vehicle accidents.

Cell Phone Injury Prevention Tips

Talk hands free by using an earpiece or on speaker mode whenever possible.~Follow all cell phone laws applicable to your city and state – these vary greatly.~Use your cell phone only when safely parked, or have a passenger use it.
  • Do not dial the phone or take notes while driving, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc.
  • If your phone rings while driving, let the call go into voice mail and respond later when you are safely parked.
  • Never text message while driving, walking, cycling, skateboarding, rollerblading, etc.
  • Never text message or use a cell phone while performing any physical activities that require attention.

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