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September 26
Take 5: Cell Phone Radiation with Dan Kassiday

By Kathryn Grandstaff

On this week’s “radioactive” episode, Craig and I talk to Dan Kassiday—the leading expert for the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Center for Devices and Radiological Health—about the latest headlines regarding the potential for radiation exposure from cell phone use. Here are our top 5 takeaways this week:

  1. Although the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) heads the regulation of cell phones, FDA has the authority to take action if cell phones are shown to emit radiofrequency energy (RF) at a hazardous level.
  2. Radiofrequency is measured in hertz. For radio frequency to create physiological changes to the human body, it must high enough to generate heat.
  3. The average cell phone user will not encounter hazardous emissions from their devices, as the RF levels generated by cell phones are not high enough to cause physiological damage.
  4. In some states, such as California, retailers have labeled cell phones with their RF emissions. This label indicates the maximum emission level—not the average.
  5. For more information about the FDA’s study on radiation emissions from consumer products, please visit FDA’s website.

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