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Why men should not put phones in their pockets

Why men should not put phones in their pockets
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Men, where do you store your phone? Is it in the breast pocket of your jacket or inside a murse (man purse)? If you place it in your pants pocket, you may want to rethink that decision.

A few months ago, we told you about a study done by the Israel Institute of Technology that found 47 percent of the men who regularly kept their phones less than 20 inches from their groin, say in a pants pocket, had lower sperm count. They weren't able to confirm a definite link but a review team from another academic institution is trying to prove a correlation.

A team from the University of Newcastle in Austrailia reviewed 27 studies on the subject and 21 of them suggested a link between radiation from cellphones and damaged sperm cells. When exposed to the radiation, 8 percent of cells are less mobile and 9 percent of cells are not healthy. These factors play a big role in fertility because unhealthy sperm that can't swim well won't reach the egg.

And if they do reach the egg, that could cause a whole new set of problems because radiation can also damage DNA. The review team says that if the damaged sperm does reach the egg and conception occurs, a "future health burden" could be the result. It seems that birth defects are a worst-case-scenario possibility.

However, correlation does not mean causation. Scientists can't yet explain how non-ionizing radiation (when there's not enough energy to change an atom or molecule) affects the body. Although studies suggest some sort of link, a true cause and effect relationship has yet to be determined because there isn't enough radiation going on during cellphone usage.

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