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Can cell phone hip-wear hurt your bones?

October 29, 2009 12:00:00 AM PDT
A new study from Turkey suggests wearing a cell phone on your hip may result in weakened bone density in that area. Researchers at Suleyman Demireli University in Turkey measured pelvic bone density in 150 men who wore cell phones on their belts an average of 15 hours each day for six years. They found that bone mineral density on the side of the body in contact with the cell phones was slightly less than on the other side.

While the difference was not statistically significant, it is one of the first studies done that suggests close proximity and long-term exposure to cell phones may adversely affect bone density.

Researchers say the findings are preliminary, and more studies will need to be done before they can reach any conclusions. You can read more about the study in the September issue of the Journal of Craniofacial Surgery.