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Mobile phones pose risk to young brains

Neurosurgeons yesterday warned parents to prevent their children from excessive contact with mobile telephones, warning that overexposure could seriously damage adolescents’ brains and even lead to tumors. The overly frequent use of mobile phones by adolescents aged up to 15 can have serious consequences as their brains are still developing, experts told a press conference in Thessaloniki yesterday ahead of a neurosurgeons’ conference in Halkidiki this weekend. Recent studies have shown that excessive exposure to the radiation emitted by mobile telephones at a very young age can have a negative effect, Panayiotis Selviaridis, president of the Hellenic Neurosurgical Society, said. Brain tumors constitute the second most common type of abnormal tissue growth in children after leukemia, according to experts, Selviaridis said.