Journal club of the week: toxicity and mechanism of cancer due to extensive use of cell phones and other electronic devices

Journal club of the week: toxicity and mechanism of cancer due to extensive use of cell phones and other electronic devices

Speaker: PhDs Fatima Ismail Hassan 

Date: 15th of February, 2016

Topic: toxicity and mechanism of cancer due to extensive use of cell phones and other electronic devices

  In the today journal meeting on 15th of February, 2016, first of all new Ph.Ds from Pakistan joined us with Prof. Dr. Mohammad Abdollahi. He briefly introduced himself in his first journal club meeting. He talked about his family members and academic record up to getting Category A scholarship in IC-TUMS, PSRC, in the field of Toxicology and Pharmacology.

After that the PhDs Fatima Ismail Hassan introduced the participants to the toxicity and mechanism of cancer due to extensive use of cell phones and other electronic devices. She said that cell phones and other small electronic devices contain a large number of hazardous substances. Some of these, such as cadmium, have long been known to have serious impacts on the environment and public health. In Sweden, the large cell phone producer Ericsson has posted on its website a list of substances that are restricted or banned from its products and from the products it purchases from other suppliers. While lead solder is merely restricted and not banned at present, Ericsson expects 80 percent of its new products to be lead-free, 80 percent of its printed wiring board to be halogen-free, and all of its products to be beryllium-free by 2002. A heavy metal found in food, soil, and dust, lead enters the food chain through atmospheric deposits on the plants and absorption from the soil. It can also contaminate drinking water by leaching into groundwater from sources such as landfills. Lead is suspected of being carcinogenic, has adverse impacts on the central nervous system, the immune system, and the kidneys, and has been linked to developmental abnormalities. Lead poisoning in children can lead to impaired intelligence, hyperactivity, and aggressiveness. She briefly talked about other materials present in cell phones that pose threats to human health and the environment include beryllium, tantalum, arsenic, and copper. According to the University of Florida Study, the average composition of the cell phones tested contain 45% plastics, 40% printed wiring (or circuit) board, 4% liquid crystal display (LCD), 0% solar cell, 3% magnesium plate, and 8% metals. She also talked about mechanism of cancer developed due to smart phone and other electronic devices, which lead to brain and CNS defects mostly. The thermal and non-thermal mechanism harmful for public health due to electromagnetic radiations and waves. At the end all participants asked their valuable questions and she answered all the questions. All students presented their condolence to loss of Prof Abdollahi’s mother-in-law and prayed for her.