May 30th, 2011
11:59 PM ET

AC360 Follow: Gupta digs into cell phone safety

(CNN) - Think your cell phone is safe?

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After nearly a year-long investigation, Dr. Sanjay Gupta reports that everything we knew about cell phone usage and radiation exposure is not as it appears. His findings are stunning and have already changed the way many people, including Anderson, are using and carrying their mobile devices and hands-free headsets.

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Tonight on AC360°, Anderson and Sanjay discuss the fine print of cell phone safety standards and what they’ve discovered about how you should and should not be using your phone will surprise you.

Updated: Tuesday, 5/31/11, 12:34 a.m.

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  1. fernace

    In 1996 when this topic first appeared, it was shut down by the cell phone industry & medical professionals alike. What has happened since then to now make it dangerous? Does this mean power stations cause cancer now, which was also a concern in the 80's & 90's?

    May 31, 2011 at 5:06 pm |
  2. nathan smith

    just like radiation from microwave oven's are harmful to us and does long term damage by tha same token cell phones I agree can cause brain damage over a period of time.blue tooths are a big help but not totally safe either.My blue Ant blue tooth says if not in use don't leave it on because it can cause cancer.whoever thought wearing a blue tooth can cause cancer?

    May 31, 2011 at 1:09 pm |
  3. Logan

    Hard to make this case. Other then a possibility of a superficial burn to the ear. I thought we've made the case about sunlight that causes cancer is from the UV radiation. Not from non-ionizing radiation from radio waves.

    May 31, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • Logan

      If there is a hypersenisitvity to RF energy. Then what about power line workers who have to work on the hot wires? Or the radio or cell towers? Any evidence of actual disease?

      May 31, 2011 at 9:02 am |
  4. Brian

    With all the concern about radiation at cell phones there is an upside if excessive use can lead to brain cancer. I know this is a little macabre, but this could be a solution to our growing problem with Social Security and Medicare. If 1/3 of the US adult population dies before they reach the age of 65, the problems with the insolvency of Social Security and Medicare simply evaporate. So everybody keep talking away. Too many in my generation stopped smoking now we can have preventable brain cancer as the next big deficit reducer. Oh and don't forget there will be all the money generated by class action suits against the cell phone manufacturers to help pay for the medical bills of those who do get sick.

    May 30, 2011 at 11:54 pm |
  5. Jenn

    I guess I am unsure why cell phones are now being a threat to cancer. We all have cancer cells. Where were these studies coming from?

    May 30, 2011 at 11:53 pm |
  6. Judith Nowak

    Any studies of patients with brain tumors and cell phone use and whether tumor location correlates with handedness?

    May 30, 2011 at 11:50 pm |
  7. Jean-Marc

    As it looks like carrying a cellphone to close to the body can be dangereous, is there any case on the market which could allowed to carry it + not to be exposed to radiations?

    May 30, 2011 at 11:49 pm |
  8. David sewell

    I do believe there is a direct correlation between my cancerous brain tumor and my cell phone usage. Back then, cell ohone companies denied any correlation but now they are putting warnings in their literature, good job .finally getting the word out

    May 30, 2011 at 11:05 pm |
  9. David sewell

    I was working at mci back in the early 90's and they provided me with a nokia cell phone, and it was the size of a brick. I've had a cell phone ever since.

    Then in 2001, I was diagnosed with astrocytoma grade 3, brain tumor, right next to my left ear, actually left frontal lobe.

    I did investigate the correlation back in 2001, and found little suporting

    May 30, 2011 at 11:00 pm |
  10. Zed Davidson

    Has there been any research on the increase of wireless devices and the increase in autism? Both increases are very similar. If no one has looked into this maybe it would be a good idea to research

    May 30, 2011 at 10:53 pm |
  11. maya

    my opinion is to use headphones and also when people put it in there pockets its better to have the case that stays to your pants. (:

    May 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm |

    I was wondering whether issue of radiation is also relevant to the use of wireless headphones which I use at home while watching TV in the evening.

    May 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  13. Sharon B

    What about cordless phones that sit in a cradle when not in use. Like a land-line. Are they prone to radiation also?

    May 30, 2011 at 10:52 pm |
  14. Angel Scott

    I have noticed that I have very severe headaches after using my cellular throughout the day. Since I have bought a Bluetooth, my headaches are not as frequent nor severe. Have others noticed the change as well and what might have been happening to cause the headaches while holding the cell phone??

    May 30, 2011 at 8:59 pm |
  15. Vance Hall

    It's rumored that earbuds are not safe. What portable alternatives are safe, other than your car's speakers via Bluetooth?

    May 30, 2011 at 8:21 pm |