Caution, cell phones and the CDC

This article appeared in The New York Times on January 1, 2016.

At C.D.C., a Debate Behind Recommendations on Cellphone Risk

By Danny Hakim
January 1, 2016

When the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published new guidelines 18 months ago regarding the radiation risk from cellphones, it used unusually bold language on the topic for the American health agency: “We recommend caution in cellphone use.”

The agency’s website previously had said that any risks “likely are comparable to other lifestyle choices we make every day.”

Within weeks, though, the C.D.C. reversed course. It no longer recommended caution, and deleted a passage specifically addressing potential risks for children…

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