Posted by: getthenac | February 23, 2011

Cell Phones and Brain Changes: More on Nora Volkow

from Wayne Wood:

A major study published in the Journal of the American Medical Association indicates that cell phone use, because of the proximity of the antenna by the side of the head, can cause subtle changes to the brain. Here is a PBS News account of the study.

The lead scientist on the study is Nora Volkow, the head of the National Institute on Drug Abuse. For at least the next day or two, she will be the most-talked-about scientist in the U.S. Our Vanderbilt University Medical Center science magazine, Lens, published a profile of Volkow a few years ago, written by Bill Snyder. She is one of the most interesting profile subjects you could imagine: she was born in Mexico, is devoted to science and athletics and the wonder of life. She is also, amazingly enough, the great-granddaughter of Russian revolutionary Leon Trotsky, and, one of her colleagues says, “The smartest person I know.”

Bill’s profile of this amazing person is here.

A link to our new online research magazine, which Lens is now a part of, Research at Vanderbilt, is here.

Even as a teenager, Nora Volkow displayed an amazing mind. Photo courtesy of Nora and Natalia Volkow.

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