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Cell Phone-Cancer Link Seen in Rat Study

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An important new study that has linked cell phone radiation to cancers in the brain and heart.

The new research was conducted on rats by the U.S. National Toxicology Program, which exposed rats to radiofrequency radiation that comes from cell phones for about nine hours a day for seven days a week. They found that the exposed rats were more likely to develop cancers, specifically malignant gliomas—a tumor of glial cells in the brain—and tumors in the heart.

The study was reviewed by experts at the National Institutes of Health (NIH), and the authors say more research on the link will emerge in the next couple years. There are some important caveats to the new report. A study in rats is never directly translational to humans. It does, however, give researchers evidence that can lead to further research on the impact cell-phone radiation has on people. The findings were also most statistically significant for male rats.

Other research has seen a link between cell phones and cancer, though research overall remains limited. The World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified cell phone use and other radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possible carcinogen in 2011. “This study in mice and rats is under review by additional experts,” the NIH said in a statement about the findings. “It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cell phone use.”

Other studies have produced conflicting results. One cohort study in Denmark looked at billing information from 358,000 cell phone users and then compared it to brain-tumor data from a national cancer registry. That study did not find a link between the two. Another recent study published in May looked at incidence of brain cancer in Australia from 1982 to 2013 and did not find an uptick in cancer cases with the introduction of cells phones. Still, other government-funded studies have made connections between cell phones’ electromagnetic fields and changes in brain activity. And a June 2014 study found that radiation from cell phones can lower men’s sperm mobility by 8% and sperm viability by 9%.

The NIH says part of the reason research so far has been inconsistent is that there are various factors that can influence the results of a study. For instance, brain cancers are notoriously difficult to study due to their high mortality rates, and studies are also subject to issues like inaccurate reporting. There are also changes over time in the type of cell phones available as well as how much people use them.

The researchers say this new report is unlikely to be the final word on the possible risks of cell phone radiation, and more data from their research is anticipated to be released in fall 2017.

This article originally appeared on Time.com.

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Chocolate chip cookie dough protein bar

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Treat yourself to these chocolate chip cookie dough protein bars by healthy dessert blogger and founder of Desserts With Benefits, Jessica Stier. 

 

What you’ll need (makes 10 bars)

128 g (½ cup) roasted almond butter
270 g (1 cup + 2 tbsp) unsweetened vanilla almond milk
1 tsp vanilla crème-flavoured liquid stevia extract
1 tsp natural butter flavour
168 g (1¼ cups, lightly packed) vanilla brown rice protein powder
80 g (2⁄3 cup) oat flour
2⁄3 tsp salt
¼ cup mini semi-sweet chocolate chips

What you’ll do

Line a 20 x 20 cm brownie pan with parchment paper. Set aside.

In an electric stand mixer bowl fitted with a beater attachment, add the almond butter, almond milk, stevia extract and butter flavour. Mix on low speed while you prepare the dry ingredients.

In a medium-sized mixing bowl, whisk together the protein powder, oat flour and salt. Turn off the stand mixer and dump in the dry ingredients. Return mixer to low speed and mix until the dry ingredients are fully incorporated. Scrape down the sides of the bowl, add the mini chocolate chips, then return to low speed for one last mix. Mixture should be thick and fudgy, like cookie dough.

Scoop the mixture into the brownie pan and flatten it out. Tightly cover the pan with plastic wrap and refrigerate overnight.

Lift the mixture out of the pan. Slice into 10 bars. Individually wrap the protein bars in plastic sandwich baggies and refrigerate to store (keeps for about 1 week).

While you’re here why not try your hand at these red velvet cake fudge protein brownies.

 

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Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken

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Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken Recipe
Chopped Greek Salad with Chicken
Chicken turns this Greek-inspired salad into a substantial main course. Feel free to substitute other chopped fresh vegetables, such as broccoli or bell peppers, for the tomatoes or cucumber. Use leftover chicken, store-roasted chicken or quickly poach a couple boneless, skinless chicken breasts while you prepare the rest of the salad. Serve with pita bread and hummus.

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