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Health Alert 8-21-12

August 21, 2012 - The Government Accountability Office is asking the Federal Communications Commission to update its cell phone radiation standards. They want to raise the limits by 20 percent, which is the international standard saying smart phone usage is dictating the request. The reasoning is that people use cell phones in other capacities more than ever rather than just talking with their phones next to their ear. The GAO raised the issue at the request of three Democratic senators who feel lower radiation standards equal more costs for consumers. According to the GAO, the highly enforced lower radiation limits limit cell phone function.

Also, doctors agree that breastfeeding is the best option for both babies and moms. A report card from the Centers for Disease Control says 77 percent of moms started breastfeeding in 2009. That's up two percent from the previous year, and the largest one-year jump in ten years. Researchers say so called baby friendly hospitals have helped drive the increase in breastfeeding, which studies show cuts an infant's risk of infection, allergies, diabetes and obesity.


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