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The key factors in the WHO panel's decision to issue a caution were studies linking cell-phone use to two types of brain tumors--malignant gliomas and benign acoustic neuromas. The panel didn't issue recommendations about amount of cell-phone exposure it believes may be safe or the need for regulations of the devices. Experts commenting on the findings, however, said it may be prudent to increase the use of the phones for texting and to use headsets that put distance between the user's head and the phone.
For more about research on cell phones and the brain, see Psychiatric News at http://pn.psychiatryonline.org/content/46/7/1.2.full.