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Study warns of fertility risk from laptops

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STONY BROOK, N.Y., Dec 08, 2004 (United Press International via COMTEX) -- Researchers say teenage boys and young men face fertility risks from prolonged use of laptop computers kept on their laps.

The study by researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook looked into the increasing popularity of laptop computers, along with current evidence that elevated scrotal temperature can result in sperm damage.

"By 2005, there will be 60 million laptop computers in use in the (United States) and a predicted 150 million worldwide," said lead researcher Yefim Sheynkin. "Continued improvements in power, size and price of (lap tops) have favored their increased use in younger people and laptop sales now exceed those of desktop computers."

The study is reported in Europe's leading reproductive medicine journal Human Reproduction.

Copyright 2004 by United Press International.


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