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Kids who are whiling away their youth chatting away on cell phones may have to pay up in another manner - they're liable to go senile in their adult years, according to researchers.
A study, conducted by Lund University in Sweden, said cell phones and other wireless technology may render "a whole generation" senile in the prime of their lives, according to the British paper the Independent.
Leif Salford, a professor at Lund, told the Independent: "intense use" of cell phones could conceivably make today's youngster "drown in a sea of microwaves."
The Swedish study showed that low levels of microwaves cause proteins to leak across the blood-brain barrier, the Independent said.
However, some independent researchers said they have been hearing the same claims over the years and they are not buying.
An adviser to Motorola told New Scientist magazine that governments ought to "stop wasting money" by looking for health damage due to cell phone use.