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Study Details the Health Risks of E-waste

With the constant attention being paid to the dangers of supposed cell phone radiation, the data supporting the dangers of e-waste is far more convincing. An academic journal recently published a study which shows that the improper handing of e-waste can contribute to cancer, DNA damage and cardiovascular disease to those who dismantle these items without proper procedures, as well as those around them.

Environmental Research Letters published the study, which took samples of the air surrounding an improperly run e-waste recycler. Two sites were set up for sampling, downwind of the recycling site. The results indicated that the exposure causes the inflammation of respiratory tissue, as well as oxidative stress.

These can lead to cancer or DNA damage, and are also related to many cardiovascular diseases. Researchers are scheduling another study in the near future.