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Question Of The Day: Will You Change Your Cellphone Habits?

A street scene in New York City on Tuesday (May 31, 2011).
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A street scene in New York City on Tuesday (May 31, 2011).

The frontpage news this week about the World Health Organization saying that cellphones could possibly cause brain cancer, which our friends at the Shots blog have been covering, has generated a lot of discussion about how it might be smart to use headphones and Bluetooth devices rather than putting your cellphone up to your ear.

The idea is that doing so would keep any radiation away from your brain.

It wasn't the first time researchers have issued a caution like that about cellphones, although as Shots points out the experts "have yet to find a clear link between cellphones and cancer."

Still, the WHO study and the attention it's getting raises a question:

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Mark Memmott is NPR's supervising senior editor for Standards & Practices. In that role, he's a resource for NPR's journalists – helping them raise the right questions as they do their work and uphold the organization's standards.