Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk – Computerworld
Researchers warn laptop users of infertility risk
Years of frequent laptop use ‘may cause irreversible’ problems, they say
DECEMBER 09, 2004 (IDG NEWS SERVICE) – Laptops should be used as desktops if men want to protect their reproductive health, according to a new study published today.
A combination of the heat generated by a laptop and the position of the thighs that ‘s needed to balance the computer leads to higher temperatures around a man’s genitals and over time can result in decreased sperm production, according to the study “Increase in Scrotal Temperature in Laptop Computer Users,” which was published in the U.K. journal Human Reproduction.
Though further research is needed, teenage boys and young men should limit the use of computers on their laps, said Dr. Yefim Sheynkin, the leader of the State University of New York at Stonybrook research team responsible for the article. “It’s possible that external protective devices could help,” he said.
Let’s count the days until the mac fanatics pronounce this to be a Windows-only problem…