Wifi enabled Laptops may be Frying your Junk......

Discussion in 'Technical' started by BTPost, Nov 29, 2011.

  1. BTPost

    BTPost Stumpy Old Fart Snow Monkey Moderator

    By Frederik Joelving

    NEW YORK | Tue Nov 29, 2011 7:55am EST

    (Reuters Health) - The digital age has left men's nether parts in a squeeze, if you believe the latest science on semen, laptops and wireless connections.
    In a report in the venerable medical journal Fertility and Sterility, Argentinian scientists describe how they got semen samples from 29 healthy men, placed a few drops under a laptop connected to the Internet via Wi-Fi and then hit download.
    Four hours later, the semen was, eh, well-done.
    A quarter of the sperm were no longer swimming around, for instance, compared to just 14 percent from semen samples stored at the same temperature away from the computer.
    And nine percent of the sperm showed DNA damage, three-fold more than the comparison samples.
    The culprit? Electromagnetic radiation generated during wireless communication, say Conrado Avendano of Nascentis Medicina Reproductiva in Cordoba and colleagues.
    "Our data suggest that the use of a laptop computer wirelessly connected to the internet and positioned near the male reproductive organs may decrease human sperm quality," they write in their report.
    "At present we do not know whether this effect is induced by all laptop computers connected by Wi-Fi to the internet or what use conditions heighten this effect."
    A separate test with a laptop that was on, but not wirelessly connected, found negligible EM radiation from the machine alone.
    The findings fuel concerns raised by a few other research teams.
    Some have found that radiation from cell phones creates feeble sperm in the lab, for example. And last year urologists described how a man's sitting with a laptop balanced on his knees can crank up the temperature of his scrotum to levels that aren't good for sperm. (See Reuters Health story of November 8, 2010, at reut.rs/gHmXpC.)
    So between the heat and the radiation from today's electronic devices, testicles would seem to be hard-pressed.
    But that is not at all clear, said Dr. Robert Oates, who has managed to father two kids despite having both a laptop and an iPad.
    The president of the Society for Male Reproduction and Urology, Oates told Reuters Health he doesn't believe laptops are a significant threat to male reproductive health.
    "This is not real-life biology, this is a completely artificial setting," he said about the new study. "It is scientifically interesting, but to me it doesn't have any human biological relevance."
    He added that so far, no study has ever looked at whether laptop use has any influence on fertility or pregnancy outcomes.
    "Suddenly all of this angst is created for real-life actual persons that doesn't have to be," said Oates, also of Boston Medical Center.
    According to the American Urological Association, nearly one in six couples in the US have trouble conceiving a baby, and about half the time the man is at the root of the problem.
    While the impact of modern technology is still murky, lifestyle does matter, researchers say.
    Earlier this month, a report in Fertility and Sterility showed that men who eat a diet rich in fruit and grains and low in red meat, alcohol and coffee have a better shot at getting their partner pregnant during fertility treatment. (See Reuters Health story of November 18, 2011, at reut.rs/v9bobG.)
    "You should be keeping yourself healthy," including staying lean, eating healthy foods, exercising, not taking drugs and not smoking, agreed Oates.
    And for those laptop worries, he mused, "I don't know how many people use laptops on their laps anyway."
  2. Mechwolf

    Mechwolf Monkey+

    b:: Im fixed so i'm good to go.
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  3. limpingbear

    limpingbear future cancer survivor....

    im looking divorce in the face right now. the soon to be ex wife will probably get them anyway....
  4. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    And I thought I only needed to build farday cages for my other junk.
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  5. Falcon15

    Falcon15 Falco Peregrinus

    Ditto. Had my fledglings, got the snippy snip. I'm golden.
  6. larryinalabama

    larryinalabama Monkey++

    I alaways knew porn might ruin your computer .......... but your Junk........
  7. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    Talk about your EMPeee!
  8. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Now there's a new way to get "fixed", that is absolutely painless!
    Men will be lining up just to get onboard!
    I can just see it all now, a place for guys to set down, put a lap top on their laps, and watch several movies, or football/sports and voila! In a few hours, your done and on your way! Think of it! Beats the snippers!
    Now, I'm wondering, "could" this also be applied to hemorrhoids?
    What a deal!
  9. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    Well I'm not sure about curing the roids,but computers can be a real pain in the @$$!
    dragonfly likes this.
  10. dragonfly

    dragonfly Monkey+++

    Yeah mine refused to turn on this afternoon...found out the danged on/off button had taken leave of it's senses! Oh well, hotwiring fixed that minor glitch!
  11. goinpostal

    goinpostal Monkey+++

    Never had any problems turning on my junk.If I did I would take Viagra for it though.
  12. limpingbear

    limpingbear future cancer survivor....

    some people are into that though.....different strokes and all that...
  13. Seawolf1090

    Seawolf1090 Retired Curmudgeonly IT Monkey Founding Member

    Well, at 54 years old and contentedly single, kids would be the LAST thing I'd want....... Light 'em up! [stirpot]
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