||Laptop Use Can Damage Male Fertility
Researchers at a New York university believe they've found evidence that laptop use of a notebook computer by men can impair fertility.
Researchers at the State University of New York at Stony Brook showed that prolonged laptop use heated men's testicles on the order of 5 degrees Fahrenheit, above the 1.8-5.2 degree range found to impair the production of male sperm.
The test sample was relatively small -- 29 people, according to reports -- and the test subjects used an undisclosed Pentium 4-based laptop for an entire hour.
"We haven't yet seen the study so we can't comment," a spokeswoman for Intel Corp., Santa Clara, Calif., said in an instant message to ExtremeTech.
Still, the researchers now advise young men to avoid prolonged laptop use until future studies are performed. Using a laptop on a desk or on the lap with some form of thermal protection is advised.
Results will be published in the February 2005 issue of the European journal Human Reproduction.