Three doctors in this week’s British Medical Journal warn of the risk of using cell phones outdoors during stormy weather. A 15-year-old girl was struck by lightning while using her cell phone in a large park in London during a storm. She was successfully resuscitated, but one year later she is still suffering from complex physical, mental and emotional problems.

If someone is struck by lightning, the high resistance of human skin results in the lightning being conducted over the skin without entering the body. This is why there is such a low death rate from lightning strikes. But wearing, or standing on, conductive material?such as liquids or metallic objects?makes lightning strikes more dangerous, and even lethal. Now it turns out that talking on a cell phone can have the same effect.

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