Mobile Phones

Daily Mail, 9 November 2011

Mobile phones could be a 'health time bomb', say experts who are urging ministers to warn the public.

More than 200 academic studies link use of the devices with serious health conditions such as brain tumours, according to a group of leading scientists.

In a report published yesterday, they say the Government is underplaying the potentially 'enormous' health risks – especially for children, whose smaller, thinner skulls are more susceptible to radiation.

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The Daily Express, 9 November 2011

URGENT action is needed to curb childrens’ use of mobile phones because of fears they can cause cancer and a host of other illnesses, experts said last night.

An estimated eight out of 10 youngsters aged between seven and 11 now have their own mobile and ownership is also spiralling among those even younger.

But British charity MobileWise says use of the gadgets must be restricted because the young are more at risk from potentially dangerous radiation.

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Daily Telegraph, 21 October 2011

A large study of mobile phone users has found no evidence that longer-term users are at an increased risk of developing brain tumours.

However, the Danish study, published in the journal BMJ Open, has been criticised as being "worthless" by fellow academics who say its methods are "seriously flawed".

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CisionWire, 20 October 2011

Environmental Health Trust and Other Experts Expose Major Flaws in New Danish Study Claiming No Significant Cancer Risks from Cell Phone Use.

A new study to be released online today “Use of mobile phones and risk of brain tumours: update of Danish cohort study,” in the British Medical Journal, claims “to show no link between mobile phone use and tumours.” However, the study is seriously flawed, say technical experts from the U.K., United States, Austria, Sweden and Australia, who have provided critical reviews on the embargoed study to Environmental Health Trust, a research and public educational group and, a health education and advocacy group in the United States.

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Also see powerwatch and mobilewise


Daily Mail, 21 October 2011

Using a mobile phone does not increase the risk of brain cancer, claim scientists.

Research into cancer rates of one of the largest groups of mobile phone users ever studied found no difference compared with people who did not use them.

It is the second major study this year to rule out any change in rates of the disease - despite more than 70 million mobile phones being used in the UK.

Researchers led by the Institute of Cancer Epidemiology in Copenhagen found cancer rates in the central nervous system were almost the same in both long-term mobile phone users and non-users

The latest Danish study investigated data on more than 358,000 mobile users over 18 years, thought to be the longest follow-up so far.

But campaigners insisted the research was 'seriously flawed' and would falsely reassure mobile phone users.

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Moral judgments can be altered ... by magnets

MIT News, 10 March, 2010

By disrupting brain activity in a particular region, neuroscientists can sway people’s views of moral situations.

To make moral judgments about other people, we often need to infer their intentions — an ability known as “theory of mind.” For example, if one hunter shoots another while on a hunting trip, we need to know what the shooter was thinking: Was he secretly jealous, or did he mistake his fellow hunter for an animal?

MIT neuroscientists have now shown they can influence those judgments by interfering with activity in a specific brain region — a finding that helps reveal how the brain constructs morality.

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CNET, August 18, 2011.

Gentlemen, your cell phone could be your closest enemy. According to an Italian report published in the Journal of Andrology (PDF), researchers in the United States and around the world have found that the radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) emitted by cell phones may decrease sperm count and damage sperm quality.

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Dr Magda Havas, August 17, 2011.

Scientific documents published in peer-reviewed journals are intended to be read by scientists with specific areas of specialization.   A layperson, a journalist and even a scientist–who specializes in a different field–may find reading and comprehending such a document difficult. Critiquing such documents is what we teach university students. Once they learn how to decipher a scientific paper and decompose a study, they no longer need to rely on the opinion of others about that document. Teaching students how to think for themselves is one of the roles of a university professor.

I recently read  Mobile phone use and brain tumors in children and adolescents:  A multicenter case-control study, published in June 2011 in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute.  What is in the abstract of this publication and what has been quoted by the press is not a fair and honest representation of the findings of this study.

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Mobiledia, 24 May 2011

Researchers have reported evidence that cell phone radiation has a variety of alarming biological effects, which are sure to fuel concerns about whether or not phones impact human health.

Scientists reportedly found that GSM signals fragmented insect DNA in ovarian cells, that a brief "mild electromagnetic field" affects bone formation in fetuses, and that cell phone-frequency radiation increased the permeability of the blood-brain barrier in young adult male rats.

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Los Angeles Times, 23 May 2011

Steady exposure to the electromagnetic radiation given off by cellphones during use may disrupt fetal development, disturb memory and weaken the barrier that protects the brain from environmental toxins, says a welter of new research being presented this week in Istanbul, Turkey.

The authors of the studies, published in the past two years, highly preliminary and conducted on rabbits, mice and rats, suggested that the non-ionizing radiation emitted by cellphones and the base stations that broadcast cellphone signals may fundamentally damage cells by means other than the heat that they generate. That is a highly controversial assertion, because scientists have asserted that the only kind of radiation that causes cancer and DNA damage is ionizing radiation such as that emitted by nuclear material. The microwave radiation emitted by working cellphones simply does not have the power to scramble DNA or disrupt cell function, they say.

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The Daily Californian, 24 April 2011

As buzz regarding the potential health effects of cellphones rapidly builds across the nation, the city of Berkeley's possible move toward new guidelines for phone sales is slowing.

Originally looking to follow in the footsteps of San Francisco - the first city in the nation to pass an ordinance in June last year requiring cellphone retailers to display the level of radiation emitted by each phone it sells - the Berkeley City Council decided in December to draft an ordinance that would mandate a similar disclosure for cellphone sales in the city. The council had planned to vote on it in the following months.

But now, San Francisco's ordinance - initially set to take effect in February - has been challenged by CTIA-The Wireless Association, the organization that represents the cellphone industry. As San Francisco works to revise its legislation, Berkeley has decided to wait before taking any further steps.

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The New York Times, 22 February 2011

Researchers from the National Institutes of Health have found that less than an hour of cellphone use can speed up brain activity in the area closest to the phone antenna, raising new questions about the health effects of low levels of radiation emitted from cellphones.

The researchers, led by Dr. Nora D. Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, urged caution in interpreting the findings because it is not known whether the changes, which were seen in brain scans, have any meaningful effect on a person’s overall health.

But the study, published Wednesday in The Journal of the American Medical Association, is among the first and largest to document that the weak radio-frequency signals from cellphones have the potential to alter brain activity.

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Daily Mail, 6 December 2010

Children exposed to cell phones in the womb and after birth had a higher risk of behavior problems by their seventh birthday, possibly related to the electromagnetic fields emitted by the devices, a new study of nearly 29,000 children suggests.

The findings replicate those of a 2008 study of 13,000 children conducted by the same U.S. researchers. And while the earlier study did not factor in some potentially important variables that could have affected its results, this new one included them, said lead author Leeka Kheifets, an epidemiologist at the School of Public Health at the University of California at Los Angeles.

"These new results back the previous research and reduce the likelihood that this could be a chance finding," said Kheifets. She stressed that the findings suggest, but do not prove, a connection between cell phone exposure and later behavior problems in kids.

The study was published online Dec. 6 in the Journal of Epidemiology and Community Health.

Read more and research report is available here



Daily Mail, 8 November 2010

Children who text and email late at night may be damaging their health.

Teenagers and children who send electronic messages after they have been sent to bed may have poorer quality sleep and become moody, a study found.

Those who were unable to put their phones or laptops to one side were also more likely to be anxious and depressed or suffer learning difficulties.

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Daily Mail, 10th October 2010

Mobile phone firms have been accused of concealing warnings about the health risks of using their handsets.

A warning that Apple’s popular iPhone should be kept at least 15mm away from the body is buried deep inside the manual.

BlackBerry goes even further, saying customers should use their devices hands-free or keep them an inch from the body ‘including the abdomen of pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers’. Again, this advice is hidden in the instruction booklet.

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2010

Mobile phone companies have been urged to display health warnings about the risks from radiation more prominently by pressure groups and scientists.

User manuals for the most popular phones tell users not to place devices directly against their bodies but the advice is often buried in the small print.

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Daily Mail, 6th October 2010

Could mobile phones be giving us brain cancer? And has the ­mobile phone industry spent years trying to bury the ­scientific evidence that it does in order to protect its ­$3 trillion, 4.6billion-­customer, global business?

According to Devra Davis, an eminent ­American scientist and one of the country’s leading epidemiologists, the answer to both these questions is a resounding ‘yes’.

With mobile phone use soaring, especially among the young, Dr Davis says we could face a ‘global public health catastrophe’ in as little as three years if the problem is ignored.

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Microwave News, 28 September 2010

Who offers better scientific advice:  Lady Gaga or "Scientific American" ?  

The Highest Regional Court in Brescia (North Italy) has now  issued a final valid judgement confirming a causal connection.

The brain tumor of an employee of the INAIL (IstitutoNazionale by l' Assicurazione contro gli Infortuni sul Lavoro) the National Public Insurance Institute, has been caused by hours of use of a cordless(DECT) and/or mobile phone

The judgement is a breakthrough because this time the  Judge excluded industry financed appraisals and relied on industry independent data.

This judgement makes it now possible for employees in Italy to insist on the supply of a corded phone and to advise their employer that they are legally liable for future damages should they insist on the use of a cordless phone.

The Consumer  Center  in South Tirol advises everyone to insist on a written declaration  regarding the use of telecommunication equipment  which  expressly states that the employer takes all responsibility for any future medium or long term consequence.

The plaintiff has now been awarded an 80% disability pension due to his 'mobile damage'  and  the employer INAIL is to pay all court costs.

The world’s most important study into the dangers of mobile-phone use raises serious worries, writes Geoffrey Lean.

It is as if the Pope were to advise us to disregard his past pronouncements as fatally fallible, Lord’s was to declare that umpiring decisions there had long been biased, or Gordon Brown were to confess that his 13 years of managing the economy were a disaster.

This week, the scientists who had completed one of the world’s biggest and most important health studies effectively admitted that it had wasted everyone’s time.

They didn’t put it quite like that, of course. But after 10 years of research and deliberation, the expenditure of £16.5 million, and comparing the health of many thousands of mobile phone users and non-users in 13 countries, the world’s biggest study into whether the phones cause brain cancer – published this week – admitted that its main finding was “implausible” and that its conclusions were undermined by “bias” and “error”.


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