|"Children under the age of eight should not use mobile
phones, parents were advised last night after an authoritative
report linked heavy use to ear and brain tumors and concluded
that the risks had been underestimated by most scientists.
Professor Sir William Stewart, chairman of the National Radiological
Protection Board (NRPB), said that evidence of potentially
harmful effects had become more persuasive over the past five
The news prompted calls for phones to carry health warnings
and panic in parts of the industry. One British manufacturer
immediately suspended a model aimed at four to eight-year-olds.
The number of mobiles in Britain has doubled to 50 million
since the first government-sponsored report in 2000. The number
of children aged between five and nine using mobiles has increased
fivefold in the same period.
In his report, Mobile Phones and Health, Sir William said
that four studies have caused concern. One ten-year study in
Sweden suggests that heavy mobile users are more prone to non-malignant
tumors in the ear and brain while a Dutch study had suggested
changes in cognitive function. A German study has hinted at
an increase in cancer around base stations, while a project
supported by the EU had shown evidence of cell damage from
fields typical of those of mobile phones."
The London Times, January 12, 2005: Mobile phones tumor risk
to young children, By Sam Coates, Nigel Hawkes and Alexandra
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"Panorama (programming) spoke to a number of scientists
on BBC who questioned the safety limits and were concerned
about the possible health effects of (wireless) radiation.
If you look in the literature, you have a large number of
various effects like chromosome damage, you have impact on
the concentration capacity and decrease in short term memory,
and increases in the number of cancer incidences, said Professor
Olle Johansson of the Karolinska Institute in Sweden. Another
scientist, Dr Gerd Oberfeld, from Salzburg is now calling for
Wi-Fi to be removed from schools." Panorama, Monday, 8.30pm,
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