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ARPANSA's latest literature review reports on new Australian study which finds no increase in brain cancer with mobile phone use

man on mobile in field.jpgIn The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA's) regular EMR literature survey for May 2016, ARPANSA report on the recent Australian study by Professor Simon Chapman which asks the question "Has the incidence of brain cancer risen in Australia since the introduction of mobile phones 29 years ago?".  The paper pubslished in cancer epidermology compared mobile phone ownership with the incidence of brain cancer in Australia.  In the study, brain cancer incidence rates from 1982 to 2012 are compared with the number of mobile phone accounts in the Australian population from 1987 to 2012. The study found that although mobile phone use increased from 0% to 94% during the 30 year period brain cancer incidence rates were stable.  This finding is consitent with previous studies in the US, UK. New Zealand and Nordic countries. See ARPANSA's commentary here: Full paper may be found here: 

World Health Organisation (WHO) confirms no health effects from mobile phone use

Logo-WHO.jpgIn the WHO's most recent fact sheet the WHO says: "A large number of studies have been performed over the last two decades to assess whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. To date, no adverse health effects have been established as being caused by mobile phone use".  See full article here:

ARPANSA says there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects

doctor using phone.jpgA large number of studies have been performed to investigate whether mobile phones pose a potential health risk. It is the assessment of The Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) and other national and international health authorities, including the World Health Organization (WHO), that there is no established scientific evidence that the use of mobile phones causes any health effects. However the possibility of harm cannot be completely ruled out.   See full article here.

ABC's Catalyst under review, reporter suspended after damning review on Wi-Fi program

Catalyst host Maryanne Demasi. Photo: ABC TV ABC axes The Drum opinion website The ABC will apologise to its viewers and review its science program Catalyst after an independent investigation found a controversial episode on the potential health risks of Wi-Fi that went to air earlier this year breached its editorial standards. The damning finding - which will see reporter Maryanne Demasi suspended from on-air assignments until at least September - comes two years after a similar investigation slammed a Catalyst program questioning the use of cholesterol-reducing medications. As with the earlier program on cholesterol, the Wi-Fi episode will be removed from the internet. Prominent scientists attacked the February program at the time as scare-mongering and unscientific for questioning the links between Wi-Fi and brain tumours. Now an investigation by the ABC's Audience and Consumer Affairs Unit has found it breached the broadcaster's standards.

ABC Catalyst Program Withdrawn

catalyst.jpgFollowing the Feb 16 2016 ABC Catalyst program entitled 'Wi-Fried?' AMTA along with many viewers including some of Australia's leading scientists in this field complained about the unbalanced, biased and highly selective nature of the reporting.  AMTA submitted a detailed complaint to the ABC documenting many serious concerns with the information presented by the program. The subsequent deliberations of the ABC’s independent Audience and Consumer Affairs have recognised many of AMTA’s concerns in reaching the following judgement: On 16 February 2016, Catalyst aired 'Wi-Fried?', a program about the safety of wireless devices such as mobile phones. The ABC's independent Audience & Consumer Affairs (A&CA) unit investigated complaints about the program and found that it breached the ABC's impartiality standards by unduly favouring the unorthodox perspective that wireless devices and Wi-Fi pose significant health risks.

Will you be going overseas for the holidays?

overseas travel.jpgYour service provider can advise you on how to set up your mobile for roaming (or to turn roaming off) before you leave Australia. It pays to check out the various roaming plans that your service provider may have on offer and to ensure that you know how much roaming will cost you, especially if you plan to use mobile data services. Read our tips on roaming here. And you may want to also read the ACMA's tips on roaming and how to avoid bill shock.

2G Network Shutdown

Nokia phone.jpgTelstra 2G Network will shut down in December 2016 Telstra will shut down its 2G mobile network on 1 December 2016. Who will be affected? This will only affect Telstra and Boost Mobile customers using certain older mobile phones and devices. These customers will need to either upgrade or make changes to their devices so that they will still work. Telstra has been contacting affected customers over the last 18 months to provide them with information about the steps they will need to take to upgrade and transition to a 3G/4G service. From 1 December 2016, any device or SIM card accessing the Telstra or Boost 2G (GSM) 900MHz mobile networks will stop working. Emergency calls will also no longer be possible – unless the device is within the coverage area of another carrier supporting 2G calls. In addition, wireless machine-to-machine (M2M) devices that only operate on the 2G network will stop working.



Experts call for caution over US animal study findings on radio waves and health

Businesspeople-Using-mobiles.jpgIndependent scientific experts have called for caution in interpreting the preliminary results of a United States study that links rats exposed to radio waves to higher risks of two cancers. The National Toxicology Program (NTP) at the weekend released partial findings of its study that found low incidences of malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart of male rats exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic energy (Rf EME) from two types of radio waves used by US wireless networks. The review of partial study data in this report has been prompted by several factors. Given the widespread global usage of mobile communications among users of all ages, even a very small increase in the incidence of disease resulting from exposure to RFR (radiofrequency radiation) could have broad implications for public health, the NTP said in the report of its partial findings.
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