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Final UK report finds no adverse health effects from mobile technologies

phone user flickr timparkinsonAn 11 year programme of research into possible health risks from mobile phone technologies in the UK has published its final report and found no evidence of adverse effects on people's health from the use of mobile technologies.
None of the studies presented in the current report and an earlier draft in 2007 “suggest that exposure to mobile phone signals is associated with an increased risk of cancer,” the report said.
The final report also said no evidence was found that using mobile phones increased the risk of leukaemia, or that cellular base station emissions during pregnancy boosted the risk of developing cancer in early childhood.
The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) final report reviewed studies completed since their earlier report published in 2007 and ends the research programme which was set up following a recommendation by the Stewart Report in 2000.
“When the MTHR programme was first set up, there were many scientific uncertainties about possible health risks from mobile phones and related technology,” MTHR Chairman Professor David Coggon said.
“This independent programme is now complete, and despite exhaustive research, we have found no evidence of risks to health from the radio waves produced by mobile phones or their base stations.
“Thanks to the research conducted within the programme, we can now be much more confident about the safety of modern telecommunications systems.”
The programme included research to investigate whether the modulation of radio signals or pulsed waves used to encode speech and data in more recent digital telecommunications systems could elicit specific effects in cells or tissues.
“None of the projects found any evidence that modulated signals produced different effects from the carrier frequency. When taken together with the findings from the provocation studies we supported, which also compared modulated signals with carrier frequencies, we believe that these results constitute a substantial body of evidence that modulation does not play a significant role in the interaction of radiofrequency fields with biological systems,” the final report said.
However, some of the programme’s long term research will continue under the UK Department of Health.
“To be sure that there are no delayed adverse effects, which only become apparent after many years, the programme provided funding to set up an epidemiological investigation (the COSMOS study) which will follow-up a large population of mobile phone users long-term,” Professor Coggon said
“Future Government support for this study and any new research on mobile phones and health will be managed by the Department of Health.”
The £13.6 million MTHR programme was jointly funded by the UK government and the telecommunications industry.  The programme was overseen by an independent Programme Management Committee, to ensure that none of the funding bodies could influence the outcomes of the research.  The committee selected and monitored all studies in the programme.


Published 9/04/2014

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