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EME Update August 2013

Welcome to the August 2013 edition of EME Update, the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association’s newsletter on global scientific research, news and views on health and safety aspects of mobile telecommunications.



Chris Althaus, Chief Executive Officer, AMTA. 

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ARPANSA does not recommend the use of any so-called mobile phone protective devices

Mobile phone cases that claim to shield users from electromagnetic radiation could actually cause phones to transmit more power, reduce battery life, interfere with reception and limit coverage, Australia’s radiation watchdog has warned.

Full IARC classification report published online

The full report of the 2011 classification of radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by mobile phones, wireless devices, radio, television and radar as possibly carcinogenic to humans has now been published online.
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Classification of mobiles as a ‘possible carcinogen’ was flawed, Australian expert says

The former head of the World Health Organization’s research on mobile phones has said the 2011 classification of wireless signals as a ‘possible carcinogen’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was flawed because they relied too heavily on human population studies which are prone to bias and errors.
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No increased brain tumour risk for up to 13 years of mobile phone use

Studies of cancer rates in people who have used mobile phones for up to 13 years have found no clear evidence that mobile signals increase brain tumour risk, a Dutch Expert Committee review has concluded.
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CSIRO worker disabled by wireless signal tests awarded compensation

The Administrative Appeals Tribunal (AAT) has approved worker compensation for a man who claims he can no longer work due to complete disability from sensitivity to wireless signals, despite it not being a formally recognized medical condition.

Latest research does not support IARC’s ‘possibly carcinogenic’ classification

Brain cancer rates and lab studies published since mobile phone signals were classified as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) do not support the theory that mobile signals can cause cancer, a Swedish review has concluded.
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New labels to show Australian mobiles comply with safety standards

All mobile phones sold in Australia after February 2016 must be labelled with a new compliance mark to show they adhere to all national safety standards under changes announced by the communications regulator in June.

Australian experts elected to international radiation standards setting body

Two Australian scientists have been chosen to provide independent expert advice on the international safety guidelines to protect people from exposure to non-ionizing radiation from sources like mobile phones and Wi-Fi routers.

USA starts review of mobile phone safety standards

The USA communications regulator has started a comprehensive review of the country’s safety standards for exposure to mobile phone signals and has requested input from federal health departments, scientific experts, industry and consumers.

Unexpected mobile phone calls could make your high blood pressure worse

Italian researchers have found being interrupted by an unexpected mobile phone call can increase blood pressure in patients who already have high blood pressure and don’t use their phone very often.
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Newspapers overstate the impact of mobile phones on driver safety

New research on driver distraction was recently reported in The Sydney Morning Herald under the headline ‘Driver distraction responsible for more car crashes than alcohol’. However, if you read further into the article you found out mobile phones are the cause of just 1% of serious casualty crashes while intoxication and tiredness collectively account for 36.2% of them.
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Mobile phone use during pregnancy does not create hyperactive kids

Mobile phone use during pregnancy does not increase childhood behavioural problems such as hyperactivity and the earlier results of a widely reported US study which claimed to find a link were caused by mothers who smoked more and were more stressed, a comprehensive Dutch analysis has found.
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EHS sufferers are more likely to think there are risks from most other environmental sources as well

People who claim to be sensitive to wireless signals are also more likely to think there are increased health risks from other environmental sources such as, air pollution, drinking water contamination, environmental noise levels, food safety, chemicals and dumping of waste a Taiwanese study has found.

Precautionary advice about mobile phones increases concerns

A study of almost 4000 university students across the globe has found attempts to reduce concerns about mobile phone safety is not helped by providing people with information on ways to reduce their exposure, warning labels on phones or added precautionary exposure limits.

In Brief

Bright idea – Dim your smartphone screen to reduce sleep disruption, Attorney-General apologises for ignoring airline mobile phone policy, AMTA launch new safety tips website

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