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EME Update March 2013

Welcome to the March 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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Australian government’s $2.5 million mobile phone research plans unveiled

The chief investigator in charge of $2.5million of federal government research funding to look into the possible health impacts of mobile phone signals has outlined the areas his new Centre of Research Excellence (CRE) plans to cover over the next five years.
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‘Flawed expert testimonies’ led to mobiles blame in Italian tumour sufferer’s compensation case

Experts from Italy’s National Centre of Epidemiology have criticised the ‘flawed expert testimonies’ that led to an Italian court granting worker's compensation to a businessman who blamed a benign tumour he developed on his work related cell phone use.

Science yet to rule out long-term health risks, Melbourne conference hears

The last ten years of research has ruled out any short-term health risks from mobile phone use but science can’t yet rule out the possibility of long-term effects, however small they may be, Professor of Cancer and Epidemiology at the University of Auckland Mark Elwood has told an Australian conference.
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BioInitiative group’s second self-published report ‘represents the views of a small minority’

A new report from anti-wireless campaigners that claims the health of mobile phone users, parents-to-be, young children and pregnant women are at risk from mobile phone signals “cherry picks” research to support their own alarmist views, according to a review by two leading experts.

No health risks from mobile phone signals say Norwegian experts

There are no health risks from exposure to signals from mobile phones, base stations or wireless networks and the likelihood of health hazards occurring in the future are unlikely. This was the main conclusion of an exhaustive two-year review of all available scientific evidence released last September by a working group of 17 experts commissioned by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health.
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WHO overall health risk assessment of mobile phone technologies underway

The World Health Organization’s overall risk assessment of all health outcomes for mobile communication technologies has started and is expected to be completed by the end of 2014.

Court denies San Francisco’s request to review blocked cell phone health warning case

A US appeals court has denied a request by lawyers for the city of San Francisco to review an earlier ruling which blocked the city’s controversial law which required cell phone retailers to distribute fact sheets that warn customers of potential radiation risks.

Passengers should follow airline phone policies despite lack of interference

The fact that thousands of flights are completed safely each day with mobile phones left transmitting in the cabin proves mobile signals are not a risk to flight safety, according to a US study that found 40 per cent of airline passengers ignored requests to turn off their phones.

Last decade of research on mobile signals shows no evidence of health risks

There is no evidence that mobile phones can affect human health and finding any risks in the future is becoming increasingly unlikely, according to an expert panel convened by the Swedish government to review the last ten years of research.
SAR test

Anti-Wi-Fi activist leaves US neighbour with $170K legal bill

A US woman sued by her anti-wireless activist neighbour who claimed signals from her mobile phone and home Wi-Fi system made him sick has been left with a US $170,000 legal bill despite the case being thrown out by a US court.

Cradle sales boom as NSW adopts national road rules on mobile phone use

Retailers across NSW have reported selling out of mobile phone cradles and hands-free car kits after the state amended their mobile phone driving laws in line with national road rules.

Research conditions damage sperm not mobile phone signals

Poorly designed exposure set-ups are to blame for sperm damage in lab experiments testing the effects of mobile phone signals, according to Professor Alexander Lerchl of Jacobs University Bremen in Germany.
Fertility Research

Texting increases driver crash risk by 2,300 per cent says US experts

Research into the risk of distractions during real-life driving shows listening and talking on cell phones while driving is not particularly risky and we should focus heavily on the less frequent and newer cell phone tasks of texting, typing, reading, dialling, and reaching for a phone.

In Brief

  • Will there ever be an answer to the mobile phone cancer debate?
  • AMTA’s new tips site -
  • Pram pusher mum cops a penalty for using mobile

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