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EME Update July 2014


Welcome to the July 2014 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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Mobiles in flight mode can be used during take-off and landing

The Australian air safety authority has cleared the way for mobile phones and other electronic devices to be used in flight mode during take-off and landing, instead of only when passenger aircraft are at cruising altitudes.
Qantas plane taking off

Australian woman dies: don’t buy cheap unapproved USB chargers

State safety authorities have warned consumers about the risk of using cheap, non-approved, USB phone chargers after the death of a NSW Central Coast woman in April. The 28 year old was wearing headphones and holding her laptop with burns to her ears and chest when found dead. It appears that she was electrocuted.
USB Chargers

Claims that keeping a mobile phone in men’s trousers damages sperm dismissed by experts

International fertility experts have quashed the widely reported findings of a British analysis that claims that mobile phones, when kept in a man’s trouser pocket, lower a man’s sperm count and decrease their chances of becoming a father.
Phone in pocket

French study linking brain tumours and phone use inconclusive, says UK Department of Health

The UK Department of Health has urged caution in interpreting the results of a French study that found a small number of participants who reported the highest levels of mobile phone use were more likely to be diagnosed with a brain tumour.
UK dept of Health logo

The classification of mobile phones as a ‘possible carcinogen’ was misunderstood

The 2011 classification of mobile phones as a ‘possible carcinogen’ by the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) was misunderstood and resulted in an overestimation of the risks of getting brain cancer from cell phone use, an online survey of Austrian university students has found.

WiFi is safe in schools says NZ government report

A recent study commissioned by the NZ Ministry of Health, after parents raised concerns, has confirmed that WiFi in schools does not pose a health risk to children or staff.
Wifi Kids

Canadians reassured that wireless safety limits are adequate

Canadians have been reassured that their health remains well protected after an independent audit of the country’s wireless signal safety standards recommended exposure limits in some frequency ranges be reduced.
Royal Society of Canada

Almost 1 in 2 Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories

Almost one in two Americans believe in medical conspiracy theories, with twenty percent of people believing that cell phones cause cancer and that large corporations are keeping health officials from doing anything about it, a new survey has found.
Medical Conspiracy Theories

New research shows no health risk from wireless networks in schools or at home says Swedish safety authority report

New research does not indicate any health risks from exposure to the radiofrequency electromagnetic fields transmitted by base stations or other wireless networks in schools or at home an expert review of the latest scientific research has found.
Swedish Report

UK study to examine the impact of mobile phones and Wi-Fi on children’s memory and attention

A new UK study will investigate whether or not the use of mobile phones and Wi-Fi affect children’s memory and attention.

More robust research is needed to end speculation over EMF health risks says IET

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) – the largest multidisciplinary professional engineering institution in the world – has called for the published research into the health effects of low-level exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from mobile phones and electricity pylons to be more robust in order to reduce public alarm and uncertainty.

Concern about mobile phone towers might cause sleep loss

Using a mobile phone and concern about living next to a mobile phone base station might cause a loss of sleep, appetite or balance according to a reanalysis of a 2003 study into the impacts of two 30 metre high towers in as small rural Spanish city.
Sandwells Tower

In Brief July

Don’t link mobile phones with brain cancer says Pulitzer Prize winning author and physician, Call for Nomophobia to be classified as a disorder, Don’t walk and text says trauma director.

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