Saturday, 16 December 2017
MOBILE TELECOMMUNICATIONS HEALTH AND SAFETY NEWS

EME Update June 2017


Italian court awards compensation for brain tumour victim linked to mobile phone use in the second case in five years

An Italian court has ruled in favour of a plaintiff claiming that excessive use of a mobile phone caused a benign brain tumour. The ruling awarded 57-year old Roberto Romeo, a former executive for Telecom Italia, a state-funded pension of 500 € a month. Romeo testified that his work required him to use his mobile phone for three to four hours a day for fifteen years.
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Wi-Fi in Australian schools is hundreds of thousands of times below safe exposure levels finds new study

A recent study conducted by the Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA) of 23 primary and secondary schools in NSW and Victoria has found exposure from Wi-Fi routers used in the classroom are typically hundreds of thousands of times below Australian safety standard limits. “The typical Wi-Fi exposure levels in locations occupied by children were found to be much lower than the limits of the Australian Standard, for example the typical exposure from Wi-Fi inside the classroom was 0.0002% of the Standard,” lead author and ARPANSA scientist, Dr Ken Karipidis said, in a recent ARPANSA media release.
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Swiss study finds symptoms in adolescents linked to non-radiation factors of mobile phone use

A recent Swiss study investigating the cause of non-specific symptoms of ill health in adolescents has found symptoms related to wireless device use can be caused by non-radiation related factors, rather than radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF). “The study suggests that other aspects of extensive media use cause symptoms and not RF-EMF, because associations were less pronounced for RF-EMF dose measures compared to various wireless device use variables such as texting or data traffic”, the report from the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute said.
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Trump’s NTP Funding Cuts May Halt Results of Mobile Phone and Rats Cancer Study

Funding cuts in U.S. President Donald Trump’s budget may impact the final results of a controversial National Toxicology Program study which has linked mobile phone radiation to cancer in rats.   The preliminary results of the study which were released as a un-peer reviewed draft in May 2016 made global headlines with the revelation that male rates exposed to radiation were more likely to develop rare brain and heart cancers.
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Exposure to RF radiation in the home doesn’t impact children’s thinking finds major study

In the first ever study to look at both the cognitive function in young Dutch children and their exposure to radio frequency radiation from mobile and cordless phones and Wi-Fi in their homes, researchers have been unable to find a solid link between the two. “RF-EMF exposure from several sources including residential RF-EMF exposure from mobile phone base stations, presence of cordless phone base stations and Wi-Fi at home, as well as personal cell phone and cordless phone use did not show a consistent association with cognitive function in children aged 5–6 years,” the researchers concluded.
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Canadian broadcaster’s claims cell phones failed safety tests are false says industry

Recent claims by the Canadian national broadcaster that they tested popular brands of cellphones held against the body and they found the phones are unsafe, are false says cell phone industry. “Claims that Canadian cell phones failed government safety standards is a deliberate attempt to confuse and scare cell phone users about the stringent and complex requirements in place around the world to test phones to ensure they are safe to use,” Chris Althaus, CEO of the Australian Mobile Telecommunications Association (AMTA) said.
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Lead author of study linking child behavioural problems to prenatal phone use advises caution with results

A lead researcher has called for caution over the results of her own study which found mothers who used mobiles while pregnant were more likely to have children with behavioural problems. The study analysed data on more than 80,000 mother-child pairs across five countries and found consistent evidence of increased behavioural problems such as hyperactivity in children whose mothers reported medium and high level prenatal mobile phone usage.
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Mother claims mobile phone gave her breast cancer but experts advise caution

A Welsh mother of two has said she developed breast cancer after she placed her mobile phone in her bra for the last 15 years. Lorraine Allaway, who has no history of cancer in her family, went for a routine mammogram in February 2017 when a suspicious lump in her left breast was found to be a cancer, the Wales Online reported.
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Falling teen drug rates may be linked to increased mobile phone usage

The director of the United States National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) said she plans to begin research into the possibility that smartphones have contributed to a decline in teen drug use. Dr Nora Volkow’s comments follow the results of a NIDA survey which found the use of illicit drugs among high schoolers was at the lowest level in the 40 year history of the government funded project.
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Bill Gates banned his children from using mobile phones

Microsoft founder Bill Gates banned his kids from using mobile phones until the age of 14 and he still enforces a no screen time for his youngest child, he revealed in a recent interview. The father of three said he restricted his children’s use of devices at the dinner table and after a certain time to help them get to sleep at a reasonable hour.
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