Cellphones could be harmful - US Goverment

Feb 5 2003

A study published today in the online edition of the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Health Perspectives (EHP) found for the first time that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by certain mobile phones damaged neurons in the brains of rats.

The researchers studied 12- to 26-week-old rats because their researchers said their developmental age is comparable to that of human teenagers, who are some of the heaviest users of mobile phones.

"The situation of the growing brain might deserve special concern," the study authors wrote, "since biological and maturational processes are particularly vulnerable. We cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use, a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects as early as middle age."

Three groups of rats were exposed for 2 hours to GSM mobile phone EMFs of different strengths.

The study found that EMF exposure was associated with leakage of albumin through the blood-brain barrier and neuronal damage that increased in response to the amount of exposure. The authors acknowledged that the study sample was small, but stated that "the combined results are highly significant and exhibit a clear dose-response relation."

Earlier EMF studies have focused on whether exposure might cause cancer, with some studies finding increased risk but most showing no effects or even decreased risk.

"Scientists have been looking for some time at the possible effects of exposure to the energy coming out of cell phones," says Dr. Jim Burkhart, science editor for Environmental Health Perspectives. "These scientists decided to look in a new place, studying potential nerve damage, rather than cancer growth. Their results suggest a strong need for further study as we all rely on cell phones more and more."

The study team was headed by Leif G. Salford of the Department of Neurology at Lund University in Sweden. Other authors include Arne E. Brun, Jacob L. Eberhardt, Lars Malmgren, and Bertil R.R. Persson. The study will appear in a future print issue of EHP.

EHP is the journal of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, part of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Click HERE for main Health page]
Latest Health News

ReCellular to provide cell-phone recycling in Latin America
Mobile phones could hurt sperm count
Nextel develops free text-based AMBER Alert offering

US tower firm fined over safety violations

Recycled components used in cell phone accessories
Nokia mobile phones explode
Cell-using teens heading for early senility - report
US FCC To Probe Role Of Masts in bird deaths
Bogus AntiRadiation Sellers Busted
No cell phones sticker now trademarked
Woman suffers facial burns from cell phone
Now you can dump your wife by SMS
Israeli Software Enables Deaf to Use Cell Phones
FCC orders mobile phones to be hearing aidcompatible
Prosecution for cell phone radiation blockers
Vodafone to publish base station emissions
Camera cellphones banned from Oz locker rooms
Canadian network to show off intrinsically-safe mobile phone
Vodafone promotes cell phone for the blind
Recycled components used in cell phone accessories
No rise in cancer since cellphones launched - New Zealand Report
Cellphones safe for humans - French Report
Cellphones could be harmful - US Goverment
Do cell phones kill?

Japanese mobile phone firms to study health risks
US Attorneys Petition to Include Phone Study as Evidence in Lawsuit
Antiradiation Levis jeans fuel cellphone debate
Cellphones don't cause cancer, at least in rats
China radiation law could fry mobile industry
US Charges Fraud over 'Safety' Shields

Phone Radiation Labeling Program Launched
Sending cellphones where the sun don't shine
UK govt to start mobile phone health risk inquiry

Mobile Phones May Do Harm by Speeding Up Brain

Cellphone Health Risk Needs More Research
German Radiation Expert Warns on Cellphones
Ericsson denies cancer shield report
Handset Radiation Focus Of US Probe
New Class Action Lawsuits Target Cellphone Industry

Scientists invent material to block phone radiation

SABS To Monitor Effects Of Phone Radiation

Cell Phone Suit 'Will Get Its Day in Court'
German Study Links Cell Phones And Eye Cancer
US Study Discounts Cancer-Cellular Phone Use
Radiation From Mobile Phones Amplified In Cells - report
Memphis to ban teen car phone use
US Bid To Help Hearing Impaired Mobile Users
UK to Fund Research Into Mobile Phones 

US Investigating Cell Phone Health Risks
Australians Urged to recycle their old phones
UK Schools warned over mobile phones
US man in $800m suit - says phone caused cancer
Cellphone researcher's call: Be cautious
Latest report on cellular base station antenna radiation
UK Study Finds No Raised Danger From Mobile Phone Masts
Moulder et al: Cell Phones and Cancer: A Connection?

Health Focus
:: GSM Phones A-Z SAR Levels
:: Top 10 SAR GSM Phones
:: Lowest 10 SAR GSM Phones
:: US-Phones (Analogue+Digital) SAR Levels
:: SAR Levels with Handsfree Kits
:: Radiation Levels of Mobile Base Stations
:: Mobile Manufacturers Forum - MMF (SAR Database)
:: Base station: Health and Safety Brochure (PDF - 490 KB)
In some countries, public authorities or the operators themselves have established public databases that provide information regarding the location of base stations within the local community. We will update this information as more public databases become available online.

Recent Academic Papers On Mobile Phones and Radiation Issues:

Mobile Phone Exposure Causes Brain Damage in Rats - originally from online peer reviewed health journal
Nerve Cell Damage in Mammalian Brain after Exposure to Microwaves from GSM Mobile Phones
Commentary: Cellular Telephones and Brain Cancer: Current Research
Prevalence of Headache among Handheld Cellular Telephone Users in Singapore: A Community Study
Mobile Telephone Health Concerns Registry (MTHCR)
Current Mobile Phone Health News with more links
A CBS 2 Special Assignment: Dialing Up Danger - A CBS 2 Special Assignment
George Carlo's health registry opens amid criticism
Viewpoint - TNO Report on GSM and UMTS exposures - October 2003 (PDF)
Mobile Phones and Base Stations: Health Policy Update -September 2003 - (PDF)
Health and Safety Fact Sheets - 3G, Bluetooth, TETRA, GSM Pro etc - September 2003
Viewpoint - Mobile Phones and Petrol Station Safety - September 2003 (PDF)
Mobile Phones and Base Stations: Health Policy Update - April 2003 - (PDF)
Flash presentation on 'How Networks Operate' - April 2003 (Requires Flash Player)
Viewpoint - Paris Charter - March 2003 (PDF)
MMF sponsored Seminar: "Mechanisms for Interactions of RF Energy with Biological Systems".


Search For More Info

Web www.cellular.co.za




Get FREE updates on the latest ringtones,
logos, alerts, mobile news, & free downloads.
Join our newsletter now