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The Health Effects of Electromagnetic Fields

Publication Date: 18th November 2010 | View press release

This half-day program organized by the Commonwealth Club's Health and Medicine Forum and will be the largest public forum yet in the United States on the known and potential health hazards from cell phones and wireless technologies, including new wireless utility technologies such as Smart Meters.

Scientific and policy experts from 5 countries (Canada, Sweden, Norway, U.K. and USA) will present the science showing biological effects from electromagnetic fields and discuss health and environmental policy recommendations in light of the risks.

Important new research will be presented on EMF impacts on DNA, heart function and the role of electrification in the diseases of civilization, such as heart disease, diabetes, cancer and suicide. Special focus will be paid to greater risks for children, impairment of reproductive function, environmental impacts and whether 'Smart' Meters are actually smart.

Presenting experts receive no funding from the telecommunications industry.

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The Dangers of WiFi in Schools

Publication Date: 19th October 2010 | View full video

The enclosed documentary is a MUST watch. It proves that Wifi is not protecting the public and especially our children. Professor Magda Havas demonstrates heart rate increase in a blind study on a gentleman when exposed to Wifi within the UK and Canada’s current "safety limits". Please take 15 minutes out of your day to watch this most important documentary and share with your family, friends, colleagues and send to local councillors, MP and MEP.

From Professor Magda Havas: "This is the documentary on WiFi in schools that was on Global TV 16 by 9, The Bigger Picture on Sunday October 17, 2010. It is just under 15 minutes and is excellent! Parents and teachers we need to do something about this since children are exposed to microwave radiation without anyone protecting them, not the government, not the school board and certainly not the IT Departments!"

"Teachers need to speak out especially if they are sensitive and reacting to this radiation. Parents and grandparents also need to speak out if their children are reacting adversely with headaches, dizziness, heart irregularities, etc."

"The good news is that we can still access internet in schools by using wires rather than wireless technology without being exposed to microwave radiation."

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Husband's cancer spurs wife to warn of suspected cell phone dangers

Publication Date: 9th July 2010 | View article on the Coast News

RANCHO SANTA FE — The controversy over whether cell phones cause cancer is heating up again with the release of the iPhone 4. There is even speculation that Steve Jobs is finally acknowledging the health risks of radiation by designing a cell phone that works best when it is not held by hand.

The story unfolded last week as Ellie Marks visited Rancho Santa Fe to collaborate on a book about cell phone-related cancer victims with medical social worker and writer Susan Foster. Marks and at least two doctors are willing to go on record saying they believe her husband Alan’s brain tumor diagnosis can be attributed to 20 years of cell phone use as a real estate investor and broker. Marks has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Dr. Oz Show" and "The FOX Report with Shepard Smith." Ellie and Alan Marks made news again June 15 when their activism culminated in San Francisco becoming the first city in the nation to require that retailers post cell phone radiation levels.

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Courtesy of Google, you can get a good selection of national and international news relating to mobile phone masts or more general EMF Health Concerns.

(big)Husband's cancer spurs wife to warn of suspected cell phone dangers

Publication Date: 9th July 2010 | View article on the Coast News

RANCHO SANTA FE — The controversy over whether cell phones cause cancer is heating up again with the release of the iPhone 4. There is even speculation that Steve Jobs is finally acknowledging the health risks of radiation by designing a cell phone that works best when it is not held by hand.

The story unfolded last week as Ellie Marks visited Rancho Santa Fe to collaborate on a book about cell phone-related cancer victims with medical social worker and writer Susan Foster. Marks and at least two doctors are willing to go on record saying they believe her husband Alan’s brain tumor diagnosis can be attributed to 20 years of cell phone use as a real estate investor and broker. Marks has appeared on "Larry King Live," "Dr. Oz Show" and "The FOX Report with Shepard Smith." Ellie and Alan Marks made news again June 15 when their activism culminated in San Francisco becoming the first city in the nation to require that retailers post cell phone radiation levels.

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Cell Phone Health Hazards: Better Safe Than Sorry

Publication Date: 3rd July 2010 | View article on Salem-News

"Science has shown increased risk of brain tumors from use of cellphones, as well as increased risk of eye cancer, salivary gland tumors, testicular cancer, non-Hodgkin's lymphoma and leukemia, The public must be informed." - August '09 report on cell phone hazards

There are several things a person needs to know about cell phone use and related health and life hazards. As of June 2009, there were an estimated 4.3 billion cell phone (mobile phones) users worldwide. In the United States, it is estimated that more than fifty percent of children own their own personal cell phones. A growing body of scientific evidence shows that there are significant health hazards to their use, including brain tumors; damage to DNA, an undisputed cause of cancer; blood-brain barriers (BBB) leakage (BBB protects the brain from many molecules that are toxic to the brain; and male fertility damage by cell phone use because men, especially teenagers, put their cell phones in their pockets when not in use, causing a deleterious effect on sperm count and sperm motility.

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Kucinich to introduce bill for cell phone radiation research, warning label

Publication Date: 30th June 2010 | View article in the New York Times

Rep. Dennis J. Kucinich (D-OH) said Wednesday that he will introduce a bill for a federal research program on the affects of cellphone radiation on users. The bill will also call for a warning label for mobile phones, as a growing body of research around the world indicate potential links between long-term use and cancer.

The bill comes after The Post's report Tuesday outlining the growing controversy over cellphones and health. The story looks into the lobbying effort against bills across the country that would require warning and radiation data labels for cellphone retailers and San Francisco's move as the first place in the nation to require retailers to disclose radiation levels of the phones they sell.

"Some studies find links. Some don't. But studies funded by the telecommunications industry are significantly less likely to find a link between cellphones and health effects. We need a first-class research program to give us answers," Kucinich said in a statement. "Until we know for sure, a labeling law will ensure that cellphone users can decide for themselves the level of risk that they will accept".

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Are Cells the New Cigarettes?

Publication Date: 25th June 2010 | View article in the New York Times

The great cosmic joke would be to find out definitively that the advances we thought were blessings - from the hormones women pump into their bodies all their lives to the fancy phones people wait in line for all night - are really time bombs.

Just as parents now tell their kids that, believe it or not, there was a time when nobody knew that cigarettes and tanning were bad for you, those kids may grow up to tell their kids that, believe it or not, there was a time when nobody knew how dangerous it was to hold your phone right next to your head and chat away for hours. We don't yet really know the physical and psychological impact of being slaves to technology. We just know that technology is a narcotic. We’re living in the cloud, in a force field, so afraid of being disconnected and plunged into a world of silence and stillness that even if scientists told us our computers would make our arms fall off, we’d probably keep typing.

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Local Parents Concerned About Wi-Fi in Schools

Publication Date: 22nd June 2010 | View article in the Daily Mail

There is new evidence that suggests the Wi-Fi in our schools may cause serious short and/or long term health problems, and this has some Meaford parents concerned.

What is Wi-Fi? Wi-Fi is a microwave transmitter that is used to connect to the internet without wires. Some concerned parents are beginning to feel that wi-fi might be convenient but not necessary as every school has all of the wiring required still available to plug back into the internet in every room. Wi-Fi comes with a long list of potential health risks. Wi-Fi or wireless router signals are microwaves just like cell phones. There is growing concern that Wi-Fi is potentially harmful, especially to children. Microwave exposure is associated with infertility, neurological disorders, Leukaemia and Cancer, especially in children.

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As scientists warn that regular mobile use CAN cause cancer just how safe is your mobile phone?

Publication Date: 19th June 2010 | View article in the Daily Mail

With 70 million mobile phones in the UK, it's news that will make us all think twice about how much we use them. This week, research concluded that just half an hour spent on your mobile every day could raise your risk of developing brain cancer by as much as 40 per cent.

The £15 million, decade-long study was carried out on more than 5,000 men and women with brain tumours from 13 different countries, as well as a similar number of healthy people, all of whom were interviewed about their phone habits. Beautiful but deadly: Mobile phones are all the rage but they could be putting heavy users at risk of brain tumours. The researchers - scientists from around the globe who worked together for the World Health Organisation's interphone report - found increased risks among those who used their phones the most. The frequent users were also more likely to suffer a tumour on the same side of their brain to the ear they used for phone calls.

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'iPhone city San Francisco is first in U.S. to demand radiation warnings on mobiles

Publication Date: 17th June 2010 | View article in the Daily Mail

Mobile phone users in San Francisco are to become the first in the world to be told by law how much radiation is emitted by their phone. The law has been changed to force companies to put signs in shops detailing the 'specific absorption rate' of each phone on sale.

The information would be similar to health warnings on fatty foods or cigarettes but the U.S. city is the first in the world to extend the concept to mobile phones. Despite exhaustive research, evidence on whether or not using a mobile phone causes cancer is inconclusive. Tech-savvy, health-worried: San Francsico, which earlier this month launched the latest iPhone at the Moscone Centre (above), voted for handset warning labels. Tech-savvy, health-worried: San Francsico, which earlier this month launched the latest iPhone at the Moscone Centre (above), voted for handset warning labels. American mobile phone companies have used this to attack San Francisco's government and claim that putting such information at the point of sale will fool consumers into mistakenly thinking some phones are safer than others. Companies that breach the rules will face £200 fines.

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Mobile phone users 'five times more likely to develop a brain tumour'

Publication Date: 15th June 2010 | View article in the Daily Mail

People who talk on mobile phones are up to five times more likely to develop brain tumours than those who stick to landlines, academics have warned. They say a number of previous studies into mobile phone safety 'substantially underestimated' the cancer risks and that tumours are much more common on the side of the head to which the mobile is held than on the other side.

After reanalysing the earlier studies they concluded that the risk of these tumours is between 10 and 500 per cent higher with long-term mobile phone use. Lead researcher Lloyd Morgan warned yesterday that the findings raised the possibility of 'a brain tumour pandemic' unless people change their pattern of mobile phone use. Mr Morgan, of the Environmental Health Trust, a U.S. campaign group, spoke out after re-examining the figures from six previous studies.

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New Mobile Phones Health Threat

Publication Date: 15th June 2010 | View article on the Daily Express

The health risks of using mobile phones are far higher than previously thought, scientists warned yesterday.

They claim that using a mobile for just half an hour a day raises the risk of developing brain cancer by more than 40 per cent.

With 70 million mobile phones in use in Britain - more than one per person - the findings, if proved correct, could have a huge impact on the nation's health. But last night other cancer researchers urged caution, insisting that the scientists' claims were "overblown".

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Mobile phone users face ‘brain tumour pandemic', say campaigners

Publication Date: 15th June 2010 | View article on the Daily Telegraph

A study warns that the danger of heavy mobile use is 25 per cent greater than was suggested in a recently published landmark investigation. The new report claims that the £15million, decade-long Interphone study was so flawed that all of the risk levels it produced must be increased significantly.

It says that the world's 4billion mobile phone users should keep handsets away from their heads and bodies to lower the increased risk of developing cancer, and that governments should strengthen their public health warnings on the topic. However cancer charities said the new claims were "overblown".

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Mobile users are more likely to develop a brain tumour

Publication Date: 10th June 2010 | View article on Marie Claire

If you are one of the 4 billion people who regularly have their mobile glued to their ear then you need to know that a new study has revealed that mobile phone users are up to five times as likely to develop a brain tumour that those who do not use them.

Interphone, a study set up by the World Health Organisation which was carried out over 13 countries, concluded that making calls for more than half an hour a day could increase users' risk of developing brain cancer by as much as 40%.

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'Digital schoolbag' program may impair learning: researchers

Publication Date: 18th May 2010 | View article on Focus Taiwan

Taipei, May 28 (CNA) Over 3 million Taiwanese students are now using "digital schoolbags," but researchers warned Friday that extended exposure to the "bags'" radio frequency fields may cause anxiety and headaches and impair students' ability to learn.

The "digital schoolbag" program, launched by the Ministry of Education in 2002, basically consists of giving students a notebook computer to replace the heavy books they would otherwise have to carry home. But those computers may come with a risk.

"Using digital schoolbags with wireless Internet may create radio frequency radiation of 1,000 to 60,000 microwatts per square meter, " said Chen Jiau-hua, chairwoman of the Taiwan Electromagnetic Radiation Hazard Protection and Control Association (TEPCA).

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Powerwatch commentary on the INTERPHONE results

Publication Date: 18th May 2010 | View full commentary

We have now fully read the published data on the first of the pooled INTERPHONE results. Recent coverage in the Daily Mail, the Times, the Telegraph and the Scotsman have announced that the paper demonstrates clear brain tumour risks from long term usage. Some other media, including the BBC, have reported almost opposite conclusions.

From our analysis, it is hard to conclude anything from the data other than the fact it is beginning to point towards a genuine long term association between mobile phone use and brain tumours. Despite the obvious flaws in the study skewing the data towards showing a protective effect, the long term pooled usage still showed a statistically significant 40% increase in risk of gliomas, one of the quickest killing forms of malignant cancer, but also a near significant increase in risk for meningiomas. It is without question that more research must urgently be done collecting more data on long term use (ideally with categories over 12, 15 and even over 20 years of usage, and higher cumulative hours data), as if the latency period for these tumours from other sources applies also to mobile phone exposure, we could be seeing the tip of the iceberg. If we really are only seeing the first 3 or 4% of eventual tumours, the real risk could easily be 30 times higher than the data has shown so far, and we will have no way of knowing until more comprehensive research is completed.

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EMF Collaborative commentary on the INTERPHONE results

Publication Date: 17th May 2010 | View full commentary

The International EMF Collaborative, an initiative involving concerned scientists and organisations world-wide, have posted a 7 page commentary on the recently released INTERPHONE results.

First promised for publication in 2005, partial results from the 13-country Telecom funded Interphone study of brain tumors from 2000-2004 are finally available. The study finds no general increase in risk of brain tumors, but does find that people who have used phones heavily for a decade have a doubled to quadrupled risk of two types of brain tumors - glioma and meningioma. The average user in the Interphone study used a phone for two hours a month, which is close to the amount of use by many people in a single day. Six years after completion of data collection, results for tumors of the acoustic nerve (acoustic neuroma), and salivary gland tumors remain unpublished.

Lloyd Morgan has also produced a video presentation discussing these issues in greater detail.

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SAR, phone safety, and the fine print - The Campaign for Safer Cell Phones

Publication Date: 16th May 2010 | View full briefing

Devra Davis has put together an excellent briefing document on a campaign for safer cell phones, with the following call to action:

  • Inform the public about known and suspected health impacts of electromagnetic radiation, especially on children.
    Some studies have found that after a decade of heavy cell phone use, brain tumor risks double in adults and quadruple in those who started to use cell phones as teenagers.
  • Advise that phones should not be held at the head or on the body when in standby mode or used at all when the signal strength is weak.
  • Require that manufacturers sell cell phones with earpieces, speakerphone option, and WARNING LABELS.
  • Review and revise safety standards with state of the art independent science with head and body models for persons of different ages and genders.
  • Support major, long-term, multidisciplinary independent research and training programs on cell phones and health (funded by manufacturers providing fees currently placed on cell phone bills).
  • Require pre-market health and safety testing and post-market safety surveillance

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President's Cancer Panel: Environmentally caused cancers are 'grossly underestimated' and 'needlessly devastate American lives.'

Publication Date: 6th May 2010 | View full report

The President's Cancer Panel on Thursday reported that "the true burden of environmentally induced cancers has been grossly underestimated" and strongly urged action to reduce people's widespread exposure to carcinogens.

From the report: "Another sensitive issue raised in the report was the risk of brain cancer from cell phones. Scientists are divided on whether there is a link. Until more research is conducted, the panel recommended that people reduce their usage by making fewer and shorter calls, using hands-free devices so that the phone is not against the head and refraining from keeping a phone on a belt or in a pocket. Even if cell phones raise the risk of cancer slightly, so many people are exposed that "it could be a large public health burden," Schettler said"

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WiFi - Is it safe?

Publication Date: 9th April 2010 | View full brochure

Citizens For Safe Technology, a not-for-profit educational society made up of parents, grandparents, teachers, business professionals, scientists, politicians and lawyers concerned about the exponential increase in public exposure to harmful wireless technologies, has produced this brochure on the possible lack of safety of WiFi

From the brochure: "WE BELIEVE a profound urgency exists to protect the unsuspecting public, especially children, from electropollution in our environment. A growing percentage of our population experiences uncomfortable and damaging physical reactions to cellular and wireless technologies. We agree with thousands of scientists and doctors who now believe and assert in documented research studies that Wi-Fi and its related technologies are NOT SAFE. Our goal is to raise awareness of this problem so that the public is empowered to protect themselves and their children while demanding reduced exposure to unsafe technologies."

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The Chemical mechanisms leading to EMF Sensitivity

Publication Date: 3rd April 2010 | View conference website

28th International Symposium on man and his environment in health and disease; The Chemical mechanisms leading to EMF Sensitivity June 3-6 2010

The International Symposium has been recognised as one of the most advanced medical forums in the world addressing the research and treatment of environmental effects on health and disease. The 2010 conference will focus on the chemical mechanisms leading to EMF sensitivity.

This conference presents the most current information available while providing guidelines to identify, diagnose and treat and to prevent environmentally triggered responses in the human physiology and is aimed at doctors, health care practitioners, physicians, nurses and nutritionists interested in the concepts and practice of Environmental Medicine, Occupational Medicine and Toxicology.

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Cell Phones and Brain Tumors - Interview with Lloyd Morgan

Publication Date: 22nd February 2010 | View full video on YouTube

Last September in conjunction with Senate Hearings on Cellphones, Lloyd Morgan attended the Expert Conference on Cellphones and Brain Tumors. This interview has now been posted on YouTube, and is well worth watching.

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Warning: Your Cell Phone May Be Hazardous to Your Health

Publication Date: 28th January 2010 | View full story on GQ

Ever worry that that gadget you spend hours holding next to your head might be damaging your brain? Well, the evidence is starting to pour in, and it's not pretty. So why isn't anyone in America doing anything about it?

Earlier this winter, I met an investment banker who was diagnosed with a brain tumor five years ago. He's a managing director at a top Wall Street firm, and I was put in touch with him through a colleague who knew I was writing a story about the potential dangers of cell-phone radiation. He agreed to talk with me only if his name wasn't used, so I'll call him Jim. He explained that the tumor was located just behind his right ear and was not immediately fatal—the five-year survival rate is about 70 percent. He was 35 years old at the time of his diagnosis and immediately suspected it was the result of his intense cell-phone usage. "Not for nothing," he said, "but in investment banking we've been using cell phones since 1992, back when they were the Gordon-Gekko-on-the-beach kind of phone." When Jim asked his neurosurgeon, who was on the staff of a major medical center in Manhattan, about the possibility of a cell-phone-induced tumor, the doctor responded that in fact he was seeing more and more of such cases—young, relatively healthy businessmen who had long used their phones obsessively. He said he believed the industry had discredited studies showing there is a risk from cell phones. "I got a sense that he was pissed off," Jim told me. A handful of Jim's colleagues had already died from brain cancer; the more reports he encountered of young finance guys developing tumors, the more certain he felt that it wasn't a coincidence. "I knew four or five people just at my firm who got tumors," Jim says. "Each time, people ask the question. I hear it in the hallways."

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Mayor Newsom Introduces Cell-Phone Radiation Labeling Legislation

Publication Date: 27th January 2010 | View full story

Mayor Gavin Newsom today announced major consumer right-to-know legislation that will require cell phone retailers to post cell phone radiation levels at point of sale. The ordinance will be introduced at the Board of Supervisors meeting today.

"Telephone manufacturers currently disclose cell phone radiation levels to the federal government," said Mayor Newsom. "This same information should also be made easily accessible to the consumer."

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Disability: The courts blame mobile phone use

Publication Date: 26th January 2010 | View full story on Scribd

Today, for the first time, a Labour Tribunal recognized the occupational origin of the disease of a man who for ten years was a company executive in Brescia. He worked for long hours using a cell phone and a cordless phone.

The man, Innocenzo Marcolini, 57, had a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve. Surgery saved him but the consequences on his quality of life are terrible. He is partially compensated by this victory against INAIL (the Italian Labour Insurance) that recognizes the 80% of disability caused by his occupation. This is the first time a judge has recognized the causal link and the subsequent declaration of disability due to occupational exposure to EMF irradiation.

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Kiddies in Mobile Mania! Survey reveals HALF of 5-9 year olds have phones

Publication Date: 10th January 2010 | View full story in the News of the World

AN astonishing HALF of all kids aged five to nine own a mobile - despite Government guidelines warning NO ONE under 16 should use them.

And for youngsters aged seven to 15 the figure goes up to 75 per cent, raising fears that today's young generation are being put at risk of brain tumours later in life. Parents are suffering too - in the pocket. Last year kids' phone bills cost them £374 million, lots of it for download fees on games and ringtones.

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Police officers sue force over 'radio injuries'

Publication Date: 1st January 2010 | View full story in the Daily Telegraph

Police officers are preparing to sue their own force over a series of illnesses they claim were caused by the radio system they use while out on patrol.

The Lancashire Constabulary was the first in Britain to try out the Airwave network, designed specifically to hive longer range and more capcaity to the emergency services and the military. Nine years after its introduction scores of officers are claiming that radiation emissions from the system have caused them to suffer such ailments as nausea, headaches, stomach pains and skin rashes. The local branch of the Police Federation has logged 176 individual complaints, and now senior officials at the police authority are seeking legal advice on how to deal with them.

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Maine to consider cell phone cancer warning

Publication Date: 20th December 2009 | View full story on MSNBC

Augusta, Maine - A Maine legislator wants to make the state the first to require cell phones to carry warnings that they can cause brain cancer, although there is no consensus among scientists that they do and industry leaders dispute the claim.

The now-ubiquitous devices carry such warnings in some countries, though no U.S. states require them, according to the National Conference of State Legislators. A similar effort is afoot in San Francisco, where Mayor Gavin Newsom wants his city to be the nation's first to require the warnings.

Maine Rep. Andrea Boland, D-Sanford, said numerous studies point to the cancer risk, and she has persuaded legislative leaders to allow her proposal to come up for discussion during the 2010 session that begins in January, a session usually reserved for emergency and governors' bills.

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Media Teleclass on Cellphones and Brain Tumors

Publication Date: 10th December 2009 | View on the

Public health experts independent of telecom industry funding will explain what the brain tumor-cell phone science shows, why people very much need to be concerned about the radiation emitted by cellular phones and why parents need to be especially concerned about the potential impact of this radiation on children.

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Mobiles: The hidden danger to children

Publication Date: 5th December 2009 | View on the Mirror website

Professor claims we are sleep walking to a cancer disaster - Britain is sleep-walking into a ­mobile phone health scandal as the Government ignores a link to cancer, a leading expert has warned.

Mobile phone emissions have been shown to increase the risk of THREE types of cancer in some studies – yet ministers are doing nothing to change weak official guidelines on how much they should be used. Radiation specialist Professor Denis Henshaw said ignoring the risks of mobile phone emissions could prove as serious as playing down the link between smoking and lung cancer in the 1960s.

Thousands of parents are expected to buy mobile phones for their children as Christmas presents unaware they could be the most dangerous gifts they ever receive. Radiation from mobiles has more of an effect on children because it's claimed their thinner skulls let more rays penetrate the brain.But the only official Government advice is a few confusing sentences on a leaflet and the internet, which have not been updated for THREE YEARS - and which most parents do not know exists.

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No rise in cancer from mobile phones

Publication Date: 4th December 2009 | View on the Telegraph website

Using a mobile phone for more than 10 years does not appear to raise the risk of brain tumours, according a new study that re-opens the debate on the safety of the devices.

Researchers found that there was no significant increase in the incidence of cancer among adults who have been using them for up to a decade. They found that there was no change in rates between 1998 and 2003 compared with the previous two decades.

The findings, which come from a study of the populations in Denmark, Finland, Norway and Sweden, all of which are heavy phone users, appears to contradict the expected results of another long term study.

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43 Cancer Cases Among 350 Residents Living Near a Mobile Telephone Relay Antenna in Malaga

Publication Date: 27th November 2009 | View full story on BW

MALAGA-SPAIN: Among the 350 inhabitants of Pérez, near the town of Velez-Malaga, there have been 43 cases of cancer, 35 of which have resulted in death. The residents are demanding the removal of the phone mast in the village, a cause supported by the country's opposition party UPyD.

Residents living close to the relay antennas in Pérez Los Cortijos, within the district of Vélez-Málaga, today drew attention to the existence of 43 cancer cases among their population of 350, and said they are no longer prepared to tolerate the presence of the mobile phone mast that has been ruining their lives for the last 15 years.

Antonia Delgado, their spokesman, today pointed out during a press conference that the phone mast installed beside the old N340 is only a few metres away from the houses in the centre of Benajarafe. He emphasised that out of the 43 cases, 35 had resulted in death, and "so far this year eight residents have died." He added that his sister has breast cancer, his father cancer of the larynx, and his uncle a melanoma.

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EHS Protest in Stuttgart

Publication Date: 25th November 2009 | View protest pictures and description on Next Up

Next-Up have published some stunning pictures from Germany showing the current strength of feeling in the country about wireless devices and the potential risk to health they may be bringing with them.

There are clearly hundreds of protesters in these images, complete with flyers, banners, and custom made costomes. Their feelings were made very clear in this protest march in the city of Stuttgart in Germany.

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WiFi in Swindon - free access but at what cost?

Publication Date: 19th November 2009 | View full article on Powerwatch

Other Coverage: Daily Mail | BBC News | Times Online

As recently covered by the BBC and the Times, Swindon Borough Council are offering a free public WiFi service to the entire of the town of Swindon. Offering high bandwidth, cheap services, this sounds like a technological boon for the residents of the town, but could it also be a public health experiment when so little is still understood about the potential health impacts of wireless technology?

There are currently about 75 mobile phone base stations in Swindon. Swindon Borough Council are about to effectively increase this number 20-fold. Swindon Council have invested about one-third of a million pounds in a commercial venture to exploit the modern telecommunications boom. They plan to install some 1,400 WiFi Access Points (mini-base-stations) across the city, mainly on lamp-posts. That works out to about one every 100 metres in every direction thought the city. Many of these will be right outside bedroom windows.

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As new evidence links mobile phones to a greater risk of tumours, could using one cost your child their life?

Publication Date: 3rd November 2009 | View original in the Daily Mail

Mobile phones, just how did we live without them? At about 80 million, there are now more mobiles than people in the UK. But since the Nineties, when their use became more widespread, there have been nagging doubts about their safety.

For many people these were resolved two years ago with a report from the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme. The programme, jointly funded by the Government and the industry, concluded that mobile phones, base stations and masts 'have not been found to be associated with any biological or adverse health effects'. However, according to a decade-long study, due out in the coming weeks, people who used mobiles for a decade or more had a 'significantly increased risk' of developing some types of brain tumours.

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Health study links mobile phone use to four kinds of cancer

Publication Date: 26th October 2009 | View original in the Daily Mirror

A major international health study has shown that excessive mobile phone use can be linked to four different kinds of cancer. The research, which has taken 10 years and cost £20million, found that heavy mobile users suffered up to 50 per cent more tumours.

Scientists now say there is a "significantly increased risk" of people developing three different kinds of brain tumour and one of the salivary gland. News of the findings, which are to be published within the next eight weeks, has led to calls for mobiles to carry health warnings.

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Department of Health under pressure to increase precautions over children's mobile phone use

Publication Date: 24th October 2009 | View original in the Daily Telegraph

The Department of Health has not updated its advice to consumers for more than four years, while other countries have begun to implement stricter guidance as mobile use has become widespread even among children.

The long-awaited publication of the Interphone final results paper, which will include a public health message, is likely to force a revision of advice even if there is no conclusive proof that mobile phones cause brain cancer. Many experts argue that greater precautionary measures are needed now that there are an estimated 4billion people using mobile phones worldwide.

They believe action must be taken even though proof of a link between the radiofrequency radiation emitted by handsets and health problems has not been proven, because cancerous tumours can take decades to develop, and because it may be difficult to prove an increased risk solely by asking people about their former mobile phone usage.

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Long-term use of mobile phones 'may be linked to cancer'

Publication Date: 24th October 2009 | View original in the Daily Telegraph

A £20million, decade-long investigation overseen by the World Health Organisation (WHO) will publish evidence that heavy users face a higher risk of developing brain tumours later in life, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.

The conclusion, while not definitive, will undermine assurances from the government that the devices are safe and is expected to put ministers under pressure to issue strnger guidance.

A preliminary breakdown of the results found a "significantly increased risk" of some brain tumours "related to use of mobile phones for a period of 10 years or more" in some studies.

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Parents threaten to remove children from Formby school over Wi-Fi installation

Publication Date: 21st October 2009 | View original in the Liverpool Daily Post

Parents have vowed to take their children out of a Merseyside school if Wi-Fi laptops are installed.

They fear their children will be exposed to "emissions" from the 50 new wireless computers at Woodlands primary school, in Formby. A petition signed by 32 parents was gathered against the equipment, which is set to be installed in the next week.

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Study Suggests Link Between Cell Phones and Brain Tumors

Publication Date: 13th October 2009 | View original on the Atlanta Healthday website

View paper abstract: Myung et al Oct 2009

The latest study focusing on a possible cell phone-brain tumor connection finds a weak potential link between the two.

A review of existing research on the topic, published online Oct. 13 in the Journal of Clinical Oncology, discerned no overall link. But when the spotlight was turned on only the more methodologically rigorous studies, a potentially harmful association was found.

Combined with similarly murky conclusions from earlier research, this leaves the world's four billion cell phone users with no clear indication of what risk, if any, they are taking when they converse on the go.

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International EMF Conference 2009 - Stavanger, Norway

Publication Date: 4th October 2009 | View full programme

On November 17th there will be an international conference in Stavanger, Norway. This is an opportunity to hear presentations on electromagnetic fields (EMFs) and health effects. The conference is an excellent opportunity to update your knowledge on documented health effects from wireless technologies such as mobile phones and wireless networks. Please find attached details about the conference including information on how to make a reservation. The final program will be distributed within a week or two.

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Interview With WiredChild

Publication Date: 11th September 2009 | View original on GreenMuze

Cellphones. Wireless internet. Baby monitors. Do you know how much wireless technology your child is exposed to on a daily basis? WiredChild, a new UK-based organization, is working to raise awareness about the connection between wireless technology and the detrimental health effects on children.

We caught up with WiredChild to ask a few questions about their organization.

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Mobiles and cancer: the plot thickens

Publication Date: 11th September 2009 | View original on the Daily Telegraph

You might as well ask to buy condoms in the Vatican as ask a mobile phone salesman for a low radiation mobile phone handset, says Geoffrey Lean.

If you want to know what it must have been like to be the central character in a Bateman cartoon, stroll into a mobile phone shop and ask - as I do from time to time - for a low-radiation handset.

"Sales executives" who can discourse for hours on WAP and GPRS, on megapixel cameras and MP3 players, on vibration alerts and polyphonic tones are struck speechless. They have no information, they are likely to tell you, and don't know where to get it. And, if you are really unlucky, you will be lectured by some pimply post-pubescent - as I once was - on how absurd you are being, because there is no risk.

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The hidden dangers in your pocket

Publication Date: 8th September 2009 | View original Metro Article

There are 4 billion mobile phone users worldwide and Wi-Fi is on every street corner but the long-term health risks of these technologies remain unclear. Minimise your exposure to this invisible radiation with some easy steps.

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Nonthermal Effects Confirmed; Exposure Limits Challenged; Precaution Demanded.

Publication Date: 24th August 2009 | View story in Le Dauphine

Submitted by Katharina Gustavs

The Austrian AUVA insurance company commissioned a renowned team of researchers from the Vienna Medical University to take another look at biological effects associated with cell phone radiation. This latest report shows that there are cells that are most sensitive to cell phone radiation and others less so. Sensitive cells respond with a significant increase in protein synthesis, indicating an increased level of cell stress—at SAR levels as low as 0.1 W/kg. Since affected cells include especially those that are metabolically active, children and youth seem to be most susceptible to the possible health effects.

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EMF: Prof. Belpomme "A major health probem"

Publication Date: 29th July 2009 | View story in Le Dauphine

Professor Dominique Belpomme is the president of ARTAC (preventive cancer research association). This research unit is one of the most advanced in Europe regarding people who are EHS (electrohypersensitive).

"We have been working for the last year on the syndrome of intolerance to electromagnetic fields," he explains. "In Europe, the number of people affected is estimated to be between 1 and 10% of the population. It's a major health problem, a real threat to public health!" Fatigue, insomnia, depression, but other potential risks "of multiple sclerosis, and even Alzheimer's disease among young people" may be linked to the influence of these fields.

"We know now for certain that these people are genuinely ill." Diagnoses have been made possible thanks to tests developed by the association: encephaloscan, biological tests, blood analysis. "We are convinced that it is the amalgamation of different sources of EMFs - from relay antennas, high-voltage power lines, Wi-fi, etc - that causes this syndrome."

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Afterlife DJ Allergic produces new album inspired by his difficulties in being allergic to wi-fi

Publication Date: 24th July 2009 | View story in the Daily Mail

Other Coverage: Powerwatch UK | Defected | Ibiza Online | Jonty Skruff's Blog | LA2DAY

Well known chillout DJ Steve Miller recently released a new album entitled "Electrosensitive", in reference to having become highly sensitised to electromagnetic radiation recently, specifically WiFi.

He gave a short interview with Defected, describing his music, the album, and what it is like living with electrosensitivity. From not being able to do indoor gigs to having to avoid certain festivals such as Glastonbury, Steve paints a picture of a life where there are considerable obstacles to his professional vocation, and how he turned this into the inspiration for his latest work. Clips from tracks on the album are available in the player below:

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Samworth boss backs mobile phone protest

Publication Date: 21st July 2009 | View Melton Times article

WEDNESDAY 2PM: The chief executive of Samworth Brothers has backed the campaign to stop a mobile phone mast being built in Melton.

Brian Stein (60) suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity which causes him immense pain whenever he is near an electronic source which he says was caused by prolonged use of a mobile phone.

The symptoms are so bad he has banned computers and other equipment from his workplace - one of the largest private employers in Leicestershire.

At a meeting about the dangers of mobile phone masts held at King Edward VII School on Monday evening, he praised residents on the Wimpey Estate for their efforts and warned against complacency.

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Government response to school WiFi petition panned

Publication Date: 8th July 2009 | View original on the Ecologist

In response to a petition calling on wireless technology to be removed from schools, the Government has pronounced itself happy with WiFi safety guidelines its critics have labelled 'dangerously out of date'

The Government has said Wi-Fi in schools is a 'perfectly acceptable choice' and that there is 'absolutely no reason' the technology should not continue to be used in educational establishments.

Responding to an e-petition on the No10 website that had called for wireless technology to be removed from schools on health grounds and replaced with wired alternatives, the Government cited its health watchdog, the Health Protection Agency (HPA), whose current guidelines state there is 'no scientific evidence of any health risks... or that exposures exceed international guidelines'.

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Mobile phones for children: a boon or a peril?

Publication Date: 23rd June 2009 | View original on Times Online

Half of British children aged 5 to 9 own a mobile phone, and a brand for tots is imminent. Some experts are unhappy.

The article continues ... In a world where everyone is busy texting and chatting, more and more parents believe that their little ones should join the fun. In spite of dire warnings about the long-term harm that mobile phone use may wreak on young children's mental and physical health, we have just passed the tipping point: more than half of British children aged between 5 and 9 own a mobile phone.

Professor Lawrie Challis, an emeritus professor of physics who has led the Government's mobile-phone safety research, says that parents should not give children phones before secondary school. After that, they should encourage them to text rather than to make calls, as texting exposes their brains to lower levels of electromagnetic radiation.

"We have no idea if they are different in reaction to this sort of radio frequency," says Challis, "but there are reasons why they may be — children react differently to ionising radiation, radioactivity and gamma rays. If you are exposed to too much sunlight as a child, you are far more likely to get skin cancer than if you are exposed as an adult."

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More masts for council offices

Publication Date: 22nd June 2009 | View original on The Sentinel

Future phone masts in Stoke-on-Trent should be installed on council property and away from schools to limit potential health risks, according to a council committee.

The report said: "The task group, given the evidence-based information it has received, concluded that there is no general proven risk to health, but accepts that a precautionary approach to the siting of base stations should be taken until research tells us that they are safe or unsafe. "The city council should maximise its limited influence [over] the location of masts and sites by having them sited on council-owned land and buildings."

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The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) to take health effects into account on cell tower planning guidance

Publication Date: 3rd June 2009 | View resolution in full

The Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) have just passed a resolution to repeal limitations on state and local authority imposed by the Telecommunications Act of 1996 that infringe upon the authority of local governments to regulate the placement, construction, and modification of telecommunications towers and other personal wireless services facilities on the basis of the health.

Now the motions (here and here) have been accepted in the form of this resolution, it finally allows the district planning authorities to consider health further than the compliance to the Federal Communications Commission standards.

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French Government Round Table requests a trial period of reducing EMF exposure levels

Publication Date: 25th May 2009 | View translated press release

The Association of mayors of French cities (Association des Maires de Grandes Villes de France - AMGVF) is requesting that once the studies have been completed, the government announce specific measures that will give a clear message to the public. The AMGVF is demanding that:

  • city-wide experiments should be started this summer in reducing the areas of exposure to electromagnetic fields, to see if this is technically and financially feasible;
  • these experiments should managed by the State, which needs to allocate adequate resources in personnel and finance;
  • these experiments should bring together residents, action groups, phone companies and local officials in order to continue the public debate initiated by the government.

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French Government imposes phone ban on all primary schools

Publication Date: 25th May 2009 | View final report summary on Next Up

Other Coverage: Powerwatch UK | Times Online | Irish Independent | The Australian

The French Government today announced their decision to take some strongly precautionary measures with regards to mobile telecommunications technology. From an outright ban of mobile phones in primary schools, to a requirement on operators to provide "stripped" down handsets only capable of texting or without a loudspeaker, this is a clear indication that in the absence of certainty, France is willing to act on the steadily increasing level of public concern.

The measures, which emerged from a six-week review of mobile phone and wi-fi radiation, have been attacked as inadequate by campaigners who accuse the State of playing down dangers from phones and transmitter masts. The campaign groups, which walked out on the government consultation on Monday, wanted a ban on mobile use by children under 14 and drastic measures to limit the power and location of masts. The Government refused to act against masts, citing the absence of any evidence that they affected human or animal health.

Chantal Jouanno, the new Secretary of State for Ecology, stated in an interview that she is in favour of trying out a reduction of relay antenna emissions in certain towns to 0.6 V/m while awaiting the results of a new study from AFFSET, but she continued to insist that there was "a need to distinguish between mobile phones, about which we know there are uncertainties, and relay antennas, for which nobody has been able to conclude that there is a risk". Experiments are to be carried out in three cities to test the feasibility of reducing the power of transmissions.

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Mayor of Clamart disconnects Orange base station in the name of the precationary principle

Publication Date: 20th May 2009 | View final report summary on Next Up

Other Coverage: Powerwatch UK

Also in France, the Clamart Town Council have disconnected an Orange relay antenna on the roof of their council offices in the name of the precautionary principle. The present mayor Philippe Kaltenbach has overruled the contract of the previous mayor that had agreed to the installation of an antenna for the Orange mobile network on the roof of the Town Hall and on another building.

Philippe Kaltenbach has decided not to let the mobile phone companies keep the antennas on the roof of these two buildings, and to allow antennas only on private buildings that are at least 100m away from two nearby schools and a creche. This is another in a long line of local French rulings demonstrating a precautionary approach not to the usage of the phones, but to a precautionary placement of the base stations as well.

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Paris University declares WiFi moratorium within the University

Publication Date: 13th May 2009 | View original press release (in French)

Other Coverage: Powerwatch UK | Scribd (English Translation)

Paris III Sorbonne University has declared a WiFi moratorium on the wireless access points within the University at their last health and safety meeting.

Stephen Cendrier, a spokesman for the libraries in Paris who have already made similar steps, said that "The health problem (posed by wireless terminals NDLR) is similar to that posed by mobile phones". Several library employees have complained about and problems with memory or language problems, nausea, vomiting or dizziness, and have questioned the wifi as a possible cause.

This is yet further evidence of the precautionary stance being taken by France at the moment, who are currently leading Europe with regards to ensuring that any potential health risks to the general public are minimised.

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INTERPHONE project finally approaches first publishing date for results

Publication Date: 11th May 2009 | View comprehensive Microwave News article

As reported in great detail by Microwave News, the decade long INTERPHONE project is finally approaching the date for publishing the first summaries of results.

Since taking over as the director of IARC, Christopher Wild has succeeded in putting together a draft with two other colleagues that should represent the project's final summary of the evidence observed on the association between mobile phone usage and risk of malignant brain tumours (Gliomas and Meningiomas). Sadly, especially considering the evidence published by Hardell and colleagues, the Acoustic Neuroma findings are still to be completed and will not be published along with the malignant tumour work.

Considering the amount of money, time and energy invested in the Interphone project to date, the continue lack of results and discussions on the implications of the results can only be termed as a disaster. This has not been helped by the public disagreements and divergence of views within the Interphone camp leading to such a stalemate, and the lack of consideration of a number of significant confounding factors (such as cordless phone usage) further exacerbates the issues. By the time the results are fully published, their relevance and usefulness will be highly questionable due to the age of the data.

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MEP Liz Lynne calls for action on mobile phone masts

Publication Date: 23rd April 2009 | Original story in the Coventry Telegraph

Mobile phone companies are coming under increased pressure from Euro MPs to stop building masts near schools and houses until the potential hazards to health are clearer.

Some scientists believe the electromagnetic radiation produced by phone masts can cause cancer, fatigue and migraines in people living and working nearby.

Now Warwickshire Lib Dem MEP Liz Lynne has called on the European Commission to do more to "dramatically reduce" the amount of mobile phone mast radiation people are exposed to to avoid a health timebomb in the future.

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Wifi in school should be stopped, say teachers

Publication Date: 8th April 2009 | Original story in the Daily Telegraph

The use of wireless internet in schools should be suspended amid claims children may be exposed to health risks, according to teachers.

They said schools should "stick to wired computers" until it can be proved networks do not cause cancer or sterility. The Association of Teachers and Lecturers, which represents more than 160,000 staff, called for a major investigation into the biological and thermal effects of wi-fi.

The union backed calls for a Government investigation into the "considerable biological and thermal effects" and for the results to be made public. Wi-fi works by transmitting information via radio waves from a telephone line to a computer and back.

Becta, the Government's education technology agency, says it does not actively promote use of the technology but insists it can "complement" a school's wired network. Almost 14,500 schools are believed to have installed the systems. Whole towns have also been contacted, with Norwich already a "wi-fi city".

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EU calls for mobile phone masts to be distanced from schools and hospitals

Publication Date: 7th April 2009 | Original article on

The European Commission should make more reliable information available about the effects of exposure to electromagnetic fields to citizens who feel that they are not well informed.

The report was adopted with 559 votes in favour, 22 against and 8 abstentions.

The report acknowledges the wide use of wireless technologies and other electromagnetic emitting technologies and their benefits to society, but also raises concerns over their "continuing uncertainties about possible health risks." In particular, there are concerns about the exposure of children and young people to electromagnetic fields. Therefore, MEPs call for stricter regulation and protection for residents and consumers./p>

Better protection for eu citizens through "optimal placement of devices"

The report, drafted by Frédérique RIES (ALDE, BE), notes that industry stakeholders can already influence a number of safety factors, including the direction of the transmitting antenna in relation to living spaces, and the distance between the site and the transmitter. Industry actors are being encouraged to use this power to give better protection to people living nearby, and to prevent a "proliferation of poorly positioned masts and transmitters."

The placement of antennas, mobile phone masts and high-voltage power lines should be negotiated between industry actors, public authorities and residents' associations in order to minimise health risks and legal action cases. This will also ensure that EMF-transmitting devices are kept clear of schools, crèches, retirement homes and health care institutions. In addition to this, the House recommends that mobile telephone operators should negotiate to share infrastructure in order to reduce "the exposure of the public to EMFs."

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Dutch medical doctors call for measures to minimise electromagnetic field exposure

Publication Date: 5th April 2009 | Press Release

On April 8, 50 doctors will present a call to leaders in politics and health in the Dutch government city The Hague. Based on their own experiences, they call for measures to be taken to minimize exposure to electromagnetic fields.

The signatories noted a general increase in chronic diseases with uncertain causes. This increase in health and welfare problems occurs simultaneously with the explosive increase in radiation exposure in the environment.

The appeal thus is a call to reduce the exposure to these fields. Also it aims a more conscious use of electrical and wireless technology. And it encourages policy, based on any peer reviewed scientific studies published in international scientific journals, without further filtering to be applied.

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Barack Obama and the President's Cancel Panel

Publication Date: 12th February 2009 | RRT Letter to the Panel

Barack Obama recently said that science is about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology. It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient - especially when it's inconvenient.

The Radiation Research Trust (RRT) truly appreciates this new and honest approach towards science and politics by Barack Obama which is in line with our attitude towards science and policy in favour of protecting public health and the environment.

The RRT has submitted comments to the President's Cancer Panel as part of the Panel's "data/information gathering process" which will be reviewed and taken into consideration when the final report is written on electromagnetic fields and submitted to President-elect Obama.

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Electrosensitivity in Sweden by Olle Johansson

Publication Date: 9th February 2009 | EMFacts

In addition to the recent message #1000 "Electrosensitivity becomes an "inconvenient truth" in Sweden", published on the list by John and Rigmor Granlund-Lind, Monday December 8th, 2008, it is important to realize that in Sweden electrohypersensitivity (EHS) is definitely not completely denied. In Sweden, electrohypersensitivity is an officially fully recognized functional impairment (i.e., it is not regarded as a disease). Thus, sick allowances are not the first step for a person in Sweden with a functional impairment. The first step is to contact the municipality's special civil servant for disability issues, as well as the various handicap organizations and authorities, to achieve accessability measures of various types with the sole aim to have an equal life in a society based on equality.

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Phone masts health fears: US president asks for views of Midland woman

Publication Date: 29th January 2009 | Original article on the Birmingham Mail

US President Barack Obama has turned to a Midland anti-mobile phone mast campaigner to help the fight against cancer.

Eileen O'Connor, as a founder member of the Radiation Research Trust, has led the battle against the relentless growth of mobile phone masts and technology for the past seven years.

And now the US President's cancer panel, set up by Obama to research the possible links with both nuclear and electro-magnetic radiation, has asked Eileen for her views on the issue.

The trust has supported widespread research into the possible dangers of mobile and wireless radiation and campaigns for the technology to be made safer.

Eileen said: "Obama's panel has launched an information gathering exercise and I was invited to provide evidence. While I am not building up my hopes, I am delighted the issue is being taken seriously by the President.

"President Obama recently said science is about ensuring that facts and evidence are never twisted or obscured by politics or ideology.

"It's about listening to what our scientists have to say, even when it's inconvenient and I welcome this approach."

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Beekeepers celebrate research funding

Publication Date: 22nd January 2009 | Original article on the Evening Star

Suffolk's beekeepers have welcomed a multimillion aid package to protect declining bee populations and fund research into the threats they face.

The Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) yesterday announced it would be investing an extra £4.3million in a bid to halt the fall in bees.

Bee populations face a growing number of threats including pests and diseases such as the varroa mite, while many colonies have been hit by the bad weather in the past two summers.

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Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority: Children's mobile phone use should be limited

Publication Date: 7th January 2009 | STUK

Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) has prepared a position paper, according to which children's mobile phone use should be restricted for example by favouring text messages instead of talking. Although research to date, has not demonstrated health effects from mobile phone's radiation, precaution is recommended for children as all of the effects are not known. Position paper is published (in Finnish) in the Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority's website.

STUK position paper notes that the children's mobile phone use could be, restricted in the following ways:

  • favouring the use of text messages rather than calls,
  • parents limiting the number of calls and their duration,
  • children can be advised in the use of hands-free devices, which reduces the exposure significantly. When communicating on the hands-free device the phone should be kept a couple of centimetres away from the body,
  • talking in an area with low connectivity or in a moving car or a train should be avoided.

However STUK does not deem it justified to ban children's use of mobile phones altogether. As mobile phones also promote security, since it facilitates easy communication with parents.

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Faulty gene makes children who live near power lines more likely to develop leukaemia

Publication Date: 20th December 2008 | Original article in Daily Mail

Other Coverage: Powerwatch UK | Microwave News

Scientists have found new evidence of a link between overhead power lines and childhood leukaemia. They have identified a defective gene that quadruples the risk of cancers of the blood and bone marrow for carriers who live within 330ft of an overhead cable. The discovery could help explain the findings of a Government-funded study published three years ago.

It concluded that children who grew up near high-voltage power lines were, on average, almost 70 per cent more likely to be diagnosed with leukaemia than those living further away. Previous studies have suggested that exposure to the electromagnetic fields (EMFs) created around power lines can cause damage to the DNA, or genetic blueprint, of animal cells. The latest research, which is from China, shows that one in 20 children inherits a faulty copy of a gene that normally helps repair DNA damage, making them more vulnerable to developing leukaemia when young.

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Suspend wi-fi in schools, says union chief following ill-health claims

Publication Date: 28th July 2008 | Original article in Daily Mail

The rush to install wireless computer networks in schools may be jeopardising children's health and should be suspended pending a full safety inquiry, a teachers' chief said yesterday. Philip Parkin said he is worried about reports linking wireless technology with loss of concentration, fatigue, reduced memory and headaches. Mr Parkin, general secretary of Voice, formerly the Professional Association of Teachers, believes a generation of children are effectively 'guinea pigs in a large-scale experiment'.

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Israeli Health Ministry: Don't use cellphones in trains, elevators

Publication Date: 29th July 2008 | Original article in Jerusalem Post

A top expert on Monday berated the Israeli public for not internalizing warnings about the possible dangers of cellphone use.

Prof. Elihu Richter, a senior expert in electromagnetic radiation and retired head of the occupational and environmental medicine unit of the Hebrew University-Hadassah School of Public Health and Community Medicine, was speaking a day after the Health Ministry posted guidelines on cellphone use on its Web site.

Richter, who does not use a cellphone, has been cautioning against the excessive usage of the devices for years. When asked to comment eight years ago on a study published by the Journal of the American Medical Association claiming no connection between the use of cellular phones and brain cancer, Richter told The Jerusalem Post that the study's follow-up period of four years was too short and did not take into account the thinner skulls of children. He went on to add that had a similar protocol been applied to testing the effects of cigarette smoking, such a study would have erroneously yielded no correlation with cancer.

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What a top cancer researcher told his staff: Limit your mobile phone use to avoid tumours

Publication Date: 24th July 2008 | Original article in Daily Mail

One of the world's leading cancer scientists last night warned that mobile phones could pose a health risk.

Dr Ronald Herberman - director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute - urged staff to keep phones away from their heads and only let children use them in emergencies.

He said his warning is based on an early, unpublished study into the links between mobile phones and brain cancers.

In a memo to 3,000 staff in the U.S., Dr Herberman warned: 'We shouldn't wait for a definitive study to come out, but err on the side of being safe rather than sorry later.

'I am convinced that there is sufficient data to warrant issuing an advisory to share some precautionary advice on cell phone use.'

He added that there is a 'growing body of literature' which links long-term mobile phone use with adverse health effects, including cancer.

If there is a health risk from phones, children are likely to be most vulnerable because their brains are developing and their skulls are thinner, Dr Herberman said.

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Staff warned to only use their phones in emergencies

Publication Date: 24th July 2008 | Original article on BBC News

Relevant Links: TV report involving Dr David Carpenter

Dr Ronald Herberman, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute, today publicised a warning for staff to keep phones away from their heads and only let children use them in emergencies.

We welcome the warnings about the dangers of mobile phones with regards to the brain tumour risk from one of the world's leading cancer scientists Dr Ronald Herberman and would encourage the public to listen to his advice especially for children.

Concern is growing for public health especially our children as they are considered to be a sensitive group. Children are more prone to develop cancer than adults, because they have longer time to develop the disease and will absorb a higher dose of radiation. Many truly independent scientists believe this could be detrimental to health. The incidence of serious illnesses among those exposed to biologically active radiation is dramatically increasing, symptoms includes sleep disturbances, learning problems, unexplained anxiety, attention deficit disorder, Autism Spectrum Disorders, electro-hypersensitivity, brain tumours and various forms of cancer. This issue therefore demands urgent attention and it is critical for the Governments of the world to listen.

Existing science on brain tumours is stronger than being portrayed in interviews and news reports. Statistics from Professor Lennart Hardell, MD are available in the Bioinitiative Report, Chapter 10. Prof Lennart Hardell is presenting at the Radiation Research Trust London conference, in September, 2008 along with many world leaders the title of the conference is: EMF & Health a Global Issue, Exploring the appropriate precautionary approaches.

I would like to point out that Prof Will Stewart Chairman for IET is not Professor Sir William Stewart, Chairman for the UK Health Protection Agency.

It is interesting but not surprising to read the response in support of the phone industry from Prof Will Stewart as he was previously the Chief Scientist at Marconi and is the Chairman for the IET which appear to be an industry loaded Government advisory group on policy for communications technology. The Government are currently receiving an estimated £20 billion per year in taxation from mobile phone technology, it is a cash cow. I fear this is false economy as the loss of young lives and productivity in the workplace due to illness from this technology could eventually outweigh the benefits. Are we prepared to continue taking risks with public health?

The public would be wise to listen to the advice of truly independent scientists rather that industry sponsored institutes.

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Dangerous talk, by Sarah Womack

Publication Date: 13th July 2008 | Original article on The National (UAE)

Three billion of us worldwide use them. One in five of us even sleeps next to one.

And being parted from it has been compared to the stress involved in moving house or splitting with one's partner.

What is it? The mobile phone. And our love affair with this technology suggests that far from considering it dangerous, we do not think of it as a health hazard at all.

In fact we are more likely to get ill worrying that they don't work, or that our children don't have one. Anxiety over running out of battery life or credit, losing one's handset or not having network coverage affects 53 per cent of mobile-phone users in the UK, according to a study by pollsters YouGov.

Nevertheless, since their introduction, there have been concerns about the possible impact of mobile phones on health, particularly whether they cause brain cancers or increase the risk of Alzheimer's.

So could they prove to be the hi-tech equivalent of cigarettes - seemingly harmless for decades, but in reality a health time-bomb waiting to go off?

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14 die of cancer in seven years living next to phone mast with highest radiation levels in UK

Publication Date: 13th July 2008 | Original article in the Daily Mail

"Fourteen people living within a mile of a mobile phone mast that emits one of the highest levels of radiation in the country have died of cancer. Four of the deaths have been in a cul-de-sac yards from the site. A further 20 residents have developed tumours in the last seven years, although they have survived".

Those living in the shadow of the mast have begun a campaign for its removal, claiming that it has caused a cancer hotspot. The Health Protection Agency is investigating.

Worried parents are refusing to take their children to the playing fields where the mast is sited for fear of damaging their health.

The mast was erected in 1995 on a disused water tower on the High Acres estate in Kingswinford, near Dudley, West Midlands.

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Mobile phones stop teenagers getting a good night's sleep

Publication Date: 10th June 2008 | Original article in the Daily Telegraph

Teenagers who send more than five text messages a day on their mobile phones or make more than five calls are ruining their chances of getting a good night's sleep, a new study shows.

Teenagers who send more than five text messages or make more than five calls a day on their mobile phones are ruining their chances of getting a good night's sleep, a new study shows.

Young people who often used their phone to text or call their friends were more likely to have trouble sleeping than those who used their mobile moderately.

As a consequence "excessive texters" felt more tired during the day and drank more caffeine to help them stay awake.

Many young people also felt a "pressure" to be at the end of their phones "around the clock", the stress of which led them to take up smoking or drinking, the team behind the research warned.

The study, presented at SLEEP 2008, the 22nd Annual Meeting of the Associated Professional Sleep Societies (APSS), in Baltimore, found that teenagers who used their mobiles often were more prone to disrupted sleep, restlessness, stress and fatigue than other young people.

Researchers at Sahlgren's Academy in Gothenburg, Sweden, looked at 21 otherwise healthy teenagers, between 14 and 20 years of age, who had regular school or work hours and who did not suffer from serious sleep problems.

The volunteers were split into two groups, the first who made less than five calls or sent less than five texts a day and a second group who used their phones at least 15 times daily.

The scientists found that those who used their mobile phones the most were most susceptible to stress and fatigue.

Not only did they find it more difficult to fall asleep than the other group but they also suffered from more disruptive sleep patterns once they finally nodded off.

The study also found that those who often used their phones were more likely to take drinks designed to make them feel more alert during the day.

They were also more likely to feel more awake at night than in the morning, suggesting a delayed biological clock.

Dr Gaby Badre, who led the study, said that those who used their phones the most appeared to have a different, more frantic lifestyle than other teenagers.

Dr Badre said: "Addiction to cell phone is becoming common. Youngsters feel a group pressure to remain inter-connected and reachable round the clock.

Children start to use mobile phones at an early stage of their life. There seem to be a connection between intensive use of cell phones and health compromising behaviour such as smoking, snuffing and use of alcohol."

Getting a good night's sleep was extremely important for young people, she added, and they should be made more aware that excessive mobile phone use can bring with it "serious health risks" as well as attention problems and trouble sleeping.

Jessica Alexander, from the Sleep Council, which promotes healthy sleeping habits, said: "Too many teenagers are stimulating their brains with mobile phones or computers late at night, when they should be settling down in preparation for sleep."

Although adults are advised to get between seven and eight hours sleep a night, doctors recommend that adolescents get nine hours.

However, another paper presented at the SLEEP 2008 conference shows that teenagers often get into a pattern of getting less sleep on school nights and having to "make up" the difference at weekends.

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We love our mobiles ... but are we being told the truth?

Publication Date: 3rd March 2008 | Original article in the Daily Mail

Please find below a copy of questions on electromagnetic fields to the UK Secretary of State for Health from fellow Radiation Research Trustee Andrew Mitchell MP for Sutton Coldfield, Shadow International Development Secretary. Also read the response from Public Health Minister Dawn Primarolo MP.

Mr. Andrew Mitchell: To ask the Secretary of State for Health (1) what steps he is taking in relation to exposure from electromagnetic microwave radiation from mobile telephone masts and wireless broadband technology; [182167]

(2) if he will request the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection to undertake an urgent review of guidance on exposure to time-varying electric, magnetic and electro magnetic fields in the frequency range up to 300Ghz, with particular reference to non-thermal health effects; [182168]

(3) what recent published medical research he has evaluated on the effect of telephone mast emissions on the health of nearby communities in the UK; [182169]

(4) if he will undertake an ecological study into the health of people living in communities close to mobile telephony masts. [182170]

Dawn Primarolo: Mobile telephones, base stations and wireless installations in this country are expected to comply with the electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure guidelines published by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). The ICNIRP guidelines are incorporated into the European Recommendation on limiting public exposure to electromagnetic fields (EC/519/1999) adopted by European member states.

Measurements by Ofcom have consistently shown base station compliance with the guidelines. Exposure from mobile telephone handsets is available on the manufacturer's website. The Health Protection Agency's Radiation Protection Division (HPA-RPD) is undertaking a systematic programme of research into wireless local area networks (WLANs) and their use. In a recent announcement the HPA has said that WiFi and WLAN signals are very low power and the results so far show exposures are well within ICNIRP guidelines

The HPA-RPD periodically reviews the scientific research into the potential health effects from electromagnetic fields. Its comprehensive 2004 review recommended the adoption of the ICNIRP guidelines in this country, but also acknowledged the need for further research. A 2007 assessment on behalf of the European Commission also endorsed the ICNIRP public exposure guidelines, but similarly noted the paucity of scientific data in some areas.

The independently managed Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) programme has supported a number of studies into the possible health effects of radio signals from mobile telephone technology. The studies of base stations were carried out in carefully controlled conditions as living close to base stations is not a reliable measure of overall exposure to radio signals. None of the research published in the 'MTHR 2007' report demonstrates that biological or adverse health effects are produced by radiofrequency exposure from mobile phones or base stations. These studies and recommendations for further research are described on the MTHR website.

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Mobile phone radiation wrecks your sleep

Publication Date: 3rd March 2008 | Geoffrey Lean, Independent on Sunday

Phone makers' own scientists discover that bedtime use can lead to headaches, confusion and depression.

Radiation from mobile phones delays and reduces sleep, and causes headaches and confusion, according to a new study.

The research, sponsored by the mobile phone companies themselves, shows that using the handsets before bed causes people to take longer to reach the deeper stages of sleep and to spend less time in them, interfering with the body's ability to repair damage suffered during the day.

The findings are especially alarming for children and teenagers, most of whom - surveys suggest - use their phones late at night and who especially need sleep. Their failure to get enough can lead to mood and personality changes, ADHD-like symptoms, depression, lack of concentration and poor academic performance.

The study - carried out by scientists from the blue-chip Karolinska Institute and Uppsala University in Sweden and fromWayne State University in Michigan, USA - is thought to be the most comprehensive of its kind.

Published by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's Progress in Electromagnetics Research Symposium and funded by the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, representing the main handset companies, it has caused serious concern among top sleep experts, one of whom said that there was now "more than sufficient evidence" to show that the radiation "affects deep sleep".

The scientists studied 35 men and 36 women aged between 18 and 45. Some were exposed to radiation that exactly mimicked what is received when using mobile phones; others were placed in precisely the same conditions, but given only "sham" exposure, receiving no radiation at all.

The people who had received the radiation took longer to enter the first of the deeper stages of sleep, and spent less time in the deepest one. The scientists concluded: "The study indicates that during laboratory exposure to 884 MHz wireless signals components of sleep believed to be important for recovery from daily wear and tear are adversely affected."

The embarrassed Mobile Manufacturers Forum played down the results, insisting - at apparent variance with this published conclusion - that its "results were inconclusive" and that "the researchers did not claim that exposure caused sleep disturbance".

But Professor Bengt Arnetz, who led the study, says: "We did find an effect from mobile phones from exposure scenarios that were realistic. This suggests that they have measurable effects on the brain."

He believes that the radiation may activate the brain's stress system, "making people more alert and more focused, and decreasing their ability to wind down and fall asleep".

About half of the people studied believed themselves to be "electrosensitive", reporting symptoms such as headaches and impaired cognitive function from mobile phone use. But they proved to be unable to tell if they had been exposed to the radiation in the test.

This strengthens the conclusion of the study, as it disposes of any suggestion that knowledge of exposure influenced sleeping patterns. Even more significantly, it throws into doubt the relevance of studies the industry relies on to maintain that the radiation has no measurable effects.

A series of them - most notably a recent highly publicised study at Essex University - have similarly found that people claiming to be electrosensitive could not distinguish when the radiation was turned on in laboratory conditions, suggesting that they were not affected.

Critics have attacked the studies' methodology, but the new findings deal them a serious blow. For they show that the radiation did have an effect, even though people could not tell when they were exposed.

It also complements other recent research. A massive study, following 1,656 Belgian teenagers for a year, found most of them used their phones after going to bed. It concluded that those who did this once a week were more than three times - and those who used them more often more than five times - as likely to be "very tired".

Dr Chris Idzikowski, the director of the Edinburgh Sleep Centre, says: "There is now more than sufficient evidence, from a large number of reputable investigators who are finding that mobile phone exposure an hour before sleep adversely affects deep sleep."

Dr William Kohler of the Florida Sleep Institute added: "Anything that disrupts the integrity of your sleep will potentially have adverse consequences in functioning during the day, such as grouchiness, difficulty concentrating, and in children hyperactivity and behaviour problems."

David Schick, the chief executive of Exradia, which manufactures protective devices against the radiation, called on ministers to conduct "a formal public inquiry" into the effects of mobile phones.

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International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) website launched

The International Commission for Electromagnetic Safety (ICEMS) is a non-profit organization that promotes research to protect public health from electromagnetic fields and develops the scientific basis and strategies for assessment, prevention, management and communication of risk, based on the precautionary principle.

An interesting article by David S. Egilman, MD, MPH & Susanna R. Bohme, AM on the corruption of Science "Corporate Corruption of Science and Its Effects on Workers and the Environment". Download PDF.

View the European Social Forum's Seminar on Mobile telephony and Public Health held in Athens, Greece 4th > 8th May 2006, including RRT's science advisor Dr John Walker.

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