Mobile Phone Companies Urged
Safety Warnings More Prominently
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Mobile phone companies have been urged to display health
warnings about the risks from radiation more prominently by
pressure groups and scientists.
User manuals for the most popular phones tell users not to
place devices directly against their bodies but the advice
is often buried in the small print.
Research into the potential danger caused by mobiles have
proved inconclusive, but some studies have suggested an
effect on the brain and on sperm quality.
Alasdair Philips, of Powerwatch, an independent group which
investigates the safety of mobile phones, told the Daily
Mail: "Most people have no idea about these warnings.
"The safety advice should be included on the boxes and far
more prominently in the “getting started” section of user
guides and not just in the detail at the back that hardly
Meanwhile Dr Devra Davis, a leading US scientist, has warned
that if the health risks are ignored we could face a "global
public health catastrophe" within three years
Mobile phones are low-powered radio frequency transmitters
which produce microwave radiation.
Dr Davis, who was part of a team that won the Nobel Peace
Prize in 2007, has warned that the threat from this
radiation has been underplayed.
Her book Disconnect: The Truth About Cell Phone Radiation,
What The Industry Has Done To Hide It And How to Protect
Your Family, includes supporting research from studies in
the U.S., Sweden, Greece, France and Russia.
A team at the University Of Washington found that just two
hours of mobile phone-level radiation splintered the DNA of
brain cells in rats, making them similar to cells found in
In Moscow, a study has found that children who regularly use
mobile phones have poorer memories and other learning
Research in seven countries, including the U.S., China and
Australia, suggests that keeping a switched-on mobile in a
trouser pocket can effect sperm count.
Manuals for the latest BlackBerry (the Torch), warn users to
‘use hands-free operation if available and keep the device
at least 25mm from your body (including the abdomen of
pregnant women and the lower abdomen of teenagers)’ when it
is switched on.
Apple tells iPhone users to keep them 15mm away from their
body and to point the dock connection towards their
shoulders ‘to increase separation from the antenna’.
The Nokia C6 says phones should either be used at the ear of
15 mm away from the body and that accessories should not
contain any metal.
Dr Davis said that people should start keeping phones in
bags and the knee-level pockets of cargo trousers, well away
from their ovaries or testicles.
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