Wireless Internet Health Concerns Part 4
Home Radiation Protection
Last month Professor Lawrie Challis, chairman of the
government- sponsored mobile telecommunications and health
research programme, warned of the dangers of children using
wi-fi-enabled laptops on their knees.
He said the wi-fi transmitter is only 2cm from the child's
bodies putting them at greater risk than if they were using
a normal computer when the transmitter would be in the PC's
Yesterday he said: 'Wi-fi exposures are usually very small
and seem unlikely to pose any risk to health the
transmitters are low power and some distance from the body.
'They can be near to the body however when a laptop is on
one's lap and my own view is that just as we encourage young
children not to use mobile phones we should also encourage
them to use their laptops on a table rather than their lap
if they are going online for a long time.'
Professor Malcolm Sperrin, director of medical physics at
the Royal Berkshire Hospital, cast doubt on Panorama's
He said wi-fi radiation was about 100,000 times less intense
than that emitted by domestic microwave ovens.
He added: 'Research is still proceeding in this area at
leading centres in many countries but evidence points to
wi-fi transmissions being well below any likely threshold
for human effects.'
A Department of Health spokesman said: 'Current evidence
does not suggest that there is a health problem with wi-fi
but we look to the Health Protection Agency to advise
Government on these issues.'
Wi-Fi Wireless Internet Health
Concerns Part 3
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