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Report: No Evidence of Mobile Phone Risk

Wednesday, 19 September 2012 01:09 PM

In a sweeping new report, Norwegian health experts have concluded there is no scientific evidence that low-level electromagnetic radiation from mobile phones and other transmitting devices causes adverse health effects.

The report, presented by a panel of experts assembled by the Norwegian Institute of Public Health, is based on a detailed new assessment of studies examining potential health hazards from low-level electromagnetic fields (EMFs) generated by radio transmitters and found around mobile phones, wireless phones and networks, mobile phone base stations, broadcasting transmitters and other communications equipment.
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The panel has evaluated the power of the fields, whether they pose a health risk, and the effectiveness of current regulations.
Among the experts’ findings:
• Current EMFs are 50 times below the levels that can cause heating of human tissue or stimulation of nerve cells.
• There is no evidence that the low-level fields around mobile phones and other transmitters increase the risk of cancer, impair male fertility, cause other reproductive damage or lead to other diseases and adverse health effects, such as changes to the endocrine and immune systems.
• No association was seen between mobile phone use and fast-growing brain tumors, even in people who have used them for up to 20 years.
• Mobile phones and other equipment were not found to cause health problems such as electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Researchers noted, however, that patients who report symptoms they believe are associated with mobile phone use be taken seriously by their doctors.
"We have no grounds to say that the symptoms are imaginary. But a large number of studies suggest that these symptoms must have other causes than the physical effects of low-level electromagnetic fields around mobile phones, wireless transmitters and other wireless equipment. Research provides no evidence to support that interventions help, such as reducing the use of mobile phones or wireless networks,” the panel said.
“Our opinion is that patients with these health problems must be taken seriously by the health service and should be treated as other patients. There is a need for greater expertise in the health service for this group of patients."
The panel evaluated studies and assessments previously published by international expert groups on EMFs' effects on cells and tissues in the laboratory, as well as in animals and humans. In addition, the experts reviewed population studies and cancer registry studies conducted in several countries.
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