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No Health Risks From Cell Phones... But Still Be Cautious

It is time for another report that states that there is no obvious health risk that originates in the use of cell phones, while the authors cover their bases by stating not to use a wireless phone more than absolutely necessary.

The report, released by a "Norwegian Expert Committee", is based on a study that was commissioned by the Norwegian government due to increasing public concern over the effects of electromagnetic radiation. In short, "the group found 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."

As an explanation, the group noted that "the threshold limit values for these fields are 50 times below the level that causes heating of human tissue or stimulation of nerve cells."

There was no information on how the study was conducted and the research group stated that there is no need for additional research as there are enough studies and results available to suggest that further research would simply be a waste of time and provide "little benefit" at this time. Of course, the researchers suggest that they cannot be 100 percent right and there remains uncertainty in risk assessments. However, that uncertainty is believed to be "small". For the future, it is recommended that "cancer registries should follow the development of cancer incidence in the future and research should not cease", despite the apparent lack of insight that can be gained.

Reading through the report will do little to calm those who are already concerned about wireless radiation and its potential impact. The group advised the public to exercise "general caution" in the use of wireless devices. Such general caution would be, for example, the use of hands-free devices to reduce the possible exposure of electromagnetic radiation, the expert group said. It also warned that "exposure should not be higher than needed to achieve the intended purpose."

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  • jazz84
    **PHEW** Okay, so basically there are no health risks to cell phone usage until there are again. Awesome. If anyone needs me, I'll be enjoying my daily glass of wine that may or may not kill me / give me +2 cancer resistance.
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  • eternalkp
    Don't you just love these "studies" or "research"
    They always change their hypothesis every other month
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  • dscudella
    It's safe for now, until another government or report says otherwise.
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  • shqtth
    WHen I have my cell phone in my pocket, sometimes I can fell it, and when riding or walking I have to turn wifi off, gps off, or even the cell phone off (switch to air plane mode) when the cell phone is in edge mode or weak signal. THis is with my iPhone 3g.

    Also my friend that has 5 cell phones surrounding his head everyday (on his desk) found out he has a brain tumor 3 months ago.
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  • CaedenV
    Been using cell phones for 13 years now... no cancer yet :D
    If you think about it, it is just radio... and how long have we had radio waves throughout the general public?
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  • Camikazi
    shqtthWHen I have my cell phone in my pocket, sometimes I can fell it, and when riding or walking I have to turn wifi off, gps off, or even the cell phone off (switch to air plane mode) when the cell phone is in edge mode or weak signal. THis is with my iPhone 3g. Also my friend that has 5 cell phones surrounding his head everyday (on his desk) found out he has a brain tumor 3 months ago.Personally I hope you can feel your phone when it's in your pocket since if you can't that means you lost it. As for your friend well correlation does not imply causation, meaning that just cause he uses cell phones and has a tumor does not mean the phones caused it. There could be many reasons for a tumor and the phones being there might just be a coincidence.
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  • chewy1963
    CaedenVBeen using cell phones for 13 years now... no cancer yet If you think about it, it is just radio... and how long have we had radio waves throughout the general public?
    True it's just a radio, but, it's one that operates in microwave frequency range (which the general public *wasn't* exposed to on a regular basis before the cell phone. Having said that, your average microwave oven puts out about 1000 watts of power compared to the few hundred milliwatts up to a full watt of a cell phone. The amount of heating caused by that small amount of transmit power is and order of magnitude less than sunshine on your skin. I'll bet the battery puts out more heat than the amount of heat caused by the transmitter.
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  • A Bad Day
    You're more likely to die from texting while walking/biking/driving...
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  • youssef 2010
    eternalkpDon't you just love these "studies" or "research"They always change their hypothesis every other month
    I have yet to hear of someone who got sick from using a cell phone
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  • matt_b
    Six months from now:

    This just in, cell phones linked to brain tumors (again).

    Waiting for the global warming flip to indicate the ice age (again). My how research does like to flip-flop for headline grabbing.
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