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Are mobile phones causing hang ups? : Comments

By Sarah Russell, published 17/11/2015

Are mobile phones the new cigarettes? Will we discover that the telecommunication industry, like the tobacco industry, dismissed evidence that their product can kill us?

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Accidentally left my phone at home the other day, and boy was I anxious all day ;(

Especially considering, it has my diary, my contacts and few games to play when I am bored. Can even read the news without buying a paper.

Now I'll let you in on a little secret, I deliberately go incognito. Become un contactable. Sometimes I switch it on briefly and then turn it off, so that work cant contact me
Posted by Wolly B, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 8:31:19 AM
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Of course Mobiles are dangerous; twice almost ran over a girl last week who had just marched out onto the road without looking.

They should have a disabler on the motion sensor so they can only be used while stationary.
Posted by McCackie, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 8:50:55 AM
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Sarah,

The largest study in the world covering millions of users over decades found only one statistically significant link between mobile phone use and one relatively rare cancer.

As one statistician put it, it makes heavy mobile phone use slightly less dangerous than one cup of coffee per day.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 1:36:17 PM
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As one statistician put it, it makes heavy mobile phone use slightly less dangerous than one cup of coffee per day.
Posted by Shadow Minister, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 1:36:17 PM

Latest research news is that 2 cups of coffee might be good for you, that is until further research shows this is not the case.
Posted by Wolly B, Tuesday, 17 November 2015 4:39:18 PM
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Shadow Minister
I agree.
The largest study to date is the INTERPHONE study, which included over 5,000 people with head and neck cancer from 13 countries. The study started in 2000 and results were published in 2010 and 2011. The researchers found that mobile phone users had no increased risk of glioma or meningioma. There was some suggestion that glioma risk was increased amongst the heaviest users of mobile phones but this evidence did not conclusively show a causal link between mobile phone use and cancer.
The INTERPHONE study, like many other studies, was a case-control study, where researchers look for people who have cancer and compare their mobile phone use with people who donít. As I say in the article, these studies rely on people remembering how often and for how long they used their mobile phone in the past.
Prospective studies are considered more reliable than case-control studies because they donít rely on peopleís memories about their exposure. As the prospective studies to date have only looked at mobile phone use for about 10 years, we donít know if using a mobile phone for longer has any effect on brain cancer risk.
Posted by Sarah Russell, Thursday, 19 November 2015 9:56:50 AM
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