Mobiles 'make you senile'

torresD torresD30 at hotmail.com
Sun Sep 14 14:44:18 EST 2003


"Bill Bonde,
 Da plane! Da plane!
Where the hell is the plane! We built a coconut
radio.

Oh no, Bonde is fading fast.


The study - which warns specifically against
 "the intense use of mobile phones by youngsters" -
comes as research on their health effects is
 being scaled down, due to industry pressure.

http://news.independent.co.uk/world/science_medical/story.jsp?story=443248
Mobiles 'make you senile'
By Geoffrey Lean, Environment Editor.
14 September 2003


Mobile phones and the new wireless technology
could cause a "whole generation" of today's
teenagers to go senile in the prime of their lives,
new research suggests

The study - which warns specifically against
 "the intense use of mobile phones by youngsters" -
comes as research on their health effects is
 being scaled down, due to industry pressure.

It is likely to galvanise concern about the almost
universal exposure to microwaves in Western
countries, by revealing a new way in which they
may seriously damage health.

Professor Leif Salford, who headed the research at Sweden's prestigious Lund
University, says "the voluntary exposure of the brain to microwaves from
hand-held mobile phones" is "the largest human biological experiment ever".
And he is concerned that, as new wireless technology spreads, people may
"drown in a sea of microwaves".

The study - financed by the Swedish Council for Work Life Research, and
published by the US government's National Institute of Environmental Health
Sciences - breaks new ground by looking at how low levels of microwaves
cause proteins to leak across the blood-brain barrier.

Previous concerns about mobile phones have concentrated on the possibility
that the devices may heat the brain, or cause cancer. But the heating is
thought to be too minor to have an effect and hundreds of cancer studies
have been inconclusive.

As a result, the US mobile phone industry has succeeded in cutting research
into the health effects, and the World Health Organisation is unlikely to
continue its studies.

Mays Swicord, a scientific adviser to Motorola told New Scientist magazine
that governments and industry should "stop wasting money" by looking for
health damage.

But Professor Salford and his team have spent 15 years investigating a
different threat. Their previous studies proved radiation could open the
blood-brain barrier, allowing a protein called albumin to pass into the
brain. Their latest work goes a step further, by showing the process is
linked to serious brain damage. Professor Salford said the long-term effects
were not proven, and that it was possible the neurons would repair
themselves in time. But, he said, neurons that would normally not become
"senile" until people reached their 60s may now do so when they were in
their 30s.

He says he deliberately refrained from publicising his work to avoid alarm,
and acknowledges that mobile phones can save lives.
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