Feeds

Text messaging could damage your kidneys

British doctors issue warning

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Beginner's guide to SSL certificates

British doctors have warned that text messaging could damage people's kidneys.

The British Medical Association (BMA) today raised concerns that radio waves from phones could affect internal organs, especially in children.

Concerns about speaking into mobile phone handsets have been well documented - the possibility of microwave radiation frying into the brain etc. But the BMA believes that holding phones in front of the body to send text messages may also be dangerous.

"Since the handset is normally held near to waist level for this activity, research is necessary into whether mobile phone radiation may affect different parts of the body in different ways, and hence whether there are additional possible health risks associated with text messaging," the report says.

A total of 900 million text messages were sent in the UK in January, with children particularly keen texters, according to the BMA.

The report went on to warn drivers not to talk on mobiles while driving - it also claimed that using a hands-free kit was just as dangerous as using a normal handset.

The BMA said a "precautionary approach" should be taken to using mobiles until there was a greater understanding of any health risks.

It recommended users limit calls, particularly those made to or by children, and switch off handsets when they were not in use. ®

Related Stories

Mobiles more dangerous than wild elephants
Text message injury - or is it SMS wrist?

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
Linux? Bah! Red Hat has its eye on the CLOUD – and it wants to own it
CEO says it will be 'undisputed leader' in enterprise cloud tech
Oracle SHELLSHOCKER - data titan lists unpatchables
Database kingpin lists 32 products that can't be patched (yet) as GNU fixes second vuln
Ello? ello? ello?: Facebook challenger in DDoS KNOCKOUT
Gets back up again after half an hour though
Hey, what's a STORAGE company doing working on Internet-of-Cars?
Boo - it's not a terabyte car, it's just predictive maintenance and that
Troll hunter Rackspace turns Rotatable's bizarro patent to stone
News of the Weird: Screen-rotating technology declared unpatentable
prev story

Whitepapers

Providing a secure and efficient Helpdesk
A single remote control platform for user support is be key to providing an efficient helpdesk. Retain full control over the way in which screen and keystroke data is transmitted.
Intelligent flash storage arrays
Tegile Intelligent Storage Arrays with IntelliFlash helps IT boost storage utilization and effciency while delivering unmatched storage savings and performance.
Beginner's guide to SSL certificates
De-mystify the technology involved and give you the information you need to make the best decision when considering your online security options.
Security for virtualized datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.
Secure remote control for conventional and virtual desktops
Balancing user privacy and privileged access, in accordance with compliance frameworks and legislation. Evaluating any potential remote control choice.