Feeds

Mobile phone masts not such a menace

Unlikely to hurt babies unless they actually fall on 'em

Choosing a cloud hosting partner with confidence

A study of children born near mobile phone masts has concluded that having excellent mobile coverage does not increase the risk of cancer in unborn children.

The study, published by the British Medical Journal, used statistical analysis of 7000 children to establish that being exposed to the radiation from a mobile phone mast during pregnancy doesn't increase the risk of the child developing cancer in the first five years of life.

The researchers used more than 1000 cancer cases in toddlers, establishing how far they lived from a mast and thus the radiation to which their mothers were exposed. Comparing those numbers with a control group established the lack of statistical risk.

Of course – statistical proof can never compare to anecdotal evidence, so some people will continue to believe that death stalks the airwaves. The BMJ editorial now recommends "clinicians should reassure patients not to worry about proximity to mobile phone masts".

But research into the effect of mobile phones on adults continues. The 30-year COSMOS study now underway with the intention of following a quarter of a million people to see if there's any statistical relationship between cancer and mobile phone use.

The best bit about this particular gravy train is that it never ends – the researchers involved in the Interphone study called for more study on the basis that mobile phones have changed so much since it started (10 years ago). Whatever mobile phone are like in 30 years, we can be sure of that someone will still be calling for more research into the health effects. ®

Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile

More from The Register

next story
YOU are the threat: True confessions of real-life sysadmins
Who will save the systems from the men and women who save the systems from you?
Download alert: Nearly ALL top 100 Android, iOS paid apps hacked
Attack of the Clones? Yeah, but much, much scarier – report
Broadband sellers in the UK are UP TO no good, says Which?
Speedy network claims only apply to 10% of customers
Virgin Media struck dumb by NATIONWIDE packet loss balls-up
Turning it off and on again fixes glitch 12 HOURS LATER
Ofcom snatches 700MHz off digital telly, hands it to mobile data providers
Hungry mobe'n'slab-waving Blighty swallows spectrum
Fujitsu CTO: We'll be 3D-printing tech execs in 15 years
Fleshy techie disses network neutrality, helmet-less motorcyclists
Facebook, working on Facebook at Work, works on Facebook. At Work
You don't want your cat or drunk pics at the office
prev story

Whitepapers

Why cloud backup?
Combining the latest advancements in disk-based backup with secure, integrated, cloud technologies offer organizations fast and assured recovery of their critical enterprise data.
A strategic approach to identity relationship management
ForgeRock commissioned Forrester to evaluate companies’ IAM practices and requirements when it comes to customer-facing scenarios versus employee-facing ones.
High Performance for All
While HPC is not new, it has traditionally been seen as a specialist area – is it now geared up to meet more mainstream requirements?
Managing SSL certificates with ease
The lack of operational efficiencies and compliance pitfalls associated with poor SSL certificate management, and how the right SSL certificate management tool can help.
Top 5 reasons to deploy VMware with Tegile
Data demand and the rise of virtualization is challenging IT teams to deliver storage performance, scalability and capacity that can keep up, while maximizing efficiency.