Mobile phones have not been found to be associated with any biological or adverse health effects, according to the UK’s largest investigation into the possible health risks from mobile telephone technology.
The Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research (MTHR) Programme published its conclusions today as part of its 2007 Report.
The six-year research programme, chaired by Prof Lawrie Challis, Emeritus Professor of Physics at The University of Nottingham, has found no association between short term mobile phone use and brain cancer. Studies on volunteers also showed no evidence that brain function was affected by mobile phone signals or the signals used by the emergency services (TETRA).
The research programme also included the largest and most robust studies of electrical hypersensitivity undertaken anywhere in the world. These studies have found no evidence that the unpleasant symptoms experienced by sufferers are the result of exposure to signals from mobile phones or base stations.
The situation for longer-term exposure is less clear as studies have so far only included a limited number of participants who have used their phones for ten years or more.
The MTHR programme also investigated whether mobile phones might affect cells and tissue beyond simply heating them. The results so far show no evidence for this.
‘This is a very substantial report from a large research programme. The work reported today has all been published in respected peer-reviewed scientific or medical journals,’ said Prof Challis, Chairman of MTHR.
‘The results are so far reassuring but there is still a need for more research, especially to check that no effects emerge from longer-term phone use from adults and from use by children.’