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health risks of mobile phones

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Introduction

Case Study:

Health Risks and Mobile Phones

By Christina Squire

Introduction /Contents

This case study is about the health risks associated with mobile phone use.  

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  • I have started with a brief description of what a mobile phone is and                                          

why it is now a growing concern.  

  • I have looked at information relating to what it is that mobile phones            

produce that can be harmful to humans and if this can be proved.

  • Then I looked in turn at each of the main associated health risks and         

found case studies to analyse if there is proof that these illness

are directly linked to mobile phone usage.

  • I have spoken to a small selection of people to determine what they feel

about the risks of mobile phone use.

  • My conclusion
  • Resources

What is a mobile phone?

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A mobile phone is an electronic telecommunications device.  Most current mobile phones connect to the network using a wireless radio wave transmission technology (the exception is satellite phones). These mobile phones communicate via a cellular network of base stations (cell sites), which is in turn linked to the conventional telephone network.

In addition to the standard voice function of a telephone, a mobile phone can support many additional services such as SMS for text messaging, packet switching for access to the Internet, and MMS for sending and receiving photos and video. We can also receive infrared and Bluetooth for music.

Mobile phones are low powered radio devices that transmit and receive microwave radiation

Why are mobile phones a growing concern?

Phone use continues to rise, which is why scientists and lawmakers are so concerned about the potential risks associated with the devices. 
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Why are mobile phones potentially harmful?

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“ Mobile Phones are very healthy – unless you swallow them whole!”

As we know this source isn’t reliable because mobile manufactors would be biased towards the phones making out that there wouldn’t be a health risk so they can keep selling them!!

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Potential Health Risks

According to the information produced by the Health Protection Agency Radiation Protection Division, "radio waves do not have sufficient energy to damage genetic material (DNA) in cells, and cannot therefore cause cancer". 

There were concerns about magnetic fields from power lines were causing leukemia in children in the 1970’s.  Later epidemiological studies found no connection between cancer and power lines.  Although a more recent health scare concerning technology is a potential for radiation damage caused by mobile phones.

Epidemiology is the study of factors affecting the health and illness of populations and it used as the foundation and logic for decisions made in the interest of public health and preventive medicine.   These scientists use a number of scientific disciplines such as biology in understanding disease processes and social science disciplines including sociology and philosophy in help them to understand the relevance of potential risks.

 These studies are highly regarded evidence-based medicine and often include data collection and analysis which is used to provide statistical models to test hypotheses

Every mobile phone emits some electromagnetic radiation.  One claim is that because the phone is held so close to your head, it is possible for the radiation to cause some sort of harm to the mobile phone user.  However there remains uncertainty as to how much radiation is safe and if there are any potential long term effects from radiation exposure due to prolonged use of mobile phones.

The FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA)

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Conclusion

It still seems very unclear as to whether mobile phones actually cause any significant damage to the human body. Studies continue to contradict one another on the issue. I think there is still some way to go to provide a undeniable and category link which will prove to everyone once and for all there is a serious health risk and even then humans, knowing the risks may well choose to ignore those factors as they may feel the gain outweighs them, ie Mr Dave Hailwood’s comment.  This has been proven in society with things such as smoking and drinking and gambling where the need outweighs the consequence for each individual.

I think that there will always be additional studies which may in time shed some light on the true effects of mobile phone radiation, but will probably only confuse consumers even more.  As with most controversial topics, different studies have different results.

Having considered many studies from a variety of people. I have found very few that by scientific investigation; there is a link between health and mobiles

So everyone is erring on the side of caution and there is obviously some strong feelings that in time a link between health and phones maybe established.

Sir William Stewart’s, chairman of the NRPB, said: "The widespread use of mobile phones is a relatively recent phenomenon and it is possible that adverse health effects could emerge after years of prolonged use.  I think this is a fair representation of peoples’ views.  The danger is potential and may be just a myth.  The myth of the goldfish:-

Just two minutes spent chatting on a mobile phone can give you the memory of a goldfish

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