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Mobile phone radiation
Mobile Phone Radiation

Radiation is all around us. Effectively, it the energy that moves through space and it's been around for eons. We use radiation to cure illness, but we also know that too much of it is bad for us. That's why there's concern about mobile phone radiation. Billions of people around the world are now using mobile phones, and this has raised fears about mobile phone health risks such as mobile phone radiation. It is well known that mobile phones emit small amounts of radiation, which is one of the disadvantages of mobiles.

Mobile phones emit electromagnetic radiation when you make and receive calls because the signals are sent on a radio frequency. These signals travel over a short range producing very small amounts of low powered emissions.

There have been many articles published and much research into mobile phone safety and the dangers of mobile phone radiation. Part of the problem with this issue is that we haven't been using mobile phones enough to be sure of what the effect might be. There are very few long term studies and most research suggests that there isn't enough mobile phone radiation emitted to cause major mobile phone health risks.

Research into mobile phone radiation

Mobile phones emit low level radiation which could heat the blood near the surface of the user's head, with some areas having greater sensitivity than others. It's been suggested that some users might develop cataracts prematurely because the eye cannot deal adequately with this increase in temperature. Other research has suggested that mobile phone radiation is carcinogenic, but there are just as many studies to refute that claim. At the moment, we just don't know for sure.

There have been other studies which suggest that blood pressure may rise when using mobile phones, though fluctuating blood pressure levels are normal. Mobile phone users may be more likely to develop mobile phone health risks such as benign tumours in the acoustic nerve, and to experience fatigue after using their phones for long periods.

Health risks for children

Much of the concern over mobile phone health risks is centred around children. One of the disadvantages of mobile phones is that the mobile phone radiation may affect children. This is because they are still growing and developing, putting them at greater risk of side effects, if there are any. Although there is no proof yet about the long term effect of mobile phone radiation on children, the Department of Health has deemed it better to take precautions and avoid any possible mobile phone health risks.

Mobile phone radiation myths

Although there are many urban myths about mobile phone radiation, these have largely been disproved. For example, there is no evidence of a link between mobile phones and cancer, impaired memories, brain damage, or damage to foetuses. There is also no evidence of mobile phone radiation damage.

However, it makes sense to take precautions while waiting for more research to be done about mobile phone health risks. Some suggestions for reducing exposure to this type of radiation include:

  • advising those under 16 to use mobile phones only for essential calls

  • keeping calls short

  • using hands free equipment to keep the radiation away from the head

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