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News Archive 2003
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It's bad medicine - DOCTORS in Liverpool are backing a campaign to bring down a mobile phone mast.
DOCTORS in Liverpool are backing a campaign to bring down a mobile phone mast. Thirty GPs, hospital doctors and consultants have signed a petition over the installation which they believe is a risk to health. The petition, started by Dr Phil Weston, urges colleagues to voice their opposition to the mast on Cambridge Road, Crosby. Dr Weston, 37, said doctors have a duty to ensure the health of the local population. ...
more in icLiverpool...
24 November 2003 icLiverpool

Block school mast - parents
Parents were today urged to fight against ANOTHER phone mast planned next to a city primary school.
A site earmarked by telecom giant O2 for the Tetra mobile network is next to Dorrington Road School, in Perry Barr, and parents are worried children could be exposed to microwave radiation.
The Tetra network being rolled out to police forces all over the UK has already sparked health concerns from the Police Federation.
O2 wants to put the mast on an industrial site in Baltimore Road at the back of the school.
The company has already caused controversy in Kings Heath by using an "emergency" loophole to put a mast next to a day nursery after the council refused planning permission.
Concerned parent Chris Smith said: "The erecting of phone masts right, left and centre is a worrying trend, with companies able to abuse legal loopholes to put them where they like...

more in icBirmingham/Evening Mail...
18 November 2003 icBirmingham/Evening Mail

Mobile Mast Protest in second week
Protesters who spent a week blockading the site of a vandalised mobile phone mast in English Wishaw to prevent it from being re-erected pledge to continue their action;  “If they put the mast up we will be right in front of their vehicles. They will have to run us over. - It's going to be over our dead bodies.”...
more on BBC...
14 November 2003 BBC

Mobile mast row continues
Protesters face a third night camping in the open air to prevent a controversial mobile phone mast being re-erected after it was sabotaged by vandals.
Villagers in Wishaw in Sutton Coldfield in the West Midlands set up the makeshift campsite on Friday after hearing that the mast's owners intended on re-erecting the structure. Residents blame it for a spate of serious illnesses among residents, including cancer cases. They have campaigned for the mast, operated by mobile phone company T Mobile, to be taken down...

more on BBC...
09 November 2003 BBC

Dutch study - 3G mobile signals can cause nausea, headache
AMSTERDAM  - Radio signals for the next generation of mobile phone services can cause headaches and nausea, according to a study conducted by three Dutch ministries.
The study, the first of its kind, compared the impact of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile telephone network with that of base stations for new third generation (3G) networks for fast data transfer, which will enable services such as video conferencing on a mobile device.
The study, conducted by the Dutch technological research institute TNO, was the first to look for an impact of mobile telephones on well-being. It was also the first study to find a statistically significant negative impact from 3G base stations.
more at Reuters...
more in the complete TNO report (pdf)...
30 September 2003

Major study into phone emissions in Australia
TAXPAYERS will fund a five-year research project to determine if emissions from mobile phone towers damage the health of residents.
Federal Health Minister Kay Patterson yesterday announced the establishment of a $2.5 million electromagnetic energy research centre in Victoria to examine the health risks posed by the towers in built-up areas.
The move follows years of community anger at the construction of the towers, with fears about the potential health effects of exposure to radio emissions.
more in The Courier-Mail...
7 July 2003 The Courier-Mail

Mast slashed home value by 25%
Melanie Hall and her husband won thousands of pounds in compensation for the decrease in the value of their home after a mobile phone mast was put up nearby.
The couple, who have two children, brought a complaint against the mobile phone company, saying the 20ft mast had reduced the value of their house by up to 25 per cent. One2One - now called T-Mobile - was forced to award a total of £117,000 to seven households in the area in a landmark ruling...

more in This is London/Evening Standard...
9 June 2003 This is London/Evening Standard

Devon police officers' fears over a new emergency communications system are to be highlighted at a national conference today. Steve Pearce, chairman of the Devon and Cornwall branch of the Police Federation, which represents hundreds of rank and file officers, says more research is needed before the new Tetra system is introduced.
more in Express&Echo...
13 May 2003 thisisdevon

Police to sue over 'radio sickness'
Police officers are preparing to sue their chief constable after claiming that their controversial new £3 billion radio system is making them seriously ill.
more in The Telegraph...
6 May 2003 The Telegraph

Teen cellphone radiation risk 
Mobile phone manufacturers should take seriously a Swedish finding that their products are dangerous for teenagers and work on developing safer phones, says scientist Dr Neil Cherry. 
Cherry, an associate professor in environmental health at Lincoln University, Christchurch, said there were more than 50 patents for devices or methods to make phones safer that were not being used by manufacturers. 
"My estimate is that it is practical to reduce users' exposure by 100 to 1000 times," he said. 
more on The New Zealand Herald...
4 April 2003 The New Zealand Herald

COST 281 MCM and Workshop in Dublin, May 15th and 16th, 2003:
"Mobile Phone Base Stations and Health" 
"New radio masts for mobile radio communication networks result more often in the people living nearby complaining about health problems, which are mostly non-specific (headaches, sleeping problems or generally feeling ill or out of sorts). This is especially true when the masts were put up in areas that are solely residential. Even though in every case the limit values were adhered to and exposure rates were in most of the cases considerably below the guide lines, the electromagnetic radiation of these base stations was held responsible for existing health problems. Therefore, there is public concern that, even when the limit values are observed, electromagnetic emissions from mobile phone base stations could, at least in the long-run, be problematic with respect to health."
more on COST281...
26 March 2003 COST281

UK Research into mobile phone base stations announced
Additional funding has been announced today by the Mobile Telecommunications and Health Research Programme (MTHR) for two new projects and an extension to one of the existing projects: 
- An epidemiological study of early childhood leukaemias and other cancers near to mobile phone base stations. 
- A study to investigate whether exposure to radiofrequency signals is linked to symptoms reported by mobile phone users. 
- An extension of the existing pilot study to explore the feasibility of undertaking a cohort study of brain cancers and neurodegenerative diseases in mobile phone users.
more in MTHR press release...
20 March 2003 MTHR

EU Conference on Application of the Precautionary Principle to Electromagnetic Fields (EMF), Luxembourg, 24-26 
more on EU Public Health...
24-26 February 2003 EU

Wireless Worries 
A new study provides fresh evidence that mobile phones may damage brain cells, especially in teens.
more on TIMES europe...
24 February 2003 Times europe

Mobile phones 'may trigger Alzheimer's'
Mobile phones damage key brain cells and could trigger the early onset of Alzheimer's disease, a study suggests. 
Researchers in Sweden have found that radiation from mobile phone handsets damages areas of the brain associated with learning, memory and movement. 
The study, which was carried out on rats, is the latest twist in the long-running debate over whether mobile phones are a health risk. 
5 February 2003 BBC News

Mobile Phone Exposure Causes Brain Damage in Rats
A a new study by Leif G. Salford et al of the Department of Neurosurgery at Lund University in Sweden found for the first time that electromagnetic fields (EMFs) emitted by certain mobile phones damaged neurons in the brains of rats. The situation of the growing brain might deserve special concern, the study authors wrote, since biological and maturational processes are particularly vulnerable. "We cannot exclude that after some decades of often daily use, a whole generation of users may suffer negative effects as early as middle age." 
more at NIEHS, National Institute of Environmental Helth Science (US)...

Nerve cell damage in mammalian brain after exposure to microwaves from GSM mobile phones 
Leif G. Salford, Arne E. Brun, Jacob L. Eberhardt, Lars Malmgren, Bertil R.R. Persson 
The possible risks of radio-frequent electromagnetic fields for the human body, is a growing concern for the society. We have earlier shown that weak pulsed microwaves give rise to a significant leakage of albumin through the blood-brain barrier (BBB). Now we have investigated whether a pathological leakage over the BBB might be combined with damage to the neurons. Three groups of each 8 rats were exposed for 2 hours to GSM mobile phone electromagnetic fields of different strengths. We found, and present here for the first time, highly significant (p<0.002) evidence for neuronal damage in both the cortex, the hippocampus and the basal ganglia in the brains of exposed rats.
more in Environmental Health Perspectives
"Nerve Cell Damage in Mammalian Brain after Exposure to Microwaves from GSM Mobile Phones
Leif G. Salford, Arne E. Brun, Jacob L. Eberhardt, Lars Malmgren, Bertil R.R. Persson"...
29 Jan 2003 NIEHS

The Government's new top adviser on mobile phone mast safety has admitted transmitters have still not been proven to be safe.
Professor Lawrie Challis, the new chairman of the expert Stewart Committee, said: "We cannot say there is no risk. You could never say that. All you can do is take measures to reduce those risks.
"The Government doesn't want to hear that message. They want us to say that masts are completely safe and aren't dangerous, but we can't say that."
Speaking exclusively to the Express & Echo, Prof Challis said more research needed to be carried out on cancer victims - such as six-year-old Devon girl Emma Cann - who lived near the structures. He said he did not think Government research had gone far enough and said that investigations by other experts would now be considered. 
He was speaking after a seminar on mast safety held in Devon yesterday.
At the same conference, a top university scientist said he believed the Government had been looking at the wrong research.
Dr Gerard Hyland, of Warwick University's physics department and the International Institute of Biophysics, said that 16 cancer clusters had been identified throughout the country - including the area around George Hill, Crediton, where the Cann family live.
And he said some recent research showed that people suffering ill health had got better once they had moved away from the masts.
24 January 2003 Express & Echo, UK

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