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Are Cell Phones Risky For Kids?

British Group Urges Caution Until More Health Studies Are Done

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Jan. 11, 2005 -- Until more is known about the potential risks of cell phone use a British research group says people should exercise caution in using the devices or giving them to young children.

A new report from the British National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB) concludes that there's no hard evidence that the health of the public is being harmed by cell phone use.

However, they say uncertainties remain regarding the risks associated with long-term mobile phone use and advocate a "precautionary approach" until more is known about these potential risks.

"The fact is that 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," says researcher Sir William Stewart, chairman of the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), which compiled the report, in a news release. "The evidence base necessary to allow us to make firm judgments has not yet been accumulated."

"What we can say is that there is as yet no hard evidence of adverse health effects on the general public, but because of the current uncertainties we recommend a continued precautionary approach to the use of mobile phone technologies," says Stewart. "This approach should be adopted by all involved in this area -- including government, the mobile phone industry, and all who choose to purchase a mobile phone for themselves, or their family, or their children."

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