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Study will look at effect of mobile phones on children’s cognitive development

BMJ 2014; 348 doi: https://doi.org/10.1136/bmj.g3407 (Published 20 May 2014) Cite this as: BMJ 2014;348:g3407
  1. Nigel Hawkes
  1. 1London

A new £1m (€1.2m; $1.7m) study is to investigate whether any link can be found between children’s use of mobile phones and their cognitive development. The researchers behind the study believe that by following 2500 children and comparing their cognitive development with their exposure to radiofrequency radiation they will be able to answer this longstanding question.

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents, and Mobile Phones (SCAMP) aims to recruit 2500 children aged 11-12 and follow them for three years. Their exposure to mobile phones and other sources of non-ionising radiation will be measured by access to their mobile phone company records, by questionnaires, and, in a minority of the volunteers, by radiation “badges” worn for 48 hours. Measures of …

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