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Evidence grows for safety of mobile phones

BMJ 2001; 322 doi: (Published 20 January 2001) Cite this as: BMJ 2001;322:129
  1. Scott Gottlieb
  1. New York

    Regular use of mobile telephones does not seem to cause an increased incidence of brain tumours, but further studies are needed to account for longer induction periods, especially for slow growing tumours, according to the results of two new studies.

    The studies, which together involved more than 1250 patients with brain tumours and an equal number of healthy individuals, found no increased risk of cancers among those who used the devices more frequently. The results are not likely to put the issue of potential harm completely to rest, but they join a growing body of evidence suggesting that the only important risk associated with the handheld devices is a higher likelihood of traffic accidents.

    “In all of the available scientific literature, there …

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