Thursday, July 02, 2009

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At this time, precautionary but strong recommendations for members of the General Public include (whenever feasible or possible): (i) using a regular "land-line" in preference to a hand-held mobile or cordless phone; (ii) using a hand-held phone on "speaker phone" mode held > 20 cm away or "in-vehicle hands-free speaker" mode as opposed to the typical "mobile phone-to-ear" use; (iii) minimising the use of current Bluetooth devices and unshielded headphone accessories for mobile phones; (iv) minimising the amount of time spent using mobile and cordless phones for all adults; and (v) restricting the use of mobile and cordless phones by children to emergency situations. For members of the Telecommunications Industry, the author recommends expediting the development and promotion of safe, practical and ubiquitous EMR/radiofrequency shielding devices for mobile and cordless phones and their Bluetooth and headset accessories, and further refinement of the hands-free "speaker phone" option. For members of the Health and Scientific Communities, the author recommends the objective reanalysis of all previous large-scale population studies that reported finding "no link between mobile phones and brain tumours", particularly from the perspectives of whether those "apparently negative or inconclusive studies" examined: (i) groups of "heavy" mobile phone users followed for greater than 10 years; (ii) the occurrence of the key mobile telephony-associated brain tumours, namely acoustic neuroma (vestibular Schwannoma) and astrocytoma, in the study population; and (iii) the relationship between the side of the brain tumour and the "preferred side" for mobile phone usage among "heavy" users in whom a brain tumour developed. Further large-scale studies taking all of these perspectives into account are recommended and encouraged by the author in order to definitively validate or refute the conclusions of this e-paper. Finally, the aforementioned precautions should be communicated to all at-risk persons using mobile phones.

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