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Low-radiation phone patents
EMR Australia, Thursday, September 13, 2001

Mobile phone manufacturers engaged in several legal actions in the US may face compelling new evidence that the radiation from mobile phones is a health risk—from their own patents. While the companies have been publicly proclaiming the safety of their products, they have been applying for patents for designs intended to reduce radiation exposure. These include: a Nokia shield between the antenna and the head (patented 28.07.98); a Nokia accessory to decrease radiation to the hea  read more

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Government targets schools
EMR Australia, Tuesday, September 11, 2001

The Federal Government has prepared an information package on the safety of mobile phone technology which it has distributed to all primary and secondary schools in Australia. A glossy brochure produced by the Australian Communications Authority promulgates the assumption that adverse health effects occur only if the body is significantly heated and contains advice that: “At relatively low levels of exposure to RF EMR… the evidence for production of harmful biological effects is a  read more

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German phone advice
EMR Australia, Monday, September 10, 2001

German parents have received official advice to limit their children’s use of mobile phones. Wolfram König, the head of the nation’s Federal Radiation Protection Office, recommends that children not use mobile phones. He has also recommended that mobile phone base stations not be erected near sensitive areas such as kindergartens, schools and hospitals. (Berliner Zeitung, 31.07.01.) EMRAA News Sept 2001, Vol 6 No 3  read more

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Mobile phone lawsuits
EMR Australia, Thursday, June 28, 2001

Tobacco, asbestos and lead - exposures to these toxic substances have devastated lives, changed social perceptions of what is acceptable, diminished corporate revenue, generated huge compensation claims and earned prosecuting lawyers healthy rewards. Will the same be true for mobile phones? An interesting synergy would suggest that this is the case. Take an increasing number of people experiencing symptoms after mobile phone use, add an increasing body of scientific evidence of risk and mix   read more

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Democrats call for wireless precautions
EMR Australia, Wednesday, June 27, 2001

On December 4, Democrat Senator Lyn Allison called for the Federal Government to implement precautions to protect public health from the radiation emitted by mobile phones and mobile phone antennae. After drawing attention to a number of precautionary recommendations by the UK’s Stewart Report, she urged the Government to “follow the lead of the UK Government in: (a) requiring mobile phones to be labelled as a possible health hazard, (b) actively discouraging their use by children, a  read more

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British mobile recommendations
EMR Australia, Monday, June 25, 2001

The UK’s Department of Health is implementing the recommendations of the Stewart Report released last May. On 8 December, it announced that it will provide £7 million for research on the health effects of radiation from mobile phones. The research program, to be jointly financed by government and industry, will be headed by Sir William Stewart who chaired the inquiry on mobile phones. It also released two leaflets containing precautionary recommendations which were sent to stores to be distr  read more

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Australia's revised RF standard
EMR Australia, Saturday, June 23, 2001

EMRAA looks at some of the problems with Australia's draft RF standard. A year in preparation, the new draft Standard for radiation protection is now available for public review. The Standard, which covers the frequencies from 3 kHz to 300 GHz—including the range used by mobile phones and base stations—has been drafted by a working group convened by Australian Radiation Protection and Nuclear Safety Agency (ARPANSA), with representation from industry, unions, Occupational Health   read more

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Obituary: One.Tel
EMR Australia, Friday, June 15, 2001

In early June 2001, after a period of brief but intense pain, one of the newer entrants to the telecommunications market passed into commercial oblivion. In its short but spectacular lifetime, One.Tel attracted enormous public and media attention and generated unprecedented community focus on the telecommunications industry. One of the special qualities that One.Tel brought to the industry was its unique way of liaising with the community regarding the installation of mobile phone a  read more

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Insurer advises mobile phone precautions
EMR Australia, Wednesday, December 06, 2000

In its October 2000 edition of Living Well, major health insurer MBF has advised readers to reduce exposure to radiation from mobile phones. “Follow these tips for safer mobile phone use: make fewer and shorter calls; switch to an approved hands-free set; discourage children from using in non-emergency situations; don’t phone and drive, even with a hands-free model.” EMRAA News Dec 2000, Vol 5 No 4  read more

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Athermal effects of EMR - Dr Sianette Kwee
EMR Australia, Monday, December 04, 2000

The following information is from a presentation by Dr Sianne Kwee, Effects of Microwave Fields from Mobile Phones on Cell Growth to the European Parliament, 29.6.00. Dr Kwee and her colleagues in Denmark conducted a series of experiments designed to show how EMR affects cell tissue cultures and their DNA replication. The researchers cultivated human cells in an EMR-free environment then exposed them to EMR, before returning them to a field-free zone for 24 hours. They subsequently measured   read more

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