New study to track mobile-phone health effects


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A new study will examine the health effects of using mobile phones, Imperial College London announced Thursday.

The study is taking place across Europe for the next 20 to 30 years, ICL said. At least a quarter of a million adults will participate.

"It is important for us to carry out long-term health monitoring of a large group of mobile-phone users," ICL School of Public Health researcher Mireille Toledano said. In the UK alone, the university noted, 2.4 million mobile-device users will be invited to participate in the study, dubbed COSMOS (Cohort Study of Mobile Communications).

Past research on cell phones and health has been inconclusive. The Federal Communications Commission maintains that there is no health risk posed by phones' low-level radiation, but European studies suggest there is a link between mobile phones and tumor development.

Inarguably, the need for more data is pressing. The number of global cell-phone users is growing rapidly: Business intelligence firm eMarketer estimates that there will be more than 1.3 billion mobile users in China by 2014. And at present, Pew Research says, 75 percent of American teenagers have cell phones.

By Benjamin Foster ADNFCR-1724-ID-19737901-ADNFCR

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