Reporter 449, 20 March 2000

Survey tests callers' total recall

As mobile phone use escalates - from 13 to 24 million UK users in the last year - University researchers have launched a new study to find out how accurately people recall using their handsets.

The information will help test the validity of data being collected by Leeds and other institutions in two major surveys being conducted into the health risks associated with mobile phones.

A major international study - involving institutions in the UK, the US, Europe and Australia - is looking for any relationship between the incidence of adult brain tumours and mobile phone use.

Scientists in Britain are looking for any links between other environmental factors, such as employment and where people live, and brain tumours in adults. Leeds researchers are involved in the first study and are leading the second.

At the University’s Unit of Epidemiology and Health Services Research, Roger Parslow and Tricia McKinney are inviting 200 or more mobile phone users to complete a questionnaire. With their permission, respondents’ recollections of phone use will be checked against phone companies’ records to see just how well they tally.

Volunteers can contact Roger Parslow on 0113 233 4856 or e-mail or click the following links for more information

More   Poster calling for volunteers
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