phones are beginning to rival smoking as a pastime for
children, but speculation over their safety remains. A
Leeds team is one of 15 groups to receive funding from
a new government mobile telecommunications and health
research programme to research safety issues.
Ray Cartwright, Dr Trish McKinney and fellow epidemiologists
in the Leukaemia Research Fund's centre have been awarded
£250,000 to study the incidence of brain tumours and mobile
phone usage amongst adults in four areas of the UK. They
hope to find out if patients diagnosed with brain tumours
have different patterns of mobile use. The study will
consider other possible causes of brain tumours.
Cartwright said: "This is an important and topical
piece of research. Hopefully we can address the
ongoing speculation about mobile phones as a possible
cause of brain tumours. As yet there is no clear link
between them, and other factors such as exposure
to solvents may be important."
the full press release, see http://www.mthr.org.uk/press/index.htm