A wide-ranging review of research into the safety of mobile phones in the UK was published in April 2012. It was published by the UK Health Protection Agency’s Advisory Group on Non-ionising Radiation.
The report is called Health Effects from Radiofrequency Electromagnetic Fields.
There had been questions raised in previous research, about the possibility of the radio waves from mobile phones interfering with brain activity. This has clearly been of concern to people with epilepsy.
The conclusion of the 2012 study was that there was “no evidence of health effects of radiofrequency field exposures below internationally accepted guideline levels.”
They did however issue some warnings.
- There are possible effects on EEG patterns, but these have not been conclusively established, and it is unclear whether such effects would have any health consequences.
- The risks to children seem to be higher than for adults.
- The reports are not consistent and are often small.
- It is too early to know about any possible long-term effects.
Epilepsy Action will continue to monitor this research and update the information as appropriate.
Long term study
UK COSMOS is a long term study of mobile phone use and health in the UK.
Join the UK COSMOS study by going to this website:ukcosmos.org
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Updated July 2012To be reviewed July 2014