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29 January 2016

Vienna Medical Association Cautions for Mobiles Phones - Advises that Reduce Health Risks

Vienna Medical Association cautions for Mobiles - advises that reduce health risks
Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 28 January 2016
(Google translation from Swedish.)

Vienna Medical Association has issued new guidelines to reduce health risks associated with mobile phone use. Association's recommendations are largely identical with the advice Radiation Protection Foundation leaves for several years.

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Fixed telephone should be used for longer phone calls at home and at work while mobile phone should only be used for urgent and short calls. The number of apps on the phones should be kept to a minimum because the mobile applications leads to higher continuous background radiation from mobiles even when they are not actively used for calls or internet access. The cell phone should also never be stored on, just around the body, for example in a trouser pocket.

Possibly carcinogenic

The World Health Organization's cancer research institute IARC has classified the radiation from mobile telephony and wireless networks as "possibly carcinogenic" class 2B in 2011. Repeated scientific studies have reported an increased risk of malignant brain tumors from mobile phone use and the evidence of increased risk of brain tumors has been strengthened in recent years. This risk is increased after 20-30 minutes a day longer. Extensive research has also shown that radiation from mobile phones and other wireless technology harms brain function, impair mental health and cause oxidative stress and damage the cells' DNA.

Vienna Medical Association 10 tips to reduce risks associated with mobile phones:

1. Speak as little and as short as possible in the mobile phone. Use the phone or send text messages. Children and young people under 16 should only use cell phones for emergencies.

2. Distance is your friend. Keep the distance to the mobile when the call is connected. Take advantage of the speakerphone feature or a headset.

3. When you use the headset, do not place the phone is just around the body. Particular caution applies here for pregnant women. For men make mobile phones in the pocket a risk of infertility.Persons with electronic implants (pacemakers, insulin pumps, etc.) must also keep a distance.Unless otherwise possible, the outer coat pocket, backpack or purse used.

4. Never use the cell phone in vehicles (cars, buses, trains) - without an external antenna is radiation higher. Additionally, you will be distracted and expose other passengers to passive exposure.

5. When driving a car is absolutely SMS and Internet ban - distraction leads to danger for you and other road users.

6. Use the phone for calls at home and at work. DECT phones, WLAN and WiFi and LTE base stations in the home should be avoided.

7. Frequently go offline or use the flight mode. For functions like listening to music, camera, alarm clock, calculator and games often requires no internet connection.
8. Minimize the number of apps and disable the most unnecessary background services on your smartphone. Disable the "mobile services" / "mobile data". You can still be reached, but avoid a lot of unnecessary radiation due to background traffic.

9. Avoid cell phone conversations in places with poor reception (basement, elevator, etc.). In such situations increase the mobile transmit power. Use poor reception a headset or speakerphone feature!

10. Buy mobile phones with very low SAR value and an external antenna!

Vienna Medical Association http://www2.aekwien.at/1964.py?Page=1&id_news=8972

Poster from the Vienna Medical Association http://www2.aekwien.at/news_pdf/8972_1.pdf


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