A top British neurosurgeon and medical researcher, Dr Vini Khurana, has publicly spoken out about the dangers he sees in the use of mobile phones.
With something of an obsession — he’s published over 30 papers on cell phones and their links to disease — he doesn’t mince his words.
“Mobile phones could have health consequences far greater than asbestos and smoking. There is a significant and increasing body of evidence for a link between mobile phone usage and certain brain tumours.”
Unsurprisingly, the Mobile Operators Association disagrees that there’s an issue with use of mobile phones.
Dr Khurana’s research complements that of a Finnish study which found that people who’d used their mobile phones for over 10 years were 40 per cent more likely to get a brain tumour on the side of the head they usually hold their phone.
Whether there is a risk or not, it’s probably as well not to go around with your mobile phone permanently taped to the side of your head.
On a positive note, presumably there’s no such thing as “passive mobile phone use” — at least having to listen to teenagers mucking about with their phones on the train is just annoying, not a health risk.
(Via Daily Tech)