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Tuesday, June 15, 2010

US health campaigners hit the headlines with Interphone review

The Daily Mail is reporting that mobile phone users are 'five times more likely to develop a brain tumour', quoting the US-based Environmental Health Trust campaign group. The Telegraph also picked up the story, talking of a 'brain tumour pandemic'.

Both reports quote the Environmental Health Trust as saying the health risks from mobile use are significantly higher than the recent Interphone study suggested. The Daily Mail talks of risks "between 10% and 500% higher with long-term mobile phone use", while the Telegraph quotes researcher Lloyd Morgan as saying the risk was 25% higher than previously thought.

However, both also quote Cancer Research UK's Ed Yong as saying "Even after the minor adjustments reported in this new analysis, the results from the overall Interphone study are still either not statistically significant, or right on the borderline."

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