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Heavy mobile phone use could be linked with brain tumours, reports new French study

A study carried out in France between 2004 and 2006 has found a potential association between mobile phone use and nervous system tumours (gliomas and meningiomas) in adults. It’s been published in the June edition of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.

Although no link was found when regular mobile phone users were monitored, people making a large number of calls had a higher likelihood of being diagnosed with tumours.

The Guardian reports that people who used their phones for more than 15 hours per month had between two and three times greater risk of developing glioma and meningioma tumours. However, it also says the study found that the cancer tended to occur on the opposite side of the brain to where the phone was usually held.

In addition, the study also notes that mobile phone use has increased since research began, while the power of radio emissions from handsets has decreased.

[More details: BMJ.com]

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