Issue #2003 - 25
Sept. 12, 2003)
Study Finds Health Risks With
Wireless Network Base Stations
A study by three Dutch government ministries found that radio signals for the next generation of mobile phone services can cause headaches and nausea. The study compared the effects of radiation from base stations used for the current mobile telephone network with the radiation effects of base stations of 3G networks. The study found that the test group exposed to third generation base station signals felt tingling sensations, got headaches, and felt nauseous. Cognitive functions such as memory and response times were actually boosted by both 3G signals and the current signals. The ramifications of the study to Wi-Fi networks is clear: previous research into the health effects of radio frequency radiation always measured the impact of cell phones, which are held close to the head and cause high fields of radiation close to the ear and warming of the brain. The Dutch study, on the other hand, used lower a dose of radiation to mimic base station signals rather than handsets. Handsets emit stronger radiation when they are used, while base stations transmit more constant levels of radio signals, exposing everyone within range.
MobileInfo Comments and Advisory: The
Dutch government study needs more attention - we expect that
industry will seriously look into this and determine the validity of
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