News for Austria

«First  ‹Previous   Page 4 of 4 

Subjective symptoms, sleeping problems, and cognitive performance in subjects living near mobile phone base stations
Austria Created: 3 May 2006
Background: The erection of mobile telephone base stations in inhabited areas has raised concerns about possible health effects caused by emitted
microwaves.
Methods: In a cross-sectional study of randomly selected inhabitants living in urban and rural areas for more than one year near to 10 selected base stations,
365 subjects were investigated. Several cognitive tests were performed, and wellbeing and sleep quality were assessed.
Field strength of high-frequency electromagnetic fields (HF-EMF) was measured in the bedrooms of 336 households.
Results: Total HF-EMF and exposure related to mobile telecommunication were far below recommended levels (max. 4.1 mW/m2).
Distance from antennae was 24–600 m in the rural area and 20–250 m in the urban area.
Average power density was slightly higher in the rural area (0.05 mW/m2) than in the urban area (0.02 mW/m2).
Despite the influence of confounding variables, including fear of adverse effects from exposure to HF-EMF from the base station, there was a
significant relation of some symptoms to measured power density; this was highest for headaches.
Perceptual speed increased, while accuracy decreased insignificantly with increasing exposure levels.
There was no significant effect on sleep quality.

Conclusion: Despite very low exposure to HF-EMF, effects on wellbeing and performance cannot be ruled out, as shown by recently obtained
experimental results; however, mechanisms of action at these low levels are unknown.

H-P Hutter, H Moshammer, P Wallner, M Kundi
Occup Environ Med 2006;63:307–313. doi: 10.1136/oem.2005.020784

Correspondence to: Dr H-P Hutter, Institute of Environmental Health, Medical University of Vienna, Kinderspitalgasse
15, A-1095 Vienna, Austria; hans-peter. hutter@univie.ac.at
Accepted 11 November 2005

Read the Abstract at link: http://oem.bmjjournals.com/cgi/content/full/63/5/307
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Eileen O´Connor

WHO: Fact sheet N°296
Electromagnetic fields and public health
Austria Created: 2 Feb 2006
Fact sheet N°296

Electromagnetic fields and public health
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

Prevalence

There is a very wide range of estimates of the prevalence of EHS in the general population.
A survey of occupational medical centres estimated the prevalence of EHS to be a few individuals per million in the population. However, a survey of
self-help groups yielded much higher estimates.
Approximately 10% of reported cases of EHS were considered severe.

December 2005
Source: S

WHO fact sheet
Austria Created: 16 Dec 2005
A new factsheet from WHO.

WHO fact sheet "EHS"
Fact sheet N°296
December 2005

Electromagnetic fields and public health
Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity

As societies industrialize and the technological revolution continues, there has been an unprecedented increase in the number and diversity of electromagnetic field (EMF) sources. These sources include video display units (VDUs) associated with computers, mobile phones and their base stations. While these devices have made our life richer, safer and easier, they have been accompanied by concerns about possible health risks due to their EMF emissions.
For some time a number of individuals have reported a variety of health problems that they relate to exposure to EMF. While some individuals report mild symptoms and react by avoiding the fields as best they can, others are so severely affected that they cease work and change their entire lifestyle. This reputed sensitivity to EMF has been generally termed “electromagnetic hypersensitivity” or EHS.
This fact sheet describes what is known about the condition and provides information for helping people with such symptoms. Information provided is based on a WHO Workshop on Electrical Hypersensitivity (Prague, Czech Republic, 2004), an international conference on EMF and non-specific health symptoms (COST244bis, 1998), a European Commission report (Bergqvist and Vogel, 1997) and recent reviews of the literature.

WHAT IS EHS?
EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms, which afflicted individuals attribute to exposure to EMF. The symptoms most commonly experienced include dermatological symptoms (redness, tingling, and burning sensations) as well as neurasthenic and vegetative symptoms (fatigue, tiredness, concentration difficulties, dizziness, nausea, heart palpitation, and digestive disturbances). The collection of symptoms is not part of any recognized syndrome.
EHS resembles multiple chemical sensitivities (MCS), another disorder associated with low-level environmental exposures to chemicals. Both EHS and MCS are characterized by a range of non-specific symptoms that lack apparent toxicological or physiological basis or independent verification. A more general term for sensitivity to environmental factors is Idiopathic Environmental Intolerance (IEI), which originated from a workshop convened by the International Program on Chemical Safety (IPCS) of the WHO in 1996 in Berlin. IEI is a descriptor without any implication of chemical etiology, immunological sensitivity or EMF susceptibility. IEI incorporates a number of disorders sharing similar non-specific medically unexplained symptoms that adversely affect people. However since the term EHS is in common usage it will continue to be used here.

PREVALENCE
There is a very wide range of estimates of the prevalence of EHS in the general population. A survey of occupational medical centres estimated the prevalence
of EHS to be a few individuals per million in the population. However, a survey of self-help groups yielded much higher estimates.
Approximately 10% of reported cases of EHS were considered severe.
There is also considerable geographical variability in prevalence of EHS and in the reported symptoms. The reported incidence of EHS has been higher in Sweden, Germany, and Denmark, than in the United Kingdom, Austria, and France. VDU-related symptoms were more prevalent in Scandinavian countries, and they were more commonly related to skin disorders than elsewhere in Europe. Symptoms similar to those reported by EHS individuals are common in the general population.
STUDIES ON EHS INDIVIDUALS
A number of studies have been conducted where EHS individuals were exposed to EMF similar to those that they attributed to the cause of their symptoms. The aim was to elicit symptoms under controlled laboratory conditions.
The majority of studies indicate that EHS individuals cannot detect EMF exposure any more accurately than non-EHS individuals. Well controlled and conducted double-blind studies have shown that symptoms were not correlated with EMF exposure.
It has been suggested that symptoms experienced by some EHS individuals might arise from environmental factors unrelated to EMF. Examples may include “flicker” from fluorescent lights, glare and other visual problems with VDUs, and poor ergonomic design of computer workstations. Other factors that may play a role include poor indoor air quality or stress in the workplace or living environment.
There are also some indications that these symptoms may be due to pre-existing psychiatric conditions as well as stress reactions as a result of worrying about EMF health effects, rather than the EMF exposure itself.

CONCLUSIONS
EHS is characterized by a variety of non-specific symptoms that differ from individual to individual. The symptoms are certainly real and can vary widely in their severity. Whatever its cause, EHS can be a disabling problem for the affected individual. EHS has no clear diagnostic criteria and there is no scientific basis to link EHS symptoms to EMF exposure. Further, EHS is not a medical diagnosis, nor is it clear that it represents a single medical problem.
Physicians: Treatment of affected individuals should focus on the health symptoms and the clinical picture, and not on the person's perceived need for reducing or eliminating EMF in the workplace or home. This requires:
• a medical evaluation to identify and treat any specific conditions that may be responsible for the symptoms,
• a psychological evaluation to identify alternative psychiatric/psychological conditions that may be responsible for the symptoms,
• an assessment of the workplace and home for factors that might contribute to the presented symptoms. These could include indoor air pollution, excessive noise, poor lighting (flickering light) or ergonomic factors. A reduction of stress and other improvements in the work situation might be appropriate.
For EHS individuals with long lasting symptoms and severe handicaps, therapy should be directed principally at reducing symptoms and functional handicaps.
This should be done in close co-operation with a qualified medical specialist (to address the medical and psychological aspects of the symptoms) and a hygienist (to identify and, if necessary, control factors in the environment that are known to have adverse health effects of relevance to the patient).
Treatment should aim to establish an effective physician-patient relationship, help develop strategies for coping with the situation and encourage patients to return to work and lead a normal social life.
EHS individuals: Apart from treatment by professionals, self help groups can be a valuable resource for the EHS individual.
Governments: Governments should provide appropriately targeted and balanced information about potential health hazards of EMF to EHS individuals, health-care professionals and employers. The information should include a clear statement that no scientific basis currently exists for a connection between EHS and exposure to EMF.
Researchers: Some studies suggest that certain physiological responses of EHS individuals tend to be outside the normal range. In particular, hyper reactivity in the central nervous system and imbalance in the autonomic nervous system need to be followed up in clinical investigations and the results for the individuals taken as input for possible treatment.

WHAT WHO IS DOING
WHO, through its International EMF Project, is identifying research needs and co-ordinating a world-wide program of EMF studies to allow a better understanding of any health risk associated with EMF exposure. Particular emphasis is placed on possible health consequences of low-level EMF. Information about the EMF Project and EMF effects is provided in a series of fact sheets in several languages www.who.int/emf/.
FURTHER READING
WHO workshop on electromagnetic hypersensitivity (2004), October 25 -27, Prague, Czech Republic, www.who.int/peh-emf/meetings/hypersensitivity_prague2004/en/index.html
COST244bis (1998) Proceedings from Cost 244bis International Workshop on Electromagnetic Fields and Non-Specific Health Symptoms. Sept 19-20, 1998, Graz, Austria
Ist ein Artikel von Leitgeb!
Bergqvist U and Vogel E (1997) Possible health implications of subjective symptoms and electromagnetic field. A report prepared by a European group of experts for the European Commission, DGV. Arbete och Hälsa, 1997:19. Swedish National Institute for Working Life, Stockholm, Sweden. ISBN 91-7045-438-8.
Rubin GJ, Das Munshi J, Wessely S. (2005) Electromagnetic hypersensitivity: a systematic review of provocation studies. Psychosom Med. 2005 Mar-Apr;67(2):224-32
Seitz H, Stinner D, Eikmann Th, Herr C, Roosli M. (2005) Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) and subjective health complaints associated with electromagnetic fields of mobile phone communication---a literature review published between 2000 and 2004. Science of the Total Environment, June 20 (Epub ahead of print).
Staudenmayer H. (1999) Environmental Illness, Lewis Publishers, Washington D.C. 1999, ISBN 1-56670-305-0.

For more information contact:
WHO Media centre
Telephone: +41 22 791 2222
Email: mediainquiries@who.int
http://www.who.int/mediacentre/factsheets/fs296/en/print.htm

Want to comment on the WHO factsheet? Go to:
http://www.mast-victims.org/forum/index.php?action=vthread&forum=3&topic=58
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Helmuth Breunig

Schulen sollen handyfrei werden
Austria Created: 2 Nov 2005
Wiens Schulärzte haben gesprochen. Geht es nach ihnen, werden alle Schulen zu handyfreien Zonen. Die Schulärzte empfehlen den Schuldirektoren, ein Handyverbot in die Hausordnungen aufzunehmen. Denn die Handy-Strahlung könne jungen Menschen schaden, was nicht erwiesen ist. Andererseits fehlt aber auch der klare Gegenbeweis. Also meinen die Schulärzte: "Sicher ist sicher!"

Die kürzlich ausgesprochene Empfehlung der Schulärzte wurde in einem Kreis von AHS-Schuldirektoren bei einer Dienstbesprechung mit dem Schulärztlichen Dienst zunächst mündlich getätigt. Begründet wurde sie mit dem Vorliegen einer Studie, die einen negativen Effekt der Mobilfunkstrahlen speziell auf junge Menschen befürchtet.
Die Mobilfunkbetreiber wiesen diese Studie zurück und verwiesen darauf, dass alle WHO-Richtlinien eingehalten würden. Dennoch nahm die Wiener Ärztekammer ebendiese Studie im Sommer zum Anlass für Warnungen vor dem übermäßigen Handy-Gebrauch. Logischerweise stellten sich die Schulärzte auf den selben Standpunkt.

Gentoxischer Effekt

Nun wurde aus der mündlichen Empfehlung eines Handy-Verbots eine schriftliche: Der Stadtschulrat erklärte sich "gern" bereit, die Empfehlung schriftlich an die AHS-Direktoren weiterzuleiten. In diesem Schreiben steht: "Eine kürzlich präsentierte Studie weist eindeutig einen gentoxischen Effekt von Mobilfunkstrahlen nach. Daher hat die Wiener Ärztekammer. . . ausdrücklich vor übermäßigem Handy-Telefonieren vor allem bei Kindern gewarnt. . . Solange nicht eindeutig das Gegenteil bewiesen ist, empfehlen wir die Schulordnung/Hausordnung ihrer Schule zu überprüfen und wenn möglich ein Handyverbot auszusprechen. Sicher ist sicher!" Des Weiteren zählt das auf Stadtschulrat-Papier verschickte Schreiben Empfehlungen der Ärztekammer zum Gebrauch von Handys.

"Die Empfehlung gilt natürlich auch für die Pflichtschulen", erklärt man im Stadtschulrat. Die praktizieren ein Handy-Verbot – mehr oder weniger streng – seit geraumer Zeit.

Schaumgebremst wendet es Direktor Jürgen Peters von der Franz-Jonas-Europaschule in der Floridsdorfer Deublergasse an: "Bei uns darf man ein Handy zwar mithaben – es muss aber unhör- und unsichtbar bleiben. Bei Verstößen wird das Handy kassiert und nur den Eltern ausgefolgt. Bei der Gelegenheit erkläre ich ihnen freundlich den Sinn des Verbots."
Click here to view the source article.

Chromosomal damage in human diploid fibroblasts by intermittent exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields
Austria Created: 7 Sep 2005
Chromosomal damage in human diploid fibroblasts by intermittent exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields.

Environmental exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields (ELF-EMFs) has been implicated in the development of cancer in humans.
An important basis for assessing a potential cancer risk due to ELF-EMF exposure is knowledge of biological effects on human cells at the chromosomal level. Therefore, we investigated in the present study the effect of intermittent ELF electromagnetic fields (50Hz, sinusoidal, 5'field-on/10'field-off, 2-24h, 1mT) on the induction of micronuclei (MN) and chromosomal aberrations in cultured human fibroblasts. ELF-EMF radiation resulted in a time-dependent increase of micronuclei, which became significant after 10h of intermittent exposure at a flux density of 1mT.
After approximately 15h a constant level of micronuclei of about three times the basal level was reached. In addition, chromosomal aberrations were increased
up to 10-fold above basal levels. Our data strongly indicate a clastogenic potential of intermittent low-frequency electromagnetic fields, which may lead to considerable chromosomal damage in dividing cells.

( WHO bases its decision on the science)Previous earlier animal experiments already showed a dose-dependant genotoxic effect under high frequency radiation. Further, in the brains of rats increased functionless nerve cells were found after two hours of mobile phone radiation. Two corroborative epidemiological studies showed a three- to four-fold increased risk for auditory nerve cancers after ten years of mobile phone use.


Dear Mr Repacholi:

You claim that WHO bases its decisions on SCIENCE.
If that is trully the case then I would suggest that you start to look at the scientific studies that are available.
I don't mean,just the wireless industry funded studies. If you are not concerned about the preservation of adult health ,then for Gods sak ,
at least,protect our childrens health.
Robert Riedlinger

Eileen O’Connor
Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns of excessive mobile phone use by children.
Data for the cancer risk from mobile phone radiation are increasing new catalogue of guidelines advises cautious contact with mobile phones.
Wien (OTS) - The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns expressly against excessive mobile phone use especially by children.
The reason for this is the recently presented “Reflex Study” (Reflex-Studie) in which a definite genotoxic effect of mobile phone radiation was proven.
The first consequence is that the Doctor’s Chamber (Ärztekammer) has now drawn up a catalogue of guidelines, which stipulates specific rules of behaviour
for use of mobile phones.
The Reflex Studie (Reflex Study), which was supported by the EU at a cost of more than two million Euros, was carried out at various important research
centres in Europe including the Wiener AKH. In the course of this study, the so-called mutagenicity of a substance, in this case in by electromagnetic field,
was tested. They looked for changes in the genes which are the possible beginning of a cancer disease. One part of the study tests was carried out on
human promyelocytes a preliminary stage of the cells of blood formation. A mutation of such cells can as a further consequence lead to leukaemia and
similar illnesses of the blood forming system.
The results from these studies can be summarised in one sentence: There is indeed a genotoxic effect on human cell cultures from mobile phone radiation
at a strength that is supplied by every GSM mobile phone.

First studies confirmed
Previous earlier animal experiments already showed a dose-dependant genotoxic effect under high frequency radiation.
Further, in the brains of rats increased functionless nerve cells were found after two hours of mobile phone radiation.
Two corroborative epidemiological studies showed a three- to four-fold increased risk for auditory nerve cancers after ten years of mobile phone use.
With the now presented “Reflex Study” (Reflex Studie) a cell-biological relationship has been proven for all these results.
Eric Huber, Speaker for Environmental Medicine for the Doctor’s Chamber for Vienna (Referent für Umweltmedizin der Ärztekammer für Wien):
“If medications delivered the same test results as mobile phone radiation one would have to immediately remove them from the market”.
The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) finds it necessary to call upon the population to take more care with use of mobile phone equipment, especially children. Huber: “We must assume that children are more sensitive towards high frequency radiation than adults since the skull bones are thinner
and the children’s child-like cells show an increased rate of division, in which they are more sensitive to genotoxic effects”.
That is why they have decided to follow the example of the British Ministry of Health and the Danish Health Council, and to also warn against excessive
mobile phone use, especially by children, in Austria.
The following guidelines for mobile phones should according to Huber, “Expressly not only be valid for children”.
> Children under 16 years should not use mobile phones.
> Only use mobile phones in emergencies and then only telephone briefly.
> A mobile phone in the trouser pocket and also the sending of SMS messages under the school desk can influence fertility and should be completely avoided.
> If sending SMS messages keep the mobile phone away from the body.
> Turn off the mobile phone at night if left turned on, do not keep it near the head.
> Also, headsets are not recommended, since the cable frequently transmits the signal like an antenna.
> Play no games on the mobile phone.
> Keep the mobile phone away from the head during the telephone connection.
> Keep a couple of metres distance away from other people, they are being radiated with you.
> Less mobile phone telephone calls mean less radiation from mobile phone

masts.
> Internet via cable connections UMTS and WLAN lead to high radiation exposure.

----- Original Message ----- From Dr Repacholi

Robert WHO bases its decision on the science...if the science does not support your position this is not my problem.
It is a cheap shot to say that because the WHO position is the same an an industry position that we are in bed with industry...t
his is patently untrue and it does you no good to even suggest it..
Our Director General claimed to be hypersensitive...this does not mean that we should base our decisions on anything but the valideated evidence..
Pity is that people such as yourself wont listen to the science...it is one of our greatest resources...all successful countries reply on it.

Winker R, Ivancsits S, Pilger A, Adlkofer F, Rudiger HW.
Division of Occupational Medicine, Medical University of Vienna, Wahringer Gurtel 18-20, Vienna A-1090, Austria.
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Eileen O'Connor [eileen@smokestack.ltd.uk]

Wiener Ärztekammer warnt vor übermäßigem Handytelefonieren von Kindern (Austrian & English)
Austria Created: 27 Aug 2005
Utl.: Daten für ein Krebsrisiko durch Mobilfunkstrahlen verdichten sich – Neuer Leitlinienkatalog rät zum behutsamen Umgang mit Handys=

Wien (OTS) - Die Wiener Ärztekammer warnt ausdrücklich vor übermäßigem Handytelefonieren vor allem bei Kindern.
Grundlage dafür ist die kürzlich präsentierte "Reflex-Studie", in der eindeutig ein gentoxischer Effekt von Mobilfunkstrahlen nachgewiesen wurde.
Als erste Konsequenz daraus hat nun die Ärztekammer einen Leitlinienkatalog erstellt, der konkrete Verhaltensregeln im Umgang mit Handys festlegt.

Die von der EU mit mehr als zwei Millionen Euro geförderte "Reflex-Studie" wurde an mehreren bedeutenden Forschungszentren in Europa – unter anderem
auch am Wiener AKH – durchgeführt. Dabei wurde die so genannte Mutagenität einer Substanz, in diesem Fall von elektromagnetischen Feldern, überprüft.
Man untersuchte Veränderungen in der Erbsubstanz, die der mögliche Beginn einer Tumorerkrankung sind. Ein Teil der Tests wurde an menschlichen Promyelozyten – einer Vorstufe von Zellen der Blutbildung - durchgeführt. Eine Mutation solcher Zellen kann in weiterer Folge zu Leukämie und ähnlichen Erkrankungen des blutbildenden Systems führen.

Die Ergebnisse aus dieser Studie in einem zusammenfassenden Satz: Es gibt tatsächlich einen gentoxischen Effekt auf menschliche Zellkulturen von Mobilfunkstrahlen in der Stärke, wie sie von jedem GSM-Handy erzeugt werden.

Zwtl.: Erste Studien bestätigt

Schon früher zeigten Tierversuche dosisabhängige gentoxische Wirkungen unter hochfrequenter Strahlung. Weiters wurden in Gehirnen von Ratten nach zweistündiger Handybestrahlung vermehrt funktionslose Nervenzellen gefunden. Zwei epidemiologische Untersuchungen zeigten übereinstimmend ein
drei- bis vierfach erhöhtes Risiko für Hörnervtumoren nach zehnjähriger Handynutzung.

Mit der nun vorliegenden "Reflexstudie" wurde für alle diese Ergebnisse ein zellbiologischer Zusammenhang nachgewiesen. Erik Huber, Referent für Umweltmedizin der Ärztekammer für Wien: "Würden Medikamente dieselben Prüfergebnisse wie Handystrahlen liefern, müsste man sie sofort vom Markt
nehmen."

Die Wiener Ärztekammer sieht sich daher veranlasst, die Bevölkerung zu mehr Sorgfalt im Umgang mit Mobilfunkgeräten insbesondere bei Kindern aufzurufen. Huber: "Wir müssen davon ausgehen, dass Kinder gegenüber hochfrequenter Strahlung empfindlicher sind als Erwachsene, da der Schädelknochen dünner
ist und die kindlichen Zellen eine erhöhte Teilungsrate, in der sie auf gentoxische Effekte empfindlicher sind, aufweisen."

Daher habe man sich entschlossen, dem Beispiel des britischen Gesundheitsministeriums und des dänischen Gesundheitsrates zu folgen und auch in
Österreich vor übermäßigem Handytelefonieren insbesondere von Kindern zu warnen.

Die folgenden Leitlinien für mobiles Telefonieren sollen laut Huber "ausdrücklich nicht nur für Kinder" gelten:

- Kinder unter 16 Jahren sollten Handys nicht benutzen.
- Nur in dringenden Fällen und dann nur kurz telefonieren.
- Handy in der Hosentasche und auch SMS-Versenden unter der Schulbank kann die Fruchtbarkeit beeinträchtigen und sollte daher gänzlich unterlassen
werden.
- Beim Versenden von SMS das Handy vom Körper fernhalten.
- Handy nachts ausschalten - wenn eingeschaltet, nicht in Kopfnähe aufbewahren.
- Nicht in Fahrzeugen (Auto, Bus, Bahn) telefonieren, da hier das Handy mit höherer Leistung strahlt.
- Auch Headsets sind nicht empfehlenswert, da das Kabel häufig wie eine Antenne das Signal weiterleitet.
- Keine Spiele am Handy spielen.
- Handy während des Gesprächsaufbaus nicht an den Kopf halten.
- Ein paar Meter Abstand von anderen Personen halten, sie werden mitbestrahlt.
- Weniger Handytelefonate bedeuten weniger Strahlung von Handymasten.
- Internet nur über Kabelverbindungen - UMTS und WLAN führen zu hohen Strahlenbelastungen.
********************************************'

English:
Austria

Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns of excessive mobile phone use by children.
Data for the cancer risk from mobile phone radiation are increasing – new catalogue of guidelines advises cautious contact with mobile phones.

Wien (OTS) - The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) warns expressly against excessive mobile phone use especially by children.
The reason for this is the recently presented “Reflex Study” (Reflex-Studie) in which a definite genotoxic effect of mobile phone radiation was proven. The first consequence is that the Doctor’s Chamber (Ärztekammer) has now drawn up a catalogue of guidelines, which stipulates specific rules of behaviour for use of mobile phones.

The Reflex Studie (Reflex Study), which was supported by the EU at a cost of more than two million Euros, was carried out at various important
research centres in Europe – including the Wiener AKH. In the course of this study, the so-called mutagenicity of a substance, in this case in by electromagnetic field, was tested. They looked for changes in the genes which are the possible beginning of a cancer disease. One part of the study tests was carried out on human promyelocytes – a preliminary stage of the cells of blood formation. A mutation of such cells can as a further consequence lead to leukaemia and similar illnesses of the blood forming system.

The results from these studies can be summarised in one sentence: There is indeed a genotoxic effect on human cell cultures from mobile phone radiation at a strength that is supplied by every GSM mobile phone.

First studies confirmed
Previous earlier animal experiments already showed a dose-dependant genotoxic effect under high frequency radiation. Further, in the brains of rats increased functionless nerve cells were found after two hours of mobile phone radiation. Two corroborative epidemiological studies showed a
three- to four-fold increased risk for auditory nerve cancers after ten years of mobile phone use.

With the now presented “Reflex Study” (Reflex Studie) a cell-biological relationship has been proven for all these results. Eric Huber, Speaker for Environmental Medicine for the Doctor’s Chamber for Vienna (Referent für Umweltmedizin der Ärztekammer für Wien): “If medications delivered the
same test results as mobile phone radiation one would have to immediately remove them from the market”.

The Vienna Doctor’s Chamber (Wiener Ärztekammer) finds it necessary to call upon the population to take more care with use of mobile phone
equipment, especially children. Huber: “We must assume that children are more sensitive towards high frequency radiation than adults since the
skull bones are thinner and the children’s child-like cells show an increased rate of division, in which they are more sensitive to genotoxic effects”.

That is why they have decided to follow the example of the British Ministry of Health and the Danish Health Council, and to also warn against
excessive mobile phone use, especially by children, in Austria.

The following guidelines for mobile phones should according to Huber, “Expressly not only be valid for children”.

> Children under 16 years should not use mobile phones.
> Only use mobile phones in emergencies and then only telephone briefly.
> A mobile phone in the trouser pocket and also the sending of SMS messages under the school desk can influence fertility and should be
completely avoided.
> If sending SMS messages keep the mobile phone away from the body.
> Turn off the mobile phone at night – if left turned on, do not keep it near the head.
> Also, headsets are not recommended, since the cable frequently transmits the signal like an antenna.
> Play no games on the mobile phone.
> Keep the mobile phone away from the head during the telephone connection.
> Keep a couple of metres distance away from other people, they are being radiated with you.
> Less mobile phone telephone calls mean less radiation from mobile phone masts.
> Internet via cable connections – UMTS and WLAN lead to high radiation exposure.
Source: Message sent by Dr Gerd Oberfeld. Translated by: Margaret White

Vienna doctors group say children shouldn't have phones
Austria Created: 16 Aug 2005
Wien (OTS) - The Vienna Doctor's Chamber (Wiener Arztekammer) warns expressly
against excessive mobile phone use especially by children. The reason for this
is the recently presented "Reflex Study" (Reflex-Studie) in which a definite
genotoxic effect of mobile phone radiation was proven.
Click here to view the source article.

Cell phone base stations change brain currents and cause unwellness
Austria Created: 14 Aug 2005
Research in Austria

The radiation of a cell phone base station at a distance of 80 metres causes significant changes of the electrical currents in the brains of testees (measured by electroencefalogram, EEG). All the testees said they felt unwell during the radiation, some of them seriously.
That is the result of an investigation by a team of Austrian scientists. They measured alpha 1 (8 to 10 Hz), alpha 2 (10 to 12 Hz) and beta waves
(13 to 20 Hz). A small density of GSM 900 and GSM 1800 radiation already caused several significant changes in these three frequency ranges.
This means the body is stressed - temporarily this may have some positive effect, in the long run however stress certainly reduces the quality of life, capacity for work and state of health.
The results of the research will be published in international scientific magazines and confirmed by replication.
The research was financed by Land Salzburg in Austria.
The testees were nine women and three men between 20 and 78, who considered themselves 'electrosensitive'.
They were invited to sit in a chair, eyes covered and ears plugged. Of course they were not aware of the sequence of the tests.
The side of the room directed at the cell phone base station was shielded against radiation, except for a small part which could be (un)shielded easily.
In the first phase, the radiation density near the head was 26 mikroWatt/m2, in the second phase 3327 mikroWatt/m2 and in the third phase
26 mikroWatt/m2 again.
Several other environmental parameters were measured to be sure they could not influence the results, such as radiation by television and
FM-radio, noise, CO2, temperature, relative humidity, low frequency magnetic fields and soherics (electrical discharges in the atmosphere,
possibly causing radiation).
During the second phase the parameters of all the brainwaves, measured by EEG, changed significantly.
Afterwards the testees were asked to describe their experiences. All of them felt unwell during the second phase.
They reported symptoms like buzzing in the head, palpitations of the heart, unwellness, lightheadedness, anxiety, breathlessness,
respiratory problems, nervousness, agitation, headache, tinnitus, heat sensation and depression.
According to the scientists, this is the first worldwide proof of significant changes of the electrical currents in the brain by a cell phone base
station at a distance of 80 metres.
It has been scientifically established before that the radiation of cell phone base stations leads to unwellness and health complaints.
Cell phone base stations are not the only source of radiofrequent radiation. Also UMTS-videophones, DECT-telephones, WLAN- and WIFI-networks, C2000/TETRA-networks and many other digital wireless communication systems contribute to the level of radiation.
In many houses and offices the densities by DECT and WLAN are higher than those by cell phone base stations.
The scientists involved were dr. med. Gerd Oberfeld (Land Salzburg, dept. of environmental medicin), dr. Hannes Schimke (Salzburg University, EEG-measurements, psychofysiology, statistics) and univ. prof. dr. Günther Bernatzky (Salzburg University, neurodynamics and neurosignalling).
The research was supported by dr. med. univ. Gernot Luthringshausen (permanent member of the ethical commission of Land Salzburg, neurology
and psychiatry).
Sources in German:
Click here to view the source article.
Source: Sources in German: http://www.salzburg.com/cgibin/sn/printArticle.pl?xm=1524270

«First  ‹Previous   Page 4 of 4 
 News item: