More countries are turning off cell phones

Norwegian and Swedish users of mobile phones commonly report headaches, warmth on the ear and burning sensations of the facial skin, according to a just-published report.

  • Researchers sent questionnaires to 17,000 people in Sweden and Norway who use mobile phones as part of their job.
  • Nearly one of every four experienced at least one symptom associated with mobile phone use
  • Warmth sensations were mostly experienced during mobile phone calls. Other symptoms, such as headaches, most often began within half an hour after the call and usually lasted for up to 2 hours
  • Most of the respondents had not seen a physician, but about 45% had taken steps to relieve their symptoms, such as reducing the duration of calls and using “hands free equipment.”
  • Most people experienced a reduction of their symptoms as a result of the reported steps.
  • Symptoms were more likely to happen with calls lasting longer than 5 minutes

Occupational Medicine 2000;50:237-245.

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Norwegian and Swedish users of mobile phones commonly report headaches, warmth on the ear and burning sensations of the facial skin, according to a just-published report. Researchers sent questionnaires to 17,000 people in Sweden and Norway who use mobile phones as part of their job. Nearly one of every four experienced at least one symptom…
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