Two reviews of mobile phones and cancer
There have been two recent reviews of the scientific literature on the subject of radio frequency energy and cell phones. One by Jauchem is an update of a previous review and covers the period from mid-1998 through 2002. He concludes:
The other review, by Kundi, concentrates on epidemiological studies of cell phones and cancer. He reviews the difficulties encountered in performing these studies and makes recommendations for future research. He also briefly reviews animal and in vitro studies. His overall conclusions differ somewhat from those of Jauchem. He says:
M (2004): Mobile phone use and cancer. Occup Environ Med 61:560-570.
The objectives of our web site do not include the monitoring of safety aspects of cell phones, and does not review articles about cell phone use while driving a car. We recently discovered an article whose main emphasis is on these issues. However, we include reference to it in this month's "What's New" because it is a useful review of general aspects of cell phones, including health and legal issues. The situation in the USA is the focus, but the article will be of interest to readers from other countries.
L . Reach out and touch someone: cellular phones health, safety and
reasonable regulation. J Law Health 2001-2002;16:373-399.
Sebastien and colleagues
have studied the internal field distribution in human red blood cells
exposed to microwave radiation at 900 MHz. They found that the interaction
of the field with the cell is influenced by the electrical properties
of the membrane and cytoplasm of the cell, and by its shape. They point
out that a realistic shape should be used in calculations of the electrical
response of cells.