First posted 06:26pm (Mla time) Jan 27, 2006
By Alexander Villafania
Filipino mobile phone users can rest easy knowing that their phones are not frying their brains.
A combined study by several British medical institutes have concluded that mobile phone use does not cause glioma, a common type of brain cancer once thought to be aggravated by extensive use of mobile phones.
Tests conducted on healthy mobile phone users who have different phone use patterns showed that glioma did not develop even in those who were heavy users of mobile phones.
The study was prompted by reports that glioma patients had an increased growth of their tumors on either side of their heads where they commonly used their phones.
The study was undertaken by the Universities of Leeds, Nottingham and Manchester. The London Institute of Cancer Research is also one of the researchers for the study and posted the results of the study in its website (http://www.icr.ac.uk/MobilePhoneGlioma.htm).
The group took four years to extensively examine possible correlation between glioma and mobile phone use. The British report also concurs with another study by the Swedish Interphone Study group formed by the Swedish Institute of Environmental Medicine and the Department of Medical Epidemiology and Biostatistics.