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    Monash University study shows how close we like to keep our mobile phones (and Rodney Croft’s dismissive spin)

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    The the Herald Sun article below we see how “spin” can be used to discount the findings of a study. Ignoring the IARC findings and a host of other research. Rodney Croft gets the final say in the article with the disingenuous statement: “there was no scientific evidence showing a link between mobile phone use and cancers”.

    From the Herald Sun by Lucie van den Berg,
    February 16, 2017 12:00am

    MOBILE phones are our constant companions, but new research reveals how close we actually like to keep our prized possessions. The Monash University study into the storage habits of young women found 15 per cent of woman had even carried their smartphone tucked into their bra or sport’s top.In an online questionnaire, almost 200 Melbourne women aged 15-40 were asked about where they carried their phone and their perception of potential health risks. When it was not being used, most people kept their phone off their body, but the second most common location was their hand, in a pocket below their waist or against the breast. The study, published in the journal PLOS One, also found 13 per cent of people kept their mobile phone less than 20cm away overnight. Lead author Dr Mary Redmayne, an adjunct research fellow at the School of Public Health and Preventative Medicine, sad almost 90 per cent of Australians owned a smartphone so it was important to understand how they were being used. She said the data from the pilot study could be used to inform larger research projects into any potential health impacts. When asked if they were concerned about any health risks associated with their phone use participants said they were most concerned about sleep issues, cancer, headaches or dizziness.

    Professor Rodney Croft, Director of the Australian Centre for Electromagnetic Bioeffects Research at the University of Wollongong, said while the study’s findings about where people carried their phones was interesting from an epidemiology methodology point of view, there was no scientific evidence showing a link between mobile phone use and cancers.

    Original article here
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