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    U.K. Volunteers needed for phone mast study


    Volunteers needed for phone mast study
    15 Jul 2005

    Researchers studying whether mobile phone masts affect
    health need your help.

    The team from the University of Essex, UK, is
    conducting the largest ever study into the impact of
    emissions from the masts, both conventional and third
    generation (3G), on health.

    The researchers from the Department of Psychology are
    now starting their testing programme on 132 “control”
    volunteers, who have not reported any symptoms or
    sensitivity to the electromagnetic fields emitted by
    masts. They need to hear from members of the public
    aged 35 to 60 who are willing to be tested on four
    separate occasions.

    Principal investigator Professor Elaine Fox said:
    “There is widespread public concern about the
    emissions from mobile phone masts, but there is a
    shortage of hard evidence based on large-scale
    studies. Our testing programme sets out to establish
    conclusively what symptoms are suffered, and how
    common the occurrence of electromagnetic
    hypersensitivity is in the general population. To
    obtain this vital evidence, we need volunteers who are
    prepared to give their time to be tested under
    controlled conditions.”

    Testing of electromagnetic hypersensitivity sufferers
    has already begun, although more volunteers in this
    group are also needed. Professor Fox said: “We
    recognise how difficult it is for hypersensitivity
    sufferers to submit themselves to our testing
    programme. However, the results could aid medical
    recognition of the condition to the benefit of future

    Volunteers will be tested in the specially-designed,
    electrically-screened, Electromagnetics and Health
    (EMH) laboratory at the University of Essex in
    Colchester. Each of the four sessions, spaced at least
    one week apart, lasts approximately two hours. Testing
    takes place over the next 12 months.

    To volunteer, or for further information, please
    contact the research team on 1206 873784, e-mail
    ehstudy@essex.ac.uk, or see essex.ac.uk/psychology/EHS

    The two-year £328,000 research project is being funded
    by the Government and industry under the Mobile
    Telecommunications and Health Research Programme. The
    research team has already surveyed 20,000 people in
    Essex and Suffolk to find out what proportion reported
    sensitivity to electromagnetic fields, and to
    establish key symptoms of this sensitivity. The
    results of this phase of the project are due to be
    published in the autumn.

    For further information, or to arrange to interview
    one of the researchers, please contact the Public
    Relations Office
    on +44 (0)1206 872400,
    email proffice@essex.ac.uk

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    SOURCE: http://www.alphagalileo.org

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