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Pressure is increasing on the Government to increase public health warnings over mobile phones as more fears emerge over their possible risks.

The Department of Health has not updated its advice to consumers for more than four years, while other countries have begun to implement stricter guidance as mobile use has become widespread even among children.

The long-awaited publication of the Interphone final results paper, which will include a public health message, is likely to force a revision of advice even if there is no conclusive proof that mobile phones cause brain cancer.

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A discussion led by Vicky Fobel from WiredChild, Graham Philips from Powerwatch and Simon Densley from Mast Sanity

Could wireless technologies be harming children in schools?: balancing innovation with health concerns

With scientists, teaching unions and public bodies concerned over the safety of wireless products, there is uncertainty over the health effects.

WiredChild is a charity encouraging a proper examination of the potential health effects.

Symptoms reported include headaches, nausea, rashes and concentration problems as well as longer-term problems.

This discussion will help educators ensure that concerns about health effects are properly reflected in decision-making.

The session will be a presentation and discussion covering the scientific background and practical solutions.

• What weight should be given to concerns about the health effects of wireless technologies?
• What evidence is there for health effects?
• Is there any risk of immediate symptoms amongst staff and pupils?
• How should decisions be made in the face of scientific uncertainty?
• How can health concerns be properly reflected in decision-making
• Can we have our cake and eat it?
• Design of wireless solutions to minimise health effects 

Download Wired Child Leaflet here

Download Graham Philips' Lecture Slides here

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