Russia: steady growth in the incidence of childhood illnesses identified as "possible diseases" arising from mobile phone use | 02Jun2011 17:21:37
There has been a steady growth in the incidence of childhood illnesses identified by The Russian National Committee on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (RNCNIRP) as "possible diseases" arising from mobile phone use.
Of particular concern is the increasing number of affected young people aged 15 to 19 years (it is very likely that most of them are mobile phone users for a long period of time).
Since 2009, central nervous system disorders among 15 to 17 year-olds has been growing rapidly, the number of individuals with epilepsy or epileptic syndrome has also increased, and the number of blood disorders and immune status disorders has nearly doubled.
Taking into account the RNCNIRP position and the precautionary measures suggested by the World Health Organisation (WHO), the Committee considers that urgent measures must be taken because children don't seem to recognise for themselves the potential harmful nature of the phones, and that using them can expose them to life-threatening diseases.
27th May 2011