Teen cellphone radiation risk

12:00AM Friday April 04, 2003

By ANITA MATTHEWS

Mobile phone manufacturers should take seriously a Swedish finding that their products are dangerous for teenagers and work on developing safer phones, says scientist Dr Neil Cherry.

Cherry, an associate professor in environmental health at Lincoln University, Christchurch, said there were more than 50 patents for devices or methods to make phones safer that were not being used by manufacturers.

“My estimate is that it is practical to reduce users’ exposure by 100 to 1000 times,” he said.

“The primary methods are to manufacture the handset within a ‘Faraday cage’ shield,” he said. Read more

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