Scientists: Cell Phones Cause Kidney Failures
December 28, 2008
Mobile phones were at the centre of a new health scare last night after claims they can seriously damage the heart and kidneys.
reports have already linked their use to brain tumours, headaches and
premature ageing. Now scientists sat exposure to the phones' low-level
radiation causes red blood cells to leak haemoglobin. The build-up of
haemoglobin, which carries oxygen around the body, can lead to heart
disease and kidney stones.
The findings will heighten alarm over
the safety of mobile phones which are used by more than 13 million
people in Britain. In the latest research, scientists exposed samples
of blood to varying degrees of microwave radiation for periods between
ten to 60 hours.
Even at lower levels than those emitted by
mobile phones, the cells leaked haemoglobin. Professor Edward
Tuddenham, a haemotologist at the Imperial College Medical School based
in Hammersmith Hospital, West London, said the findings were worrying
and he wanted to see the study followed up. 'The accumulation of
haemoglobin in the body could result in heart disease or kidney
stones,' he warned.
The Department of Health said yesterday that
the new study - carried out at the European Research Institute for
Electronic Components in Bucharest - would be examined by a
Government-appointed committee due to report on phone safety next year.
However, the Cambridge based consumer group Powerwatch said with evidence of the risks growing the government needed to do more.
are still very much investigating the biological consequences of mobile
phones. But there certainly seems to be enough laboratory studies now
saying there are effects, to be very concerned,' said a spokesman.
month, scientists at Sweden's Lund University found that two minutes of
exposure to emissions from mobile phones can disable a safety barrier
in the blood causing proteins and toxins to leak into the brain.
can increase the chances of developing diseases such as Alzheimer's,
multiple sclerosis and Parkinson's. The Federation of the Electronics
Industry yesterday repeated its claim that there was no conclusive
proof that the phones were a health hazard. A spokesman said mobiles
operated within strict guidelines on radiation emissions. 'The
consensus of scientific opinion is that there is no consistent evidence
that mobile phones operating within these guidelines have any adverse
health effects,' he said.