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Health Hazards in Mobile and Computer Use Prof. Dr. S. Aswini Kumar. MD Professor of Medicine Govt. Medical College Hospital Thiruvananthapuram Email: email@example.com
India India is the 2nd largest market in the world for mobile phones. In India, mobile phones overtook fixed phones in 2005
WHO Concern of Mobile Hazards Because of Electro -Magnetic Radiations
Thermal Effects Thermographic Change Heat generated on the face by 15 minutes of cell phone use due to their electromagnetic radiation
Specific Absorption Rate Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) is a measure of the rate at which energy is absorbed by the body when exposed to a radio frequency (RF) electromagnetic field
X-rays Background Roentgen (1895) X-Ray of his wife’s hand
Radiation Dermatitis Radiologists began to suffer from radio dermatitis since 1896. But there was total denial of the existence of X-ray effects
August 6, 1945, @ 8:15 A.M. local time Hiroshima
Power Output of Mobile Phones CDMAMobile1 Watts GSM Mobile 2 Watts US Analog 3 Watts
World Health Organization “Serious health effects like cancer are unlikely from mobile phones and their base stations” Based upon the consensus view of medical and scientific communities But ….
Pregnancy EMR may affect the fetus
? Can moblies cause brain tumors?
Salivary Gland Tumors An Israeli study showed that heavy mobile phone use can cause salivary gland tumors
Mobile phones are banned in majority of air planes
Indirect Effects Driving, while using a mobile phone is dangerous
Cell Phones Cause Traffic Accidents Risk of accidents ↑by 4 times
Banning cell phones while driving New Delhi Only 4 states Mumbai Ineffective due to lack of visible enforcement Andhra Kerala
Mobile cycling Mayor of London, Boris Johnson