Cellular radio frequency waves have been shown to be associated with cancer in rats, according to a national science panel at Research Triangle Park on Wednesday. The researchers' findings represent the most unique link between cell phone risk and humans in a major US study.
The scientists announced their announcement at the end of a three-day meeting, a $ 25 million Nationally Experiment to review Toxicological Center in RTP for the US Food and Drug Administration. The draft study, released in early February, had made a weak connection in some cases but Wednesday's scientific advisory panel said the data was more compelling and meant greater risk.
Wednesday's decision is likely to change The debate on mobile phone security and public health activists predicts that the findings will increase pressure on federal agencies to issue security alerts and tighten security standards for the omnipresent electronic device
"It should most likely lead to a reduction in exposure limits ". said Ronald Melnick, a retired toxicologist from the National Toxicology Program who designed the study prior to his retirement nine years ago
Melnick said Wednesday's recognized health risks should also force officials and telecom leaders to stop using some of this radio frequency -emitting devices for children.
The original draft report was considered inconclusive by the FDA and the American Cancer Society The year before, activists were expected to mark these conclusions at Wednesday's meeting.
Before the scientists voted Kevin Mottus, the outreach director of the California Brain Tumor Association, asked the entire panel to apologize for missing qualifications for radiofrequency data assessment from the floor, believing mobile phones are similar to asbestos and tobacco and should carry health signs.
But the researchers asked for proposals to improve the results to say that prolonged radiofrequency exposure in male rats can be clearly linked to cardiac cancer, as the study had previously stated that there was some, but ambiguous, evidence.
The discussion Participants also agreed that the study showed a link between mobile phone radiation and brain cancer in rats. The study said earlier that the connection was ambiguous or doubtful.
Edward Margerrison, director of the FDA's science and technology bureau, attended the meeting and warned against premature conclusions. "We act responsibly," he said. "We will not go on any crunch."
The FDA will transfer the rodent findings to human risk, and the Federal Communications Commission will decide whether to set lower emission standards for US cell phones.
Margerison noted this The rat experiment has exposed the animals to higher radio frequency waves than experienced by a typical mobile phone user. But activists at the meeting said the exposure over two years was comparable to a lifetime exposure for a human. "It's massively higher in radio frequency than people usually get," said Margerison.
The science panel's decision is only advisory and needs to be approved by the agency, but Senior The scientist John Bucher said it was unusual for recommendations from an advisory panel to be rejected. Bucher was the lead investigator of the study, commissioned by the FDA in 1
The telecommunications industry has long insisted that their digital devices are harmless, while some public health activists claim that long exposure to high-frequency waves causes biological damage to humans.
The work of the Peer Review Committee has been visited by scientists and activists from around the world this week.
This story is being updated.