21
Feb
2005

Mobile Health and the Environment: Strategies to ensure sustainable development and responsible growth

I received in the snail mail today a nice numbered invitation to attend a Telcom conference to take place on 8-9 March at Jury's Great Russell St Hotel, London. It is titled: Mobile Health and the Environment:Strategies to ensure sustainable development and responsible growth:
//www.ibctelecoms.com/healthenvironment

From the conference flyer: Packed with insight & expert views on these key mobile health and the environment issues:

* Define your Corporate Social Responsibility Strategies
* Are you aware of the latest scientific facts?
* Hear from cellular operator case studies on best practice for communicating risk and establishing public trust

Your expert panel of speakers include:

Dr Charlotte Grezo
Director of Corporate Responsibility
Vodafone International, UK

Professor Lawrie Challis
Chairman of the MTHR Programme Management Committee, UK

Alain Liberge
Environment and Corporate Social Responsibility Director Orange, France

Andrew Portokallis
Group Senior Manager:Network Group MTN, South Africa

Dr John Stather
Deputy Director
NRPB, UK

Dr.Gregor Dürrenberger
Swiss Research Foundation on Mobile Communications,
Switzerland

Dr Paolo Ravazzani
Institute of Biomedical Engineering,National Research Council,
Italy

Other Speakers include:

*Dr. Gerard Hyland will be speaking on "GSM, TETRA & UMTS:THe Health Implications of exposure to Mobile Telecommunications Signals."

* Professor Lennart Hardell will be speaking on " Review of Nine Epidemiological Studies of Mobile Phone Use and cancer Risk."

*Dr Robert Cleveland FFF: "Regulating RF Exposure in the USA: Policy Issues, Risk Communication and Legal Challenges."

* Anders Ahlbom : "RF EMF Health Effects"

* And lots more.....

Plus new for 2005!

A Pre-Conference Workshop: Understanding Corporate Responsibility

Led by: The Corporate Citizenship Company

//www.corporate-citizenship.co.uk/default.asp

I don't think Joel Bakan was invited to this one!

In spite of the fact that it looks like there will be enough spin at this conference to make a whirling dervish dizzy there are lots of very interesting presentations, especially those from Hyland, Hardell, Ahlbon and Cleveland, just to name a few.

Whatever your persuasion this is a conference not to be missed.

HOWEVER

The cost for this extravaganza has been set to ensure that the unwashed masses and miscellaneous rat-bags won't be nibbling snacks with the great & powerful. God forbid having those terriorists from "Mast Sanity" show up! The full three day event can be yours for the bargain basement price of only 1,996.33 GBP ($ 3,732. US). If you want to only attend the workshop on "understanding corporate responsibility" it's only 703.88 GBP ($1316 US).

Too expensive? Then opt for purchasing the conference documentation for a meager 349.37 GBP ($653 US). But I suppose for that price you could get a far better investment at any of those great London antiquarian bookshops.

Don Maisch



This is a reminder of the conference. If you're not being sponsored by a telcom corporation there's still time to take out a second mortgage to afford the entrance fee.

Don Maisch


Media Hype or a Genuine Health Risk?
Hear the scientific facts and join the debate at

Informa Telecoms and Media's
10th Annual Mobile Health and the Environment Conference
8th & 9th March 2005, Juryís Hotel, Great Russell Street, London, UK


Mobile phones tumour risk to young children
The Times Online, London, January 12, 2005

CHILDREN under the age of eight should not use mobile phones, parents were advised yesterday after an authoritative report linked heavy use to ear and brain tumours and concluded that the risks had been underestimated by most scientists.

Professor Sir William Stewart, chairman of the National Radiological Protection Board (NRPB), said that evidence of potentially harmful effects had become more persuasive over the past five years. In his report, Mobile Phones and Health, Sir William said that four studies have caused concern. One ten-year study in Sweden suggests that heavy mobile users are more prone to non-malignant tumours in the ear and brain while a Dutch study had suggested changes in cognitive function. A German study has hinted at an increase in cancer around base stations, while a project supported by the EU had shown evidence of cell damage from fields typical of those of mobile phones.

"All of these studies have yet to be replicated and are of varying quality but we cannot dismiss them out of hand," Sir William said. If there was a health risk - which remained unproven - it would have a greater effect on the young than on older people, he added.



The Scotsman 9 Feb 2005

Doctors Want Mobile Phone Ban for Children

by Louise Hogan, PA

Young children should be stopped from using mobile phones for fear of adverse reactions, a doctorsí group warned today.

The Irish Doctors Environmental Association said action should be taken to curb exposure to electromagnetic radiation as it may be affecting the health of some sections of the population. There may be a proportion of the population, up to 5%, who may be hypersensitive to electro magnetic radiation such as from mobile phone base stations, Dr Philip Michael, chairman of the organisation, said.

The Government needs to act by at least stopping children. Dr Michael said ministers should look to a report from the British National Radiological Protection Board which advised parents not to give mobiles to young children. The group said there was a body of research from Scandinavian countries which highlighted sensitivity to the effects of electromagnetic radiation such as that emitted from mobile phones.
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