Thursday, 22 May 2014

UK study about the effects of mobile phones on children may build on past SPHPM research findings

The United Kingdom's Department of Health has recently launched the world's biggest study into the effects of mobile phone radio waves on children's brains. In 2010, researchers from The School of Public Health and Preventive Medicine conducted a similar study which looked at the impact of mobile phone exposure on cognitive function in children and adolescents, and found that there was little evidence to conclude that children were at risk when using mobile phones.

The Monash study which was headed by SPHPM's Professor Michael Abramson looked at 236 Year 7 students over the period of one year from 2005 to 2006 and used two different tests to look at their cognitive brain functions.The paper is available online here. 

The Study of Cognition, Adolescents and Mobile Phones (Scamp) which will take place in the UK, will examine about 2,500 schoolchildren at the ages of 11 and 12, collect data about how they use the phones and how much time they spend on them, and assess them two years later on mental functions such as memory and attention, which continue to develop into the teenage years.

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