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Curb overuse of mobile phones, say experts

Mumbai, Aug 30, 2013, (PTI) :

Experts at a panel discussion here have warned against excessive use of mobile phones, with some saying that "living close to mobile tower is like being in a life size microwave."

At a panel discussion, held here yesterday, the experts touched upon various forms of radiation, with a special focus on mobile phone radiation. They dwelt on effects that mobile phone radiation can have on people, a release said today.

Dr Girish Kumar, Professor at IIT Bombay said, "living close to mobile towers is like being in a life size microwave." The panel of experts also highlighted dangers of overusing a mobile phone.

The World Health Organisation Fact Sheet 2011 states that a person using mobile phone 30-40 cm away from the body while texting and using internet will have reduced exposure to radio-frequency fields than someone holding the handset close, the release said.

"WHO also advocates greater use of hands-free devices, as they help keep the mobile phone away from head and body during phone calls. Exposure is also reduced by limiting the number and length of calls. Using the mobile phone in areas of good reception also reduces exposure as it allows phone to transmit at reduced power," it said.

Film actor Juhi Chawla and activist Prakash Munshi highlighted the health hazards resulting from indiscriminate installation of mobile towers.

Dr Anand Gokani, consulting physician, Bombay Hospital spoke about precautions to be taken to avoid these health hazards. Dr Meenakshi Thakur of Tata Memorial Centre, Mumbai spoke about radiation diagnosis, nuclear medicines and safety issues.

The panel discussion on "Radiations: Myths and Realities" was organised to address questions and to educate and inform students, public and the media, by the Nehru Science Centre. The panel comprised scientists, social scientists and activists.


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