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Mobile phones 'can cause headaches and mood swings'

Five per cent of mobile phone users in the UK could be affected by headaches, mood swings and hearing loss as a result of radiation omitted from their handsets, doctors have found.

The research, conducted by the Irish Doctors Environmental Association (IDEA), was carried out on 16 people who had complained of symptoms from using mobile phones and were particularly sensitive to electromagnetic radiation.

During the study, which took place over several months, the research subjects were examined by doctors, filled in detailed questionnaires charting their use of mobile phones, and underwent medical tests including blood and liver analysis, according to the Evening Standard.

The team found that 13 suffered symptoms including nausea, headaches and dizziness, a clear indication of radiation, according to the experts.

The researchers now claim that they have discovered the first proof of health problems caused by mobile phones and are advising people, particularly children, to limit their use of phones if they experience headaches or other symptoms. The research was presented to a select committee of Irish MPs.

IDEA chairman Dr Philip Michael said: "We are working on funding for a far larger study which will use blind testing to prove beyond doubt that mobile phones are responsible, but we believe the evidence is now overwhelming.

"These problems can get very difficult to deal with - we had one person in our study who was basically confined to their house because of the symptoms."


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