A new report issued by the Health Protection Agency's independent Advisory Group on Non-Ionising Radiation, AGNIR, has concluded that fears regarding mobile phones affecting human health are unfounded. At least up to a point, anyway.
Citing a substantial amount of research, the study's conclusion is that there is "no convincing evidence" that exposure to radio waves from mobiles, or other wireless devices, causes harm to adults - or indeed children.
The research notes that the large number of studies which have now been published pertaining to mobiles potentially causing cancer have, taking an overview, failed to draw a correlation between mobile use and brain tumours (or other types of cancer).
However, the report authors did note a couple of caveats, namely that they were looking at RF field exposure "below guideline levels", and also that due to mobile technology being new, there was little data available on the risks beyond 15 year's worth of phone usage.
There has been limited research on potential long-term effects, and again that hasn't provided any compelling evidence of adverse health effects.
Professor Anthony Swerdlow, Chairman of the AGNIR, concluded: "There are still limitations to the published research that preclude a definitive judgment, but the evidence overall has not demonstrated any adverse effects on human health from exposure to radiofrequency fields below internationally accepted guideline levels."