Cell phones could be `health time bombs`

Experts have warned that mobile phones may cause serious health hazards in the near future and claimed that they could be `health time bombs`.

Professor Denis Henshaw, of Bristol University, advocates cigarette-style warnings on mobile phone packets.

`Vast numbers of people are using mobile phones and they could be a time bomb of health problems – not just brain tumours, but also fertility, which would be a serious public health issue,` the Daily Mail quoted him as saying.

According to a group of leading scientists, there are more than 200 academic studies that link use of the devices with serious health conditions such as brain tumours, the Daily Mail reported.

A 2008 Swedish study suggested children who use mobile phones are five times more likely to develop a rare brain tumour called a glioma.

Their report submitted by a leading group of British scientists states that `Both the Government and phone companies could very easily do far more to alert the public, particularly children, to the emerging risks and safety measures`.

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