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Tuesday, 8 August, 2000, 03:18 GMT 04:18 UK
Hands-free mobile phones safer

A report by the British government says that mobile phone users can limit exposure to radiation by using hands-free attachments.

The Department of Trade and Industry study found radiation exposure was substantially reduced when a hands-free kit was used rather than holding the phone directly to the ear.

But the Consumers' Association has questioned the report; its own study earlier this year suggested that hands-free kits may act as aerials, channeling three times as much radiation into users' heads.

The Association said it stood by its original test results, but would now conduct further research to try to clear up the confusion over the effects of using hands-free kits. There's been no medical evidence suggesting that radiation from mobile phones causes cancer or other health problems, but nor is there definitive proof that cell phone radiation is harmless.

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