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Thailand’s Digital Economy and Society Ministry says people shouldn’t fall for claims that leaving your mobile phone beside your head at night will result in cancer. The ministry is urging people not to believe that electromagnetic waves from the phone will cause brain cancer, adding that such a claim constitutes “fake news”, and saying citizens should refrain from sharing it on social media.

“The ministry’s Anti-Fake News Centre contacted the Department of Medical Services under the Public Health Ministry to verify this information and was told there is no concrete evidence pointing to the relationship between mobile phones and brain cancer.”

The Department of Medical Services says that, while several studies have been carried out to look for a link between mobile phones and brain cancer, none have produced conclusive evidence of such a connection. It adds that research into the long-term use of mobiles is ongoing.

“Using a mobile phone for long hours will affect the body part nearest to it. For example, your ear will become hotter from the emitting radio waves, while other side effects are still unknown. If you are concerned about the effect of radio waves, try reducing the time of the phone against your ear, or use hand-free equipment.”

The Thaiger is putting the Anti-Fake News Centre in contact with the TAT and Foreign Ministry about their recent claims of tourists arriving in Phuket on the new Special Tourist Visas.

SOURCE: Nation Thailand

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    murika

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 12:01 pm

    It adds that research into the long-term use of mobiles is ongoing.

    let’s check again in 20 years then, meanwhile we still don’t know if it’s armful or not, but let’s not care, it’s bad for economic grow

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:38 pm

    As I recall, the studies have been ongoing for well over 25 years already – and while they haven’t been conclusive, the majority of studies (the vast majority if you ignore the ‘phone industry funded studies) concluded that there was a clear link.

    Some put it down to better diagnosing of cancer, but the studies of “radiated” rats were pretty definitive, so dismissing it as fake news sounds like fake news.

    Definitely no links to Covid-19, but cancer …

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    Issan John

    Wednesday, October 14, 2020 at 2:57 pm

    They hardly have a spotless record themselves, or a record of checking their facts, having accused Khaosod of spreading fake news that the Thai Embassy in London was spreading fake news, when both were actually 100% correct, then spreading the fake news that the London Thai Embassy’s Facebook site wasn’t the Embassy’s when it was.

    … and I know it’s their name (the website’s worth a visit!), but shouldn’t the “Anti-Fake News Centre” actually be the “Anti Fake-News Centre”?

    Nit-picking, but it’s the difference between referring to “English teachers who are morons …” and “English teachers, who are morons, …”

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    Robert K Choate

    Thursday, October 15, 2020 at 12:00 am

    I think you have to consider if you fall asleep once or twice a week with your phone in bed you’ll be fine, I would not recommend nightly for one reason only you are not getting a night of completely restful sleep. Someone is always posting something on Line or on Facebook, those little notifications will disturb your sleep pattern so not a great idea.
    What I will tell you it is very dangerous to plug in your charger and lay your phone on your bed, the phone heats up and there have been cases of fires in bed this is very dangerous.

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