As the wireless industry is trying to convince people to upgrade to 3G systems, the last thing they need is the widespread belief that the new phones lead to more health problems. Having finally gotten past the point where most people believe mobile phones cause cancer, a new report is coming out saying that 3G cellular signals are causing headaches and nausea. Of course, they're saying that the effect comes from the base station, and not the phone itself - which would suggest that there should be a hell of a lot more headaches and nausea over vast patches of territory where 3G is currently in place. The article also doesn't say whether or not distance from the base station made a difference. At the same time, the report isn't all bad, since it also claims that those in range of the 3G base station found themselves to have better memory and faster response times. So, it makes you sick, but makes you smarter? Tradeoffs... tradeoffs. With such odd findings, I would imagine that many more tests need to be done, which are likely to show that the results of this test mean absolutely nothing. Still, from a PR standpoint, the various wireless carriers probably want to be prepared to respond to questions and complaints (and probably lawsuits) from those who will suddenly start blaming their headaches and nausea on the local 3G tower.
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