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A new study is to be launched into the possible damage to health caused by wireless broadband.

The report will be conducted by the Health Protection Agency (HPA) and will examine the effect on health of the low level radiation that Wi-Fi technology emits.

The survey comes at a time when Wi-Fi has been increasingly adopted by schools and companies such as McDonald's - which recently announced it is to make free wireless broadband access available in 1,200 of is outlets nationwide.

However, according to Pat Troop, chief executive of the HPA, any link between poor health and Wi-Fi networks has yet to be established.

He said: "There is no scientific evidence to date that WiFi and WLANs adversely affect the health of the general population. Given this, there is no particular reason why schools and others should not continue to use WiFi or other wireless networks."

The HPA has in the past cautioned the public over non-essential use of mobile phones due to the low levels of radiation they emit.

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