Junk Science | Mobile Madness

21 05 2010

We live in a technological wonder of a world where communication is instant.  Through the fibre optic cables that lie beneath our oceans to the satellites surrounding our little green and blue orb, information can be collected and transmitted in a matter of nano-seconds.

Like the Industrial Age had her health and social life suffer set-backs, the fallout from the Digital Age is largely ignored due to the economic power such advancements have had on the groups involved.  These certain groups have pumped hundreds of millions into dummy science factories in an effort to have hundreds of millions return to them.

Talking on the mobile just 30mins a day linked with heightened risk of brain cancer

By Fiona Macrae, Daily Mail.  Last updated at 7:17 AM on 18th May 2010

Using a mobile phone for just half an hour a day could raise the risk of brain cancer by up to 40 per cent, a controversial study has suggested.

Those who used the devices the most over ten years were more likely to be diagnosed with brain tumours, according to the World Health Organisation research.

But the results are sure to confuse people as they also suggested mobile phones made people less susceptible to tumours.

The researchers quizzed 5,000 people with brain tumours, and a similar number of healthy adults, about how often they used mobile phones in the past decade.

And the £16.5million Interphone study failed to find a link, the International Journal of Epidemiology reported.
It said ‘heavy’ users – those who used phones for a least half an hour a day – were 40 per cent more likely to develop glioma, an aggressive brain cancer.

They had 15 per cent higher chance of meningioma, another common cancer of the organ, it added.

But the British scientists involved in the study said these figures were flawed and urged people not to worry.

Some of those who took part claimed they used their mobile for more than 12 hours a day ten years ago – something which was ‘incredibly implausible’ but is likely to have skewed the results.

In addition, growths on the brain can affect memory.

Professor Anthony Swerdlow, of the Institute of Cancer Research in London, said: ‘The balance of evidence from this study, and in the previously existing scientific literature, does not suggest a causal link between mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours.

‘This study does not give reason for precautionary measures.’

However, others were less quick to dismiss the findings.

Professor Elisabeth Cardis, the study’s lead author, said: ‘We can’t just conclude that there is no effect.

‘There are indications of a possible increase. We’re not sure that it is correct. It could be due to bias, but the indications are sufficiently strong … to be concerned.’

Dr Christopher Wild, director of the WHO’s cancer research arm, called for more research into mobile phone use and brain cancer.

‘The results don’t allow us to conclude that there is any risk with mobile phone use, but… it is also premature to say there is no risk associated with it,’ he added.

Professor Denis Henshaw, a Bristol University radiation experts, said: ‘Children are known to be more vulnerable and we need to take action to protect them.

‘The challenge now is how we respond. Burying our heads in the sand is asking for trouble.’

WiredChild charity called for health warnings to be placed on mobile phone packaging.

But John Cooke, executive director of the Mobile Operators Association, which represents the industry, said: ‘The conclusion of no increased risk is consistent with the significant existing body of research reporting no health risk from using mobile phones.’

So another inconclusive contradictory report tainted by vested interests.  Couldn’t be the reason that where there is problems, there is funding, could it?

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