• 04 APR 06
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    RCR News reports on Hardell study

    From Karl Polzer:

    I found the wording of this story amazing. This is from a publication that is read and purchased largely by the wireless industry ”“ not to environmental activists. The writer, Jeff Silva, reports on the Hardell team”™s latest published study finding an increased risk in malignant brain tumors and notes that the results “tend to coincide with some recent research on long-term human exposure to radiation-emitting wireless handsets.” That being said, he comments that the new scientific data is “unlikely” to provoke a warning to the public by governments. This is probably accurate ”“ but what is amazing is that it is probably accurate. What other industry would get a pass like this?

    Karl Polzer
    Health Policy Analysis/Research
    703-204-3473
    kpolzer@cox.net

    New study ties brain tumors to cell phones

    < http://www.rcrnews.com/news.cms?newsId=26022 >
    By Jeffrey Silva

    Apr 3, 2006

    WASHINGTON””A newly published study found an increased risk of malignant brain tumors for heavy cell phone usage, results that tend to coincide with some recent research on long-term human exposure to radiation-emitting wireless handsets.

    “[T]he main shortcoming of most of the so-far published studies on the association between cellular telephones and brain tumors is too short a latency period. Thus, both longer latency period and high cumulative number of hours for use are necessary to get a more precise estimate of the risk,” said Swedish authors Lennart Hardell, Michael Carlberg and Kjell Hansson Mild in the journal International Archives of Occupational and Environmental Health.

    The new scientific data is unlikely to provoke government health authorities here and overseas to issue warnings to consumers, but is apt to give added weight to calls for continued research. In addition, the latest epidemiological findings may well find their way in wireless-related health litigation in various state and federal courts in the United States.

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