• 17 MAY 10
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    #1251: Interphone’s data on cell phones and cancer: The spin begins

    From Science News:

    Reports offer heavy clues to findings, although data remain formally embargoed a while longer
    By Janet Raloff
    Web edition : Sunday, May 16th, 2010
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    A May 16 news release by the cell phone industry reports that “The International Journal of Epidemiology today published a combined data analysis from a multi national population-based case-control study of glioma and meningioma, the most common types of brain tumour.” In fact, the journal hasn”™t. Yet. But the industry group was anxious to put its spin on the paper”™s findings after a handful of UK newspapers reported on this Interphone study ”“ well in advance of the scheduled lifting of a news embargo on its data.

    The news release identifies as its source the Mobile Manufacturers Forum, an association of telecommunications equipment manufacturers “with an interest in mobile or wireless communications.” This group provided some funds to the International Union Against Cancer, a nongovernmental cancer-prevention and ”“control group, to help finance IUAC”™s share of support for the Interphone project.

    SNIP. For the full article and other relevant links go to the Science News link (you may need to copy and paste):

    http://www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/59262/title/Interphone%E2
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