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Study Finds No Link Between Mobile Phones and Cancer (Again)

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  • by Nabeel_co (1045054) on Friday October 21, 2011 @12:47PM (#37794390) Homepage

    Actually, If you look at those studies closely, most of them say that there is no link, just a slight correlation.

    Those studies are usually mis quoted, or taken out of context. Assuming they are not bias.

  • by Spad (470073) <slashdot@NOsPam.spad.co.uk> on Friday October 21, 2011 @12:52PM (#37794486) Homepage

    Those that aren't in the "We took 30 cancer patients and asked them if they used cell phones" category have generally not been statistically significant.

    There's a good article about it here: http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/tomchiversscience/100090300/do-mobile-phones-really-cause-cancer-probably-not-again/ [telegraph.co.uk] from a little earlier this year.

    Generally, phones causing cancer is much more "interesting" than phones not causing cancer, so the studies that show even the slightest hint that they might garner far more attention from the media than they probably should, whereas those that don't have to be much more significant (like this one) before they get decent coverage.

  • by ustolemyname (1301665) on Friday October 21, 2011 @12:53PM (#37794520)
    Radio output from the tower at 200 feet is nothing compared to a cell phone two inches from your brain. Inverse square law, QED.
  • by some1001 (2489796) on Friday October 21, 2011 @12:57PM (#37794606)
    E=hf.

    Visible light does not cause cancer. UV, XRay, and Gamma (all higher frequency than visible) do cause cancer.

    Even if we knew nothing about the fact that we are exposed to so much radio and microwave radiation on a daily basis, does it not make sense that electromagnetic radiation below visible light should also not cause cancer (that is, for it to not be an ionizing radiation)?

    I mean, who cares if your brain dissipates some radio energy to heat in the brain? Has a small temperature in a localized part of the body caused cancer in the past? Unless the heat dissipated raises the temperature of the brain over 104, I do not see much concern.
  • Re:I expect... (Score:4, Informative)

    by Dewin (989206) on Friday October 21, 2011 @01:15PM (#37794938)

    Increased EM radiation from rising cellphone use is one speculated cause of Colony Collapse Disorder [wikipedia.org]

  • by Anonymous Coward on Friday October 21, 2011 @02:26PM (#37796226)

    Bayer-AG made an insecticide called Clothianidin to replace Imidacloprid as the patent expires (or expired) on it.

    In field tests in Germany, Clothianidin was found to be EXTEREMELY LETHAL to bees because they bring the tainted pollen back to the hive, and it is fatal in very low doses. Literally one bee carrying the insecticide back will kill hundreds of bees in the colony.

    Needless to say it is banned in Germany and the rest of the EU.

    But Bayer is selling it in America, and the appearance of clothianidin on the US market exactly coincides with the start of the colony deaths here. For whatever reason (disclaimer: I am a Democrat) Obama and the EPA are doing NOTHING about this.

    What's worse is that a lot of Bayer-funded research groups are actively putting out FUD like blaming mold, weather, pollution, and cell phone radiation on the bee deaths as a misdirection. I'm not saying all the research is flawed, but a surprisingly large portion of it is funded by groups that are subsidiaries or Bayer or otherwise related to them.

    Bayer own trial results are very clear about the bee deaths and the effect of clothianidin on bees. That point can't be disputed. But why they've been allowed to sell it in the US is the shocking part IMO.

    It's like with genetically modified food, all of Europe bans it but nobody stops them in the US. Or feeding cows dead cows that causes mad cow disease, a practice which is also banned in Europe.

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