Monday, May 17, 2010

WHO releases study on cell phones and cancer, debated on CNN LKL

A study by the World Health Organisation's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) has found no conclusive link between cell phone use and brain tumors over ten years, according to a story on Reuters today May 17, link here. The study tracked 13000 users over this period.

However, on Larry King Live on CNN Monday night, several speakers called for guidelines recommending that cell phones be kept away from the head and body with speaker phones, and that people needed to be studied for even longer periods. One woman told a story of her husband, still alive after surgery for a glioma after twenty years of heavy cell phone use.

The Wireless association linked to a story about the study on its site tonight (url).

Another spokesperson on LKL mentioned that Bluetooth devices attract only 1/1000th of the power compared to the cell phone itself.

The Larry King show on CNN has many comments on its website here

Genetics still may be an important factor in brain tumors. I had a maternal uncle who died of a similar tumor at age 61 in 1976. I’m 66, but I suppose I could have a vulnerability.

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