It was just two months ago that the WHO decided to reclassify cell phones as “potentially carcinogenic”, calling for increased scrutiny. A new review of available evidence published on Saturday aims to clarify the situation. The paper, authored by cancer experts from the US, UK, and Sweden finds that the evidence is “increasingly against” a link between mobile phone use and cancer.
Scientists at the University of California, Irvine (UC Irvine) are exploring ways to image cancerous lesions using LEDs, according to a report in Science Daily.
What the scientists hope is that LEDs will advance a techniques for treating cancer called photodynamic therapy (PDT). PDT involves injecting photosensitizing chemicals that absorb light into a tumor, which is then exposed to light. The chemicals generate oxygen radicals from the light energy, wiping out cancer cells in the process.
Towards that end, UC Irvine has designed a new device with an array of five different colors of LEDs that light up the skin with distinct intensity patterns. The resulting images reveal the biochemistry of the tissue.
"Through this imaging modality, it is now possible to assess how the therapeutic light will travel throughout the affected tissue, quantify the drug present within the lesion, and monitor its efficacy during treatment," says Rolf Saager, who works in the lab of Anthony Durkin a the Beckman Laser Institute at UC Irvine.
The hope is that this imaging technique will draw out a better map for targeting and optimizing photodynamic therapy for basal cell carcinoma, which is the most common type of skin cancer.
The rumor that cellphones cause cancer has been around almost as long as the technology, but no matter how compelling the evidence to the contrary, we are always left wondering if it will one day turn out to be the cigarettes of the modern age. Recent studies have gone a long way towards putting our minds at ease, but 10 years of evidence, compelling as that may be, still isn't representative of a lifetime of use. If you count yourself among the skeptics of cellphone safety, you'll only need to wait until 2040 for the results of a 10 million dollar comprehensive study being conducted in Europe.
Over 250,000 volunteers from the Netherlands, Finland, UK, Sweden, and Denmark will be examined over a 30 year period, and the study will be looking at all kinds of side effects, not just cancer. "Previous studies have looked at usage for less than 10 years and focused mainly on retrospective use. They've had a short observation period from the start and only been able to focus on brain cancers. We'll be prospectively monitoring mobile phone use and prospectively looking at any health developments," Dr. Toledano said in an interview with The Independent. The hope is that they can finally put the issue to rest and will even be able to tell us if there is any link to MS, headaches, tinnitus, or depression.
Unfortunately the results of the study will probably be too late to save me or anyone else reading this article, so lets just hope for the best shall we?
Samsung said it plans to pony up for independent reviews following reports that toxic materials used in to make chips might have caused some its employees to get cancer. Even though government investigations conducted in 2007 and 2008 found no problems at the Samsung plants, the chip maker said this week that 22 of its employees who worked at its plants had been diagnosed with leukemia or lymphoma. Ten of them died of cancer between 1998 and 2010.
"We are deeply sorry about the loss of love ones... and we've actively cooperated on epidemiologic investigations, which concluded there were no leaks of radiation," Cho Soo-in, president of Samsung's memory division, told reporters. "But I feel we should have done this (communicated with the public) in the first place to stop speculation from growing."
The chip production lines in which the 22 workers served and later developed illnesses have since been converted into chip test lines and LED production lines. These lines occasionally receive visitors, including those from high-profile politicians, all of which must wear full-body dust-proof attire.
Even if you're not the type who typically sports a tin foil hat, you've probably spent a bit of time wondering if all that cell phone radiation we subject our brains to is safe. Could cell phones be the cigarettes of the modern age in disguise? Apparently not if you heed the results of a new Scandinavian study which has carefully reviewed the effects of wireless phone radiation on the brain over a 30 year period, and claims cell phones are completely harmless.
The study was performed by the Danish Cancer society and was documented in the National Cancer Institute Journal which looks at brain cancer trends in Scandinavian countries. Of course some people will never be convinced cell phones are truly safe regardless of how much evidence comes to light, but for those of you still on the fence, this is a bit positive news that should put your mind at ease.
Even though they claim its safe for the brain, I would still suggest holding onto your solid lead underwear if you're going to keep carrying around a cell phone in your pants. I haven't seen any studies on the effects of radiation on the wedding tackle, but I'm not taking any chances.
Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen was diagnosed earlier this month with non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma. The news was disclosed by his sister, Jody Allen, in an e-mail to employees of Vulcan, Allen’s holding company. The cancer is similar to one Allen suffered from that lead to his retirement from Microsoft in 1983.
Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma is a cancer that occurs in the cells of the immune system. Lymphocytes, a type of white blood cell, becomes abnormal, and multiply rapidly. Because these abnormal cells don’t die when they should the body is less protected from infection and disease. Non-Hodgkin’s lymphoma can occur at any age. Nearly 66,000 Americans each year are diagnosed with this form of cancer.
Allen, who is 56, is on a bit of an unlucky streak. News of his cancer follows close on the heels of a bout with heart disease, which required a heart-value replacement. Allen is currently undergoing chemotherapy. According to his sister: "Paul is feeling OK and remains upbeat. He continues to work and he has no plans to change his role at Vulcan. His health comes first, though, and we'll be sure that nothing intrudes on that."
The issue was brought up by Colin Kinney at ATL’s annual meeting. He referenced a Swedish research and the findings of some other European experts to justify his sense of alarm. “Have we the right to avoid the moral warnings simply for access to a few more computers?” he asked the attendees at ATL’s annual meeting.
He wants a long-time study to probe WiFi’s impact on heath. The teacher’s body has espoused Kinney’s concerns and resolved to prod the government into action.
Remember this quote? "Linux is a cancer that attaches itself in an intellectual property sense to everything it touches." It was uttered by none other than Microsoft frontman Steve Ballmer himself, in an interview with the Chicago Sun-Times in 2001. It's no secret that Microsoft has put itself right in the center of the proprietary versus open-source war. But the software giant is now starting to dabble in the dark side of open-source projects itself. We're getting nothing but mixed-signals from Redmond. So what is it, Microsoft? Cancer, or cash-cow?
Read on to find out about Microsoft's newest open-source initiatives!