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#74 -- Cell Phones, 24-Jan-2007

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Rachel's Precaution Reporter #74

"Foresight and Precaution, in the News and in the World"

Wednesday, January 24, 2007..........Printer-friendly version
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Table of Contents...

Large Study Links Long-time Cell Phone Use to Brain Cancer
The evidence continues to accumulate linking cell phone use to
brain cancers. Isn't it time to heed early warnings and apply the
precautionary principle to this technology, especially for children?
Scientists Urge Precaution for Electromagnetic Fields
At a public hearing in Connecticut, three senior scientists testify
that studies linking electromagnetic fields (EMF) to cancer in
children warrant a precautionary approach.
Maine Legislature May Target Toxic Flame Retardant for Phaseout
The Maine legislature seems ready to phase out the use of the flame
retardant, Deca, in common household products.
Massachusetts Bill Would Replace 10 Toxicants in Consumer Products
A majority of Massachusetts legislators support a bill that would
replace 10 toxic chemicals with safer alternatives in common household
products.
ETC Group Releases Report on Synthetic Biology
Scientists are now creating new forms of life that have never been
seen on Earth before. In keeping with the precautionary principle, the
ETC Group asserts that -- at a minimum -- there must be an immediate
ban on environmental release of these synthetic organisms until wide
societal debate and strong governance are in place.
Regulatory Failure in the Great Lakes, Part 1
A new government report on the Great Lakes says the system for
regulating toxic chemicals is "inadequate" and needs to be replaced by
a precautionary approach because large numbers of humans are in
danger. Both the U.S. and Canadian systems for controlling toxic
chemicals have failed.
Biofuels: Green Energy or Grim Reaper?
"This is not anti-capitalist, but the straight-forward application
of the precautionary principle, ensuring that we have given careful
consideration to the full implications of our investments before we
rush ahead to spend them. Moving ahead too quickly without considering
the options is, to use an extreme example, like invading Iraq without
thinking about the future implications."

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From: Microwave News, Jan. 22, 2007
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CELLPHONES AND CANCER

An international team of researchers has found new evidence that long-
term use of a mobile phone may lead to the development of a brain
tumor on the side of the head the phone is used. In a study which
will appear in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of
Cancer, epidemiologists from five European countries report a nearly
40% increase in gliomas, a type of brain tumor, among those who had
used a cell phone for ten or more years. The increase is statistically
significant. In addition, there was a trend showing that the brain
tumor risk increased with years of use. The new paper is posted on the
journal's Web site.

This is the second type of tumor that has been linked to long-term
cell phone use. In 2004, the Swedish Interphone group reported a
doubling of acoustic neuromas
among people who had used a mobile
phone for ten years or more.

The new study, part of the 13-country Interphone project, is based
on the data collected in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.
Last year, the German Interphone team also reported an increase in
gliomas following more than ten years of mobile phone use. (See our
report: "Is There a Ten-Year Latency for Cell Phone Tumor
Development?
")

The new five-country study included 1,521 glioma cases and 3,301
controls. There were 143 cases with ten or more years of mobile phone
use. The earlier German study had only 12 cases who had used a cell
phone for at least ten years.

Another research group, led by Lennart Hardell of
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Table of Contents...

Large Study Links Long-time Cell Phone Use to Brain Cancer
The evidence continues to accumulate linking cell phone use to
brain cancers. Isn't it time to heed early warnings and apply the
precautionary principle to this technology, especially for children?
Scientists Urge Precaution for Electromagnetic Fields
At a public hearing in Connecticut, three senior scientists testify
that studies linking electromagnetic fields (EMF) to cancer in
children warrant a precautionary approach.
Maine Legislature May Target Toxic Flame Retardant for Phaseout
The Maine legislature seems ready to phase out the use of the flame
retardant, Deca, in common household products.
Massachusetts Bill Would Replace 10 Toxicants in Consumer Products
A majority of Massachusetts legislators support a bill that would
replace 10 toxic chemicals with safer alternatives in common household
products.
ETC Group Releases Report on Synthetic Biology
Scientists are now creating new forms of life that have never been
seen on Earth before. In keeping with the precautionary principle, the
ETC Group asserts that -- at a minimum -- there must be an immediate
ban on environmental release of these synthetic organisms until wide
societal debate and strong governance are in place.
Regulatory Failure in the Great Lakes, Part 1
A new government report on the Great Lakes says the system for
regulating toxic chemicals is "inadequate" and needs to be replaced by
a precautionary approach because large numbers of humans are in
danger. Both the U.S. and Canadian systems for controlling toxic
chemicals have failed.
Biofuels: Green Energy or Grim Reaper?
"This is not anti-capitalist, but the straight-forward application
of the precautionary principle, ensuring that we have given careful
consideration to the full implications of our investments before we
rush ahead to spend them. Moving ahead too quickly without considering
the options is, to use an extreme example, like invading Iraq without
thinking about the future implications."

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From: Microwave News, Jan. 22, 2007
[Printer-friendly version]

CELLPHONES AND CANCER

An international team of researchers has found new evidence that long-
term use of a mobile phone may lead to the development of a brain
tumor on the side of the head the phone is used. In a study which
will appear in an upcoming issue of the International Journal of
Cancer, epidemiologists from five European countries report a nearly
40% increase in gliomas, a type of brain tumor, among those who had
used a cell phone for ten or more years. The increase is statistically
significant. In addition, there was a trend showing that the brain
tumor risk increased with years of use. The new paper is posted on the
journal's Web site.

This is the second type of tumor that has been linked to long-term
cell phone use. In 2004, the Swedish Interphone group reported a
doubling of acoustic neuromas
among people who had used a mobile
phone for ten years or more.

The new study, part of the 13-country Interphone project, is based
on the data collected in Denmark, Finland, Norway, Sweden and the U.K.
Last year, the German Interphone team also reported an increase in
gliomas following more than ten years of mobile phone use. (See our
report: "Is There a Ten-Year Latency for Cell Phone Tumor
Development?
")

The new five-country study included 1,521 glioma cases and 3,301
controls. There were 143 cases with ten or more years of mobile phone
use. The earlier German study had only 12 cases who had used a cell
phone for at least ten years.

Another research group, led by Lennart Hardell of