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Father sells his baby son for £2,100 to a stranger on social media so he and his girlfriend could buy new phones
China Created: 9 Jun 2017
A Chinese couple have sold their two-month-old son for 19,000 yuan (£2,166) after putting him up for an auction on social media, according to a report.

The couple, both said to be in their 20s, claimed in a social media post that they were 'too poor' to raise the baby and would 'give' him to the person who would pay them the most.

They spent the income on two new phones and clothes, the father said.

According to Jiangxi Broadcasting Station, the incident occurred in Ganzhou, China's Jiangxi Province, in late May.

The Ganzhou police were informed by people who saw the advertisement posted by the couple on WeChat, the Chinese equivalent to Whatsapp.

The police immediately dispatched officers to track down the couple.

After they found the father, he admitted that he had already sold the baby to a family living in a small village in Shashi Town, Ganzhou.

The father is identified by his surname Zou. His girlfriend is not identified.

Lai Taotao, an officer from the Ganzhou police, said the village is not accessible by car. He and his colleague found the boy after walking for more than an hour and asking around in the village.

Footage from a police camera shows that the baby was being looked after by a middle-aged woman when the officers found him.

The woman attempted to convince the officers that the baby had been given to her by an acquaintance.

After being interrogated, the woman admitted that the baby had been purchased from Mr Zou for 19,000 yuan (£2,166).

Mr Zou admitted that the boy is his son. He also claimed that he and his live-in girlfriend didn't have money to raise their child.

The man said after they received the money, they spent 'several hundred yuan' on food.

He also said they spent more than 4,000 yuan (£455) on two mobile phones.

He said he bought a phone for his girlfriend because she didn't have a phone, and he bought one for himself because his phone was old.

The couple also purchased one set of new clothes each, said the man.

Mr Zou has been arrested on suspicion of illegal buying and selling of babies.

It remains unclear whether or not his girlfriend would be arrested.
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Source: Daily Mail, Tracy You, 08 Jun 2017

Hong Kong residents urge government to tighten rules on electromagnetic radiation
China Created: 15 Mar 2017
They claim to be adversely affected by such emissions from rooftop transmitters, blaming it for headaches and even cancer.

Dozens of residents have called on the government to tighten regulations and standards for electromagnetic radiation, claiming to be adversely affected by such radiation from rooftop telecommunications transmitters.
Pastor Mike Liu was shocked when his younger sister was diagnosed with a rare brain tumour at the age of 30 in 2012. She died just a year later as the cancer was aggressive. He was dealt two furtherblows – his father was diagnosed and later died of oesophageal cancer in 2015, and his mother was diagnosed with early stage lung cancer a year later.
Liu, 38, claimed this was no coincidence. He blamed it on transmitters, which reside on the roof of the family home, a Tenants Purchase Scheme estate in Sheung Shui. Half of the 24 sets installed at the estate are above their unit on the 27th floor, the top level.

“The government says no studies have been able to prove there is any link to human health but no one has been able to prove there is no effect either,” Liu said.
He is not alone in his views. Democratic Party lawmaker Andrew Wan Siu-kin, who is assisting Liu and 31 other residents concerned or affected by rooftop base stations, said the government was “gambling with lives” by doing nothing to address such concerns. Some residents complain of chronic headaches and poor sleep, while others highlight weaker immune systems and irregular blood pressure after the stations were installed.

Wan believed the government was adopting too loose a standard for a city with such a high urban density. Such relaxed rules also made it possible for operators and occupants to install systems inside homes and violate leasing and building regulations, he said.
The authorities currently adopt radiation standards laid out by the International Commission on Non-Ionising Radiation Protection (ICNIRP). These are far less strict than those of several European countries and even the mainland, Wan added.
But he said the government needed to consider that large clusters of transmitters would have a much higher impact on residents than just one or two. “We hope the government faces the problem square [in the face],” Wan said.
The Office of the Communications Authority said it would continue to add more base stations on top of the current 47,000, as local demand for mobile communications continues to grow.
Several tests conducted at base stations in the past three years showed no violation of radiation safety standards, a spokeswoman said. “The ICNIRP is an independent scientific committee, whose development guidelines are approved by the World Health Organisation.”

The International Agency for Research on Cancer, under the Who, classifies such electromagnetic fields under “group 2B”, which means they are “possibly carcinogenic to humans”.
However, there has been no conclusive evidence to date of any related adverse health effects from EM field exposure.
Other group 2B carcinogens include coffee and pickled vegetables.

Dr Mamie Lau May-ming, a former principal environmental protection officer with the government and a radioactive health expert, believed it was “definitely possible” for electromagnetic waves to affect human health.
“EM waves can cause our body to form free radicals, which are very strong oxidising agents that can damage cells, DNA and affect nervous systems,” she said. “It’s similar to how metal rusts or oil turns rancid with oxidation. It can cause cell mutations and this can cause cancers.”

Lau, director of non-profit group RadHealth, noted the health impact or lack of impact from EM exposure depended on how well an individual’s body repaired itself.
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Source: South China Morning Post, Ernest Kao, 05 Mar 2017

Microwaves and Alzheimer's disease
China Created: 10 Oct 2016
Conclusion: The impact of wireless communication on human health is a mater of debate - Since there are widespread concerns regarding the deleterious effects of the exposure to microwaves on human tissues and the subsequent potential threat of carcinogenesis, we can conclude that the current exposure to microwaves during the use of cell phones is not safe for long-term exposure, despite the current scientific opinion.

Absorption of the cell phone signal into the brain of children does not exclude serious neuronal damage, as evidenced in rat studies (50). In addition, the increased risk of tumors of the head associated with long-term cell phone use is evident since radiofrequency may cause the blood-brain barrier to leak and to favor the damage of genetic material which consists of common precursors to cancer (51).

Accordingly, poor fertility and the increased chance of miscarriage and childhood cancer have been associated with cell phone storage in front pockets. Notably, the data suggested that the hippocampus can be injured by long-term microwave exposure (52), which may result in the impairment of cognitive function due to neurotransmitter disruption.

These results suggest that precautionary approach underlying the restrictive use of cell phones constitutes essential appropriate guidelines to follow although additional studies are needed.
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Source: PubMed, Xia Zhang / Wen-Juan Huang / Wei-Wei Chen, 04 Aug 2016

Microwaves impair microvascular bloodflow
China Created: 28 Aug 2015
Abstract; Objective: The study aimed to investigate the effect of microwave radiation on microvasculature as well as the underlying mechanisms.

Methods
Sprague Dawley rats were exposed to microwave radiation. Microvascular diameters, flow velocity, blood perfusion, and permeability were measured. Cultured endothelial cells from microvessels were subjected to microwave radiation. Cytoskeleton, apoptosis, protein synthesis, and the markers of endoplasmic reticulum stress including 78-kDa glucose-regulated protein and calreticulin in endothelial cells were examined.

Results
Microwave radiation decreased microvascular diameters and blood perfusion, and increased the permeability of microvessles. And microwave radiation induced the formation of stress fibers, apoptosis, and LDH leakage from microvascular endothelial cells. Also, when microvascular endothelial cells were exposed to microwaves, protein synthesis was significantly elevated. We found that upon microwave radiation, the expression of 78-kDa glucose-regulated protein and calreticulin were greatly upregulated in microvascular endothelial cells. We also investigated possible signaling pathways for endoplasmic reticulum stress-initiated apoptosis. C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) pathway was activated in microvascular endothelial cells exposed to microwaves.

Conclusions
Microwave radiation induces microvascular injury by triggering the apoptotic pathway of endoplasmic reticulum stress.


Li Y, Qu X, Wang X, Liu M, Wang C, Lv Z, Li W, Tao T, Song D, Liu X. Microwave radiation injures microvasculature through inducing endoplasmic reticulum stress. Microcirculation 21: 490–498, 2014.
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Source: Microvasculature Journal, Li et al., 06 Aug 2015

Blood-Brain-Barrier damage from 900 MHz confirmed and explained by Chinese Scientists
China Created: 19 May 2015
Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields activates the mkp-1/ERK pathway and causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats.

Abstract

With the rapid increase in the number of mobile phone users, the potential adverse effects of the electromagnetic field radiation emitted by a mobile phone has become a serious concern. This study demonstrated, for the first time, the blood-brain barrier and cognitive changes in rats exposed to 900 MHz electromagnetic field (EMF) and aims to elucidate the potential molecular pathway underlying these changes.

A total of 108 male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to a 900 MHz, 1 mW/cm(2) EMF or sham (unexposed) for 14 or 28 days (3h per day). The specific energy absorption rate (SAR) varied between 0.016 (whole body) and 2 W/kg (locally in the head). In addition, the Morris water maze test was used to examine spatial memory performance determination.

Morphological changes were investigated by examining ultrastructural changes in the hippocampus and cortex, and the Evans Blue assay was used to assess blood brain barrier (BBB) damage. Immunostaining was performed to identify heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-positive neurons and albumin extravasation detection. Western blot was used to determine HO-1 expression, phosphorylated ERK expression and the upstream mediator, mkp-1 expression.

We found that the frequency of crossing platforms and the percentage of time spent in the target quadrant were lower in rats exposed to EMF for 28 days than in rats exposed to EMF for 14 days and unexposed rats. Moreover, 28 days of EMF exposure induced cellular edema and neuronal cell organelle degeneration in the rat. In addition, damaged BBB permeability, which resulted in albumin and HO-1 extravasation were observed in the hippocampus and cortex.

Thus, for the first time, we found that EMF exposure for 28 days induced the expression of mkp-1, resulting in ERK dephosphorylation. Taken together, these results demonstrated that exposure to 900 MHz EMF radiation for 28 days can significantly impair spatial memory and damage BBB permeability in rat by activating the mkp-1/ERK pathway.

Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

KEYWORDS:
Blood brain barrier; Electromagnetic field; albumin extravasation; mkp-1/ERK pathway; spatial memory
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Source: Pubmed, Tang et al., 19 Mar 2015

Exposure to 900 MHz electromagnetic fields causes blood-brain barrier damage and cognitive impairment in rats
China Created: 29 Jan 2015
Abstract: With the rapid increase in the number of mobile phone users, the potential adverse effects of the electromagnetic field radiation emitted by a mobile phone has become a serious concern.

This study demonstrated, for the first time, the blood-brain barrier and cognitive changes in rats exposed to 900 MHz electromagnetic field (EMF) and aims to elucidate the potential molecular pathway underlying these changes.
A total of 108 male Sprague-Dawley rats were exposed to a 900 MHz, 1 mW/cm2 EMF or sham (unexposed) for 14 or 28 days (3 h per day).

The specific energy absorption rate (SAR) varied between 0.016 (whole body) and 2 W/kg (locally in the head). In addition, the Morris water maze test was used to examine spatial memory performance determination. Morphological changes were investigated by examining ultrastructural changes in the hippocampus and cortex, and the Evans Blue assay was used to assess blood brain barrier (BBB) damage. Immunostaining was performed to identify heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)-positive neurons and albumin extravasation detection. Western blot was used to determine HO-1 expression, phosphorylated ERK expression and the upstream mediator, mkp-1 expression.

We found that the frequency of crossing platforms and the percentage of time spent in the target quadrant were lower in rats exposed to EMF for 28 days than in rats exposed to EMF for 14 days and unexposed rats. Moreover, 28 days of EMF exposure induced cellular edema and neuronal cell organelle degeneration in the rat. In addition, damaged BBB permeability, which resulted in albumin and HO-1 extravasation were observed in the hippocampus and cortex. Thus, for the first time, we found that EMF exposure for 28 days induced the expression of mkp-1, resulting in ERK dephosphorylation.

Taken together, these results demonstrated that exposure to 900 MHz EMF radiation for 28 days can significantly impair spatial memory and damage BBB permeability in rat by activating the mkp-1/ERK pathway.
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Source: Science Direct, Tang et al. 15 Jan 2015

Inside an internet addiction treatment centre in China
China Created: 17 Dec 2014
IN CHINA, if you are a kid who spends a long time online, you had better watch out - Your parents may send you off for "treatment".

At the Internet Addiction Treatment Centre in Beijing, children must take part in military-style activities, including exercise drills and the singing of patriotic songs. They are denied access to the internet. One of the first experiences internees undergo is brain monitoring through electroencephalography (EEG). The programme is run by psychologist Tao Ran, who claims the brains of internet and heroin addicts display similarities.

The rise of such centres has, in some cases, been coupled with reports of brutality. One camp in Henan province was recently criticised after it was alleged that a 19-year-old girl died following corporal punishment doled out by officers.

These photographs [see source link] were taken by Fernando Morales during a four-day visit to the Beijing centre in June with journalist Zigor Aldama.

"We had heard stories about electroshocks, physical torture and confinement, but we found none of those," says Aldama.

"The children usually get angry when they know that they'll be locked in the centre, where parents put them without prior notice. They deny suffering an addiction. But as time goes by, I believe they are more sociable and calm. They get in better physical shape thanks to the sports training," Aldama says.

This article appeared in print under the headline "Hooked on the web"
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Source: New Scientist, Chris Baraniuk, 15 Dec 2014

Phone-addicted Movie-go'ers given a driving lesson!
China Created: 11 Jun 2014
Just half a second of distraction and you're up (a tree).

Watch this video (1½ min.):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JHixeIr_6BM
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Source: Volkswagen, Eyes on the Road campaign, 06 Jun 2014

Association between mobile phone use and semen quality: a systemic review and meta-analysis
China Created: 8 Apr 2014
Summary: Possible hazardous health effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic radiations emitted from mobile phone on the reproductive system have raised public concern in recent years.

This systemic review and meta-analysis was prepared following standard procedures of the Cochrane Collaboration and the Preferred Reporting Items for Systematic Reviews and Meta-Analyses statement and checklist.

Relevant studies published up to May 2013 were identified from five major international and Chinese literature databases: Medline/PubMed, EMBASE, CNKI, the VIP database and the Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials in the Cochrane Library. Eighteen studies with 3947 men and 186 rats were included in the systemic review, of which 12 studies (four human studies, four in vitro studies and four animal studies) with 1533 men and 97 rats were used in the meta-analyses.

Systemic review showed that results of most of the human studies and in vitro laboratory studies indicated mobile phone use or radiofrequency exposure had negative effects on the various semen parameters studied.

However, meta-analysis indicated that mobile phone use had no adverse effects on semen parameters in human studies. In the in vitro studies, meta-analysis indicated that radiofrequency radiation had detrimental effect on sperm motility and viability in vitro [pooled mean difference (MDs) (95% CI): −4.11 (−8.08, −0.13), −3.82 (−7.00, −0.65) for sperm motility and viability respectively]. As for animal studies, radiofrequency exposure had harmful effects on sperm concentration and motility [pooled MDs (95% CI): −8.75 (−17.37, −0.12), −17.72 (−32.79, −2.65) for sperm concentration and motility respectively].

Evidence from current studies suggests potential harmful effects of mobile phone use on semen parameters.

A further multicentred and standardized study is needed to assess the risk of mobile phone use on the reproductive system.
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Source: Wiley Online Library / Andrology, Liu K. et al, 03 Apr 2014

Magnetic fields exposure and childhood leukemia risk: A meta-analysis based on 11,699 cases and 13,194 controls
China Created: 15 Jan 2014
Abstract: Objective: To observe the association between childhood leukemia and magnetic field exposure.

Methods:
The literature was searched by PubMed, ProQuest, Web of Science (SCI) and Medline databases during 1997–2013. Heterogeneity in several studies was weighted by I-squared value. Publication bias was tested by funnel plot and Egger's test. Odds ratio (OR) and 95% CI were used to evaluate the association strength. The statistical analyses in present study were carried out by STATA software package (version 12.0, College Station, TX).

Results:
A total of 11,699 cases and 13,194 controls in 9 studies were stratified by different exposure cut-off points. On condition of the reference <0.1&#956;T, statistical association between magnetic field intensity &#8805;0.4&#956;T and childhood leukemia was exhibited (for total leukemia: OR=1.57, 95% CI=1.03–2.40; for acute lymphocytic leukemia: OR=2.43, 95% CI=1.30–4.55). On condition of the reference level of <0.2&#956;T, the positive association between magnetic field intensity &#8805;0.2&#956;T and childhood leukemia was found (OR=1.31, 95% CI=1.06–1.61).

Conclusions:
The result in this meta-analysis indicated that magnetic field exposure level may be associated with childhood leukemia.
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Source: Leukemia Research, Liu et al, 02 Jan 2014

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