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Italian Court sides with patient on cellphone link to head tumor
Italy Created: 21 Apr 2017
An Italian court has recognized the link between the appearance of a benign tumor of the brain and the excessive use of cell phone in a man who will have to receive a lifetime pension for the harm suffered.

The court ruling in Ivrea (North) on April 11, and released on Thursday, admitted a connection between the appearance of a neurinoma in a 57-year-old man whose work in a large company forced him To use his cell phone between three and four hours a day for 15 years.

This "judgment recognizes the causal link between inappropriate cell phone use and a brain tumor," the plaintiff's lawyers, Stefano Bertone and Renato Ambrosio, said. The judgment is, however, subject to appeal.

"We now believe that it is necessary to reflect on this problem and take appropriate measures," they added.

Their client had begun to feel the symptoms of his illness in 2010 in the form of a permanent ear-clogged sensation before an atrial neuroma was diagnosed.

"Fortunately, it is only a benign, but nonetheless disabling tumor. I had to undergo the removal of the acoustic nerve and I am deaf on the right side, "he said.

The expert appointed by the judge assessed his personal injury at 23% and sentenced the National Institute of Workmen's Compensation Insurance (INAIL) to pay him a lifetime indemnity of 500 euros per month.

Studies conducted to date around the world have not allowed scientists to come to a definitive conclusion about the possible links between cancer and cell phone use.

Gathered in Lyon in 2011 at the initiative of the World Health Organization (WHO), some thirty international experts considered that cellular use could be carcinogenic to humans and demanded that further studies be carried out On the intensive and long-term use of cell phones.

Meanwhile, they had advocated the use of "hands-free kits" and the practice of SMS.
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Source: LaPresse.ca, Andrew Michrowski, 20 Apr 2017

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