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|Senator McCain diagnosed with Glioblastoma|
|USA||Created: 21 Jul 2017|
At the request of Senator John McCain (R-AZ) and his family, Mayo Clinic released the following statement today:.
“On Friday, July 14, Sen. John McCain underwent a procedure to remove a blood clot from above his left eye at Mayo Clinic Hospital in Phoenix. Subsequent tissue pathology revealed that a primary brain tumor known as a glioblastoma was associated with the blood clot.
Jul 2017, USA: Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for Senator McCain's Ranch (2008)
Jun 2016, Sweden: BioInitiative on NTP study: Cell Phone Radiation Study Confirms Cancer Risk
“Scanning done since the procedure (a minimally invasive craniotomy with an eyebrow incision) shows that the tissue of concern was completely resected by imaging criteria.
“The Senator and his family are reviewing further treatment options with his Mayo Clinic care team. Treatment options may include a combination of chemotherapy and radiation.
“The Senator’s doctors say he is recovering from his surgery ‘amazingly well’ and his underlying health is excellent.”
The office of Senator John McCain also released the following statement:
“Senator McCain appreciates the outpouring of support he has received over the last few days. He is in good spirits as he continues to recover at home with his family in Arizona. He is grateful to the doctors and staff at Mayo Clinic for their outstanding care, and is confident that any future treatment will be effective. Further consultations with Senator McCain's Mayo Clinic care team will indicate when he will return to the United States Senate.”
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|Source: McCain Press Office, 20 Jul 2017|
|Verizon and AT&T Provided Cell Towers for Senator McCain's Ranch (2008)|
|USA||Created: 21 Jul 2017|
Early in 2007, just as her husband launched his presidential bid, Cindy McCain sought to resolve an old problem - the lack of cellphone coverage on her remote 15-acre ranch near Sedona, Ariz., nestled deep in a tree-lined canyon called Hidden Valley.
Over the past year, she offered land for a permanent cell tower, and Verizon Wireless embarked on an expensive public process to meet her needs, hiring contractors and seeking county land-use permits.
Verizon ultimately abandoned its effort to install a permanent tower in August. Company spokesman Jeffrey Nelson said the project would be "an inappropriate way" to build its network. "It doesn't make business sense for us to do that," he added.
Instead, Verizon delivered a portable tower known as a "cell site on wheels" - free of charge - to the McCain property in June, after the Secret Service began inquiring about improving coverage in the area. Such devices are used for providing temporary capacity where coverage is lacking or has been knocked out, in circumstances ranging from the Super Bowl to hurricanes.
In July, AT&T followed suit, wheeling in a portable tower for free to match Verizon's offer. "This is an unusual situation," AT&T spokeswoman Claudia B. Jones said. "You can't have a presidential nominee in an area where there is not cell coverage."
Ethics lawyers said Cindy McCain's dealings with the wireless companies stand out because her husband is a senior member of the Senate commerce committee, which oversees the Federal Communications Commission and the telecommunications industry. He has been a leading advocate for industry-backed legislation, fighting regulations and taxes on telecommunication services.
Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) and his campaign have close ties to Verizon and AT&T. Five campaign officials, including manager Rick Davis, have worked as lobbyists for Verizon. Former McCain staff member Robert Fisher is an in-house lobbyist for Verizon and is volunteering for the campaign. Fisher, Verizon chief executive Ivan G. Seidenberg and company lobbyists have raised more than $1.3 million for McCain's presidential effort, and Verizon employees are among the top 20 corporate donors over McCain's political career, giving his campaigns more than $155,000.
McCain's Senate chief of staff Mark Buse, senior strategist Charles R. Black Jr. and several other campaign staff members have registered as AT&T lobbyists in the past. AT&T Executive Vice President Timothy McKone and AT&T lobbyists have raised more than $2.3 million for McCain. AT&T employees have donated more than $325,000 to the Republican's campaigns, putting the company in the No. 3 spot for career donations to McCain, according to the nonpartisan Center for Responsive Politics.
"It raises the aura of special consideration for somebody because he is a member of the Senate," said Stanley Brand, a former House counsel for Democrats and an ethics lawyer who represents politicians in both parties.
McCain campaign spokesman Brian Rogers said that the senator is not a regulator and that Cindy McCain received no favors from Verizon or AT&T.
"Mrs. McCain's staff went through the Web site as any member of the general public would - no string-pulling, no phone calls, no involvement of Senate staff," Rogers said. "Just because she is married to a senator doesn't mean she forfeits her right to ask for cell service as any other Verizon customer can."
Verizon spokesman Nelson said. "I am not going to talk about individual customers and their requests."
Verizon navigated a lengthy county regulatory process that hit a snag on environmental concerns (see document). The request ultimately prevailed when a contractor for the company invoked the Secret Service after John McCain secured the Republican nomination.
After checking with Verizon and the McCain campaign, Secret Service spokesman Eric Zahren said an e-mail sent in May by the service's technology manager could be perceived as a request for temporary coverage under the service's contract with Verizon.
"This was something that was being addressed before we were out there," Zahren said. The agency could have made do with existing cell coverage in the area, he said, because it uses multiple layers of communication, including a secure land radio network. Zahren said the contractor was not authorized to invoke the Secret Service in dealings with the county.
Documents that The Washington Post obtained from Arizona's Yavapai County under state public records law show how Verizon hired contractors to put a tower on the property (see letter). At that point, many counted McCain out of the race.
On Sept. 18, 2007, a Mesa, Ariz., contractor working for Verizon surveyed the McCain property. Another contractor drafted blueprints (see document - note large file size) calling for moving a utility shed and installing a 40-foot tower with two antennas and a microwave dish, surrounded by a six-foot wooden fence.
Construction costs would be $22,000, records show. Industry specialists said the figure probably only covers the tower and fence because the antennas, the dish and power source would run the cost into the six figures. On Dec. 4, Cindy McCain signed a letter (see document) authorizing Verizon Wireless to act on her behalf to seek county land-use permits.
Coverage maps submitted by Verizon to the county show that the tower would fill gaps in unpopulated parts of Coconino National Forest and on about 20 parcels of land, including a handful of residences, and two small businesses open only by appointment. "We are not big cell phone users," said neighbor Linda Kappel, who runs a small gift shop.
"It is a fairly sparsely populated in that pocket along Oak Creek," said Kathy Houchin, the Yavapai County permitting manager.
Three telecommunications specialists consulted by The Post said the proposed site covers so few users that it is unlikely to generate enough traffic to justify the investment. Robb Alarcon, an industry specialist who helps plan tower placement, said the proposed location appeared to be a "strategic build," free-of-charge coverage to high-priority customers. A former Verizon executive vice president, who asked not to be named because he worked for the company, agreed with Alarcon, saying, "It was a VIP kind of thing."
Verizon spokesman Nelson declined to comment when asked if this had been considered to be a "strategic build."
Cindy McCain signed a contract with Verizon on May 6 (see document), granting free use of her property for a year in exchange for "the benefits of enhanced wireless communications arising from operation of the Facility."
Over Memorial Day, McCain hosted potential vice presidential running mates at the ranch, but the area still lacked coverage. Richard Klenner, then the wireless communications chief of the Secret Service, which had recently started providing protection, sent an e-mail to Verizon. "Is there any way of speeding up the process?" he asked, adding that he wanted Verizon to "explore every possible means of providing an alternative cellular or data communications source in the referenced area and provide any short-term implementation of any type as a solution in the interim."
Researcher Madonna Lebling contributed to this report.
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|Source: Washington Post, JAMES V. GRIMALDI, 15 Sep 2008|
|Biological effects related to geomagnetic activity and possible mechanisms|
|Russia||Created: 15 Jul 2017|
Abstract: This review presents contemporary data on the biological effects of geomagnetic activity - Correlations between geomagnetic indices and biological parameters and experimental studies that used simulated geomagnetic storms to detect possible responses of organisms to these events in nature are discussed.
Possible mechanisms by which geomagnetic activity influences organisms are also considered. Special attention is paid to the idea that geomagnetic activity is perceived by organisms as a disruption of diurnal geomagnetic variation. This variation, in turn, is viewed by way of a secondary zeitgeber for biological circadian rhythms.
Additionally, we discuss the utility of cryptochrome as a biological detector of geomagnetic storms. The possible involvement of melatonin and protein coding by the CG8198 gene in the biological effects of geomagnetic activity are discussed. Perspectives for studying mechanisms by which geomagnetic storms affect organisms are suggested.
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|Source: BioElectromagnetics, Viacheslav V.Krylov et al., 21 Jun 2017|
|Wireless pollution 'out of control' as corporate race for 5G gears up (2016)|
|United Kingdom||Created: 15 Jul 2017|
With the UK's Digital Economy Bill set to be finalised today, new 5G microwave spectra are about to be released across the planet without adequate safety testing, writes Lynne Wycherley. Global neglect of the Precautionary Principle is opening the way to corporate profit but placing humans and ecosystems at risk, and delaying a paradigm shift towards safer connectivity.
In Drowning in a Sea of Microwaves, the late geneticist Dr Mae-Wan Ho - a visionary voice who opposed GMOs - identified pollution from wireless technologies as a pressing issue of our times.
Noting evidence for "DNA damage ... cancers, microwave sickness, [and], impairment of fertility", she concluded: "Evidence is emerging that the health hazards associated with wireless microwaves are at least comparable to, if not worse than, those associated with cigarette smoking."
Since the advent of radar, followed by mobile phones and dense WiFi networks, such anthropogenic radiation has sky-rocketed. Although it is non-ionising, and does not destabilise molecules directly, evidence of other harm has been growing since 1950s studies on radar workers.
According to the updated Bio-initiative Report (2012+) by 29 precautionary scientists, effects on biology feature in several thousand, peer-reviewed papers. Yet troubling new findings rarely filter into the media. Or global Green discourse.
Though many studies have reported 'no significant effect', research by University of Washington biology professor Henry Lai, and others, reveals that wireless-industry funding is far more likely to yield such findings.
"Toujours ils créent doubte" ('they are forever creating doubt'), explains former Luxembourg Green MP Jean Huss, whose research on the wireless industry inspired the Council of Europe to call for many precautions (2011), including protection of warning scientists, and wired internet in schools.
But wireless-product marketing has a loud voice. Few of us realise that genetic effects and free radical damage - both disease risks over time - are the most common, cautionary findings. Device-crowded spaces, such as our peak commuter trains or all-wireless classrooms, may be creating a subtly toxic environment.
Wide-ranging, oxidative harm to animals has been found from WiFi sources. And linked pre-diabetic and pre-cancerous changes. Ground-breaking work by biochemistry professor Martin Pall, Washington State University - winner of eight international awards - reveals a viable mechanism for such harm. But as with other 'inconvenient truths', it is going unheard.
Bee-whispers: the sensitivity of life on Earth
Life's exquisite electro-physiology is still being discovered. Researchers at Bristol University reported in May that bees' hairs are highly sensitive to flowers' delicate EMFs. In controlled trials in Switzerland, bees reacted to mobile-phone signals with high-pitched 'piping': a cue to desert a hive.
Other studies show that mitochondria, the tiny power houses in our cells, are at risk from our new EMFs. And that even DNA, in its delicate antenna-like structure, may be frequency-sensitive.
The long-term, ecological implications of our new, anthropogenic radiation are not known. But peer-reviewed studies revealing harm to birds, tadpoles, trees, other plants, insects, rodents and livestock, offer clues.
Biology professor Lukas Margaritis, at Athens University, for example, uncovered harm to fruit flies from just a few minutes' exposure to our everyday wireless devices, including cordless phones, Bluetooth, and even digital baby monitors. Reviewing research, India's Ministry of Environment and Forests warned that sensitive habitats may need some protection.
The UK's Digital Economy Bill, about to receive its final seal, has sensible proposals for increasing country-wide access to fibre broadband: a technology that does not, in itself, stoke microwave pollution, though wireless add-ons do so. But probe beyond the bill to Ofcom's 5G consultations, and new EMF exposures emerge: part of global trend.
The worldwide rush towards 5G or 'fifth generation' wireless rollouts is set to raise our pulsing pollution to new levels. Untested, high microwave frequencies are being lined up to increase bandwidth, automation, and usage - at great profit to the industry.
These millimetre and centimetre waves, though too weak to heat us, may pose possible risks to our skin, and deeper surface tissue, including that of plants. High-density transmitters are envisaged. A troubling prospect for the many hundreds of patients seen by professor Dominique Belpomme's clinic in Paris: patients whose disabling symptoms from wireless technologies are supported by new brain scans and blood tests.
A delegation of scientists have petitioned for such electrosensitivity to be recognised as an environmentally-induced illness, with an International Disease Code (2015).
Rip-tides: when profits outpace caution
Pushing for fast rollouts, the wireless industry is also in conflict with the Internatonal EMF Scientists' Appeal to the United Nations. Signed by 223 scientists from 41 nations, it calls for remedial action - such as new safety limits, wave-free zones, and education of doctors - to protect our DNA, fertility, and nervous systems, plus children and pregnant women, from growing wireless exposure. And from rising, mains-electricity fields.
Signs that such caution may be needed are growing. The pulsed, polarized, microwaves used by wireless technologies pose more biological risks than smooth or natural waves. Weak millimetre waves have a known potential to increase antibiotic resistance: what ecological effects might they risk, perhaps, if used universally?
Studies also reveal a risk to skin pain receptors. Published associations between radio-masts and skin cancers, though at lower frequencies, plus mobile-phone masts and EMF-sensitive cancers (Adilza Dode, Minas Gerais University 2013), raise further questions.
In his summer press conference, Tom Wheeler - former head of the CTIA, the vast telecoms lobby- group, and controversial chair of the Federal Communications Commission - proposed unbridled "massive deployment" of commercial 5G transmitters, taking off in 2020.
Anticipating "tens of billions of dollars" of economic growth, with US telecoms "first out of the gate", he warned "Stay out of the way of technological development! Turning innovation loose is far preferable to expecting ... regulators to define the future".
With no mention of health-testing, carbon costs, or corporate responsibility, the FCC voted unaminously to go ahead by releasing swathes of untested high frequencies for private sector exploitation - so setting a trend. To questionable ends: added to other issues, how will our communities be affected by addiction to 5G multi-stream videos? How will it impact our spiritual communion with Nature?
Many American health activists, and cautioning scientists, are aghast. Dr Joel Moskowitz, director of community health studies at the University of California, warns "precaution is warranted before 5G is unleashed on the world".
Former government physicist Dr Ron Powell points out the plans "would irradiate everyone, including the most vulnerable to harm from radiofrequency radiation: pregnant women, unborn children, young children...the elderly, the disabled, and the chronically ill... It would set a goal of irradiating all environments".
Fracking the air? Fault-lines in safety
This drive to mine the electromagnetic spectrum come-what-may has echoes of fracking, and other headlong trends. In Captured Agency, the Harvard ethics report on the FCC, and the wider wireless industry, Norm Alster exposes ruthless "hardball tactics", supported by "armies of lawyers", at expense to our health.
Microwaves, Science and Lies (2014), filmed by Jean Hêches across Europe, exposes similar patterns that are driving our pulsed radiation to risky levels. Western "safety limits", based only on high levels that heat tissue, far exceed those of Russia, China, and some other nations.
Professor Yuri Grigoriev, long-serving chair of Russia's non-ionising radiation protection body (RNCNIRP), warned the UK's Radiation Research Trust "ionising radiation is monitored...[but] levels of non-ionising radiation are constantly increasing and ubiquitous: it is out of control ... Urgent action is needed".
Stealthy pollution-raisers, such as the 5G Internet of Things - with 30 billion tiny transmitters forecast for 2020 - and also, sadly, wireless smart-meters [1, 2*], vetoed by the American Academy of Environmental Medicine, may run counter to a cherished Green goal: that of nurturing healthy environments.
Can we manage our energy, perhaps, in more bio-sensitive ways? Court claims for wireless-meter health harm, supported by medical testimonies - including by neurology professor Andrew Marino (Louisiana) - are sweeping America. Professor Pall explains such meters' "high intensity" microwave pulses may be more toxic than we realise: "We know from the nanosecond studies these can be very damaging".
Data obtained by a judge revealed all-hour, house-piercing pulses every few seconds. New data-over-wiring innovations (if free of "dirty electricity") may offer inspiring, alternative ways forward.
Chrysalis: a paradigm in waiting
To create - in Wheeler's phrase - a global '5G ecosystem' of wireless super-saturated environments, at insidious risk, over time, to living ecosystems, not least our own bodies, is dysfunctional. And spiritually disturbing. It suggests a mindset deeply at odds with the orchid-like beauty of the Earth.
But cleaner innovations, such as LiFi, 'eco-dect-plus' phones, and the latest fibre-optics, suggest a wiser course. A new paradigm - safer connectivity, plus more balanced use - is emerging. And reminds of other step-changes in awareness. From pesticides to organic, from smoke-filled to smoke-free.
We can accede, if we wish, to our rising, planetary smog. To safety limits as high as the moon, in many scientists' eyes. And to wireless rollouts' growing carbon costs. Or taking pause, we may begin to call the industry to account - plus governments lulled by it.
We may air helpful new findings, such as risks from tablet-like exposures (Alexander Lerchl, Jacob Bremens University, 2015). And stark risks from passive exposure, bared by Leif Salford, medical professor at Lund University. We may defend DNA, if we wish, from ionizing and published non-ionizing risks, just as we defend our planet.
And alongside French Green Party MPs Laurence Abeille and Michèle Rivasi, plus the interntional Baubiologie movement, we can explore electromagnetic hygiene. Uplifting possibilities for a safer, cleaner world.
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|Source: Ecologist, Lynne Wycherley, 27 Oct 2017|
|We Are All Lab Rats in a Massive Cell Phone Study|
|USA||Created: 14 Jul 2017|
The National Toxicology Program is part of the US Department of Health and Human Services - Formed in the 1970s, the program's stated mission is to identify chemicals or other agents that could pose a threat to public health.
The NTP is currently conducting a multi-year, multi-phase, $25-million rodent study looking into health harms associated with the kinds of radiofrequency radiation (RFR) emitted by your phone. In a surprise move last year, the NTP chose to publish "partial findings" after concluding the first phase of its study. In its summary of those findings, the report states: "These studies found low incidences of malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart of male rats exposed to RFR of the two types . . . currently used in US wireless networks."
Speaking to the media after his program published its report, NTP associate director John Bucher said, "Overall we feel that the tumors are, in fact, likely to be related to the [RFR] exposures." Bucher had to clarify this point several times because, after soliciting expert comment on his program's findings, some reviewers took issue with the study's design and conclusions.
"The results of our studies are far from definitive," he made a point of saying. But, he added, there have been a lot of "internal discussions" about the study within the NTP, and "70 to 80 percent of the people that look at this study feel that there is a significant association between radiofrequency radiation and the tumors."
At that time, the media coverage of the NTP's report tended to adopt one of two narratives: that the findings were confirmation wireless technologies are dangerous, or that the findings were flawed and not applicable to the way people use their devices.
Recalling all this a year later, Bucher says, "People took very different things from the same findings and the same call." He says this illustrates how strong the "biases" are when it comes to cell phones and human health, and that a lot of outlets covering the NTP's findings missed the point.
So what is the point? Many people in the "cell phones can't hurt you" camp have long argued that, because the kind of radiation a phone emits doesn't heat tissues or cells, there's no biological mechanism by which that radiation could cause you harm. Bucher says his group's findings, if they're validated with follow-up research, would kneecap this argument. "We need a lot more information to understand any effects on human populations," he says. "We'll use these findings to put together research programs to follow up on this."
Basically, he and his colleagues are trying to determine if Colonel Mustard's wrench exists. If it does, it'll be up to others to figure out if that wrench is capable of bludgeoning someone—or in the case of cell phones, tens of millions of someones.
If it surprises and dismays you to hear that, no, experts didn't conduct all this research before allowing tech companies to fill your life with their awesomely powerful, helpful, hopelessly addictive wireless devices, you've got a legitimate gripe. "We're in the midst of a grand experiment that's being performed without our informed consent," says Allan Frey, a (mostly) retired neuroscientist who spent decades studying the ways radio waves and human biology interact.
"The way I got into microwave stuff," Frey says, "is I was looking at it as a potential tool for understanding how nervous systems works." Back in 1975, he published research that demonstrated certain forms of microwave radiation could "open up" gaps in the blood-brain barrier. "This barrier exists to keep heavy metals and things like that out of brain tissue," he says. "So opening that barrier could lead to all sorts of neurodegenerative and developmental problems."
Since his pioneering work, others in Europe and the US have substantiated many of Frey's findings and added to them evidence that electromagnetic radiation could theoretically damage DNA, sperm, and otherwise disrupt the body's internal workings in ways that could cause or contribute to diseases of both the mind and body. The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer looked at the evidence and chose, back in 2011, to classify radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as a possible human carcinogen (note for context that there are 298 other things classified that way, and that this is a less-certain designation than the "probably carcinogenic" list, which includes the consumption of red meat and very hot liquids).
"The most compelling evidence of harm has to do with the brain and malignant and non-malignant tumors," says Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley. "But we have studies showing evidence of damage to reproductive health, neurodevelopmental disorders in offspring—particularly ADHD—liver damage, DNA damage."
Moskowitz says developing fetuses, newborns, and children may be most at risk, but most parents are oblivious and many school systems are moving ahead and installing powerful wireless networks and transmitters with little regulatory oversight, thanks in large part to the telecom industry's successful lobbying of the FCC and FDA. "We have radiofrequency safety standards that most of the independent scientific community thinks are meaningless, when we really need to be warning people about the risks and showing them how to protect themselves until we can do more research and adopt standards that are truly safe," he says. (If you want to dive into all of that, he thoroughly details all the latest research and regulatory issues on his blog.)
Frey backs up many of Moskowitz's claims. Frey also says the Cold War is partly to blame for having a chilling effect on honest scientific inquiry and study into the risks of radiofrequency radiation: "Back in the '60s and '70s and '80s, people had a lot of concern about radar and radiation, but the military needed to install radar towers for communication and to see incoming missiles and planes," he says. "So there was an organized, well-financed effort to block research funding and disprove or discredit any research showing that there may be biologic effects or harm from electromagnetic exposure."
The real tragedy, he says, is that there are almost certainly wireless frequencies and "modulations" that would allow us to keep all our gadgets without risk. "But in this country, the science on all this was not allowed to proceed in a normal fashion, and so we don't have an evidence basis for knowing what's safe and what's not," he says.
To be clear, many experts who have looked at the existing research don't think that there's reason to be concerned. "I think the scientific evidence showing a connection between electromagnetic radiation and tumors is weak or none," says Larry Junck, a neurooncologist at the University of Michigan. Junck points out that there hasn't been a surge in tumors or brain cancers since the advent and widespread adoption of wireless phones, and the studies he's looked at that suggest a risk tend to have "methodological flaws."
In the NTP's rat study mentioned above, for instance, experts pointed out that female rats exposed to cell phone radiation actually lived longer than female rats who were not exposed. "Yet no headlines blared that cell phones extend life," wrote Aaron Carroll, a professor at Indiana University's School of Medicine, on his blog. Other experts reacted similarly, as Fast Company noted after the findings were released.
That's not to say experts like Junck don't totally rule out the risk of harm. But, Junck adds, "of all the things we have to be concerned about as a society, I would not put this at the top of the list, especially since we don't have a demonstrated mechanism that could explain a connection [between cell phones and brain tumors]."
Frey says he hears this argument a lot. "I always say, well, we used aspirin for a hundred years before we understood why it took away pain," he says. "Just because we can't conceive of something with our current knowledge doesn't mean the thing doesn't exist."
On the question of whether we should now be seeing spikes in tumor and cancer rates if cell phones really were a problem, the NTP's Bucher says the "latency period"—or the time it takes for those types of health issues to emerge—depends on a lot of factors, but could be as long as 20 years—meaning it's too early to breathe easy.
"It's the nature of science and toxicology that we're always playing catch-up," he says. "We don't have a grasp of all the different modulations and frequencies and their effects, so we just need a lot more information to understand everything." As Frey said, it's all a grand experiment, and we're the lab rats.
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|Source: Vice.com, Markham Heid, 07 Jul 2017|
|Danske teleselskaber advarer: 5G kan blive rigtigt dyrt i Danmark - kan vi overhovedet tjene penge på det?|
|Denmark||Created: 13 Jul 2017|
"Man skal ikke tro, at 5G betyder, at vi nu får gigabit-forbindelser til alle i hele landet," lyder det fra Teleindustrien, der advarer politikere og danskere om at have urealistiske forventninger til 5G.
5G er i øjeblikket i fokus på mange it- og digitaliseringskonferencer og i mange af de politiske taler og debatter om fremtidens digitale infrastruktur i Danmark.
Men selv om 5G rent teknologisk rummer mange fordele, er den danske telebranche ikke specielt optimistisk forud for næste års 5G-licensauktion i Danmark.
Alt tyder nemlig på, at 5G bliver en dyr fornøjelse at rulle ud, og når de gyldne forretningsmuligheder samtidig ikke ligefrem står i kø, er der behov for en forventningsafstemning.
Læs også: Masser af hype om det nye 5G - men teleindustrien har altså en ganske alvorlig udfordring
Det siger Jakob Willer, direktør i brancheforeningen Teleindustrien, der repræsenterer de danske teleselskaber.
"Det her kan blive rigtig dyrt med alle omkostningerne, der er med både at købe frekvenstilladelser og investere i nyt udstyr og så selve udrulningen," siger han til Computerworld.
"Når vi skal bruge de meget høje frekvenser, og hvis vi skal sikre de meget høje hastigheder, så skal det her udstyr faktisk sidde med en ret stor tæthed."
"Det er noget, selskaberne ser med bekymring på, når de sammenholder det med, hvad de nye forretningsmuligheder er," siger Jakob Willer.
"Det er de samme cases, som er fremme hver gang - men hvor er egentlig det store nye forretningsområde?"
Computerworld har tidligere beskrevet, hvordan der mangler både nye use cases og interesse fra erhvervslivets side, når det kommer til 5G.
Det er trods alt det, der skal retfærdiggøre de store investeringer i 5G fra telebranchens side.
Jakob Willer fra TI mener da også, at der er behov for en forventningsafstemning:
"Det er de samme cases, som er fremme hver gang - men hvor er egentlig det store nye forretningsområde?" spørger han.-
"Der er ikke nogen tvivl om, at vi også er begejstrede for, at teknologien udvikler sig og for, at det bliver hurtigere, at kapaciteten stiger, og at latency falder. Det skaber nogle nye muligheder."
"Men derfra er der et stykke til at kunne gennemskue, hvordan det har betydning for forretningsudviklingen og efterspørgslen, så man kan få forrentet de store investeringer, der ligger i teknologien," lyder det fra Jakob Willer.
"Det er der, at vi bliver noget bekymrede."
Forsøger at råbe politikerne op
Af samme grund har TI sendt en række anbefalinger til regeringen som input til drøftelserne om et nyt teleforlig og en dansk 5G-handlingsplan.
Du kan læse anbefalingerne her:
"Der er behov for en forventningsafstemning. Man skal ikke tro, at 5G betyder, at vi nu får gigabit-forbindelser til alle i hele landet," siger Jakob Willer til Computerworld.
"Og så er idéen med vores input samtidig at sige, at hvis det her skal blive til noget, så er der to ting, der skal fokus på politisk: Det ene er, at man fra politisk side skal hjælpe med at holde omkostningerne nede på frekvenserne, og det andet er, at de også godt kan hjælpe med at holde omkostningen nede i forhold til, hvad udrulningen koster."
Jakob Willer fra TI understreger dog samtidig, at telebranchen sagtens kan se idéen i at indføre 5G rent teknologisk - det er det forretningsmæssige, der er udfordringen.
"Samtidig med at man har svært ved at se, hvad det nye forretningspotentiale er ved 5G, så er det også en nødvendighed på grund af den måde, som mobiltelefoni udvikler sig på med efterspørgslen. Vi kan ikke undgå at skulle investere i 5G," siger Jakob Willer.
Samtidig siger Jakob Willer, at bekymringen også skal ses i lyset af, at den danske telebranche i dag er relativt økonomisk presset.
"Havde vi en dansk telebranche med en sprudlende økonomi, så situationen anderledes ud. Men det er en presset branche, når man kigger på de økonomiske nøgletal," lyder det fra Jakob Willer.
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|Source: Computerworld, Kim Stensdal, 20 jun 2017|
|Brain tumour among children on the rise in India|
|India||Created: 11 Jul 2017|
New Delhi: Cases of brain tumour, especially among children, have witnessed an increase in the country in the recent years.
Brain tumour is a cancerous or a non-cancerous mass of growth of abnormal cells in the brain and is a leading cause of death in India. Shockingly, it is on the rise in the age group of 3-15 years, where the chances of survival are also less.
Every year over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from medulloblastoma, a paediatric malignant primary brain tumour.
“It is rising in the paediatric age group of 3-15. This month alone we saw 10 such cases of malignant cancerous tumour,” said Dr P.N. Pandey from the department of neurosurgery in Lok Nayak Jai Prakash (LNJP) Hospital.
“In such cases, the tumour is mostly uncontrolled and starts developing when the baby is in the prenatal stage. Survival, in such cases, is one to two years after the tumour is detected in the child,” he said. The doctor added that the environmental factors to which a mother is exposed, affect the baby in both pre natal and post natal life.
According to a study in 2016, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour in India, out of which 20 per cent are children. The study showed a drastic increase in the cases of brain tumour in children post 2015. Doctors said that this could be attributed to long-term mobile use.
“There is a lot of literature that establishes a link between mobile radiation and brain tumour. Mobile phones emit radiation from their antennas and kids are at high risk as they possess soft tissues near the ear. It is advisable for children, adolescents, and also pregnant women, to use headphones while on call or use the speaker,” said Dr P.K. Sethi, professor and consultant of the neurology department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital.
Even in elder patients, more and more brain tumour cases are being recorded than before. Out of 3,800 surgeries conducted in AIIMS per year, around 1,500 pertain to brain tumour.
“In the neurology OPD, we get around 10 to 15 per cent cases of brain tumour. The waiting list is also increasing every year. Currently, it ranges from three to six months,” said Dr A.K. Mahapatra, professor and chief of the department of neurosurgery at AIIMS.
Doctors, however, added that the rising number of cases can also be attributed to unawareness among the public and enhanced technology through which diagnostic detection has increased.
“In LNJP, out of every 80 patient, five are suffering from brain tumour. Earlier, people didn’t consult doctors for headaches. An increased awareness has led to recording of more such cases,” said Dr Pandey.
However, not all these patients are from Delhi. Government hospitals see a lot of influx from neighbouring states like Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, etc.
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|Source: The Asian Age, SHAGUN KAPIL, 10 Jul 2017|
|Maternal cell phone use during pregnancy and child behavioral problems in five birth cohorts|
|Spain||Created: 11 Jul 2017|
INTRODUCTION: Previous studies have reported associations between prenatal cell phone use and child behavioral problems, but findings have been inconsistent and based on retrospective assessment of cell phone use. This study aimed to assess this association in a multi-national analysis, using data from three cohorts with prospective data on prenatal cell phone use, together with previously published data from two cohorts with retrospectively collected cell phone use data.
We used individual participant data from 83,884 mother-child pairs in the five cohorts from Denmark (1996-2002), Korea (2006-2011), the Netherlands (2003-2004), Norway (2004-2008), and Spain (2003-2008). We categorized cell phone use into none, low, medium, and high, based on frequency of calls during pregnancy reported by the mothers. Child behavioural problems (reported by mothers using the Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire or Child Behaviour Checklist) were classified in the borderline/clinical and clinical ranges using validated cut-offs in children aged 5-7years. Cohort specific risk estimates were meta-analyzed.
Overall, 38.8% of mothers, mostly from the Danish cohort, reported no cell phone use during pregnancy and these mothers were less likely to have a child with overall behavioural, hyperactivity/inattention or emotional problems. Evidence for a trend of increasing risk of child behavioural problems through the maternal cell phone use categories was observed for hyperactivity/inattention problems (OR for problems in the clinical range: 1.11, 95%CI 1.01, 1.22; 1.28, 95%CI 1.12, 1.48, among children of medium and high users, respectively). This association was fairly consistent across cohorts and between cohorts with retrospectively and prospectively collected cell phone use data.
Maternal cell phone use during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for behavioural problems, particularly hyperactivity/inattention problems, in the offspring. The interpretation of these results is unclear as uncontrolled confounding may influence both maternal cell phone use and child behavioural problems.
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|Source: PubMed, Birks et al., 11 Jul 2017|
|Wells campaign sees 'monster' phone mast rejected - residents on another city street seek to defeat a similar plan by Vodafone|
|United Kingdom||Created: 11 Jul 2017|
Many people want better mobile coverage but when it comes to having a large mobile phone mast yards from your home, the issue is proving highly contentious in Somerset.
A plan for a 17.5m phone mast in Wells branded 'monster' by residents was rejected by planners despite being recommended for prior approval after a big protest by residents.
The Vodafone proposal in Strawberry Way generated a petition and hundreds of comments and planners refused it.
Local people told Somerset Live they weren't against masts but they didn't want them in densely populated areas.
But the company is still planning to site another slightly smaller mast in a different part of the city where residents are staging another battle. Vodafone says it is responding to demand.
People in Bath Road say they are concerned about about possible health risks as well as the impact on their living environment. The 15m mast will be just yards from people's front doors, outside the Budgens store. A similar plan by the phone giant a few hundred yards away was shelved just months ago.
We should point out that Vodafone states there is no evidence for these concerns.
A spokeswoman said base stations worked well within guideline safety limits and there was 'no evidence' of adverse health effects for any members of the public.
Katie Biddiscombe lives on Bath Road - the mast will be a few feet from her front gate. She met with James Heappey MP this week at the site to express her concerns.
"My number one concern is for my children's health," said the 37-year-old mother-of-two.
"At the moment we can make an informed choice about how often we have the Wifi on and we do try to limit it."
Mrs Biddiscombe's nine-year-old son is on the autistic spectrum and she believes he would be particularly sensitive to radio waves emitted by such a mast.
"At the moment I notice a difference in his behaviour if we restrict the Wifi," she said.
"But we wouldn't be able to make a choice if the mast was there."
David James, 54, is also concerned about health risks.
"I worry about the children living here," he said.
"We just don't understand why the mast can't be further from people's homes - there is council land close-by."
A primary concern for many is cancer, but Cancer Research UK states that despite the rocketing use of mobile phones, the rate of brain tumours hasn't changed dramatically since the 1990s.
However it does say it is possible that incidence rates would only start rising after more time.
It quotes from an independent report in 2012 which says "there is no convincing evidence that being exposed to radiofrequency fields, including those from mobile phones, within the guidelines could affect somebody's health".
It also says masts and base stations are unlikely to increase your cancer risk and the exposure you get from a base station is actually "at least 100 times below international guidelines.... and much less than the exposure you would get from a phone".
-Health risks to the young and elderly in respect of electro-magnetic radiation
-The design and appearance of the mast and its equipment boxes are not in keeping with the area and it will tower over their homes
-The siting of the mast could be a hazard to pedestrians / drivers as it is near the entrance to Budgens as well as numerous driveways
-The mast and cabinet will obstruct a sizeable percentage of the pathway
-Two schools are in close proximity
What James Heappey said to residents
Mr Heappey explained that his powers were limited with regard to local planning issues of this kind but he did pledge to look into the concerns raised by residents - including health worries.
He said he was inundated by calls for better connectivity and band width. He praised efforts by Somerset Live and others in raising that issue but said:
"The problem is that where those masts go can be really contentious.
"I've been listening to people air their concerns over plans for a mast in Bath Road and it's clear that the planning authority needs to listen to those concerns."
What Vodafone says...
"Vodafone and O2 customers expect to be able to use their mobiles and devices where they live, work and travel.
"Base stations are low powered devices which cover approximately half a mile in radius, therefore we have to put base stations close to our customers.
"Vodafone and O2 have identified that they need to improve the coverage to their customers in Wells.
"All Vodafone and O2 base stations operate well within guideline safety limits, below these guidelines there is no evidence of adverse health effects for any members of the public."
What the local Mendip Council member says...
Councillor Roy Mackenzie said he opposed the plan on the grounds that it was in a conservation area, and that it was larger and more intrusive than a mast that had already been rejected in the same road.
*The consultation period for the plan ran out on June 23 but you can view the plan online at Mendip District Council
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|Source: Somerset Live, Andrew Doyle, 08 Jul 2017|
|Council wrong in 'electricity allergy' man cash row, court rules|
|United Kingdom||Created: 11 Jul 2017|
A man who says he is allergic to electricity should not have had his payments from Cardiff council refused, a judge has ruled.
Peter Lloyd, 45, lives in a tent in the garden of an "uninhabitable" house, Cardiff Civil Justice Centre heard.
Mr Lloyd, who has electromagnetic hypersensitivity, said he was entitled to direct payments to employ a helper.
The council, which was ordered to pay £12,000 in costs, had claimed he was not capable of managing money.
Quashing the council's decision on Wednesday, Mr Justice Singh said electromagnetic hypersensitivity was not a recognised condition in the UK.
He added it was "not a matter for the court to say what the decision would have been if the authority went about its decision correctly".
Direct payments are given to individuals by councils so they can buy help or services instead of having them supplied by the authority.
Mr Lloyd lives in the back garden of a privately-owned home in Thornhill and has refused alternative accommodation and a portable toilet, the court heard.
He urinates in plastic bottles and defecates in bed pans lined with black bin bags.
He has no running water and an insurance company deemed the house uninhabitable after flooding and the discovery of asbestos - although that has since been removed.
When council workers went to collect Mr Lloyd's waste in May, they found 90 litres of urine and 40 bags of faeces.
He has meals delivered five times a week, including supplies for the weekend on a Friday. As he has no fridge, he has to have food which will not go off.
Representing Mr Lloyd, Christian Howells said: "Where he lives has to be adapted because the symptoms are very real to him."
He described the situation as "chicken and egg" - Mr Lloyd wants the money to pay for help to improve his day-to-day life but the council felt he was not in a position to be given the funds.
'Acted in good faith'
Rebecca Stickler, for the council, said: "The housing department has offered housing in a field and various properties and he has refused them all.
"It can't possibly be the case that a local authority should be compelled to use the public purse to pay money to someone who they know cannot manage that payment."
Mr Lloyd's private landlord has begun eviction proceedings in county court, he is estranged from his family and the council recognises him as homeless.
Speaking after the hearing, councillor Susan Elsmore, cabinet member for social care, health and wellbeing, insisted the council had never said Mr Lloyd was not capable of managing money.
"The council's role as a social services authority is to ensure that individuals have the opportunity to benefit from an appropriate assessment of their needs, and any services that may be necessary to meet them," she said.
"The council maintains that it has acted in keeping with its responsibilities, and in relation to this case that it has acted in good faith."
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|Source: BBC News, South East Wales, 05 Jul 2017|
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