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Leaky Blood Vessels In The Brain May Lead To Alzheimer's
USA Created: 29 Jan 2015
Researchers appear to have found a new risk factor for Alzheimer's disease: leaky blood vessels.

An MRI study of found those experiencing mild problems with thinking and memory had much leakier blood vessels in the hippocampus. "This is exactly the area of the brain that is involved with learning and memory," says Berislav Zlokovic, the study's senior author and director of the Zilkha Neurogenetic Institute at the University of Southern California.

The study, published in Neuron, also found that blood vessels in the hippocampus tend to become leakier in all people as they age. But the process is accelerated in those likely to develop Alzheimer's or other forms of dementia.

The finding suggests that it may be possible to identify people at risk for Alzheimer's by looking at their blood vessels, says Rod Corriveau , a program director at the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke, which helped fund the research. The results also suggests that a drug to help the body seal up leaky blood vessels could delay or prevent Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia.

"This study gives patients and families hope for the future, hope that detecting leaky blood vessels early will provide the opportunity to stop dementia before it starts," Corriveau says.

The new research grew out of earlier studies of people who died with Alzheimer's disease. "We were looking at brains from autopsies and it (became) quite apparent that there is a breakdown of the blood-brain barrier," Zlokovic says.

The blood-brain barrier is a special layer of cells that normally prevents bacteria and toxins that circulate in the bloodstream from mixing with the fluid that surrounds brain cells. When it breaks down, toxins leak into the fluid that surrounds brain cells and eventually damage or kill the cells.

The autopsy research couldn't show whether the breakdown occurred before or after Alzheimer's appeared. So Zlokovic and his team used a special type of MRI to study the living brains of more than 60 people. The group included both healthy individuals and people with mild cognitive impairment, which can be an early sign of Alzheimer's.

The researchers paid special attention to the hippocampus because it is one of the first brain areas affected by Alzheimer's. And they found that in some regions of the hippocampus, the permeability of the blood-brain barrier was more than 50 percent higher in people with mild cognitive impairment.

The finding could help explain why people with atherosclerosis and other problems with their blood vessels are more likely to develop Alzheimer's, says Corriveaux. "There's every reason to think that a lot of Alzheimer's disease does involve vascular damage," he says.

The study also adds to the evidence that amyloid plaques and the tangles known as tau aren't the only factors that lead to Alzheimer's. There are probably several different paths to dementia, Corriveau says, including one that involves leaky blood vessels.

One important question now is whether it's possible to repair damage to the blood brain barrier. That may be possible using cells known as pericytes, which help prevent blood vessels in the brain from leaking.
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Source: NPR.org, Jon Hamilton, 23 Jan 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

One step closer towards gaining recognition for the rights of electromagnetic hypersensitivity throughout Europe
United Kingdom Created: 29 Jan 2015
The 21st January, 2015 will be remembered as the first step towards gaining recognition for electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) victims throughout Europe.

One hundred and ten European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) members voted with their conscience after carrying out a full and through investigation into this serious issue. Sadly the votes of 110 EESC members were overruled by 136 EESC members who voted in favour of a controversial late counter-opinion submitted by EESC member Richard Adams who was later exposed as having serious conflicts of interests. The counter-opinion was adopted and calls for a sympathetic approach to EHS victims but claims the condition is psychological which adds further insult to injury. This reckless decision will allow further proliferation of mobile phones, dect phones, phone masts, WiFi, smart meters and the smart grid. We may have lost this battle, but it has taken us one step closer towards gaining recognition for the rights of millions of people suffering with electromagnetic hypersensitivity. Those in positions of power are gaining more knowledge of this issue adding power to the people and to the 110 EESC members who fought for truth and justice.

*SNIP* read the entire article via the source link below...
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Source: Radiation Research Trust, Eileen O'Connor, 27 Jan 2015

Children susceptible to Wi-fi radiation
Spain Created: 29 Jan 2015
A CONTROVERSIAL study has called for parents to try and limit their offsprings’ exposure to Wi-fi over fears it could harm their health.

The report, published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultra-structure, claims children absorb more radiation from a source than adults.

It warns foetuses are the most vulnerable of all, and researchers say mothers should not carry mobile phones in their clothing. A paediatric neurologist said that pregnant women deserve to know that wireless radiation can have an impact on the developing brain: “We’re seeing alarming increases in the number of children diagnosed with neuro-logical disorders over the past decade, and anything we can do that might help reduce that rate should be taken very seriously.”

Wi-fi signals use low intensity radio waves, similar in wavelength to domestic microwave radiation. The type of radiation emitted by radio waves (Wi-fi), visible light, microwaves and mobile phones has been shown to raise the temperature of tissue at very high levels of exposure and researchers are divided as to whether this daily radiation can cause damage.
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Source: EuroWeeklyNews, 28 Jan 2015

Progress report on build up to EESC plenary session on 21st and 22nd January
United Kingdom Created: 22 Jan 2015
Radiation Research Trust has made a timeline page for the events leading up to the EESC meeting.

http://www.radiationresearch.org/progress-report-on-build-up-to-eesc-plenary-session-on-21st-and-22nd-january
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Source: Radiation Research Trust, Eileen O'Connor, 22 Jan 2015

EESC EHS opinion loses by narrow vote to industry interests
Belgium Created: 21 Jan 2015
Dear all, today is a black day for human rights and especially for sufferers of the effects of electromagnetic fields.

The industry-friendly counter-opinion of Sir Richard Adams won by 136 votes to 110 (19 abstained) at the EESC plenary meeting.

The good news is that many groups and individuals from all around Europe came together to fight the industry influence and we have succeeded in winning 110 supporters within the EESC. Remember that.

The English interpretation audio of the 1-hour debate and vote is archived here:
https://soundcloud.com/mastvictims/eesc-ten559-plenary-ehs-opinion-discussion-and-vote
Listen online or download the audio file.
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Source: Mast-Victims, H.Eiriksson, 12 Jan 2015

Conflict of Interest scandal: Sir Richard Adams has deep ties to Smart-Meter industries
United Kingdom Created: 21 Jan 2015
Following an investigation it was revealed that Sir Richard Adams has an undeclared conflict of interest. It is a big scandal to continue as usual when Mr. Adams is actively acting to turn this decision against the European population.
Regarding others who may have conflicts as well, it is expected from the EU members to demand having a process that is free from foreign interests.

Powerwatch has published about the scandal:
http://www.powerwatch.org.uk/news/2015-01-20-eesc-final-opinion.asp

Richard Adams is on the board of trustees of the charity "Sustainability First"
http://www.sustainabilityfirst.org.uk/people.htm

Smart meters is one of this charity's projects:
http://www.sustainabilityfirst.org.uk/projects.htm

Sponsors of Sustainability First include:

BEAMA (the expert knowledge base and forum for the electrotechnical industry for the UK and across Europe.
Representing over 300 manufacturing companies in the electrotechnical sector, the organisation has significant influence over UK and international political, standardisation and commercial policy.)
Cable & Wireless
British Gas
EDF Energy
Elexon
E-Meter (Siemens)
EON UK
National Grid
Northern Powergrid
Ofgem (the UK electricity industry Regulator)
Scottish Power Energy Networks
UK Power Networks

SIGNATORIES OF Richard Adams' COUNTER-OPINION:

Richard Adams
Bernd Dittmann (The German Business Representation)
Lubomir Hadjiysky (Director of marketing and development at auditors Grant Thornton. Bulgaria)
Tom Jones (Vice-president of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) - farmer - Trustee Community Foundation in Wales. UK)
Brenda King (Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity. UK)
Anders Ladefoged (Danish Industry)
Jonathan Peel (Business and Trade Consultant. UK)
Virgilio Ranocchiari (Consultant European Affairs - Italian Confederation of Industry - Confindustria)
Pirkko Raunemaa (Council of Home Economics and Consumer Associations, expert on consumers and food issues. Finland)
David Sears (Former Deputy Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce – BCC. UK)
Ulla Sirkeinen (Confederation of Finnish Industries –EK. Finland)
Jan Simons (VNO-NCW, "Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers")
Georgi Stoev (Vice-chairman of the Bureau of the Committee on Trade at the Economic Council for Europe at the United Nations Organization -UNO/ECE-Geneva and vice-president of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bulgaria)
Pavel Trantina (Representative, Czech Council of Children andYouth –ČRDM. Czech Republic)
Akos Topolanszky (Director of the Federation of Hungarian Drug therapeutic Institutes (MADRISZ); National Institute for Drug Prevention. Hungary)
Gerd Wolf (Representative of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres - HGF)
Reet Teder (business leader and Estonian)
Josef Zboril (Executive secretary, Governing board of the Slovenian Association of Free Trade Unions. Czech Republic)

All documents are here:
https://toad.eesc.europa.eu/AgendaDocuments.aspx?pmi=RmFYXXWy9u%2fUB7Xqmm4jW6lyKtAxaIqd8V%2f0yS2nhXg%3d

On the other hand, the Council of Europe recognized electrohypersensitivity in May 2011, on the basis of Dr. Dominique Belpomme's work. Dr. Belpomme, president of Association for Research on Treatment Against Cancer, examined clinically more than 1,000 electrohypersensitivity (EHS) – self reported patients. He concluded that these are real sick persons who are in a pre-Alzheimer’s state. http://mieuxprevenir.blogspot.ch/2014/06/interview-with-dr-dominique-belpomme-by.html

Best wishes,
Iris and many others who try to draw your attention to the importance of an ethical decision making process, in this highly important scientific, medical and health issue, for the European population.
Source: Iris Atzmon, via email, 21 Jan 2015

Final version of Richard Adams counter-opinion on EHS published
Belgium Created: 20 Jan 2015
Dear all, Sir Richard Adams has finally made his counter-opinion to the EESC opinion on EHS publicly available.
Download the document via the source link below.

This document is more elaborate than the previous version and is signed by a group of EESC members, most of them entrepreneurs (see below).

The orientation of the document has changed slightly: he recognizes that their EHS symptoms are real, but does not recognize their association with the EMF.

List of the 18 signatories:

Richard Adams

Bernd Dittmann (The German Business Representation)

Lubomir Hadjiysky (Director of marketing and development at auditors Grant Thornton. Bulgaria)

Tom Jones (Vice-president of the Wales Council for Voluntary Action (WCVA) - farmer - Trustee Community Foundation in Wales. UK)

Brenda King (Chief Executive, African & Caribbean Diversity. UK)

Anders Ladefoged (Danish Industry)

Jonathan Peel (Business and Trade Consultant. UK)

Virgilio Ranocchiari (Consultant European Affairs - Italian Confederation of Industry - Confindustria)

Pirkko Raunemaa (Council of Home Economics and Consumer Associations, expert on consumers and food issues. Finland)

David Sears (Former Deputy Director-General, British Chambers of Commerce – BCC. UK)

Ulla Sirkeinen (Confederation of Finnish Industries –EK. Finland)

Jan Simons (VNO-NCW, "Confederation of Netherlands Industry and Employers"

Georgi Stoev (Vice-chairman of the Bureau of the Committee on Trade at the Economic Council for Europe at the United Nations
Organization -UNO/ECE-Geneva and vice-president of the Bulgarian Chamber of Commerce and Industry. Bulgaria)

Pavel Trantina (Representative, Czech Council of Children and Youth –ČRDM. Czech Republic)

Akos Topolanszky (Director of the Federation of Hungarian Drugtherapeutic Institutes (MADRISZ); National Institute for Drug Prevention. Hungary)

Gerd Wolf (Representative of the Helmholtz Association of German Research Centres - HGF)

Reet Teder (business leader and Estonian)

Josef Zboril (Executive secretary, Governing board of the Slovenian Association of Free Trade Unions. Czech Republic)
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Source: Mast-Victims, H.Eiriksson, 20 Jan 2015

EESC EHS Opinion - plenary vote January 2015
United Kingdom Created: 20 Jan 2015
The Section for Transport, Energy, Infrastructure and the Information Society (TEN) of the European Economic and Social Committee (EESC) has now produced it's final draft opinion that we reported on recently. In its final form, to be voted on at the plenary meeting on the 21st and 22nd January 2015, it represents a giant step forward in the recognition of electromagnetic hypersensitivity and the need in society to dramatically alter our approach to supporting sufferers of the condition.

However, as was expected, significant opposition has appeared.

*SNIP* read the rest at the source link below...
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Source: Powerwatch, Alasdair Philips, 20 Jan 2015

This is what the EESC debate is all about
Belgium Created: 19 Jan 2015
The European Economic and Social Committee is on the way with an opinion statement on electro-hypersensitivity, otherwise known as microwave-sickness and EHS and we've been publishing news about the process over the last couple of days.
To aid understanding of what's happening, this post brings together the discussion:

First, see the latest draft opinion (published 13 jan.) from EESC that will be voted on 21-22 jan.:
https://toad.eesc.europa.eu/AgendaDocuments.aspx?pmi=RmFYXXWy9u%2fUB7Xqmm4jW6lyKtAxaIqd8V%2f0yS2nhXg%3d
(see under section: TEN/559, sub-heading: "Electromagnetic hypersensitivity (own-initiative opinion) - Section opinion - EESC-2014-05117-00-02-AS-TRA" and select your language.

A dutch businessman and EESC group member, Mr. Jan Simons, put forward industry-friendly amendments to the draft. Those amendments were largely dropped by vote. Download Simons amendment suggestions here.

Reet Teder, business leader and Estonian member of the EESC, has already submitted several amendments against the points 1.2, 1.5, 2.8, 8.1.1 & 8.2.3 of the own initiative opinion approved by the EESC TEN section. Removes the most important elements of each of these points emptying it of its content.
See entries beginning with "AMPX_§ X.X_Teder_Electromagnetic hypersensitivity..." under TEN/559 secion at the link below:
https://toad.eesc.europa.eu/AgendaDocuments.aspx?pmi=RmFYXXWy9u%2fUB7Xqmm4jW6lyKtAxaIqd8V%2f0yS2nhXg%3d

We learned that EESC member Sir Richard Adams suddenly began distributing an industry friendly counter-opinion text to a group of like-minded members within the EESC. Adams' version removes all support for EHS and goes against regulation of EMF.
Download Adams counter-opinion here which was kindly provided by our Spanish friends Electrosensibles por el Derecho a la Salud.
Sir Adams' version of the text has not yet been made publicly available so we reckon that he'll try and push it into vote at the plenary session. Such behaviour is highly disrespectful of the democratic process of the EESC and according to one EESC member that Mast-Victims spoke to, it is a desperate last-measure that will be regarded as an extreme provocation and a waste of time.

Following is the MV news coverage so far:

Jan 2015, United Kingdom: Final letter to Mr. Adams BY Director Eileen O`Connor Radiation Research UK.
Jan 2015, United Kingdom: Mast-Victims comments on Sir Richard Adams EESC / EHS counter-opinion
Jan 2015, USA: BioInitiative Group letter to EESC on electro-hypersensitivity
Jan 2015, United Kingdom: Open letter to European Economic and Social Committee TEN Section on electrosensitivity
Jan 2015, United Kingdom: EESC calling for action on behalf of EHS sufferers
Nov 2014, Belgium: Recordings from the EESC hearing on EHS
Nov 2014, Belgium: Europe starts to take EHS / ES seriously
Oct 2014, Belgium: Registration deadline is 29 oct. for EU open hearing on EHS
Oct 2014, Belgium: Public hearing on Electromagnetic hypersensitivity at the European Economic and Social Committee
Source: Mast-Victims.org, H. Eiriksson & A. Ingvarsdóttir, 19 Jan 2015

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