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Interview with Author of new French radiofrequency protection law
USA Created: 9 Feb 2015
On January 29th, French lawmaker Laurence Abeille (Europe Ecologie-Greens) made history when her law regulating public exposure to radiofrequency radiation was adopted. The law (2) “on sobriety, transparency, information and consultation for exposure to electromagnetic waves” is the first such law in France and Ms. Abeille thinks the first in Europe at a national level.

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Source: Andrew Geller, 08 Feb 2015

Man on cell phone misses huge whale right in front of his face
USA Created: 7 Feb 2015
It's a bird, it's a plane, it's a -- whale! Unfortunately, when you're glued to your cell phone, you'll probably never notice any of these things.

That was the case with one "whale watcher" in California who was staring at his phone so intently, he failed to see the giant humpback swimming just two feet away.

While the man may have missed it, a professional photographer about 50 feet across from him did not.

Eric Smith, creative director for CBS EcoMedia Inc., captured a photo of the oblivious man next to the breached whale and posted it on Instagram Tuesday, calling it a sign of the times.

"Hey dude! Stop texting. There's an enormous humpback whale two feet from your boat!" the caption read on Smith's post, which has received nearly 300 likes.

He told CBS News that he got the shot while photographing a mom and her calf on Redondo Beach a few weeks ago.

"A mom was out there with her calf, flapping, breaching, jumping, mouths eating fish -- it was fantastic," Smith said. And then there was this man, "he never moved from his phone."

While scrolling through the 100 or so photos he took of the whales, Smith said he noticed about five that showed the whale next to the sailboat, and the man happened to be in the background.

Women could be seen taking pictures from the front of the small sailboat, but the man was like "a statue in every photograph," Smith said.

To be fair, Smith said he had no idea what the man was doing on his phone. He could have recently taken photos and was the middle of looking at them when he missed it.

"The point is, he missed the whole thing," Smith said.

If this isn't a sign that we're becoming addicted to our devices, what is?

"I've been there, I get lost in the phone too," Smith said. "But this is really indicative that we have some serious issues to work through."

Instagram users all seem to agree on one thing: "He missed out on something incredible."
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Source: CBS Mews, Jennifer Earl, 04 Feb 2015

Children under two banned from using electronic devices in Taiwan and also limits under-18s use
Taiwan Created: 5 Feb 2015
Taiwan has banned children under the age of two from using electronic devices such as iPads, televisions and smartphones.

Parents who allow their young children to play with their gadgets face fines of up to £1,000, in line with a law passed last week.

The new law also states that parents must ensure that under-18s only use electronic products for a 'reasonable' length of time.

Taiwanese lawmakers passed the new legislation last Friday, completely banning parents from allowing their under-twos to use any electronic devices, China's official news agency Xinhua reports.

Meanwhile Taiwanese under-18s are not allowed to 'constantly use electronic products for a period of time that is not reasonable', although the 'reasonable length of time' has not been defined.

The new law means that iPads, smartphones and televisions are now listed alongside cigarettes and alcohol as restricted.

The new law was originally proposed by Taiwanese MP Lu Shiow-yen, who said his intention was to protect young people by stopping them using electronic devices for more than 30 minutes at a time, The Telegraph reports.

Research published in December last year found that 7.1 per cent of the population in Asia is addicted to the internet.

In neighbouring China, online addiction among young people has become a serious problem, with an estimated 24million children considered 'web junkies'.

As well as introducing laws requiring games companies 'to develop techniques that would limit the gaming time of minors', more than 250 military style boot camps have been set up across China to tackle under-18 internet addiction.

Since the release of the first iPad in 2010, an ever increasing number of parents use the Apple device to 'babysit' their children.

A recent poll found that half of British parents routinely allow infants to play with their smartphone or tablet, and one in seven let them spend more than four hours a day on hand-held devices.

Even Prince William recently admitted to letting Prince George play games on his iPad, saying that he believes it is 'a good way to each him the inner workings of electronics'.

Research published in the British Medical Journal found that a child born today will have spent a full year staring at screens (tablets, computers, TVs) by the time they reach seven.
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Source: Mail Online, Sarah Malm, 29 Jan 2015

Why handing smart phones to kids is a dumb idea
India Created: 3 Feb 2015
It's wonderful how so much of technology has managed to fit into today's gadgets. Mobile phones, tablets, watches all aim to make our lives simpler and smarter. But behind the smartness lurks the hidden danger of electromagnetic radiation that can affect your child’s growth in more ways than you can imagine. Hassan M Kamal investigates

In this age of WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter, and the need to stay connected 24x7, it's impossible to imagine our lives without a mobile phone. But as it turns out, it's not just adults, who are spending time glued to their smart devices but toddlers even, who may or may not have taken their first steps.

A new study, conducted by a marketing research firm, says that kids between 0-5 years are using mobile apps for a whopping 18-20 hours weekly. The study, questioned 2,000 parents, mostly from middle and higher income groups, about their gadget usage behaviour and that of their children. The findings revealed that of all participants, 88% said that they let their kids use their smart devices whereas 12% said their kids had their own. It also stated that by the age of 8, 97% of children have used a mobile phone, tablet or a similar device.

More startling is the usage of apps. Ambika Sharma, MD, Pulp Strategy Communications, which conducted the survey, says that the usage of app among very young children is growing rapidly — at times, for learning but mostly for entertainment. The study found that gaming apps had 77% adoption versus 23% for learning apps. She elaborates, "Kids, today, are hooked to smart devices. They are learning to master mobile phones and tablets, well before they read. Parents allow their kids to use smart devices to stay busy."

The study also had parents saying that they allow their kids to use smart devices, because it would help in their development and growth. However, a recent study, conducted by Boston University School of Medicine gives a different view. The study says that children younger than 30 months "cannot learn from television and videos as they do from real-life interactions." To use a mobile device before that age on tasks that aren't educational can be "detrimental to the social-emotional development of the child."

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) recommends that children under the ago of 2 must not spend any time in front of media screens, including phones, tablets and television. "A child's brain develops rapidly during these first years, and young children learn best by interacting with people, not screens," writes AAP.

However, Dr Pavan Sonar, consulting psychiatrist, says that certain smartphone apps related to identification of colours and objects can be helpful to young children. "Through their use, kids can develop their visual memory," he adds. But he also warns against prolonged use of these apps. "This can lead to lethargy and obesity. It takes them away from playing in the outdoors, and thus, is harmful for their social development and restricts motor skill coordination." He also warns against children developing addiction to gadgets as young as 7 years, which may lead to other negative effects like: chances of ear infections, attention problems, deterioration in academic performances, sleep disturbances and mood swings, among others.

Smart devices and radiation
Another possible danger to excess usage of these smart devices, says Dr Meghal Sanghavi, onco surgeon, Wockhardt Hospital, is exposure to electromagnetic field radiation or Radio Frequency (RF) energy emitting out of smart devices.

"Smartphones, tablets, e-book readers, watches, emit RF energy, which can damage the body over a long period of exposure. The effects to radiation exposure are not immediate instantaneous, but there is evidence to suggest that in the long term, it can cause damage to kids," she adds.

Unsafe for kids?
The radiation from a mobile phone is considered unsafe across age groups. However, children are at greater risk, stated a 2009 scientific paper, presented by Dr Om Gandhi, a professor of Electrical Engineering at the University of Utah. "The heads of children are in the stronger magnetic field regions resulting in higher induced currents for the brain as compared to adults," the study pointed out.

But aren't the SAR values in mobile phones already within the safe limits? Not really. Dr Gandhi, in the study, also stated that the mannequin models chosen by the industry for SAR compliance testing results, "gives an SAR that is up to two or more times smaller than for the anatomic models of the adult head, and an even larger underestimation of the SAR for the heads of kids." This means that SAR values listed on phones are likely to be incorrect.

Pranav Poddar, director, Synergy Environics, a company that provides anti-radiation solutions says that the SAR norms are only for thermal effect of radiation. "It is well established that non-thermal effects of radiation are more harmful. Sadly, there are no norms specified on this front," he says.

The solution
Poddar says the major problem is the extent of usage. "Some device manuals (like iPhone) recommend a talk time of maximum six minutes per hour, and also recommend that the device should be kept a minimum of 15-25 mm away from the body at all times. However, we are not aware of these warnings as we don't read manuals and therefore, we do not follow these instructions," he adds. Sharma, however, says that, "at the end of it all, the onus lies with parents to monitor things."

FAQs about smartphone usage

What are the psychological effects of excess use?
Children may develop addiction to gadgets, which may create psychological issues like attention problems, deterioration in academic performances, sleep disturbances and mood swings, among others.

When is the risk of radiation the highest?
The SAR value is higher when all the transmitters are on — Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and cellular.

Who is at risk?
Everyone, across ages. But pregnant women, and young children are at greater risk.

What are the short-term health problems associated with Electromagnetic Radiation?
Headaches, dizziness, nausea, hearing and memory loss. In the long term, radiation is known to cause infertility in men, brain tumour and cancer, in extreme cases as well as pose a risk to the foetus in pregnant women. The findings are still inconclusive.

What is SAR?
SAR is the rate at which Radio Frequency (RF) energy is absorbed by a defined amount of mass of a biological body. SAR is expressed in units of watts per kilogram (W/kg) as usually mentioned on the device. In India, it’s set at 1.6W/Kg averaged over 1 gm of tissue, but independent scientists claim that the level is still very high for the human body.

930 Million
Is the number of mobile phone subscribers in India, according to TRAI till September 2014
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Source: Mid-Day, Hassan M Kamal, 03 Feb 2015

France limits spread of the wi-fi by a new law, Finland does not care at all
Finland Created: 2 Feb 2015
In the Finnish news media, there is a complete silence (nobody dares to speak?) about the new law introduced in France, limiting the spread of the wi-fi networks (story in the French Le Monde) (for the translation in English, see below).

In fact, the situation in Finland is just the opposite to what is happening in France. In Finland wi-fi is allowed to be spread freely and everywhere, including daycare centers and schools.The justification for this “freedom” are the obsolete safety limits from 1998 (!) that were “reaffirmed” in 2009.

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Source: BRHP blog, Dariusz Leszczynski, 02 Feb 2015

Court orders Nokia to pay compensation to phone-tower worker who got rare cancer
Brazil Created: 2 Feb 2015
The Seventh Chamber of the Paraná Regional Labor Court (TRT-PR) determined payment of compensation to a Curitiba technician who worked for fifteen years in the maintenance of mobile telephone towers and developed a rare type of bone cancer. The transmitters were not switched off during the maintenance.

The companies Nokia Solutions and Networks and Brazil Telecommunications Ltd., formerly Siemens SA, will pay $250,000 in damages plus annually 50% of final salary. The decision can still be appealed.

The technician was hired by the company in August 1986 and conducted testing services, repairs and installations for over 15 years in the signal transmission towers of the company. In 2002, a tumour was found in the worker's right thigh, which was diagnosed as chondrosarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer. He underwent several surgeries, but finally retired due to disability at age 37. Three co-workers have developed the same type of cancer and died aged 28, 39 and 45.

The technician filed a lawsuit against the company at the 15th Curitiba Court claiming that the health problems could have been caused by direct exposure to the electromagnetic fields radiated by mobile phone towers.

In the first instance, the opinion of the judge of was that there was not sufficient evidence to establish a causal link between the type of work and the disease, since cancer can have multiple causes, such as diet and medications, among other factors.

The worker appealed, arguing that the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), an agency of the World Health Organization, classifies exposure to electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans.

In their analysis, the judges of the Seventh Class ruled in favor of the employee, noting that an expert report presented information from the medical literature linking electromagnetic radiation with cellular and genetic phenomena that promote cancer. They also highlighted that the company was guilty of omitting prevention and monitoring of risks, in addition to not have performed exposure control of workers at risk of radiation exposure.

"Taking the facts and evidence together, it is considered that the work activities undertaken by the plaintiff contributed to the development of the disease, satisfying a causal link. We find the defendant (Nokia/Brazil Telecommunications Ltd) guilty for not arranging for the work to be performed without risk to the health of the plaintiff," said the text of the judgment, which ordered the company to pay a lifetime monthly pension plus compensation for damages.

Related news:
Mar 2014, Switzerland: Major Insurance Firm Warns of Losses Due to Health Effects of EMFs
Mar 2013, USA: Insurance ranks Radiofrequency Radiation #1 Emerging Risk
Jul 2011, USA: Next asbestos could be in air
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Source: Tribunal Regional do Trabalho da 9ª Região, Translation. MV, 02 Feb 2015

BREAKING: France passes law to regulate wireless exposure
France Created: 30 Jan 2015
Today the French Parliament passed a law addressing electromagnetic fields and electromagnetic hypersensitivity. While the new law does not go nearly far enough, it is the first of its kind in the world. Among its provisions are the following:

1. Anyone who intends to build one or more radio installations regulated by the ANFR (France's equivalent of the FCC) must submit to the local government, if requested by the mayor, calculations of electromagnetic fields that will be generated. This information must be made available to the public.

2. A national dialogue committee on levels of public exposure to electromagnetic fields is created within the ANFR. This committee will give information to all stakeholders. The ANFR will give annual reports to the dialogue committee on the results of all electromagnetic field measurements in France as well as measures taken to reduce exposure levels at "atypical" locations where the levels are greater than usual. The ANFR will compile a annual census of atypical exposure locations and periodically report on measures taken to reduce exposure at such locations.

3. Within one year from today, the ANFR will produce a municipal-level map of all cell towers in France.

4. Any advertisement for cell phones must mention, clearly and legibly, the recommended use of an accessory device that reduces exposure of the head to radio frequency radiation. Violators are subject to a fine of 75,000 euros.

5. Advertisements promoting the use of cell phones without such accessories are prohibited. Violators are subject to a fine of 75,000 euros.

6. Anyone selling a cell phone must provide, upon request, an accessory designed for children under 14 years of age that reduces exposure of the head to radio frequency radiation.

7. Wireless internet is prohibited in places dedicated to the welcome, rest, and activities of children under 3 years of age.

8. Wireless access for internet in elementary schools must be disabled when not in use for teaching.

9. One year from today, the government shall submit to the Parliament a report on electromagnetic hypersensitivity.
Source: Cellular Phone Task Force, Arthur Firstenberg (via email), 30 Jan 2015

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.

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Source: Radiation Research Trust, Eileen O'Connor, 27 Jan 2015

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