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New study requires caution from the outset
Ireland Created: 22 May 2014
New study requires caution from the outset
The following requires discernment. It is important to note that scientific enquiry is often subject to outside influence. This relates specifically to who pays for a study. The following information includes false opinions from the outset. This is further underlined by the funding partnership between a government department and industry.
Investigation into dangers of mobile phones for children
http://www.express.co.uk/news/uk/476951/Investigation-into-dangers-of-mobile-phones-for-children
Thousands of London teenagers recruited to study how mobile phones affect their brains
http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/health-and-families/health-news/thousands-of-london-teenagers-recruited-to-study-how-mobile-phones-affect-their-brains-9398597.html
Researchers to study whether mobile phones affect teenage brains
http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/05/19/health-mobilephone-idINL6N0O52Q420140519
The project is led by Dr. Mireille Toledano and according to Sky News “The project is being funded by the Department of Health, partly using money from the mobile phone industry, and is being led by researchers from Imperial College London.”
Quoted on Digital Healthcare Innovation, the following is how Dr. Toledano characterised the study: Dr Mireille Toledano, Principal Investigator of the study, from the MRC-PHE Centre for Environment and Health at Imperial College London, explains: “This advice to parents is based on the precautionary principle, given in the absence of available evidence and not because we have evidence of any harmful effects. As mobile phones are a new and widespread technology central to our lives, carrying out the SCAMP study is important in order to provide the evidence base with which to inform policy and through which parents and their children can make informed life choices”.
http://www.theinformationdaily.com/2014/05/20/do-wireless-technologies-affect-childrens-cognitive-development
The Toledano study raises three issues:
1) there is a history of professional bullying at the Imperial College of faculty critical of the wireless industry;
2) there is ample evidence of harm (as explained by Prof. Johansson, et al.); and
3) Imperial College, as many other research universities, has a Technology Transfer Office (TTO). These are frequently used by industry as a form of science-on-demand where industry requires answers and research and is willing to pay.

Further, as Dariusz Leszczynski points out in his recent piece, MMF, NHS UK and Cancer Research are living in a 'twilight zone',
“...three studies, European Interphone, Swedish Hardell and French CERENAT, all show that the avid use of cell phone might be associated with the increased risk of brain cancer. They do not prove causality, because they are epidemiological studies. However, all three studies point in the same direction. This warning should not be disregarded because of the spin from the industry ‘experts,’ protecting their own business.”
ttp://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2014/05/16/mmf-nhs-uk-and-cancer-research-uk-are-living-in-a-twilight-zone/

Thus as an epidemiologist, Dr. Toledano is not expected to prove causality.
John Weigel
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Source: John Weigel/Agnes Ingvarsdottir

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