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New Italian research shows plants are also “Psychosomatic”
Italy Created: 26 May 2006
Non-thermal microwave radiations affect the hypersensitive response of tobacco to tobacco mosaic virus.
Betti L, Trebbi G, Lazzarato L, Brizzi M, Calzoni GL, Marinelli F, Nani D, Borghini F.
Department of Agro-Environmental Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Bologna University, Italy.

OBJECTIVES:
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of nonthermal extremely high-frequency microwave radiations in a plant-based bioassay, represented by tobacco plants reacting to tobacco mosaic virus with a hypersensitive response leading to the appearance of necrotic lesions at the infection sites.
DESIGN: This study was performed blind and different experimental protocols on tobacco plants inoculated with tobacco mosaic virus were used. BIO-OBJECTS: Tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum L. cultivar Samsun) carrying the resistance gene N against tobacco mosaic virus. INTERVENTIONS: Tobacco plants or leaf disks were either directly or indirectly (water-mediated) irradiated using a medical device, designed for microwave resonance therapy. It produces nonthermal weak-intensity extremely high-frequency radiations, either modulated at extremely low frequency or in continuous flux of waves, coupled with a nonthermal red/near-infrared radiation. Outcome measurements: The working variable was the number of hypersensitive lesions per leaf disk. RESULTS: Both direct and indirect nonthermal microwave radiations led to significant effects on the hypersensitive response of tobacco plants: modulated radiations generally induced a resistance increase, whereas a continuous flux of waves induced a resistance decrease with direct treatments only. CONCLUSIONS: Nonthermal microwave radiations are effective on the hypersensitive response of tobacco to tobacco mosaic virus and their low-frequency modulation seems to be more bioactive than the continuous-flux of waves, particularly in the indirect water-mediated treatments.

PMID: 15673988 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]

Italy probes porn on 3 Italia mobile network
Italy Created: 5 May 2006
ROME (Reuters) - Italy's communications ministry said on Thursday it was making checks into pornography available on Hutchison Whampoa's 3 Italia mobile telephone network after a TV report said the X-rated images could be downloaded by children.
The ministry also invited the Italian judiciary to regulate the sector more closely, a move likely to raise concern in the fast-growing, multi-million euro industry.
"The ministry has decided to examine the services offered by the telephone company 3 Italia ... with particular attention to the use of video content over mobile phones," the communications ministry said in a statement.
3 Italia, controlled by Hong Kong giant Hutchison Whampoa, said in a separate statement it had suspended the adult content service as it waited for clarification about the charges made in the report shown on state TV last Sunday.
It has previously denied the accusations broadcast on RAI 3's "Report" program that the pornography available on the 3 Italia network was not properly secure because the code needed to view it was easily accessible to children.
"The company (3 Italia) reserves the right to any action in order to defend its interests and its reputation," 3 Italia added in Thursday's statement.
It said it had requested an immediate meeting with the communications ministry.
Consumers spend tens of millions of dollars a year on mobile phone-based adult content in Europe and analysts expect it will generate about $2 billion in global revenue by 2009.
The availability of both soft and hard core pornography on mobile phones has already sparked a backlash with some European consumer groups calling for tighter controls. One English newspaper dubbed mobile phone giant Vodafone, "Vodafilth", because of its porn distribution.
The Italian communications ministry said its probe was particularly focused on "hard core pornography" that could be accessed by minors over mobile phones. It added the judiciary needed to "closely watch" adult content available on mobile phones, as well as the now more traditional areas of the Internet and satellite TV. 3 Italia said it was convinced it was among the best operators in protecting children from adult content distributed by third parties on mobile phone networks.
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Source: Reuters, Rachel Sanderson & Antonella Ciancio, 05 May 2006

IL 75% ITALIANI DORME MENO DI 6 ORE,
Italy Created: 6 Mar 2006
Italian & English:

IL 75% ITALIANI DORME MENO DI 6 ORE,
28% FATICA A PRENDERE SONNOPeccato che non ci sia il minimo accenno all'esposizione elettromagnetica in cui versa l'intera popolazione italiana
e non solo.
Vittima inconsapevole di esposizioni a impianti radiotrasmittenti di radio, televisioni, telefonini , questi portati addirittura a letto e con il cordless quasi in
ogni famiglia, la popolazione ormai versa in uno stato di tale stress neurologico che nel sonno manifesta tutti i disagi che proietta durante il giorno: lo squilibrio psico fisico inevitabilmente ha consegnato alla cronaca quotidiana violenza di ogni genere, dai delitti di famiglia ai suicidi in ogni strato sociale,
tra medici e poliziotti, tra giovani e meno giovani, è il segnale della stato di agitazione permanente che per una lite anche banale porta a delitti con tale regolarità poiché manca quella capacità di autocontrollo.
Ripercussioni ovviamente anche sul lavoro, la qualità ne soffre, con gente ansiosa o che sonnecchia sul posto di lavoro non giova certamente all'economia in generale i cui contraccolpi li abbiamo notati già da tempo.
Insisto nel lanciare accuse nell'epidemia elettromagnetica, così come tanti medici tedeschi spesso lanciano appelli ai governanti, proprio perché hanno riscontrato reversibilità di manifestazioni neurologiche quando i loro pazienti si sono allontanati da zone elettrocontaminate.
Altro che allungamento dell'età, aumento di peso corporeo, alcool, cattiva alimentazione: questa è solo disinformazione.
Antonio Gagliardi-Elettrosmog Volturino.

Sent: Sunday, February 26, 2006 5:31 PM
Subject: Ansa: il 75% Italiani dorme - di 6 ore ( 2626).
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IL 75% ITALIANI DORME MENO DI 6 ORE, 28% FATICA A PRENDERE SONNO
ROMA - Per un italiano su tre dormire diventa sempre piu' difficile, e la notte si trasforma in un incubo. Secondo una indagine condotta da Salute Naturale su 1000 italiani di eta' compresa fra i 25 e i 65 anni, gli insonni sono sempre di piu': il 34% impiega piu' di 20 minuti per addormentarsi, il 24% si sveglia di continuo nel cuore della notte, e per ritornare tra le braccia di Morfeo si prova di tutto; cosi' il 75% degli italiani dorme ormai meno di 6 ore a notte.
Si parte dagli insonni cronici: il 12% sotto i 39 anni, il 17% fra i 40 e i 54 e addirittura il 22% sopra i 55 anni. Il disturbo notturno in assoluto piu' frequente e' quello della difficolta' a prendere sonno che colpisce in maniera pesante il 28% degli italiani di tutte le eta'. In media, un italiano su tre (34%) impiega piu' di 20 minuti ad addormentarsi; l|8% regolarmente piu' di mezz'ora.
Per addormentarsi, spiega l'indagine, si prova di tutto e di piu': cresce il ricorso a erbe e tisane rilassanti (59%) o si fa zapping col telecomando (52%); si prova con i sonniferi (46%) o si cerca di leggere un libro (41%); ci si fa un bagno caldo (34%) o si mettono i tappi alle orecchie se i rumori dalla strada non accennano a diminuire (25%).
Ma una volta addormentati la battaglia non e' finita: un italiano su quattro (24%) si sveglia di continuo nel cuore della notte e il 19% alle prime luci dell|alba cede e decide di alzarsi e mettere su il caffe'.
''Il vero grande problema non soltanto l'insonnia cronica, quanto l'addormentamento e la difficolta' a mantenere il sonno - commenta Marco Zucconi, neurologo del Centro Medicina del Sonno dell'Ospedale San Raffaele di Milano - i risvegli notturni stanno diventando la norma, come del resto la tendenza a dormire sempre di meno. In generale le cause vanno anche ricercate nell'allungamento dell'eta', ma anche alla cattiva alimentazione e al conseguente aumento diffuso del peso corporeo, nonché all'incremento del consumo di alcol''.
In conclusione a dormire le classiche otto ore filate oggi e' meno di un italiano su dieci (8%), mentre il 75% degli italiani dorme ormai meno di 6 ore.

English:
ANSA.it -
Sunday, February 26, 2006 5:31 PM
Subject: 75% Italians sleep - of 6 hours (2626).
News - In Association of Bologna 75% ITALIANS SLEEP LESS THAN 6 HOURS, 28% HARD WORK TO start SLEEPING - For one Italian out of three sleeping becomes more difficult, and the night is transformed into an incubus. According to a survey lead by Natural Health on 1.000 Italians of eta' aged between 25 and 65 years old : 34% need more than 20 minutes to sleep, 24% stay awake continually in the middle of the night, and in order to return between the arms of Morfeo test of all; thus 75% of the Italians sleep by now less than 6 hours per night.
12% are under 39, 17% between 40 and 54 and quite 22% over the 55 years. The nocturnal disturbance in frequent absolute more than one of the difficulties to take sleep that hits in heavy way 28% of the Italians of all the eta'.
In average, one Italian on three (34%) needs more than 20 minutes to sleep ; l,8% regularly more than half an hour.
To sleep, the survey reveals they use : relaxant resources (59%) or zapping with remote control (52%); sleeping pills (46%) or read a book (41%); a warm bath (34% is made us) or plugs in the ears if the noises from the road do not point out to diminish (25%).
But once asleep the battle is not finished : one Italian on four (24%) stays awake continually in the middle of the night and 19% early in the morning and decides to go out of bed and start a coffee.
The great problem is not only the chronic insomnia, how they start sleeping and the difficulty to stay asleep - Mark Zucconi comments, neurologist of the Center Medicine of the Sleep of the Saint Hospital Raffaele of Milan - the nocturnal awakenings are becoming the norm, like of the rest the tendency to sleep less always. In a generalized manner the causes go also searched in the lengthening of the eta ', but also to the bad feeding and the consequent diffuse increase of the corporeo weight, let alone to the increment of the alcohol consumption.
In conclusion to today sleep classic the eight hours ten (8% spun e' less than an Italian on), while 75% of the Italians sleep by now less than 6 hours. (c)
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Source: laetitia Phillipot

"INQUINAMENTO ELETTROMAGNETICO-SPADANUDA CONSULENTE NEL FOGGIANO"
Italy Created: 13 Feb 2006
In data di oggi 12 febbraio 2006,sul più diffuso quotidiano del Sud-"GAZZETTA del SUD",è apparsa,in "CRONACA di CATANZARO" la seguente
notizia: "INQUINAMENTO ELETTROMAGNETICO-SPADANUDA CONSULENTE NEL
FOGGIANO"-Il catanzarese prof. ing. Giancarlo Spadanuda,consulente della Magistratura per l'elettrosmog,è stato nominato esperto tecnico-scientifico del Comune di VOLTURINO(Foggia).Sulla collina soprastante la località pugliese,infatti,sono presenti circa 150 antenne di tramissione(telefonia,radio-TV,ecc…) altamente inquinanti,che la rendono la più gravosa d'Europa,dal punto di vista biologico e sanitario. Insieme al prof. Angelo LEVIS,ordinario di mutagenesi ambientale all'Università di Padova,l'ing. Spadanuda dovrà cercare di rendere meno "pericolosa" la vita degli abitanti mediante la delocalizzazione degli impianti".
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Big Brother is listening: "Lawful interception" is big business
Italy Created: 13 Feb 2006
3GSM: Lawful interception firm SS8 Networks is using the 3GSM show to set out its stall in Europe.
The firm, which makes middleware that helps service providers manage the collection of data from wiretaps across multiple voice and data connections, also announced a resale agreement with Pen-Link, a firm whose software allows law enforcement agencies to make sense out of the data SS8 collects. SS8 Networks' Xcipio products allow carriers to meet regulatory requirements for supporting law enforcement agencies. Wiretapping is much in the news, particularly in the US, with controversy over the Bush administration’s practice of authorising wiretops without warrants as part of its counter-terrorism efforts. The investigation of other forms of criminal activity also involve wiretapping.

SS8 chief executive Dennis Haar explained that monitored communication involves not only regular calls, but push to talk communications, multimedia messaging and wireless email. It’s this diversity of communication protocols across different network types – rather than the war on terror – that’s driving the growth in SS8’s lawful interception business.

"Network complexity is driving our business," Haar said. "Wiretapping involves more than just putting a couple of clips across a line. It’s very software intensive. The technology can do a lot and you won’t hear clicks on the line.”

Read the entire article at The Register:
http://www.theregister.co.uk/2006/02/13/ss8_expansion_3gsm/
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Source: The Register, John Leyden at 3GSM conference, Barcelona. 13 feb. 2006

Adult and Childhood Leukemia near a High-Power Radio Station in Rome
Italy Created: 2 Feb 2006
Adult and Childhood Leukemia near a High-Power Radio Station in Rome, Italy
(19/1/06)
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Electromagnetic Contamination. The risks of mobile telephones and antennas
Italy Created: 16 Jan 2006
Electromagnetic Contamination.
The risks of mobile telephones and antennas

Swiss and Italy have approved laws against the electromagnetic contamination, protecting the health of those who reside near basestations, pylons of
TV and mobile telephon antenna, and established fines for the proprietors of facilities that surpass the allowed radiation. Switzerland and Italy have
approved laws against the electromagnetic contamination, protecting the health of those who reside near base stations, pylons of TV and antenna of
mobile telephony, and establishing fines for the proprietors of facilities that surpass the allowed radiation. The norm provides a clear and pragmatic
frame: measures and precautions that maintain the exposure as low as is technical and economically possible, before the scientific announcement of which
the "chronic exposure at low levels can be detrimental". The Swiss limit is 100 times stricter than recommended by the International Commission for
the Protection against Non-Ionising Radiation (ICNIRP) and 150 times lower than proposed by the National Institute of Norm of the United States and
the Institute of Electrical Engineers and Electro'nicos (ANSI/IEEE). Other countries with strict norms are China, Russia, pioneering in the
fight against this environmental threat. Although sufficient evidence has not been produced of harm, it has not been confirmed that nonionizing radiation is
safe, the effects confirmed in the last decade are sufficient to guarantee the establishment of measures precautions.
Epilogical studies demonstrate that the continuous exposure to this type of contamination increases the risk of cancer and the degeneration
of the immunological system, melatonin production and calcium in the organism. A report from the Institute of Sciences of Health and Medioambientales (NIEHS)
of the United States, indicated that the electromagnetic fields are a "possible carcinogen". Many scientists have noticed for decades that the power
generated by mobile telephon antennas promote high tension and have produced health risks, if the population have had long term exposure.
Specialists have made recommendations on the exposure to the energy in radio frequencies. The radiation of the mobile telephon antennas contributes to the existing total radiation, but of marginal form.
The greater amount is generated by sources like the TV, radio, systems search, emergency services, household-electrics and wireless computer networks.
The contribution of the mobile telephon antennas would only add 3 percent, but their number is increasing. Recent scientific studies suggest cellular towers or base stations could generate "biochemical, physiological changes in behavior".
the electromagnetic radiation increases the cell proliferation, specially in some tumorlike cell lines, which can contribute to increase the development of tumors.
Also it can have indirect effects, like altering the operation of marcapasos, altering the cell permeability, to increase the cell proliferation like in prostate cancer , etc ", says the scientist Andrei Tchernitchin. Later information since year 2000, note "effects in the behavior, patterns of dream, physiology and/or sensation of 'bienestar' of the people".
In the year 2003, the scientists Borbély and Huber indicated that "the exposure to the signal of mobile telephony could cause slight changes in the patterns of dream and the electrocardiogram during the dream". Academics Kramarenko and Tan, the same year, informed about "changes in the cerebral function (EEG)" attributed to the use of cell phones. In Haarala, an investigation in 2000, demonstrated "effects in the memory in the short term". Then in 2004, Maier investigator demonstrated that "the exposure of volunteers to radio frequencies generated by mobile telephones harmed their behavior in tests of cognitiva function". www.ecoportal.net
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Source: By Arnaldo Perez

Nonthermal microwave radiations affect the hypersensitive response of tobacco to tobacco mosaic virus.
Italy Created: 27 Nov 2005
Nonthermal microwave radiations affect the hypersensitive response of tobacco to tobacco mosaic virus.

OBJECTIVES:
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of nonthermal extremely high-frequency microwave radiations in a plant-based bioassay,
represented by tobacco plants reacting to tobacco mosaic virus with a hypersensitive response leading to the appearance of necrotic lesions at the infection sites.

DESIGN:
This study was performed blind and different experimental protocols on tobacco plants inoculated with tobacco mosaic virus were used.

BIO-OBJECTS:
Tobacco plants (Nicotiana tabacum L. cultivar Samsun) carrying the resistance gene N against tobacco mosaic virus. INTERVENTIONS:
Tobacco plants or leaf disks were either directly or indirectly (water-mediated) irradiated using a medical device, designed for microwave resonance therapy.
It produces nonthermal weak-intensity extremely high-frequency radiations, either modulated at extremely low frequency or in continuous flux of waves,
coupled with a nonthermal red/near-infrared radiation. Outcome measurements: The working variable was the number of hypersensitive lesions per leaf disk.

RESULTS:
Both direct and indirect nonthermal microwave radiations led to significant effects on the hypersensitive response of tobacco plants: modulated
radiations generally induced a resistance increase, whereas a continuous flux of waves induced a resistance decrease with direct treatments only.

CONCLUSIONS:
Nonthermal microwave radiations are effective on the hypersensitive response of tobacco to tobacco mosaic virus and their low-frequency
modulation seems to be more bioactive than the continuous-flux of waves, particularly in the indirect water-mediated treatments.

Betti L, Trebbi G, Lazzarato L, Brizzi M, Calzoni GL, Marinelli F, Nani D, Borghini F.
Department of Agro-Environmental Science and Technology, Faculty of Agriculture, Bologna University, Italy.
PMID: 15673988 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]
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Source: Betti L, Trebbi G, Lazzarato L, Brizzi M, Calzoni GL, Marinelli F, Nani D, Borghini F.

New Italian study shows bird breeding affected by cellphone masts
Italy Created: 19 Oct 2005
New Italian study shows bird breeding affected by cellphone masts

A new Italian study of white stork breeding habits has
found that stork nests nearest Cellphone masts have significantly lower fledgling numbers. The white stork habitually builds nests in urban areas on chimneys and roof tops, where the full impact of cellphone radiations is most likely, and thus provides a useful model for investigating whether cellphones can affect their breeding. Six previous studies (known collectively as the Henhouse Project) have shown that exposure to magnetic fields can adversely affect chick embryos leading to abnormalities in the neural tube. Other researchers have reported adverse effects on kestrels as well as on fishes and small mammals, and the magnetic sensitivity of birds is also well known, but the impact of EMFs on the avian world is largely unresearched. Present received opinion is that declining bird species populations are the result of chemical pesticides. However the resonant frequencies of some birds are similar to those used for cellphone transmissions.
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Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness
Italy Created: 28 Aug 2005
Study: Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness

Abstract: Resting electroencephalogram of 20 healthy subjects in order to investigate the effect of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure on EEG
waking activity and its temporal development was recorded. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups and exposed, in double-blind conditions, to a typical mobile phone signal (902.40 MHz, modulated at 217 Hz, with an average power of 0.25 W) before or during the EEG recording session. The results show that, under real exposure as compared to baseline and sham conditions, EEG spectral power was influenced in some bins
of the alpha band. This effect was greater when the EMF was on during the EEG recording session than before it. The present data lend further support to the idea that pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields can affect normal brain functioning, also if no conclusions can be drawn about the possible health effects.

Bibliographic Information: Curcio G, Ferrara M, Moroni F, D'Inzeo G, Bertini M, De Gennaro L, Neurosci Res. 2005 Aug 12; [Epub ahead of print]

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/


From FGF-Infoline, 25.08.2005


Is the brain influenced by a phone call? An EEG study of resting wakefulness.

Curcio G, Ferrara M, Moroni F, D'Inzeo G, Bertini M, De Gennaro L.

Department of Psychology, "La Sapienza" University of Rome, Via dei Marsi 78, I-00185 Rome, Italy.

We recorded the resting electroencephalogram of 20 healthy subjects in order to investigate the effect of electromagnetic field (EMF) exposure on
EEG waking activity and its temporal development. The subjects were randomly assigned to two groups and exposed, in double-blind conditions, to a typical mobile phone signal (902.40MHz, modulated at 217Hz, with an average power of 0.25W) before or during the EEG recording session.
The results show that, under real exposure as compared to baseline and sham conditions, EEG spectral power was influenced in some bins of the
alpha band. This effect was greater when the EMF was on during the EEG recording session than before it. The present data lend further support to
the idea that pulsed high-frequency electromagnetic fields can affect normal brain functioning, also if no conclusions can be drawn about the possible health effects.

PMID: 16102863 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
http://omega.twoday.net/stories/931090/

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Source: Starmail - am Samstag, 27. August 2005, 22:13 - Rubrik: Wissenschaft zu Mobilfunk

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