Major US study links cellphone exposure to cancer — at least in rats

first_img By Megan Thielking and Dylan Scott May 27, 2016 Reprints The one time WebMD didn’t tell me it was cancer, it was What you need to know about the new study on cellphones and cancer Spencer Platt/Getty Images “We feel that these findings are potentially of interest to the discussion over the cellphone safety issues,” Bucher said. “We felt it was important to get the word out.”However, “the results from our studies are far from definitive at this point,” he said. For human health, “this may have relevance. This may have no relevance.”advertisement “These data will probably raise the level of suspicion that there might be a problem. I didn’t see them as strong enough to say that there’s really a problem,” said Kenneth Foster, a bioengineering professor at the University of Pennsylvania who has studied radiation and health. “It’s really hard to know just how to interpret these results.”He noted in particular the finding that male rats exposed to radiation lived longer than those not exposed to radiation.Michael Lauer, deputy director of extramural research for the NIH, who provided comment to the NTP on the study, said that because of the small sample size, the study’s findings are suspect. “It is much more likely than not that this is not a true finding,” he said.As recently as Wednesday, the NIH said the study was still under review by unnamed additional experts.“It is important to note that previous human, observational data collected in earlier, large-scale population-based studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk for developing cancer from cellphone use,” the NIH said in a statement.The agency did not immediately respond to a request for comment on the report’s release, which followed a Wednesday report by the website Microwave News that disclosed what the researchers had found.The researchers have more data stockpiled that they haven’t reported. They say the rest of the results from the study will likely trickle out starting in late 2017.Potential firestormThe new study has the potential to start a firestorm. Until now, there have been conflicting results from other research about whether cellphones cause cancer, but the general takeaway from official authorities was that there is no definitive link — as the NIH statement reiterates.Dr. Jonathan Samet, director of the University of Southern California’s Institute for Global Health, said one of the big takeaways is “we really need a more serious research agenda.”“I think the public needs to know if there’s any risk,” he said. “I think this is something that needs to be taken as a need for further research and investigation. … We should not say there is no risk.” HealthMajor US study links cellphone exposure to cancer — at least in rats Related: @meggophone [email protected] The study had some head-scratching findings. For instance, it found that despite developing more tumors, male rats exposed to radiation for about nine hours every day also lived longer than a control group not exposed to radiation. In addition, it was unusual that no cancers occurred in the control group in this study. The incidence of malignant gliomas in male rats exposed to radiation — 2.2 to 3.3 percent — was within the range seen in nonexposed rats in previous studies, the authors said.Still, the authors said that the brain and heart tumors observed in rats exposed to the radiofrequency radiation are similar to malignancies seen in some epidemiological studies of cellphone use. They say their findings “appear to support” the World Health Organization’s classification of cellphones as a possible carcinogen. (That’s the same classification given to coffee and talcum powder.)Elisabeth Cardis, the lead investigator on the study that spurred that classification, said the NTP report provided “really quite novel findings.”“A lot of people felt that the issue was closed; there’s nothing there and you can just move on. The release of these results now … really raises the question about whether, in fact, there is a real effect,” she said.Population implicationsBut other population-level studies in humans have found no increased risk, and the incidence of brain cancer has not risen in recent decades as cellphone use has exploded. Does exercise prevent cancer? Related:center_img Megan Thielking Please enter a valid email address. Newsletters Sign up for Weekend Reads Our top picks for great reads, delivered to your inbox each weekend. Tags cancerradiationWHO A major new study provides evidence of a possible link between cellphone exposure and cancer, at least in rats — findings that are likely to spark a fierce new debate about the 21st century’s most ubiquitous tech gadget.When researchers exposed rats to the radiofrequency radiation emitted by cellphones, they saw higher incidence of two types of cancer: malignant gliomas in the brain and schwannomas in the heart. The increased risk was relatively small, but if the findings translate to humans — still an unknown — it could have a large public health impact, given the widespread use of cellphones worldwide.The highly anticipated, $25 million study was conducted by the US National Toxicology Program. Partial results were released late Thursday, before full results were available, because of intense public interest, according to John Bucher, associate director of the NTP.advertisement Privacy Policy About the Authors Reprints The findings could jeopardize the conventional wisdom at a time when the number of Americans who own a cellphone has exceeded 90 percent in recent years.“None of us expected them to find anything in this study. I’ve been quoted as saying it’s a total waste of money,” said David Carpenter, director of the Institute for Health and the Environment at the University of Albany.The results have been long anticipated. An NIH official told Congress in 2009 that the results would likely be released in 2014, but their release appeared to be prompted only by this week’s leak.“We’ve been waiting a long time for this study, far too long for this study,” said Joel Moskowitz, director and principal investigator at the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California, Berkeley.Still, he added: “The debate will keep going on, I’m sure. This is not going to be the definitive study.”This story has been updated with new details about the study and previous research on cellphones. Related: Leave this field empty if you’re human: News Editorlast_img read more

Retired Cabinet Secretary Hailed by Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Staff

first_imgRetired Cabinet Secretary Hailed by Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Staff UncategorizedJune 4, 2008 RelatedRetired Cabinet Secretary Hailed by Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Staff RelatedRetired Cabinet Secretary Hailed by Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Staff RelatedRetired Cabinet Secretary Hailed by Office of the Prime Minister and Cabinet Staffcenter_img Advertisements FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail Prime Minister Bruce Golding recently led members of staff of the Office of the Prime Minister and the Cabinet Office, in hailing retiring Cabinet Secretary, Dr. Carlton Davis, for the exemplary way in which he served as head of the Civil Service. Dr. Davis retired on May 31st after forty years of service to the public sector.In addressing the informal farewell function which was held at Jamaica House, Mr. Golding, jokingly stated that based on his knowledge and experience, retirement could be hazardous to Dr. Davis’ health and that there were many areas in which his services would still be required.In his response, Dr. Davis said he felt an obligation to give back to the people of Jamaica who paid for his education from primary school to the tertiary level, including his studies abroad. He said the civil service was a rough calling but one which all public servants had a responsibility to live up to. Dr Davis said government workers should give their professional opinion at all times, in service to their country. He thanked everyone who worked with him over the years, especially the time spent as Cabinet Secretary.During his years of service in the public sector, Dr. Davis has served four Prime Ministers including Edward Seaga, P.J. Patterson, Portia Simpson Miller and Bruce Golding. Staff members hailed him for his innovations in the public service particularly the public sector modernization programme. Dr Davis was also recognized for allowing public servants space within which to make their contribution as they develop their maturity and professionalism.last_img read more

SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble Performs Evening Concert November 15

HomeBriefsSMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble Performs Evening Concert November 15 Nov. 11, 2019 at 5:00 amBriefsCollegeEntertainmentEventsNewsSanta Monica CollegeSMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble Performs Evening Concert November 15Guest Author2 years agoconcertjazzSMC Vocal Ensemble The Santa Monica College Music Department will present an evening concert featuring the SMC Jazz Vocal Ensemble. The performance will be held Friday, November 15, at 7:30 p.m. in The Broad Stage at the SMC Performing Arts Center, 1310 11th Street (at Santa Monica Boulevard), Santa Monica.Under the direction of SMC music instructor Andreas Preponis, SMC’s award-winning jazz vocal ensemble — backed by LA-area jazz musicians — blends its voices in a program of jazz repertoire specifically arranged for four-part harmony.Tickets are $10 General Admission; free with student I.D. Free parking on premises. Seating is strictly on a first-arrival basis.More information is available by calling 310-434-4323.Submitted by Grace Smith, SMC Public Information OfficerTags :concertjazzSMC Vocal Ensembleshare on Facebookshare on Twitteradd a commentEarth Talk – Killing the EarthUCLA Health partners with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on health and wellness initiativeYou Might Also LikeFeaturedNewsBobadilla rejects Santa Monica City Manager positionMatthew Hall7 hours agoBriefsLos Angeles Sheriff’s deputy accused of destroying evidence of 2019 assaultAssociated Press11 hours agoBriefsCalifornia State Treasurer Fiona Ma to Speak at Online Santa Monica College Commencement Ceremony June 25Guest Author11 hours agoEntertainmentLifeNoteworthyTales of Two DaughtersCharles Andrews13 hours agoNewsWedding boom is on in the US as vendors scramble to keep upAssociated Press18 hours agoNewsCouncil picks new City ManagerBrennon Dixson18 hours ago read more

Phish Bust Out Instrument-Swapping ‘Walfredo,’ Debut New Tune

first_imgPhish performed their first of three shows at the Bill Graham Civic Auditorium in downtown San Francisco, CA last night. The city has been a bit hectic as of late, as the hometown San Francisco Giants are in the midst of a neck-and-neck World Series against the Kansas City Royals. Despite all of that, Phish delivered an energetic performance.The band opened the show with a bust-out “Walfredo,” a song on which Jon Fishman plays bass, Mike Gordon plays guitar, Trey Anastasio sits on the keys, and Page McConnell plays the drum kit. It’s a testament to their talent as musicians, or to their indelible silliness. The song hadn’t been played since 2010; here’s a video from that performance:The “Walfredo” tune was actually the result of a campaign, organized by phans, to honor a fallen Phish fan named Adam Berger. Phish honored the request, showing the intimate bond between fans and band. The song has only been played seven times.Continuing the set, the group teased a “World Series” spell-out with “Ocelot” in the number two spot of the batting order… err… set list, but quickly veered from that motif by playing “Camel Walk.” They did make a nod to the World Series in the encore, however, by debuting an instrumental rendition of “Take Me Out To The Ballgame.” While the tune is probably best suited for 7th inning stretches, it was nice for the band to acknowledge the city’s athletic efforts.Setlist:Set 1: Walfredo, Ocelot > Camel Walk, Axilla, Rift, 555, Maze, Brian and Robert, Stash, Party Time, 46 DaysSet 2: Sand > Birds of a Feather, Waiting All Night, Ghost > Bug > Seven Below > I Didn’t Know, Chalk Dust Torture, Also Sprach Zarathustra > Slave to the Traffic LightEncore: Take Me Out to the Ballgame[1], Winterqueen, A Day in the Life[1] Phish debut; instrumental.Notes: Walfredo was played for the first time since June 27, 2010 (186 shows). Trey teased Simple in Camel Walk.  Take Me Out to the Ballgame was a Phish debut, and was played as an instrumental.last_img read more

Watch Vulfpeck’s Rockin’ Performance of ‘1612’ From Last Night’s Colbert Show

first_imgOn Friday, November 20th, Vulfpeck played the entire episode of The Late Show With Stephen Colbert. As promised, they recorded a full song to release as a web-only clip. Antwaun Stanley joined the instrumentalists for a fan-favorite bust-out “1612” from their 2014 album Fugue State. If you haven’t heard their most recent album Thrill Of The Arts, we highly recommend you get on it and put it in your back pocket.Vulfpeck will be performing at the Brooklyn Bowl in NYC this upcoming Saturday and Monday. Monday night’s performance will include Lettuce’s Adam Deitch. Tickets sold out very quickly, however, the funketeers recently announced a show at Red Rocks Amphitheatre in Morrison, CO this summer with The Motet and Medeski Martin & Wood. Find out more here.last_img read more

Legal aid giant absorbs another firm after partner quits to join judiciary

first_imgThe principal of a Coventry firm which has merged with one of the country’s largest legal aid providers says he did not want to shoulder the full regulatory burden of running a practice after his partner left to become a district judge.Hot on the heels of merging with Enfield-based Kent Solicitors, national firm Tuckers announced this week that it is merging with Murray Brankin.Karl Brankin, principal at Murray Brankin and now a Tuckers partner, said: ‘On the news that my partner, David Murray, was leaving to take up a judicial post – the prospect of carrying the full burden of regulatory and compliance responsibilities with the Legal Aid Agency and Solicitors Regulation Authority whilst acting as both COFA and COLP was not particularly attractive. This merger will enable me to concentrate on criminal defence work as my priority.’  Karl BrankinMurray was appointed a district judge last month and started his judicial post at Walsall Magistrates’ Court on Monday.Adam Makepeace, Tuckers practice director, said: ‘Following our recent merger with Kent Solicitors in London, we are pleased to be able to continue with our plans to join with other like-minded criminal defence firms to try and battle through the multitude of problems that criminal defence firms face – in terms of managing to survive in the face of stagnant legal aid rates, falling case volumes, the farce of cases currently “released under investigation” and the need for efficiencies through digitalisation.’ Tuckers is currently talking to other firms and ‘whilst it envisages taking a few months to ensure the proper integration of Kent Solicitors and Murray Brankin, it is hopeful that there will be further merger activity during the course of this year’.last_img read more

Officers urged to incorporate modern technology in policing

first_img Tweet Share Share LocalNews Officers urged to incorporate modern technology in policing by: – December 13, 2013 13 Views   no discussionscenter_img Sharing is caring! Share Barbadian, Gerald PhillipPolice officers in the Caribbean region must employ greater technological skills in the execution of their duties, facilitator of a four day syllabus orientation workshop for seventeen (17) law enforcement officers in Dominica has said. Barbadian, Gerald Phillip told the closing ceremony of the Regional Security System Police Recruit Syllabus orientation workshop number 3 of 2013, on Friday December 13, 2013, that the use of technology is crucial as criminals are well equipped with it.“Technology not just in delivery but in practice and policing in the region must assume greater technology and ICT must break some of those frontiers”.Eleven (11) Dominican police officers and six officers from the Royal St Lucia Police Force participated in the workshop. Phillip noted that it is “challenging to the deliver a syllabus” that does not have a “strong information technology component whilst the criminal forces out there have it at their disposal”. Eleven (11) Dominican police officers and six officers from the Royal St Lucia Police Force participated in the workshopHe stated that the delivery of police officers both at the RSS and individual police force levels are improved “to ensure that the academics deliver the type of training for the 21st century for a change in terms of the way we do policing”. He said it is time that the criticisms pertaining to the way police officers undertake their duty be a thing of the past. “We want to improve, not just the way we deliver instruction to our recruits but also to encourage them to think critically on their feet to address problems, analyze them and come up with solutions”.Throughout the region, he said, “there is a need to improve our delivery”. Phillip also pointed out that there is need for change in curriculum and standardization for police officers. Director of training and Assistant Commissioner of police at the RSS, Dominican Yvonne“The entire training process must be looked at again divorcing it from tradition and the weight that hold down tradition and encouraging the proliferation and indeed the compulsory delivery of technology,” he noted. Meanwhile, director of training and assistant commissioner of police at the RSS Dominican Yvonne Alexander said the police forces in the region cannot continue to utilize outdated technology and methodologies in their approach to training law enforcement personnel. “The Regional Security Systems continues to adapt to meet the ever changing needs of our member states, hence the establishment of the RSS with a mandate to build the capacity of our law enforcement personnel through the delivery of standardized high quality training”. She said in an effort the meet the needs of the member states, RSS has now transcended to provide other capacity training, one of the initiatives being the development of a syllabus for training of supervisors. “We have also moved into proving crime scene first responders training. All these training efforts are with a view to building the capacity of our security forces personnel, thus ensuring our ability to affect the issues of crime and security with greater levels of efficiency and effectiveness,” Alexander said.[nggallery id = 431]Dominica Vibes Newslast_img read more

Yuvraj Singh announces retirement

first_imgMUMBAI,  (Reuters) – Yuvraj Singh, India’s middle-over batting lynchpin in two World Cup triumphs, retired from international cricket with immediate effect today  although he will look to play on in Twenty20 leagues around the world. The 37-year-old all-rounder, accompanied by his wife and mother, told reporters of his decision at a city hotel close to the Wankhede Stadium where India lifted their last 50-overs World Cup title in 2011.“After almost 17 years of international cricket on and off, I have decided to move on,” he said after being reduced to tears by a video of the highlights of his career.“Cricket has given me everything and that’s the reason why I am standing here today. It’s been a love-hate relationship with the sport in retrospect.”Yuvraj Singh Yuvraj, who played the last of his 304 one-day internationals two years ago, was a key cog in India’s World Twenty20 triumph in 2007 and was player-of-the-tournament at the World Cup four years later.In his heyday, Yuvraj was one of the cleanest strikers of the ball in the game — as England’s Stuart Broad discovered when he was bludgeoned for six sixes in one over during the 2007 World Twenty20.That was one of the highlights of his career, Yuvraj said, along with scoring his first test century against Pakistan at Lahore in 2004 and the 2011 World Cup triumph. His lowest point, he added, came in the World Twenty20 final of 2014 when he scored 11 runs off 21 balls and was widely blamed for India’s six-wicket loss to Sri Lanka in Dhaka.Yuvraj revealed that his first love had been roller-skating and he only reluctantly played cricket because his father, one-test bowler Yograj Singh, would not let him take up any other sport.“FUN CRICKET” Part of the victorious Mumbai Indians squad in the recently completed Indian Premier League, Yuvraj played in only four matches during the 2019 campaign.That would be his last foray in the IPL, he confirmed, but he would seek release from the Indian board to play in other, lower profile, Twenty20 leagues.“At this age I can manage some kind of fun cricket,” he added. “I am going to go and enjoy my life, it has been too stressful just thinking about my international career, performing in big tournaments like IPL.“Hopefully I can just enjoy myself. Obviously with the BCCI’s permission I would love to go and play this year. Next year I don’t know.”Yuvraj made an emotional return to the game in 2012 after a lengthy fight with a rare germ cell cancer in his lungs and played the last of his 40 tests that same year.He scored 1,900 runs in the longest format of the game after making his debut against New Zealand in 2003 with three hundreds — all against Pakistan — and 11 half-centuries.last_img read more

Caslick Keen To Learn From The Best

first_imgAnd later this week she will run out in the green and gold uniform of the Australian Women’s Open team when they battle it out against New Zealand in the 2012 Trans Tasman Test Series in Mudgee, New South Wales. The Brisbane school student, who turned 17 last month, becomes one of the youngest players to ever represent Australia at an Open’s level, while teammate Ashleigh Quinlan, who turned 17 late last year, also joins her in the team. While Caslick didn’t expect to be making the team so early in her career, she is looking forward to making her mark on the series when it starts on Thursday. “I was sort of a bit shocked but yeah I’m really excited, I can’t wait,” Caslick said. Caslick started playing Touch Football as an 11-year-old, and it didn’t take long for her to impress on the field, making her first Queensland team that year. While it’s been a big 12 months for the 17-year-old, which included helping her side, the Brisbane City Cobras win the 2012 National Touch League Women’s Open title, she is keen to use this week’s experience to learn as much as she can from some of her Touch Football idols, and she says she has already learnt plenty along the way.   “I’d already played with Woodsy (Kelly Woods) and Chez (Emilee Cherry) before but playing with Peta (Rogerson) and Louise Winchester and KJ (Kristy Judd), they just taught me so much and they were so encouraging, just learning from all of them, they all have little things that help so much.”“I think I’m just going to learn so much from the older girls and that’s what I’m looking forward to the most, I think it will be fun in general,” she said. Caslick credits Australian Women’s Open coach, Peter Bell as one of the biggest influences on her Touch Football career to date and says that having him as her coach at the highest level is making her feel more comfortable in the lead up to the series. Representing Australia at the Open’s level at such a young age doesn’t seem to faze Caslick, who after representing the Australian 18’s Girls team last year made it her next goal to make the Women’s Open team. “I haven’t really thought about how young I actually am, I’m honoured to have had so much help… everyone has helped me so much.”Stay tuned to the website to meet the team’s other 17-year-old, Ashleigh Quinlan, in the coming days. There are plenty of ways to keep in touch with the 2012 Trans Tasman Series, which will be held at Mudgee’s Glen Willow Regional Sporting Complex from Thursday, 26 April to Saturday, 28 April 2012, including in the following ways:Websites:www.austouch.com.auwww.transtasman.mytouchfooty.com Facebook – www.facebook.com/touchfootballaustraliaTwitter – www.twitter.com/touchfootyaus (be sure to use the hashtag #transtasman2012 in your tweets)YouTube – www.youtube.com/touchfootballauslast_img read more

a month agoLopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadership

first_imgAbout the authorCarlos VolcanoShare the loveHave your say Lopetegui urges Sevilla fans be calm over table leadershipby Carlos Volcanoa month agoSend to a friendShare the loveJulen Lopetegui urged Sevilla fans to stay calm as they sit top of the table.Sevilla lead the LaLiga Santander after a 1-0 win away at Alaves on Sunday.”Being top does not tell me anything because there’s such a long way to go,” Lopetegui said”The only thing it tells me is that the team is doing well, that we are getting stronger as a team and now we are heading into Europe.” A first-half goal from Joan Jordan was enough to give Sevilla their third win out of four matches and Lopetegui was pleased with his side’s display.”We played a good game and a very good first half against a difficult opponent who make things very challenging.”The team did very well with the aspects we had worked on.”In the second half, it was tougher. They played more direct and perhaps we needed to interpret the situation and not back down. It was a deserved and fair victory,” he added. last_img read more