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Monday, 15 November 2010 10:27

Once again cellphones damage brains

Written by Nedim Hadzic
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Let’s review – at one point scientists’ wives made them stop playing with their cellphones so they declared them to be damaging brains. The “official” news flew across the globe; nobody cared. Then, just like it was announced, they were again harmless. Then there were some independent studies showing they kind of did, when they really didn’t, as we will have found out later. Now however, it seems they most certainly do although chances are nobody will care, just like the first time.

The latest studies and, surprisingly enough, cellphone instruction manuals, once again say that cellphones might damage your brain. In fact, Blackberry creator RIM advises you to keep a distance  of about one inch, whereas Apple says no less than 5/8 inches, most probably because sucking your brains out has to include some proximity, otherwise iPad sales crash.

Apparently, brain-related cancer cases have not increased since the cellphones have arrived, yet a strange occurrence captured the scientists’ attention. Namely, 20-to-29 age group has seen an increase in the number of brain cancers whereas it dropped in the older population.

University of Washington’s Henry Lai has a hefty database related to radiation and damaged brain DNA and he pointed out an interesting thing – only 28% studies with cellphone industry funding show that there is some effect on the brain, whereas the same is found in 67% of independently funded studies.

Of course, this doesn’t mean we can just say that the industry, or most industries are corrupt, because that would be rude. We do however stand in awe of the in the big picture - species that is willing to pay much attention to what are only minute risks, while ignoring actual risks like wars, famine and ourselves. 

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+13 #1 Warhead 2010-11-15 12:22
"cellphones might damage your brain"

They keep changing they minds about everything all the time.

I grew up with the idea that too many eggs would give your high levels of cholesterol just to read in the men's health magazine the other day that it is actually good for you.

My advice: Do whatever makes you happy in life and forget about "researches"..They are only usefull if the data has "fps" in the end! :D
 
 
+5 #2 sidje 2010-11-15 12:38
Quoting Warhead:
My advice: Do whatever makes you happy in life and forget about "researches"..They are only usefull if the data has "fps" in the end! :D


LOL. Right on man :)
 
 
0 #3 AndromedaB 2010-11-15 14:33
they obvious havent read the memo... teens rarely put their phones up to their head...
i mean wtf is a phone call?

i call bs on this, i think these "researchers" should be reminded correlation does not always equal causation
 
 
+1 #4 sidje 2010-11-15 14:41
Quoting AndromedaB:
they obvious havent read the memo... teens rarely put their phones up to their head... who even calls anymore

i call bs on this, i think these "researchers" should be reminded correlation does not always equal causation


Yes, but how do you then scare the bejesus out of people and then make them "be all they can be".....you'd never make a good dictator :D
 
 
0 #5 yasin 2010-11-15 19:40
if you are worried about brain damage, just use a wired headset or handsfree.i don't really believe in this though.of course, if i mutate, i might change my viewpoint on this :o
 
 
+1 #6 NickThePrick 2010-11-16 07:57
So thats where the Feral Ghouls came from :o
 
 
0 #7 valhar2000 2010-11-16 16:30
Quoting AndromedaB:
i call bs on this, i think these "researchers" should be reminded correlation does not always equal causation


Exactly what I was thinking! We must also take into account the distinct possibility that the researchers said something sensible and some idiot journalist decided "spice it up": it happens all the time. Links to the published paper, if available, would be nice.
 

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