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EMF Studies

06 December 2016

Poland: Protection of Population from Mobile Tower Radiation

Dariuz Leszczynski will deliver an opening presentation on  "Cell Phone Radiation, Health Hazard and Precaution" at the EMF conference in Warsaw, Poland on 15 December 2016.   We are posting his June article on the Polish government's act to protect the population from the radiation emitted by mobile base stations. 

Here is what he has written about the conference:
"As part of the process, science on EMF and health is being evaluated and a conference was organized by the National Institute of Telecommunications on “Medical, Biological, Technical and Legal Aspects of Electromagnetic Field Influence on Environment” (warsaw-conference-on-emf). Speakers from Poland, Finland and Japan will be presenting the latest research and opinions about EMF technology and health."

Conference will take place on December 15, 2016 at the Hotel Mercure Warszawa Grand, Warszawa, 28 Krucza Street.

Slides of the  presentation, as well as brief report from the conference will be available after the meeting on his blog.

Ref:  https://betweenrockandhardplace.wordpress.com/2016/12/06/leszczynski-to-speak-at-the-emf-conference-in-warsaw-poland/

Poland: Protection of population from mobile tower radiation
by Dariuz Leszczynski, betweenarockandahardplace, 3 June 2016

05 December 2016

Samsung's Aggressive Battery Design Led to the Galaxy Note 7 Explosions

The battery for the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 had very
thin margins for safety.
Report: Samsung's aggressive battery design led to the Galaxy Note 7 explosions
by Alan F., phonearena.com, 4 December 2016

According to a new report, Samsung's aggressive design for the battery employed by the Galaxy Note 7might have been the culprit behind the multiple explosions that led the company to pull the phablet from the market. The way the cell was designed, a pair of polymer layers drenched in electrolytes was used to separate a positive layer made of lithium cobalt oxide, and a negative layer made of graphite. Should those two layers meet, the electrolytes would heat up causing an explosion.

As the report points out, compressing the battery would force the positive and negative layers to squeeze together. Samsung itself said that it might have been too aggressive with the design. In addition, there is a normal amount of swelling that takes place. Some of it comes from the pressure on the battery created through pushing on the back cover (for example, by putting the phone in one's back pocket and then sitting on a chair).

5 Reasons Why Students Should Control Their Cell Phone Use

5 reasons why students should control their cell phone usage
indiatoday.in, 2 December 2016

If parents want their children to stop using smartphone, they themselves should refrain themselves first from using one, says a child Psychiatrist Director. Is your child's brain getting affected by excessive use of cell phones?

With the advent of advanced technology, growing use of mobile phones and other gadgets are considerably harming the younger generation. Students are developing a strong connection with their mobile phones, which is leading to a massive loss in their concentration and time spent in studies. Parents and teachers usually face problem in combating the distraction of students.

What Cell Phone & Computer Addiction Are Doing to Our Children

What Cell Phone & Computer Addiction Are Doing to Our Children
Collective Evolution, 3 December 2016

The world has changed incredibly quickly over the past few centuries and we can be sure it will continue to do so at an exponential rate. This has many people now questioning what we are doing here and in what direction our species is heading.

“The world went and got itself in a big damn hurry.” – Brooks, from the film “The Shawshank Redemption”

So what are innovations like computers, the internet, and cell phones, among others, doing to our children? Well, they could be doing a lot more than we think, and little of it good. There is a widespread consensus in the scientific community that the radiation alone from these devices can be very debilitating to our health in the long term. We are approaching a time where we will potentially begin to see these effects surface, given the fact that the first cell phone/computer/internet/video games generation is approaching the age of thirty.

Deaths in CAR-T Immune-Therapy Trials Haunt Promising New Cancer Treatment

Hans Bishop is the CEO of Seattle-based Juno Therapeutics,
which last week reported two more patient deaths in a
clinical trial testing a novel cancer therapy.
Deaths in CAR-T Immune-Therapy Trials Haunt Promising New Cancer Treatment
by Emily Mullin, technologyreview.com, 1st December 2016

Companies are racing to develop a new type of cancer therapy, but scientists are still assessing its safety.

The deaths last month of two patients in a clinical trial testing a promising new type of cancer treatment are raising questions about the fate of therapies that use a patient’s own immune cells to fight off the disease.

Juno Therapeutics, the Seattle company conducting the trial, announced it was halting its human tests of an experimental cancer therapy just before Thanksgiving after two patients with acute lymphoblastic leukemia died. Earlier this year, three patients died in the same clinical trial. But other investigators developing similar products are forging on with testing the new class of therapies, which have shown incredible promise for some patients with lethal cancers.

04 December 2016

Let's Stop the Manipulation of Science

Let’s stop the manipulation of science
Le Monde, 29 November 2016

Around a hundred scientists ask Europe and the international community to act against endocrine disrupting chemicals. They condemn the use of strategies for manufacturing doubt employed by industries in the climate change battle.

For decades now, science has come under attack whenever its discoveries raised questions about commercial activities and vested interests. Scientific evidence has been willfully distorted by individuals denying the science and actors sponsored by industry interests creating the false impression of a controversy. This manufacturing of doubt has delayed protective actions, with dangerous consequences for the health of people and the environment.

The “manufacturers of doubt” work across several areas, including the tobacco and petrochemical industries, and the agro-chemical sector. The petrochemical industry alone is the source of thousands of toxic chemicals and contributes to the massive increase in atmospheric carbon dioxide that drives climate change.

As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change

Elliot Kaye expects to step down as chairman of the Consumer
Product Safety Commission during the Trump administration,
becoming one of the commissioners.  Raquel Zaldivar/NPR
As Batteries Keep Catching Fire, U.S. Safety Agency Prepares For Change
by Alina Selyukh, npr.org, 
27 November 2016

Picture this: You're at a park, on a walk, with a baby. A friendly middle-aged man approaches you and tells you your stroller could be really dangerous.

You might think this man is crazy. But maybe not if you knew he's the nation's product safety chief.

"I couldn't live with myself if I walked away and it turned out that that child was harmed when I could've just said something," Elliot Kaye says. His voice is soft-spoken and his worldview seems to fluctuate between pride in saving lives and the unease of someone who has seen many things go wrong in unexpected ways. "You can't help it; you just automatically see the hazards."

How Children's Brains Respond to a Late Night Up

Credit:  public domain
How kids' brains respond to a late night up
medicalexpress.com, 28 November 2016

Any parent can tell you about the consequences of their child not getting enough sleep. But there is far less known about the details of how sleep deprivation affects children's brains and what this means for early brain development.

"The process of sleep may be involved in brain 'wiring' in childhood and thus affect brain maturation," explains Salome Kurth, first author of the study published in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, and a researcher at the University Hospital of Zurich. "This research shows an increase in sleep need in posterior brain regions in children."

This contrasts with what researchers know about the effects of sleep deprivation in adults, where the effect is typically concentrated in the frontal regions of the brain.

Canada: Ontario: The Power Went Out, But the Meter Kept Ticking Along

Smart meters, such as this one, digitally count how much
electricity is used by a particular account.  That information
is sent electronically to Hydro One. (CBC)
Hydro One meter drives up electricity bill during power outage, customer says
by Jeff Walters, CBC News
23 November 2016 

Homeowner logs 130 kilowatt hours, although power was out for most of the weekend

A snowstorm near Thunder Bay, Ont. knocked out power to thousands of Hydro One customers over the past weekend, but the outage didn't stop one meter from counting up the kilowatts, according to a man who keeps a close eye on his electricity use.

Jerome Anderson, who lives just outside the city, says he was without electricity for about 48 hours, but his metre recorded more usage than a typical weekend when the power is on.

The Link Between Electromagnetic Pollution and Lyme Disease and How to Remediate Your Environment for a Faster Recovery

The Link Between Electromagnetic Pollution and Lyme Disease and How to Remediate Your Environment for a Faster Recovery
by Connie Strasheim • www.ProHealth.com • December 2, 2016

We are all awash in a sea of electromagnetic fields (EMFs), which come from a variety of sources, including power lines, cell phones, smart meters, Wi-Fi, microwave towers, appliances and other places. Hundreds, if not thousands of studies have proven the detrimental effects of manmade electromagnetic fields upon the body, yet the amount of electromagnetic fields in the environment increases exponentially every year.

What’s more, studies have shown that pathogenic microbes multiply more quickly and act more virulently in the presence of EMFs and that healthy, beneficial bacteria that the body needs to fight disease multiply more slowly. If you have Lyme disease this is important to understand as it means that your recovery can become compromised if you are living in a high-EMF environment.

Thomas Rau, MD of the renowned Swiss Paracelsus Clinic stated in an interview on ElectromagneticHealth.org: “Cultures of normal human endogenous bacterial cultures grow much less when exposed to EMR. They grow less when they are around a mobile phone, a tower or cordless phone. Growing less good bacteria in your body means you will have an overgrowth of bad bacteria that can result in things like Lyme disease. Especially from the east coast of the USA, we have many patients with Lyme.”