Cellphones make you senile, study suggests
Monday September 15 2003
Cellphones make you senile, study suggests Teenagers warned
overuse of wireless devices
Cellphones endanger young brains, study says.
LONDON -- Cellphones, together with the increasingly popular
technology that goes with them, could cause a whole generation
to go senile in the prime of their lives, new research suggests.
The alarming Swedish study -- which warns specifically against
intense use of cellphones by youngsters" -- comes as
communications industry is increasing pressure to scale back
their health effects.
Prof. Leif Salford, who headed the research at Sweden's prestigious
University, has branded what he calls "the voluntary
exposure of the
brain to microwaves" from cellphones "the largest
experiment ever." And he's warning that, as new wireless
spreads, people may "drown in a sea of microwaves."
The study, financed by the Swedish Council for Work Life
published by the U.S. government's National Institute of Environmental
Health Sciences, breaks new ground by looking at how low levels
microwaves cause proteins to leak across the blood-brain barrier.
Previous concerns about cellphones have concentrated on the
that the devices may heat the brain, or cause cancer. But
the heating is
thought to be too minor to have an effect, and hundreds of
studies have been inconclusive.
As a result, the U.S. cellphone industry has succeeded in
research into the health effects, and the World Health Organisation
unlikely to continue its studies. But Salford and his team
have spent 15
years investigating a different threat than other researchers.
The team's previous studies proved that radiation could open
blood-brain barrier, allowing a protein called albumin to
pass into the
brain. Their latest work goes a step further by showing the
linked to serious brain damage.
Salford noted that the long-term effects were not proven,
and that it
was possible the neurons would repair themselves in time.
insisted, neurons that would normally not become "senile"
reached their 60s may now do so when they were in their 30s.
noted that he deliberately refrained from publicizing his
work to avoid
alarm, and acknowledged that cellphones can save lives.
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IBM tags new RFID services
September 15, 2003, 7:37 AM PDT
By Matt Hines Staff Writer, CNET News.com
IBM expanded its presence in the market for radio frequency
identification on Monday with the introduction of services
companies adopt the supply-chain management tool.
Radio frequency identification (RFID) has generated interest
retailers and consumer-goods companies as a method to more
track inventory. The technology allows companies to closely
movement of products via computer networks linked with microchips
are attached to specific items. Each chip transmits a unique
that lists a range of product information, such as origin,
expiration date and time of purchase.
IBM's new package, launched at this week's Electronic Product
Symposium in Chicago, entails consulting services and specialized
software aimed at building RFID capabilities into retailers'
back-end inventory systems. IBM said the package is based
nonproprietary standards and is built on its WebSphere Business
Integration, WebSphere Application Server, DB2 Information
Tivoli Access Manager and WebSphere Portal Server products.
offering a three-phase adoption strategy: consulting, followed
12-week pilot program and then a full launch.
"IBM believes RFID's time has come," Faye Holland,
worldwide RFID leader
at IBM Global Services, said in a statement. "As our
(consumer-goods) customers see the dramatic benefits this
brings in cost reduction, improved customer service and streamlined
operations, the demand is escalating."
Among the companies already working to implement RFID are
Wal-Mart Stores and clothing maker Prada. In addition to allowing
businesses greater ability to follow the flow of products
their supply chains into stores, the technology is also aimed
into employee theft, traditionally a problem for many consumer-goods
However, RFID has also generated controversy among privacy
have aired concerns that the technology can be used to track
movements of consumers.
IBM is one of a slew of IT consulting companies attempting
to tap into
interest around RFID, along with rivals such as Accenture
also in Israel
The lines "The cellular grows a senile generation"
can be read today on
the front page of the most sold newspaper in Israel-Yediot
the translation of the story from England with slight changes
Swicord is a woman, the study is "a huge Europe study")
Anyway the story is spread on 2 pages of the main news: "A
'An entire generation' of youngsters is liable to become senile
of the use of cellular phones".
The big letters are: "A huge research that was done in
frightening findings. The mobile phones radiation can cause
a leak of
proteins from the blood to the brain. The damage can be serious:
to the brain cells and the memory, to senility. Motorola:
governments should stop 'wasting money' looking after damages".
The cellular and us: [Israel in numbers. When you read this,
Israel is only 6 million people]
6.4 million lines in Israel
1.2 million users up to 25 years old.
1 million users 25-35 years old
In 80% of the homes in Israel there's at least one cellular
30% of the homes in Israel have 2 cellular phones.
average use a month: 300 minutes
an average account a month: 180 Shekels (about $40)
an average account of young person: 240 Shekels (about $50)
"This study proves again, that damage in the body cells
necessarily linked to high exposure that causes heat at the
area, but happens also at low exposure levels" says Prof
Korenstein, a researcher at Tel Aviv University. "The
and government authorities have to relate to the last studies
the international standards relate only to the heat effect"
The director of the unit of cancer registration at the health
Dr. Micha Bar Hana, thinks differently: "In the research,
researchers found proofs for damage in the activity of the
The question is, how is it possible to conclude from a research
to humans brain activity. Also, every year studies are published,
claim a thing and its opposite about use of cellular phones."
Anyway Bar Hana advices to the public to talk with open antenna,
remove the antenna from the ear and to use device which enables
the cellular phone in distant from the body.
Yediot Ahronot 15.9.2003
The story from England, (the israeli version is not on the
Informant: Iris Atzmon
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is an environmental illness, purely resulting from exposure
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It is possible that a condition, called "Pseudo Iron
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