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autori: Cristian Goiceanu, Razvan Danulescu - Institutul de sanatate Publica - Iasi
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Perspectives, Volume 117, Number 3, March 2009 offers
the following articles on EMF issue:
Outside Looking In: Understanding the Role of Science in Regulation by Tim Lougheed • "The Controversy about a Possible Relationship between Mobile Phone Use and Cancer" by Michael Kundi • A commentary on this article by M. Nathaniel Mead • Commentary "Why Public Health Agencies Cannot Depend on Good Laboratory Practices as a Criterion for Selecting Data: The Case of Bisphenol A" All articles are offered free at: http://www.ehponline.org/docs/2009/117-3/toc.html
Publication: Currents Induced in Human Bodies During Radiofrequency Exposure Near a Cellular Phone Base Station Currents induced in human feet near a cellular phone base station were calculated by the finite-difference time-domain method and measured by a parallel plate meter at 1,869 MHz. This paper found that the highest currents distributed in the human body due to radiofrequency radiation from a cellular base station occur in the area of the chest. http://www.ingentaconnect.com/content/tandf/uemg/2009/00000029/00000001/art00002;jsessionid=fwe3wq76qnkq.alexandra
European Parliament prepares a report on electromagnetic fields. Central amongst the proposed measures is the call to the Council to revise Recommendation 1999/519/EC and to lay down stricter exposure limits for all devices emitting electromagnetic waves. http://www.env-health.org/a/3234
Work plan 2009 for the Health Programme of the European Union The Commission's decision of February 23, 2009, for the adoption of the work plan 2009 for the realization of the second programme of Community action in the field of health (2008-2013) was published in the Official Journal of the European Union of February 26, 2009. The support of projects on electromagnetic fields is mentioned in item 18.104.22.168. A healthy environment, studies on the expected effects of measurements on indoor air quality, on electromagnetic fields and on the training of employees in the environmental and health branch. The deadline for submission of proposals is May 20, 2009.
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Green Party in Halle establishes election programme On March 4, 2009, the city association of "Bündnis 90 / Die Grünen" unanimously passed on the programme for the local elections. Chapter II about "green quality of life" contains the etablishment of a plan for the supply of Halle with mobile radio. Instead of a few big base stations with high performance, several smaller stations with lower performance shall be installed within smaller distances. This way, the field energy near the antennae could essentially be reduced, said the Green city coucillor Dietmar Weihrich.
http://www.halleforum.de/Halle-Nachrichten/Politik-Gruene-Halle-beschliessen-Wahlprogramm/19668 (in German)
Paving the way for a future EU initiative The conference is being held by the Swedish EU Presidency in association with the European Commission and is arranged by the Swedish Work Environment Authority and Umeå University. Background is the postponement of the transposition deadline for the EU-directive 2004/40/EC on occupational exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF) by 30th of April 2008 until 30th of April 2012.
Conference: "Wireless Technologies: a new health challenge" The conference will take place in Paris, March 23 2009. With the participation of Professor Franz Adlkofer, general coordinator of the research project REFLEX (Germany) Dr. Lennart Hardell, University-Hospital of Örebro (Sweden), Professor Pierre Le Ruz, PhD in animal physiology and chairman of the Scientific Criirem (France) and Mr. Olivier MERCKEL spokesman for the AFSSET.
Conference: "Salute e campi elettromagnetici" The conference will be held on March 31, 2009, in Pontecchio Marconi/Italy http://www.elettra2000.it/societa/eventi_new.htm
New investigation on the incidence of cancer adjacent to a mobile telephone base station
In an article of the current issue of the magazine "Umwelt, Medizin, Gesellschaft" (umwelt medizin gesellschaft 2009; 22(1): 55-60), Horst Eger and Frank Neppe present the results of an investigation in Westphalia. In a remote part of a town in Westphalia, from 2000 to 2007 the cancer incidence within a 400-metre radius of a mobile telephone transmitting station was ascertained by a door-to-door survey. The data based on interviews with 575 inhabitants showed a statistically significant raise of the cancer incidence five years after the transmitting station had been started.
Telecommunication Association (AMTA): Practical advice on reducing
exposure from mobile phones As advocated by the World Health Organisation, ‘present
scientific information does not indicate the need for any special precautions
for use of mobile phones. If individuals are concerned, they might choose to
limit the RF exposure by using headsets, by lowering the number of calls or
by writing SMS instead of making phone calls
Report on the hearing for the decree on the protection against non-ionizing radiation in Switzerland The hearing for the revision of the decree fixing the mobile radiation is still continuing until the end of February. The providers Swisscom, Sunrise and Orange complain that the limits have slowly become tighter.
The doctors for environmental medicine in Switzerland, however, demanded stricter regulations in a media release of February 26, 2009.
Law on the protection against non-ionizing radiation (NISG) On February 5, 2009, the Federal Minister of the Environment, Sigmar Gabriel, sent the draft for a bill on the regulation of the protection against non-ionizing radiation to the corresponding federal ministries for voting. With the help of this law, that contains the regulations worked out within the framework of the environmental law code (volume IV), gaps in German regulations will be closed. In the area of electromagnetic fields, the European-wide acknowledged protection standard shall be obligatorily established for all frequency ranges and the EU council recommendation of 1999 shall be realized also for radio stations operated by sovereign and private providers. The currently existing limitation to the industrial area could not be justified, particularly because at the moment a new sovereign network for security authorities is developped. The new regulations should provide an improved basis for the protection against health risks when using a technology that cannot be renounced in modern society.
Proceedings of Workshop on Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia available The proceedings of the International Workshop "Risk Factors for Childhood Leukemia" in Berlin, 5-7 May 2008 are published in Radiation Protection Dosimetry 132 (2).
Update of MMF Viewpoint on mobile communication in and around hospitals The Mobile Manufacturers Forum (MMF) has updated its "viewpoint" on the subject above of the year 2007. It informs on the use of mobile phones in hospitals and the placement of base stations for mobile phones around hospitals.
Conference "Governing the uncertainty" in Paris The aim of this conference is to convince all the interested stakeholders that by introducing a social science perspective on risks in environmental health, our societies will be more apt to govern what are inherently political issues. Social sciences can supplement the more traditional scientific expertise used to analyse these risks, all the more easily since recent controversies over GMOs, radiofrequencies or nanotechnologies have underpinned the need for other methods capable of addressing the multiple uncertainties attached to these activities.
New reports of
the European organisation EMF-NET
Rapporteur's reports of the FGF Workshop "Open Questions in the Research on Biological and Health Effects of Low-Intensity RF-EMF"
The focus of the workshop which was held in Stuttgart from 17 to 19 November 2008, were open questions in research on the biological effects of radiofrequent fields. Key issues of the discussion were the research on children, on potential long-term effects and on mechanisms of the cellular and subcellular level.
New research team at the French institute INERIS
The French National Environmental Institute INERIS, under the aegis of the French Ministry for Ecology, has installed a new research team called PériTox, aimed at investigating in cooperation with several French universities among others the effects of electromagnetic radiation on biological rhythm and on sleep. Since its foundation in 1990, INERIS studies health and environmental risks caused by industrial and economic activities. Within this context, electromagnetic fields have been a subject of research. The institute especially deals with the question if electromagnetic radiation of mobile phones has an effect on human biomarkers and the central nervous system.
http://www.developpement-durable.gouv.fr (in French)
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Cell-phone risks spark head-to-head debate
In the current debate about long-term mobile-phone and the development of brain tumours some experts are calling for urgent action to reduce consumers' exposure to electromagnetic radiation (EMR) emitted from hand-held mobiles. The arguments for and against intervention are now being presented to the medical physics community (Med. Phys. 35 5203). The point/counterpoint feature addresses the proposal: "There is currently enough evidence and technology available to warrant taking immediate steps to reduce exposure of consumers to cell-phone-related electromagnetic radiation."
Law suit against
antennae successful, because "antennae permanently change the character
of the part of town"
As WDR reported on January 9, 2009, a 69-year-old man from Essen-Burgaltendorf successfully fought at court against a forest of antennae in his neighbourhood. The Upper Administrative Court (OVG) Münster said that he was right in his suit against the city of Essen, because such an accumulation of masts permanently changed the visual character of this part of town and therefore was not allowed, the judges decided (Ref: 10A2999/07). Potential health risks through electrosmog did not play a part in the judgement. The judgement is final, the court did not allow an appeal at the Federal Administrative Court. http://www.wdr.de (in German)
Wall paint shielding
against WLAN radiation
The paint should be a shielding of the own home network against attacks from outdoors. According to a report in the technical magazine "New Scientist", scientists of the University of Tokio have developped a special paint on the basis of an aluminium-iron-compound, that can absorb WLAN radiation. It was explained that the paint created a magnetic field on the surface where it was applied to; this field had the same frequency as the radio network and thus neutralized the signal. That would prevent the radio waves to get through outdoors and that the WLAN from outdoors got visible.
http://www.chip.de/news/WLAN-mit-Wandfarbe-schuetzen_34780016.html (in German)
European workshop on the estimation of the EMF directive effects
The aim of the workshop, that will take part February 18-19, 2009 in Ljubljana, Slovenia, is to make available a discussion platform for subjects linked to the EMF directive. The event is part of "EMF Impact", a project, which informs the European Commission about discussion referring to possible future amendments of the directive 2004/40/EC. The European Commission supports the workshop with the help of the "PROGRESS"-program and a European Consortium (FICETTI). The workshop will also include information on the current situation in the member states and discuss results of the different political options of the commssion. More information at: http://www.inis.si/emf2009/
New BEMS Newsletter online
In the 205th issue of BEMS newsletter you will find articles on the annual meeting of BEMS which was organized this year together with EBEA in Davos, Switzerland. Besides, the newsletter contains details on the board meeting of the annual meeting in November/December 2008.
www.bioelectromagnetics.org (see "Current Newsletter")
IMBA/FGF-Workshop on "Omics"
The objective of the workshop was to fathom out the potential of new biological methods such as genomics, transcriptomics, proteomics (omics) in comparison to classical cytogenetic methods for the risk evaluation. Sixty international experts from Europe and the U.S. met in Berlin from May 26 to 28 in order to discuss the subject on the example ot the risk evaluation regarding the carcinogenity of radiofrequent electromagnetic fields and to review the results of a workshop from 2005 on the same subject. The lectures of the IMBA/FGF-workshop are now available at the FGF website at: http://www.fgf.de/english/research_projects/ws17.html
Study: Exposure to GSM 900MHz electromagnetic fields affects cerebral cytochrome c oxidase activity
From the abstract: The goal of this study was conducted to measure cytochrome oxidase (CO) levels using histochemical methods in order to evaluate regional brain metabolic activity in rat brain after exposure to a GSM 900MHz signal for 45min/day at a brain-averaged specific absorption rate (SAR) of 1.5W/Kg or for 15min/day at a SAR of 6W/Kg over seven days. Compared to the sham and control cage groups, rats exposed to a GSM signal at 6W/Kg showed decreased CO activity in some areas of the prefrontal and frontal cortex, the septum, the hippocampus and the posterior cortex. However, the exposure to GSM at 1.5W/Kg did not affect brain activity. According to the authors the results indicate that 6W/Kg GSM 900MHz microwaves may affect brain metabolism and neuronal activity in rats. Bibliography: Ammari et al., Toxicology. 2008 Jun 11;
The scientific council of AFSSE replies to an appeal of 20 scientists on the
use of mobile phones
The scientific council of Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences has published a press release in order to give a reply to the appeal of 20 scientists on the use of mobile phones. There it is emphasized that the scientists' statement is not different from that of the foundation, which was issued in December 2007. It recommends parents to limit the use of mobile phones among their children, especially by not giving them the devices up to a certain age. http://www.sante-radiofrequences.org (French)
Note from the
SCENHIR 24th Plenary Meeting
The meeting took place on 21 May 2008 in Brussels. For the topic EMF the following passage has been minuted: "The Chair of the WG explained to the Committee the reservations of the members of the WG regarding the second question of the mandate given by the Commission. It was decided that SCENIHR will ask the Commission whether it would be possible to change the mandate, proposing an alternative phrasing of the questions.
for the Conduct of Surveys to Measure Non-Ionising Electromagnetic Radiation
from Transmitter Sites
This document outlines the methodology employed by the Commission for Communication Regulations (ComReg) for the conduct of NIR surveys. The methodology incorporates many of the measurement methods and procedures outlined in ECC Recommendation (02)042. In order to provide as accurate as possible a picture of the level of emissions present at each survey location, ComReg has added several enhancements to the basic ECC recommended methodology. http://www.comreg.ie
The spectral power
coherence of the EEG under different EMF conditions
From the abstract: The present study introduces the concept of spectral power coherence (SPC), which re-flects the pattern of coordination of the four basic EEG bands (delta, theta, alpha, and beta) at a specific loca-tion of the brain. The results showed that delta rhythm is less consequential in the overall cooperation between the bands than the higher frequency theta, alpha and beta rhythms. Additionally, it has been shown that the radiation effect on SPC is different for the two genders. In the absence of radiation males exhibit higher overall SPC than females. These differences disappear in the presence of 900MHz and are reversed in the presence of 1800MHz. Bibliography: Chrissanthi et al., Neurosci Lett. 2008 Jun 18.
of people and workers exposure to the electric, magnetic and electromag-netic
fields in an Italian national cancer Institute
The paper reports the electric, magnetic and electromagnetic fields (emf) measurements carried out in the Re-gina Elena National Cancer Institute (NCI). The investigations have been carried out in the departments of: in-tensive care, physiotherapy, MR presstherapy and in the surgical rooms. The measurements have been per-formed using broad band probes in the frequency ranges 5 Hz30 kHz and 100 kHz-3 GHz. The aim is to evalu-ate their exposition in order to assess the compliance with the law. Bibliography: Di Nallo et al., Journal of Experimental & Clinical Cancer Research 2008, 27
Results of the
4. Project allocation of the French Fondation Santé et Radiofréquences
The following four project were selected : • EPIDOS / Evaluation de l'exposition aux radiofréquences : une étude pilote de population (Faculté de médecine de Lyon) • INUTER / Effets d'une exposition Wi-Fi in utéro chez le rat : Tératologie et Toxicologie (Laboratoire IMS-Laboratoire de Bioélectromagnétisme de Bordeaux) • MOBI Kids France / Tumeurs du cerveau chez l'enfant et l'adolescent, et exposition aux radiofréquences (Faculté de médecine de Besançon) • RFPro 2 / Evaluation de l'exposition professionnelle due aux stations émettrices (UMRESTTE de Lyon)
Japan establishes Study Group on Electromagnetic Fields
The Japanese ministry of internal affairs and communications has set up a study group on possible biological effects of electromagnetic fields. The objective of the study group will be to promote research on possible effects of radio waves on human bodies, and evaluate and verify guidelines for protecting human bodies from possible effects of radio waves. Research topics will be:
See press release from June 18, 2008
Progressive Librarians Guild Statement on WiFi in Libraries and the Precautionary Principle
Progressive Librarians Guild (PLG) recommends that via their professional organizations, information workers address the risks of wireless technology in public spaces, take steps in learning about the risks of wireless in terms of exposure and impact on library services, monitor wireless technology in their facilities, critically evalu-ate and adopt alternatives to wireless technology especially in children's sections of libraries, create warning signage on risks of wifi throughout their libraries, and act as a community resource in the public education on wireless technologies.
lowering of basic restrictions for wireless communication
In a request, the parlaimentary fraction of "Die Linke" demands (16/9485) to lower the limits set in the amend-ments to the Federal Immission Control Act (26th BImSchV) "so far that health impairments can be excluded". Moreover, a "maximum permissible SAR value of 1 W per kg" shall be set for mobile communication devices in order to minimize electromagnetic radiation. At the same time, "Die Linke" urges the government to introduce a publicly accessible radiation cadastre for radiofrequency radiation. Permits for mobile communication systems shall be granted in future only for limited periods. "Die Linke" writes that the increasing density of mobile com-munication networks, especially the increase in the number of transmission masts due to the expansion of the UMTS network will lead to "growing health dangers". Based on an expertise of the EU mobile communication research program REFLEX, "Die Linke" thinks that presently valid imits do not provide sufficient protection. http://www.bundestag.de (German)
New COST Action
IC0803: RF/Microwave Communication Subsystems for Emerging Wireless Technologies
A plethora of new applications for novel RF/microwave subsystems is being introduced as new communication and security systems radar surveillance and positioning services are becoming available. Such systems include mobile networks 4G wireless communications systems WiMAX WiBRO WiFIBER UWB radar satellite navigation systems GPS Galileo and sensor networks. Within this new action a balanced mix of experienced researchers selected representatives from the European industry and young researchers is brought together to define the future subsystem requirements applications and trends.
New issue of the
BMWi Newsletter on mobile communication
The Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology (BMWi) has published the issue 3/2008 of its newsletter with the follwing contributions: • presentation of the results of the German Mobile Telecommunications Research Program • beginning in 2009, 1st generation cordless phones shall not be used anymore • consultant draft for the planned environmental law: hearing of the States and associations • pulsed electromagnetic fields - a special danger to health? • The brochure gives answers to questions regarding mobile communication base stations and human well-being. • The BMWi mobile communication portal offers a survey of parliamentary action on mobile communi-cation and the environment. Download and subscription at: http://www.bmwi.de/ (German)
Annual Report 2007 of the German Commission on Radiation Protection
Besides a brief description
of its tasks, its current composition - including short bios of the members
– as well as the statutes of the SSK, the Annual Report 2007 contains
a description of the advisory foci in the reporting period. Moreover, the Annual
Report includes a complete index of all recommendations, statements and pub-lications
of the SSK since its beginnings. An offered CD additionally contains the offline
edition of the entire internet sevice of the SSK (state: March 15, 2008). http://www.ssk.de
FMK/FGF-Information conference on March 31, 2009, in Vienna: Can we trust in limits?"
On March 31, 2009, from
10:00 to 15:30, the 4th information conference of the lecture series "Handy
& Co." will take place in Urania in Vienna. Competent experts from
authorities and research institutions in Austria, Germany and Switzerland will
answer the following questions:
- What is the basis of the limit recommendations?
- Why are they not integrated into standardized national laws?
- Are there new research results which put the recommendations into question?
- What international efforts for the standardization of regulations have been realized?
The conference is organized by Forschungsgemeinschaft Funk e.V. (FGF, Germany) and the Forum Mobilkommunikation (FMK, Austria). Conference language is German.
5th International EMF Seminar in China:
Electromagnetic Fields and Biological Effects
Zhangjiajie, China (17-19 April, 2009)
ICNIRP Workshop On Basic Radiation Protection Principles The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP) will be holding an open Workshop "15 years on: Reviewing the past and looking forward" to critically review its strategy and philosophy for the development of international guidelines on non-ionizing radiation (NIR) protection on 15-16 September 2008 in Prague, Czech Republic. http://www.icnirp.de
International Public Health Symposium on environment and health research, Madrid, Spain, October 20-22, 2008
The symposium organized
by WHO/Europe and the Institute of Health Carlos III of the Spanish Ministry
of Health and Consumer Affairs in co-operation with the European Commission
Research Directorate-General (EC DG Research) should provide a platform for
collaboration in public health research with an emphasis on environment and
health. Specific objectives include: • to review the main achievements
in research on environment and health of the last decade; • to present
research and lessons learnt on health aspects of environmental crises, such
as the toxic oil syndrome (TOS), the bovine spongiform encephalopathy (BSE)
and dioxin crises, and on current issues, such as climate change; • to
evaluate information and knowledge gaps for policy development on environmental
hazards, including risk communication and interventions in situations of scientific
uncertainty and of high public concern; • to identify public health priorities
requiring further research for consideration by the Seventh Framework Programme
2007-2013 of the EC DG Research. http://www.euro.who.int
1st Radiation Research Trust Conference on September 8 - 9, 2008
The 1st Radiation Research Trust Conference, convened by the Royal Society of London, will address concerns around microwave/mobile phone communications and health, bringing together representatives from both sides of the debate to provide a high-level forum. The conference will seek to explore the appropriate precautionary approaches. Attendees will include Sir William Stewart, Chairman for the UK Health Protection Agency (HPA), and various senior advisors from the EU, WHO, ICNIRP, BioInitiative Scientists, and SWI. Attendance is by personal invitation. http://www.radiationresearch.org
News from the German Mobile Telecommunication Research Programme (DMF)
ARC Science News: Mobile Radio and Health
In a press release of the Austrian Research Center (ARS), Dipl.-Ing. Dr. Georg Neubauer has given his opinion on the results of the ATHEM study financed by AUVA (Allgemeine Unfall Versicherungs-Anstalt/General Accident Insurance). In this press release he stresses that the experiments have been carried out with the utmost care and that in addition the study records have been reviewed by external international experts. ARC as well as the Scientific Radio Council (Wissenschaftlicher Beirat Funk, WBF) were of the opinion that the effects found within the context of the ATHEM study represent an interesting and very important contribution to research. In the field of mobile radio and health, it was realized that according to our current knowledge we will not have to expect a health risk if respecting the existing limits. Because of unclear scientific findings there were, nevertheless, in some areas further research need, for ex. epidemiological studies on possible long-term effects with children and adults, pure research on mechanisms and models as well as dosimetric examinations on energy ingestion in the human body. Ing. Dr. Georg Neubauer of ARC, therefore, is of the opinion "that with reference to the introduction and use of new technologies basically a careful handling of these technologies is useful".
MMF Brochure: " Weighing the Evidence in EMF Health Research"
In this brochure methods and benefits of the scientific approach to increase the knowledge in EMF health research are presented. http://www.mmfai.org
French Working group "Updating of the know-how on radiofrequency" is searching for members
The French Afsset (Agence française de sécurité sanitaire de l'environnement et du travail) has launched an appeal to researchers to submit applications for a working group on the updating of scientific know-how on radiofrequency. This task should be coordinated by an Afsset working group on behalf of the Ministry of the Environment and the Health Ministry. Researchers interested can find more detailed information on the advertisement and the required competences. The applications have to be send online at latest on June 20, 2008. http://www.afsse.fr
10th Russian Conference Electromagnetic Compatibility of Technical Devices and Electromagnetic Safety
The conference will take place 24-26 September 2008 in St Petersburg, Russia More details email the Organization Committee at email@example.com
The Fourth International Conference Electromagnetic Radiations In Biology: BIO-EMR-200
The conference will take place October 21-23 2008 in Kaluga, Russia.
Study: Distribution of RF energy emitted by mobile phones in anatomical structures of the brain
The objective of the current paper was to characterize the spatial distribution of RF energy in the brain, using results of measurements made in two laboratories on 110 phones used in Europe or Japan. The SAR distribution appears to be fairly similar across phone models, between older and newer phones and between phones with different antenna types and positions. Analyses of risk by location of tumour are therefore important for the interpretation of results of studies of brain tumours in relation to mobile phone use.
Bibliography: Cardis et al., Phys Med Biol. 2008 May 1;53(11):2771-2783
Study: Effect of low frequency modulated microwave exposure on human EEG: Individual sensitivity
From the abstract: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of modulated microwave exposure on human EEG of individual subjects. Experiments were carried out on four different groups of healthy volunteers. (Group 1: 450 MHz modulated at 7 Hz , Group 2: 14 and 21 Hz, Group 3: 40 and 70 Hz , Group 4 217 and 1000 Hz). Our results showed that microwave exposure increased the EEG energy. The rate of subjects significantly affected is similar in all groups except for the 1000 Hz group: in first group 3 subjects (16%) at 7 Hz modulation; in second group 4 subjects (31%) at 14 Hz modulation and 3 subjects (23%) at 21 Hz modulation; in third group 3 subjects (20%) at 40 Hz and 2 subjects (13%) at 70 Hz modulation; in fourth group 3 subjects (16%) at 217 Hz and 0 subjects at 1000 Hz modulation frequency. Bibliography: Hinrikus et al., Bioelectromagnetics Published Online: May 1 2008
The Netherlands: New Information Platform on Electromagnetic Fields
The new "Kennisplatform Elektromagnetische Velden" was presented to the public during a reception on Wednesday, April 2nd. The Dutch Government wants to provide for the citizens data on the scientific knowledge about electromagnetic fields and health. The platform was conceived in cooperation with all organisations working in this field in the Netherlands and offers concentrated information on all aspects of the subject.
English Translation of the Abstracts of the Interphone Study by Research Foundation Mobile Communication
The 15-pages document of the Swiss Research Foundation Mobile Communication informs about the background, the main results of the study existing already and offers help for the interpretation of the study and was issued on April 09 in German language. The comment is now also available in English, French and Italian. http://www.mobile-research.ethz.ch
Australia: Breast cancer cluster prompts nationwide study of all ABC studios
The Cancer Council New South Wales (NSW) has announced that it is conducting a study of breast cancer cases at every Australian Broadcasting Corporation (ABC) site in the country. The study will focus only on cases of breast cancer in women and aims to establish whether the number of cases arising at ABC facilities is higher than the national average. The research has been prompted by a six-fold increase of breast cancer at the ABC Toowong studios in Brisbane in 2007, which resulted in a move from the site even though investigators were unable to find the cause. The results are expected to be available in mid-2009 http://www.news-medical.net , http://www.cancercouncil.com.au
Ireland: 2008 Programme of Measurement of Non-Ionising Radiation Emissions - First Interim Report
The Commission for Communications Regulation (ComReg) in Ireland currently arranges for Non-Ionising Radiation (NIR) surveys to be conducted near a sample of licensed transmitter sites nationwide. In April 2008, ComReg engineers conducted measurements at 10 sites. The results of the measurements taken at all the sites are presented in this report. http://www.comreg.ie