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22 July 2018

CRISPR Gene Editing Produces Unwanted DNA Deletion

CRISPR gene editing produces unwanted DNA deletions
nature.com, 16 July 2018

DNA-cutting enzyme used for genetic modification can create large deletions and shuffle genes.

Gene-editing experiments with human embryonic stem 
cells revealed the imprecision of the CRISPR-Cas9 system.
Credit: Annie Cavanagh via Wellcome/CC BY NC
Researchers have embraced CRISPR gene-editing as a method for altering genomes, but some are cautioning that unwanted DNA changes may slip by undetected.

The tool can cause large DNA deletions and rearrangements near its target site on the genome, according to a paper published on 16 July in Nature Biotechnology1. Such alterations can muddle the interpretation of experimental results and could complicate efforts to design therapies based on CRISPR.

The finding is in line with previous results from not only CRISPR but also other gene-editing systems2. Such unwanted edits are a problem that warrants more attention from researchers says Patrick Hsu, a bioengineer at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California. “I do think this has been underappreciated by the field,” he notes.

21 July 2018

Frequent Technology Use Linked to ADHD Symptoms in Teens, Study Finds: Article by Wall Street Journal

Frequent Technology Use Linked to ADHD Symptoms in Teens, Study Finds
By Daniela Hernandez and Betsy Morris, wsj.com, Updated July 17, 2018

A new study of 2,500 teenagers suggests that frequent use of digital media can lead to higher risk of developing ADHD-related symptoms

Teens today toggle between apps on phones that often stay
on much of the day. 
Photo: Drew Angerer/Getty Images
The more teens use social-media networking sites, video games and streaming services, the higher their risk of developing symptoms of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, or ADHD, a new study found.

The study, published Tuesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association, tracked 2,500 teens over two years and monitored their usage and symptoms.

It doesn’t prove a causal link. The study also didn’t rule out other possible causes such as lack of sleep, family stress at home or a family history of the disorder. But it was the first longitudinal study to follow so many teens over a two-year period, according to experts, going straight to an issue that pits parents and teachers against the tech industry in a battle for children’s attention.

Switzerland: The Ring Tone of a Cell Phone Replaces the Bells of the Oldest Church in Lucerne

Is the cell phone today's God?

In Switzerland, the ring tone of a cell phone replaces the bells of a church
La rédaction d'Aleteia | 19 July 2018 (translation)

The bells of the Saint-Pierre chapel in Lucerne, Switzerland, have been temporarily replaced by the ring tone of a cell phone.  The purpose: to reflect upon the place of the cell phone in our lives.

Is the cell phone today's God?  That is the question that an unusual artistic project set up in Lucerne, Switzerland over the past few days asks.  Until 30 July, the ring tones of a cell phone are temporarily replacing the bells of the chapel of St. Pierre, the oldest church in the city, broadcast thanks to a loud-speaer installed in the bell tower.

Dr. Devra Davis Warns Against iPad Potty and More

Dr. Devra Davis Warns Against iPad Potty and More
STORY AND PHOTO BY KAREN BOSSICK, eyeonsunvalley.com, 18 July 2018

This toilet training potty features an activity
seat for iPad.
The group of 12 heading out on an Idaho Conservation League hike was introducing themselves when a father and son made an unusual request.

“We would appreciate it if you turned your cell phones to airplane mode, as we have a sensitivity to the radiation,” said Brad Walters, a retired aerospace engineer.

The Walters family had become sensitive to radiation emitted by smart meters, cell phones and other wireless technology while living in Huntington Beach, Calif., he explained.

And it’s affected them in a myriad of ways, including headaches, insomnia, ringing in the ears and joint pain. They had moved to Hailey because such radiation here measured 10,000 times less than their reading at their former home in California.

20 July 2018

Oxidative stress in electrohypersensitivity self-reporting patients: Results of a prospective in vivo investigation with comprehensive molecular analysis

"The present study reports for the first time, to the best of our knowledge, that overall ~80% of EHS self‑reporting patients present with one, two or three detectable oxidative stress biomarkers in their peripheral blood, meaning that these patients‑as is the case for cancer, Alzheimer's disease or other pathological conditions‑present with a true objective new pathological disorder'."

Open Access: (Click on right side under "Article options - Viewing options - Download pdf")

Oxidative stress in electrohypersensitivity self‑reporting patients: Results of a prospective in vivo investigation with comprehensive molecular analysis 

International Journal of Molecular Medicine, July 12, 2018
Authors:  Philippe Irigaray, Daniela Caccamo, Dominique Belpomme
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Published online on: July 12, 2018
https://doi.org/10.3892/ijmm.2018.3774

Abstract

France Closes in on Mobile Phone Ban in Schools from September

Senators and National Assembly deputies reached the agreement late on Wednesday on the ban for all three tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes.

France closes in on mobile phone ban in schools from September
AFP / thelocal.fr, 19 July 2018

French lawmakers have secured a deal on a bill that would outlaw the use of mobiles phones in schools starting in September, one of Emmanuel Macron's pledges during last year's presidential campaign.

Senators and National Assembly deputies reached the agreement late on Wednesday on the ban for all three tiers of French education (primary, middle and high school), except for educational purposes.

From Dieselgate to Phonegate: We Need to Wake Up to Another Pollution Crisis

"If ‘Dieselgate’ received wall-to-wall media coverage in the UK when the story broke, ‘Phonegate’ has received next-to-none." 

From Dieselgate to Phonegate: We need to wake up to another pollution crisis

by Annelie Fitzgerald, truepublica.org.uk, 20 July 2018

As the level of emissions from diesel engines in the UK’s cities and its impact on public health has become clear, the media have recently given serious and widespread coverage to the issue of air pollution. Every Breath We Take, the report published in February 2017 by the Royal College of Physicians and Paediatrics, detailed an alarming array of adverse health effects which lead to up to 40,000 shortened lives in the UK each year. Foetuses, babies and children are particularly vulnerable to diesel fumes and particulates, which can impair lung, heart and neurological development.

Outlining his clean air bill in the Guardian in April 2017 Swansea West MP Geraint Davies noted that children in areas where the air quality problem is most serious “have a 10% reduced lung capacity and have more respiratory problems, together with effects on their nervous, immune and cardiovascular systems”. The same month Keith Taylor, Green MEP for South-East England wrote in the Ecologist that he would be campaigning for PM Theresa May to enshrine in UK law a new Clean Air Act to ensure strong, effective protection of public health from air pollution.

19 July 2018

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings

Do Cellphones Cause Cancer? Government Study Reveals 'Stunningly Important' Findings
BY RONNIE COHEN, Newsweek, 19 July 2018

Tiffany Frantz got her first cellphone when she was 16.

She loved that flip phone. Every morning, on her way out the door, she’d slip it into the left cup of her bra. When she was 21, while watching television one night with her parents in their Lancaster, Pennsylvania, living room, she felt a lump the size of a pea in her left breast, just beneath her phone. Tests later showed four cancerous tumors. “How in the world did this happen?” her mother asked.

Dr. John West believes he knows. In 2013, the Southern California breast cancer surgeon and five other doctors wrote in the journal Case Reports in Medicineabout Frantz’s tumors and those of three other young women. Each of them regularly carried a cellphone in her bra. “I am absolutely convinced,” West tells Newsweek, “that there is a relationship between exposure to cellphones and breast cancer in young women who are frequent users.”

Mobile Phone Radiation May Affect Memory Performance in Adolescents - Press Release - Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute

Breaking News: Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents

Message received this evening, 19 July 2018, from Dr. Joel Moscowitz, University of California, Berkeley via the CHE EMF Working Group:

Note: The press release for this new peer-reviewed study appears below. Although the link to the paper is currently inactive, the paper is not embargoed... According to Science Daily, the paper will be published online on 23 July 2018.

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Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents
Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute, EurekAlert, Jul 19, 2018

The rapid evolution of information and communication technologies (ICT) goes along with an increase in exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (RF-EMF) in our daily life. The most relevant exposure source to the brain is the use of a mobile phone close to the head. Several studies have been conducted to identify potential health effects related to RF-EMF, though results have remained inconclusive.

Are Teens Giving Themselves ADHD?

Are teens giving themselves ADHD?
by Catherine Martinko, treehugger.com 18 July 2018

A new study from California has found that teens with high levels of media use are more likely to show ADHD symptoms.

The way teens spend their time has changed drastically over the past ten years. Now most own a smartphone and spend considerable time on it, sharing photos on social media, communicating with friends via text, and watching videos on YouTube every day. While the technology has advanced rapidly, research into its effects on teenage psychological development has not. Much remains unknown about what all this time spent doing these activities actually does to the brain.

A new study explores this. Led by researchers from California and recently published in JAMA, it is the first study to look at the association between modern digital media and risk of developing attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD). The two-year study followed 2,587 tenth-graders in Los Angeles County, none of whom had any ADHD symptoms at the beginning of the study. The researchers followed up with participants every six months, at which point each reported on how often he or she texted, used social media, and streamed videos or music.

The results were alarming. From NPR's writeup on the study: