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28 September 2016

Dangerous and Addictive

The use of Ritalin has increased.  According to Swissmedic,
in 10 years, the quantity of the drug sold in Switzerland
has tripled, passing from 140 kilos in 2005 to 346 in 2014.
Image: Keystone
Our latest opinion piece, published in the Swiss newspaper, 24 heures.

Dangerous and Addictive
23 September 2016

Re article, « Ritalin among employees and students », 26 August 2016

In Switzerland, more and more employees and students are taking Ritalin in order to improve their performance.  A dangerous and addictive drug is being prescribed to children and adults in order to treat attention deficit disorder.  We are ignoring the causes of these problems such as overuse of mobile devices which can decrease concentration and performance.

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers

"In Britain, an escalation of problems associated with tablet use among pre-school children has been reported by the Association of Teachers and Lecturers. These include developmental delays in attention span, motor skills and dexterity, speaking and socialisation — as well as an increase in aggressive and antisocial behaviour, obesity and tiredness. A growing number of young children are beginning school without enough dexterity to pick up and play with building blocks."

British Teachers Call for Help Battling Tablet Addiction Among Preschoolers
by Susan L.M. Goldberg, pjmedia.com, 19 September 2016

The other week my very tech-savvy in-laws once again brought up the idea of buying a toy tablet for my toddler. They see how interested he is in pushing buttons and rightfully associate his curiosity with all things electronic with his father’s similar nature. There is one key generational difference between my husband and my son, though: My husband’s first experience with computers didn’t happen until he was close to 10 years old. My son, on the other hand, has been born into the digital age.

United States: Some Cities Are Taking Another Look at LED Lighting After AMA Warning

An LED fixture, bottom, is displayed next to an older 
streetlight, top, in Las Vegas, Nev. on Aug. 3, 2011.
(Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
Some cities are taking another look at LED lighting after AMA warning
by Michael Ollove, The Washington Post, 
25 September 2016

If people are sleepless in Seattle, it may not be only because they have broken hearts.

The American Medical Association issued a warning in June that high-intensity LED streetlights — such as those in Seattle, Los Angeles, New York, Houston and elsewhere — emit unseen blue light that can disturb sleep rhythms and possibly increase the risk of serious health conditions, including cancer and cardiovascular disease. The AMA also cautioned that those light-emitting-diode lights can impair nighttime driving vision.

Similar concerns have been raised over the past few years, but the AMA report adds credence to the issue and is likely to prompt cities and states to reevaluate the intensity of LED lights they install.

'A Deadly Wandering' by Matt Richtel: Book Review

A driver can remain distracted for up
to 15 seconds after sending a text.
Credit: Mike Blake/ Reuters
In 2014 in the United States, 3,179 people were killed, and 431,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. At any given daylight moment across America, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving, a number that has held steady since 2010. (Ref: distraction.gvt)

Attention Must Be Paid
'A Deadly Wandering,' by Matt Richtel

by Robert Kolkersept, The New York Times, 25 September 2014

Reggie Shaw is the man responsible for the most moving portion of “From One Second to the Next,” the director Werner Herzog’s excruciating (even by Werner Herzog standards) 35-minute public service announcement, released last year as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign against texting and driving. In the film, Shaw, now in his 20s, recounts the rainy morning in September 2006 that he crossed the line of a Utah highway, knocking into a car containing two scientists, James Furfaro and Keith O’Dell, who were heading to work nearby. Both men were killed. Shaw says he was ­texting a girlfriend at the time, adding in unmistakable anguish that he can’t even ­remember what he was texting about. He is next seen taking part in something almost inconceivable: He enters the scene where one of the dead men’s daughters is being interviewed, and receives from that woman a warm, earnest, tearful, cathartic hug.

Health of More Than 90% of World's Population Affected by Air Pollution 'Emergency', WHO Says

On the WHO map, green represents areas of clean air with
pollution increasing from yellow to red.  WHO
Health of more than 90% of world’s population affected by air pollution ‘emergency’, WHO says
by Ian Johnston Environment Correspondent,
Independent, 27 September 2016

‘Air pollution continues to rise at an alarming rate, and affects economies and people’s quality of life – it is a public health emergency’

More than nine out of every 10 people on the planet live in areas whereair pollution breaches official safety limits – and millions of people are dying as a result, according to new research by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

An interactive map produced by WHO shows vast areas of the world are bathed in tiny particles from pollutants such as sulphate, nitrates and black carbon, which can penetrate deep into the lungs and beyond, leading to an array of deadly diseases. China, India, eastern Europe, the Middle East and Africa are among the worst affected regions.

"We Are The Evidence" Testimony to the Federal Communications Commission

"We Are the Evidence" (W.A.T.E.) is an advocacy group established to expose the suppressed epidemic of sickness, suffering and human rights crisis created by wireless technology radiation; elevate the voice of those injured; defend and secure their rights and compel society and governments to take corrective actions and inform the public of the harm. W.A.T.E. works through education, lobbying and legal action.

Recently, its CEO, attorney Dafna Tachover, spent time in Washington DC working to expose the epidemic of sickness from wireless technology.  

On 22 September 2016, Dafna Tachover testified before the Federal Communications Commission Disability Advisory Committee.  The Committee was established to make recommendations to the Commission on a wide array of disability matters within the jurisdiction of the Commission, and to facilitate the participation of people with disabilities in proceedings before the Commission.

Here is her speech. (6 mn.):


27 September 2016

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 Replacement Phones Are Overheating, Reports Say

Samsung recalled 2.5 million Note 7 phones after reports
of potentially dangerous overheating.
Credit:  Ariel Gonzalez/ YouTube
Samsung Galaxy Note 7 replacement phones are overheating, reports say
by Cara McGoogan, The Telegraph, 
26 September 2016

Samsung's replacement Galaxy Note 7 phones have been overheating and suffering from battery problems, according to reports, fueling concerns that the fixed "exploding" phones could still be unsafe.

Some customers have reported that the updated Note 7 phone, which Samsung began issuing last week after a global recall of the smartphones at the beginning of the month, have been losing power quickly, even when charging, and becoming unexpectedly hot.

The Korean electronics giant acknowledged that some customers in South Korea had complained about the replacement non-removable batteries, according to the Wall Street Journal.

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"

American Academy of Pediatrics Issues New Recommendations to "Reduce Exposure to Cell Phones"
Environmental Health TrustReleaseWire
26 September 2016

Nation's largest group of children’s doctors responds to new government study linking cell phone radiation to cancer

Teton Village, WY -- (ReleaseWire) -- 09/26/2016 --In response to the U.S. National Toxicology Program study results finding exposure to wireless radiation significantly increased the prevalence of highly malignant heart and brain cancers in rodents, the American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) has issued specific recommendations to reduce wireless cell phone exposure and updated their online resources for parents concerning cell phones and wireless devices.

"They're not toys. They have radiation that is emitted from them and the more we can keep it off the body and use (the phone) in other ways, it will be safer," said Jennifer A. Lowry, M.D., FAACT, FAAP, chair of the AAP Council on Environmental Health Executive Committee in the AAPs press release on the NTP Study Results.

25 September 2016

When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin

Electronic RFID tags that go under the
skin are being used to store personal
information and give users access to
secure areas.  Photo: Henrik Andree/
Telefonica Basecamp/Digiwell.com
When Information Storage Gets Under Your Skin
by Nina Adam and William Wilkes, The Wall Street Journal,
18 September 2016

Tiny implants can replace keys, store business cards and medical data—and eventually a lot more

Patrick Paumen doesn’t have to worry about forgetting his keys and being locked out of his apartment. That is because he doesn’t need a key anymore—he simply unlocks the door with a wave of his hand.

The 32-year-old IT expert from the Dutch city of Heerlen is one of a growing number of people with electronic implants under their skin, mostly to use as keys or for identification.

Mr. Paumen has several such implants, or tags, embedded in the fatty tissue of his hands and his lower arm. He uses separate tags to unlock not only his apartment door, but also his office and the gate to a secure parking lot at work. Another stores information he would otherwise put on a business card—name and contact details—and yet another holds similar information for nonbusiness encounters.

The implants can be activated and scanned by readers that use radio frequency identification technology, or RFID. Those include ordinary smartphones and readers already installed in office buildings to allow entrance with a common ID card.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences

On September 20, 2016, 375 members of the National Academy of Sciences, including 30 Nobel laureates, published an open letter to draw attention to the serious risks of climate change. The letter warns that the consequences of opting out of the Paris agreement would be severe and long-lasting for our planet’s climate and for the international credibility of the United States.

A full list of signers follows the text of the letter.

An Open Letter Regarding Climate Change From Concerned Members of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences
20 September 2016

Human-caused climate change is not a belief, a hoax, or a conspiracy. It is a physical reality. Fossil fuels powered the Industrial Revolution. But the burning of oil, coal, and gas also caused most of the historical increase in atmospheric levels of heat-trapping greenhouse gases. This increase in greenhouse gases is changing Earth’s climate.