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31 August 2015

Smartphones Cause Digital Amnesia, Finds Study on Indians

Smartphones cause digital amnesia, finds study on Indians
by Krishna Bahirwani, dnaindia.com, 31 August 2015

Digital amnesia is a phenomenon in which human knowledge gets lost because of our dependency on technology. And, smartphones are getting us there at a breakneck speed

In today's age, there should be no reason for you not to know about anything under the sun. Google has changed the way we gather information and it has vastly reduced the need for physical books and libraries. The same can be said about physical communication whose face changed dramatically with the advent of Facebook. While everyone thought online shopping would simply be an alternative to physical shopping, it is now on the verge of being deemed the only way to shop.

Video of Ants Circling Phone Divides Academics

Video of ants circling phone divides academics
by Martin Zavan, 9news.com, 31 August 2015

A video apparently showing ants snap into formation when an iPhone receives a call has internet viewers asking if the tiny insects are being mind-controlled by electromagnetic waves.

Even ant experts are perplexed by the mysterious phenomenon.

One Australian researcher told ninemsn the phone "has nothing to do with it", another said it was faked while yet another said science may explain how waves could mess with an ant's internal guidance system.

"A lot of ants use magnetism to orientate themselves," Associate Professor Nigel Andrew of Department of Entomology at the University of New England said.

30 August 2015

Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie

UPDATE 1st September 2016:  ["Testing [this wireless baby monitor] extensively... on live babies since last August [2014]?!"  Is this even ethical, irradiating babies with a class 2B carcinogen?]  Note: If your child has an irregular heart rate or irregular oxygen levels, you should NOT use Owlet as your primary monitoring system.  So, is this device really safe?!

"Being a baby product, safety and dependability have been top priority. We have been testing extensively with our hardware on live babies since last August,” said Monroe. “We just passed the 1 billion heartbeats recorded this month. We are beginning accuracy studies on the product and have units at Seattle Children’s hospital with IRB approval. We are also kicking off studies with many universities and hospitals to understand more about infant health."

Owlet, The Smart Baby Bootie, Raises $7 Million Series A
Posted by John Biggs, techcrunch.com, 19 August 2015

Owlet, the teenie tiny bootie that goes on babies and informs you if they’ve stopped breathing, has raised a $7 million A round, adding some solid numbers to their already impressive $1.85 million seed. The company, led by Jordan Monroe, Kurt Workman, and Zack Bomsta, aims to use the cash to help prepare for its public launch.

Digital Intoxication in Kids Can Affect Physical, Mental Health

Not only does addiction to internet and electronic gadgets take away
focus from building relationships but such behavioural trends also
invite the risk of diseases, particularly childhood obesity.
Digital intoxication in kids can affect physical, mental health
timesofindia, 28 August 2015

IANS | Aug 28, 2015 NEW DELHI: Heard of the term 'phubbing'? According to the Collins Dictionary, it means ignoring someone in a social setting by looking at your phone instead of paying attention. Sounds familiar? We have all been either phubbed, or have done that to somebody else at some time. But this increasing digital intoxication in children and adolescents can have grave implications on their physical and mental health, doctors warn.

"When there is excessive exposure to one stimulus, the brain ignores other stimuli. So someone who is constantly hooked to his or her electronic gadget, like a phone or tablet, may neglect other information and have cognitive problems, like difficulty in concentrating, analyzing, and taking decisions," Achal Bhagat, paediatrician at New Delhi's Apollo Hospital, told this correspondent.

Samsung Smart Fridge Leaves Gmail Logins Open to Attack

Samsung smart fridge leaves Gmail logins open to attack
by John Leyden, theregister.co.uk, 
24 August 2015

Failures in exploit discovery process are cold comfort for IoT fridge owners

Update Security researchers have discovered a potential way to steal users’ Gmail credentials from a Samsung smart fridge.

Pen Test Partners discovered the MiTM (man-in-the-middle) vulnerability that facilitated the exploit during an IoT hacking challenge at the recent DEF CON hacking conference.

The hack was pulled off against the RF28HMELBSR smart fridge, part of Samsung’s line-up of Smart Home appliances which can be controlled via their Smart Home app. While the fridge implements SSL, it fails to validate SSL certificates, thereby enabling man-in-the-middle attacks against most connections.

Smart Phone Not a Smart Choice When Facing Depression

Credit:  George Hodam/ Public Domain
Smart phone not a smart choice when facing depression
medicalxpress.com, 25 August 2015

Depressed people who turn to their smart phones for relief may only be making things worse.

A team of researchers, that included the dean of Michigan State University's College of Communication Arts and Sciences, found that people who substitute electronic interaction for the real-life human kind find little if any satisfaction.

In a paper published in the journal Computers in Human Behavior, the researchers argue that relying on a mobile phone to ease one's woes just doesn't work.

Using a mobile phone for temporary relief from negative emotions could worsen psychological conditions and spiral into unregulated and problematic use of mobile phones, or PUMP, said MSU's Prabu David.

28 August 2015

Why Modern Life is Making Dementia in Your 40s More Likely

An MRI scan of a human brain:  dementia sufferers
are becoming younger.  Photo:  Alamy
Why modern life is making dementia in your 40s more likely
by Colin Pritchard, The Guardian, 
7 August 2015

From background radiation to chemicals in the food chain, environmental changes are contributing to a rapid global rise in neurological disease

My interest in neurological disease was triggered by a second friend dying of motor neurone disease (MND), which in purely statistical terms was exceptional. It is suggested there is an incidence of about one in 50,000 who are affected by MND and most die. No one knows 50,000 people, so was it a statistical fluke?

This raised the question of whether there were increases not only in MND, but in neurological disorders as a whole, including the dementias. Using World Health Organisation mortality data, which – while not perfect – is the best information available as it is collated in a standard and uniform way, myself and colleagues at the faculty of health and social sciences at Bournemouth University set out to investigate this.

Our first study, focusing on the changing pattern of neurological deaths from 1979 up to 1997, found that dementias were starting 10 years earlier – affecting more people in their 40s and 50s – and that there was a noticeable increase in neurological deaths in people up to the age of 74. In a follow-up study, taking us to 2010 and across 21 western countries, these increases were confirmed.

Scotland - EHS Retreat, Pishwanton Wood Project

Pishwanton Wood is a centre for environmental education, research and therapy, which offers opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to renew and deepen their relationship with nature. The Life Science Trust explores ways of integrating agriculture, horticulture, woodland management and conservation activities to create a practical demonstration of sustainable land use. It bases its work on the scientific approach initiated by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe and developed by Rudolf Steiner.

"As a free electricity project we have no electricity in our buildings, made entirely of national materials (no chemicals at all) and hand built by crafts people. No mobile phones or electronic equipment is permitted in any of our buildings or even outside in the 60 acre compound."

Scotland - EHS Retreat, Pishwanton Wood project, The Life Science Trust
(Message via Sarah Dacre, Electrosensitivity UK) 
Website: http://www.pishwanton.org/

Dear Sara,

I am Jordi Albacete Communications and Marketing Officer at Pishwanton Wood project.

I am getting in touch with you because we would like to promote our place among the electrosensitive network in the UK.

Comments on BMJ Article: "Should All NHS Premises Provide Free Access to Wi-Fi?"

Re: Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?
Comment on BMJ article by Andrew PT Tresidder, GP, Somerset sessional GP, Ilminster, Somerset

Just a jobbing GP, I have seen a number of people over the years with headaches and poor sleep - which have got better by minimising unnecessary exposure to cordless phones, wifi and other RF (radiofrequency or microwave) devices, and returned when re-exposed. It is always good to remove an avoidable cause (like a stone in your shoe causing pain in the foot) rather than just treating the symptoms.

This interest has led me to become a trustee of the charity ES-UK, (Electro-sensitivity UK www.es-uk.info), and meet a number of people severely affected by transmitting technology, to the point where some of them have to give up their jobs, and a few even avoid contact with much of life as we all take for granted. To me, the technology of wifi and the like is wonderful - but, it has been rolled out on the flawed presumption that it is harm-free.

Affected people experience symptoms from exposure to RF transmissions, which include headaches, brain fog, inability to think clearly, speech disturbance, palpitations, sleep disturbance, epistaxis, fatigue, dizziness, vertigo, odd pains and tinglings in limbs - and interestingly ants exposed to wifi lose their ability to forage and die, amongst other creatures affected by non-thermal effects. Prevalence in the population is estimated at 3-5%, mainly undiagnosed.

Comments on BMJ Article: Should all NHS Premises Provide Free Access to Wi-Fi?

Re: Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?
Comment on BMJ article by Stephanie Dickerson, Teacher, Hoschton, GA, USA, 16 August 2015

"Should ALL NHS premises provide..." I capitalize "ALL" for the specific reason that this question assumes that 100% microwave radiation exposure 24/7 in a hospital setting is the choice at hand. Certainly there are other options that could address the different needs of many more people.

Given the independent scientific research that has come out the past decade exposing the harm to human biology caused by pulsed microwave radiation, it is amazing that a "health oriented" agency can continue to ignore the independent scientific data.

We have become dependent on the internet, both professionally and personally, and there are much healthier solutions than blanketing entire hospitals with wifi. What is most important is that the medical conglomerate recognize the health issues from 24/7 exposure and begin to take steps towards healthier solutions eg ethernet connections in patients' rooms, and a special area where wifi is available to those that want it, etc.

27 August 2015

Court Awards French Woman Disability Allowance of 29,000 Euros for 'Sensitivity to Gadgets'

© Gary Cameron / Reuters
Court awards French woman disability allowance of €29,000 for 'sensitivity to gadgets'
rt.com, 27 August 2015

A French court has awarded a monthly disability grant of some €800 to a woman claiming to have an allergy to electromagnetic radiation from gadgets such as cellphones. Most countries, including France, do not recognize the condition as a medical disorder.

Marine Richard, a 39-year-old former radio documentary producer, hailed the unprecedented ruling as a "breakthrough" for people affected by Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), AFP reported.

26 August 2015

Massachusetts: Family Sues Fay School in Southboro, Claims Wi-Fi Made Son Ill

The family of a student at the Fay School in
Southboro, seen here, has filed a lawsuit claiming
the school's strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to
become ill.  T&G Staff/ Christine Peterson
Family sues Fay School in Southboro, claims Wi-Fi made son ill
by Scott O'Connell, Telegram & Gazette Staff, 
24 August 2015

WORCESTER – The family of a student at the Fay School in Southboro has filed a lawsuit claiming the school’s strong Wi-Fi signal caused the boy to become ill.

The unidentified plaintiffs, referred to as “Mother” and “Father” in the complaint, said their 12-year-old son, “G,” suffers from Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity Syndrome, a condition that is aggravated by electromagnetic radiation. The boy was diagnosed after he frequently experienced headaches, nosebleeds, nausea, and other symptoms while sitting in class after the school installed a new, more powerful wireless Internet system in 2013, the suit says.

23 August 2015

Experts Warn Pregnant Mothers to Keep Cell Phones and Other Wireless Devices Away from Their Wombs

Experts warn pregnant mothers to keep cell phones and other wireless devices away from their wombs
by Lloyd Burrell, blogs.naturalnews.com,
10 August 2015

A new public awareness initiative has brought together more than one hundred doctors, scientific experts and non-profit organizations from around the world to collectively express their grave concern about the risks that wireless radiation exposures pose to pregnancy. The Baby Safe Project, the brainchild of two non-profit organizations, is essentially an awareness movement for pregnant mothers to keep cell phones away from their wombs.

Patricia Wood, Executive Director of Grassroots Environmental Education and co-creator of the BabySafe Project says, “The wireless world may be convenient, but it’s not without risks.” She goes on to explain that “when more than one hundred of the world’s leading medical doctors and researchers on wireless radiation say we have enough evidence for women to take protective action, we think women should know about it.”

21 August 2015

Hacker Can Send Fatal Dose to Hospital Drug Pumps


Hospira's drug infusion pumps include a serial cable (the
Hacker Can Send Fatal Dose to Hospital Drug Pumps
by Kim Zetter Securit, wired.com,
8 June 2015

Hospira's drug infusion pumps include a serial cable (the wide grayish-white cable with the single red stripe on one edge) that connects the communications module to the main pump board. Billy Rios

When security researcher Billy Rios reported earlier this year that he’d found vulnerabilities in a popular drug infusion pump that would allow a hacker to raise the dosage limit on medication delivered to patients, there was little cause for concern.

Altering the allowable limits of a particular drug simply meant that if a caregiver accidentally instructed the pump to give too high or too low a dosage, the pump wouldn’t issue an alert. This seemed much less alarming than if the pumps had vulnerabilities that would allow a hacker to actually alter the dosage itself.

17 August 2015

Our Obsession with Electronic Devices

Chaucer reversed
by David Tang, ft.com, 24 April 2015

‘In any vast lift lobby, there would always be an ocean of people moving with bowed heads and arched elbows’

Has the practice of looking at an electronic device as you go about your daily business reached epidemic proportions? Is there a cure?

There is absolutely no cure in sight. Forget the use of these devices at home and in the workplace, where the practice is already rampant, it is also prevalent everywhere else: restaurants, cinemas, concert halls, museums, galleries, parks, pavements and zebra crossings. There is now no stopping urban populations around the world being obsessed with their little electronic machines. It is as if nobody can afford to miss out instantaneously on any message or news, personal or otherwise, urgent or not urgent. All of our fingers are now trained to clench our precious devices which have become extensions to our hands.

16 August 2015

World-First Study Investigates Mobile Phones and Kids' Sleep

Comments on this study by Professor Trevor Marshall:

"These experiments always fail to produce useful results as they treat the effects of exposure as occurring in minutes or hours, when the effects on the immune system persist for days and weeks. At the very least, the kids in this study need to be isolated in close to a Faraday-Cage environment for a minimum of two days before commencing study. Then the electrosmog-simulating exposure must be made for the whole duration of the sleep, and the effects monitored over the following week. This is not what the researchers are doing, because they have the arrogance to presume that they know what the effects will be, how long they will last for, and how to best simulate an electrosmog environment. They will fail, or measure a much smaller effect than is experienced in an actual living environment.

"In 1978, Bise's group found that the EEG is affected by very, very small signal levels. This experiment is almost certainly going to be conducted in an electrosmog environment way above the levels at which the effects are most marked."

Prof Trevor Marshall, Director, Autoimmunity Research Foundation, Thousand Oaks, California
Fellow, European Association for Predictive, Preventive and Personalised Medicine (Brussels)
Patron, Unabhangige Gesellschaft zur Erforschung von Autoimmunerkrankungen (Germany)
International Expert Council, Community of Practice: Preventative Medicine (Moscow)

India: Government Portal to Track Radiation Exposure

Govt portal to track radiation exposure
by Sanjay Singh, FE Bureau, 12 August 2015

The government has raised the fine for violation of norms to R10 lakh per mobile tower per incidence

The communications and IT ministry will soon have a national electromagnetic frequency (EMF) portal that will evaluate the real-time electromagnetic radiation exposure on the ground level across the country.

The government intends to mitigate the ill effects of EMF exposure that has led to the pulling down of base transceiver stations (BTS) or mobile phone towers, resulting in poor network and frequent call drops.

Report: Digital Natives Do Everything From Mobile Devices

Report: Digital Natives Do Everything From Mobile Devices
by Kimberlee Morrison, adweek.com, 11 August 2015

Millennial teens are a digital native generation who grew up with technology, and are voracious early adopters.

Their high use of mobile devices, games consoles, and social networks is impacting everything from marketing budgets to app growth.

A study from Refuel Agency, a marketing agency specializing in teen and niche marketing, examines current trends among millennial teens.

Technology and device usage take up a large part of a millennial teen’s day.

Comments on BMJ Article: "Should All NHS Premises Provide Free Access to Wi-Fi?"

Re: Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?
Comment on BMJ article by Priyanka D. Bandara, Environmental Health Researcher/educator, Castle Hill, NSW, Australia, 15 August 2015

This article and most of the responses represent further evidence to the urgent need to inform the medical community (and the general public ) about the wide range of biological effects and adverse health effects that have been scientifically demonstrated to be associated with exposure to chronic “low level” exposure of microwaves (high power radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation or RF-EMR). The current knowledge on the RF-EMR is akin to the widespread ignorance that prevailed in the medical community about X-ray for decades (i.e. a “low dose” can’t do harm) after initial evidence of childhood cancer associated with X-ray during pregnancy was presented by Dr. Alice Stewart in the 1950s.

Comments on BMJ Article: "Should All NHS Premises Provide Free Access to Wi-Fi?"

Re: Should all NHS premises provide free access to wi-fi?
Comment on BMJ article by Dave Ashton, EMF/Health Advocate (voluntary), Addlestone, Surrey,
16 August 2015

I'm afraid I find it depressing that a medical journal should even have to ask this question - regardless of whether or not the wi-fi is free.

Here are some facts which I believe show that the very last thing that NHS medical staff, patients and visitors should be exposed to is the pulsed, microwave frequency radiation (at either 2.4GHz or 5GHz) that is emitted from Wi-Fi routers.

I have included references at the end.

1) The whole of the radiofrequency part of the electromagnetic spectrum (which includes the microwave portion used by Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and other wireless technologies) was classified by the International Agency for Research on Cancer, part of the World Health Organisation, as a Group 2B Possible Carcinogen in 2011. A number of the scientists involved in this classification have since called for it to be tightened still further - to Group 2A Probable Carcinogen, or even Group 1 Carcinogen.

14 August 2015

Massachusetts: Wi-Fi in School : ADA Federal Complaint Against School After Child Fell Sick From Wireless Installation

Wi-Fi in School ADA Federal Complaint Against School After Child Fell Sick From Wireless Installation
safetechforschoolsmaryland.blogspot

Breaking: 8/12/2015 Federal complaint seeks injunctive relief for violation of the Americans with Disabilities Act and damages for breach of contract and negligence.

Parents Call For the Removal of the Wi-Fi System at Massachusetts School.

Please Download the Filed Complaint HERE.

After more robust School Wi-Fi was installed in Spring 2013, a 12 year old boy started to experience troubling symptoms, which he reported to his parents when he came home from school. These included severe headaches, itchy skin, and rashes. The school nurse indicated that various children in the same classes were reporting increased headaches, dizziness, nausea and chest pressure. The symptoms were present whenever he was at school.

Key Points in the Complaint:

12 August 2015

After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a Third Nuclear Atrocity: the Corruption of Science


HIGHLY RECOMMENDED READING.

After Hiroshima and Nagasaki, a third nuclear atrocity: the corruption of science

by Chris Busby, The Ecologist (originally published on 6 August 2015 by rt.com)

Following the atomic bombs exploded over Japan in 1945 a second crime against humanity took place, writes Chris Busby: the deliberate falsification of science to hide the dangers of ionising radiation, perpetrated to quell public opposition to a new age of nuclear bombs and energy. The fraud continues to this day, but finally the truth is winning out.

On the 70th anniversary of the atomic bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, articles are appearing everywhere discussing the historical, philosophical, scientific, public health and social meaning of this event (I almost wrote 'war crime').

The bombings can be extrapolated onward in time through the atmospheric testing fallout and Chernobyl, to the more recent contamination in Japan after Fukushima.

Today, the analysis of the health risks from the Japanese A-Bombs is being cleverly twisted to provide a rationale for the development of nuclear weapons and nuclear energy.

11 August 2015

Carolyn Kaelin, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Patient Advocate and Patient, Dies at 54

The surgeon Dr. Carolyn M. Kaelin
in 2007.  Credit:  Steve Marsel
Carolyn Kaelin, Breast Cancer Surgeon, Patient Advocate and Patient, Dies at 54
by Denise Grady, The New York Ties, 9 August 2015

Dr. Carolyn M. Kaelin, a breast cancer surgeon who continued her research and advocacy for patients after her own diagnosis of breast cancer ended her surgical career, died on July 28 at her home in Charlestown, Mass. She was 54.

The cause was a brain tumor, not related to her breast cancer, said her husband, Dr. William G. Kaelin Jr., acancer researcher and a professor at Harvard Medical School. She learned she had the tumor in 2010.

Dr. Kaelin was 34 in 1995 when she became the founding director of theComprehensive Breast Health Center at Brigham and Women’s Hospital in Boston. She was the youngest woman ever chosen for such a high-ranking post at any major teaching hospital affiliated with Harvard.

“I was quite taken with her enthusiasm and patient-centeredness,” said Dr. Michael Zinner, the chief of surgery at Brigham and Women’s Hospital, who hired her.

Dr. Zinner quickly realized that he had made the right choice.

Switzerland: Cell Phone Radiation - How Big is the Risk?

[Note from the Editor of this blog:  Following is a near-verbatim summary of the article.  This does not represent the full text.  We wanted readers to have an idea of the current thinking in Switzerland regarding the risks of cell phone radiation from the point of view of the authorities, scientists, and one "mobile-critical" association, Gigaherz.ch .  As far as we know, the magazine "Beobachter" is the only mainstream Swiss media that has mentioned the International EMF Scientist Appeal, which was signed by one Swiss, for his studies on the effect of cell phone radiation on bees.] 

Cell Phone Radiation - How Big is the Risk?
Beobachter, Issue no. 15/2015, 24 July 2015

Many think cell phone radiation is harmful to health. But recent research results suggest caution

Veterinarian Michael Hässig presented an experiment at the University of Zurich as a situation that we find every day. He exposed ten cows to radiation of the type emitted by mobile antennas.  He then examined three enzymes in the blood of animals and noted that the behavior of the enzymes had changed. In some cows, the activity had increased, in others, it lessened. A third group showed no reaction. The experiment brought two important insights: cell phone radiation can alter the activity of proteins. And each organism reacts individually in spite of identical experimental conditions.  It is still too early for definitive statements. "We need more research. In principle, however, the results could be applied to humans"...

09 August 2015

7 Points That Prove How Dangerous Cell Phones Are To Humankind

"Numerous studies now show that cell phones emit dangerous electromagnetic waves (EMF) that are associated with the development of cancer – specifically brain cancer. Despite this knowledge, cell phone companies keep rolling right along with the help of government as they keep building more and more cell phone towers all over the United States. And why would we expect them to stop given that the cancer industry is a multi-trillion dollar industry?"

7 Points That Prove How Dangerous Cell Phones Are To Humankind
by Bernie Suarez, activistpost.com, 
6 August 2015

Is the cell phone or more specifically the modern day “smart phone” the most destructive invention in the history of humankind? I believe it may very well be and here is my argument.

No other invention has permeated human activity like the modern day cell phone. Here is a list of things that you may not have thought of that cell phones are responsible for. When you get to the bottom of this list you may just realize that the cell phone is the electronics invention ”ace-in-the-hole” for the globalists and their new world order plans.

1 – Cell phones have become the number one distraction to humans in all segments of society

Leaflet "Supporting My Friend With Electrical Hypersensitivity" Now Available

Message from EHS Information Services:

"Our new leaflet 'Supporting My Friend With Electrical Hypersensitivity' is now available to download or purchase online.

Please enter our website to view:  Click here for link to leaflet.

Thank you all very much for your input, we have addressed all the issues brought to our attention over this issue."

General Leaflets

A variety of leaflets providing information on different aspects of electrical hyper sensitivity. Suitable for informing neighbours, relatives or the public about electrical hypersensitivity, the impact of electromagnetic radiation on sufferers and what the condition of electro-hypersensitivity entails.
These leaflets are designed either to impart a general knowledge of electrical hypersensitivity or deal with common objections or prejudices people have against the condition.

All leaflets are tactful yet straight-forward.  

[Leaflets include "Electro-Hypersensitivity Hospital Information" for those who suffer discomfort or disability around electromagnetic fields and need aid from medical staff in a hospital.]

07 August 2015

Canada: Thousands Diagnosed with Brain Cancer Last Year

Thousands diagnosed with brain cancer last year
by Gillian Slade, medicinehatnews.com, 4 August 2015

There were 2,900 newly diagnosed cases of brain cancer in 2014 based on the Canadian Cancer Statistics Reports between 2010-2014.

The cancer surveillance system does not capture all primary brain tumours.

“I would approximate that the actual number of new cases is about double that reported here,” said Faith Davis, professor and vice-dean school of public health, University of Alberta who will be helping to create a brain tumour registry.

It would help to identify whether there is an increase of brain tumours in some parts of the country, whether mortality is increasing or not, and whether survival outcomes are similar in different regions, said Davis. It would also tell how well we are doing in diagnosing and treating the disease.

06 August 2015

Rise of Patients in 40s Suffering from Dementia

Research has revealed that people are getting dementia even
earlier, with some in their late 40s now being diagnosed.
Colin Pritchard, a researcher from Bournemouth University, told The Times: ‘The rate of increase [in dementia] in such a short time suggests a silent or even a “hidden” epidemic, in which environmental factors must play a major part, not just ageing.  The environmental changes in the last 20 years have seen increases in the human environment of petro-chemicals – air transport, quadrupling of motorvehicles, insecticides and rises in background electro-magnetic field, and so on … it is not that we want to stop the modern world, but rather make it safer.’

Rise of patients in 40s suffering from dementia: Researchers warn of 'silent epidemic' of early onset of the disease
by Alisha Rouse for the Daily Mail, 6 August 2015

- Early-onset dementia is striking people even younger, some in their 40s
- Researchers warn of a silent epidemic in early diagnosis of condition
- Says factors such as pollution from planes and cars could be to blame


People are getting dementia earlier, with those in their late 40s now regularly diagnosed with the disease.

Two decades ago, early-onset dementia was usually diagnosed in patients in their late 60s – but it is now often striking those who are even younger, a study found.

Deformed Daisies Found Growing Near Fukushima Nuclear Plant, Showing Extent of Genetic Damage from Radiation

Deformed daisies found growing near Fukushima nuclear plant, showing extent of genetic damage from radiation
by Greg White, fukushimawatch.com,
30 July 2015

Pictures of alluring roses and daisies flourish on Facebook and Twitter. In May and June of 2015, however, a Japanese citizen posted pictures of daisies on Twitter that went viral for reasons other than their aesthetic appeal.

An amateur photographer who goes by the handle @san_kaido posted pictures of mutated yellow daises in Nasushiobara City, which is 70 miles away from Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant meltdown. One daisy had split stems that had two flowers connected to each other; another daisy had four stems that grew up to be tied to one another. And some daisies had petals growing out of the side of the flower. The effects that Fukushima radiation can have on plant life is clearly manifest in these picture.

Radioactive waste taints fruits and vegetables by the roots

70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki: Atomic Bomb Survivors Speak Out Against Nuclear Power

Earlier anti-nuclear protest, Tokyo.
"Many people don’t know that radiation is so close to our lives. People must be aware of it, what radiations are and what kind of effect they have in our body. We must pass on [what we know of the risks] to future generations":  bombing survivor Junko Kosumo.

As Anniversary Nears, Atomic Bomb Survivors Speak Out Against Nuclear Power

by Lauren McCauley, staff writer, Common Dreams, 5 August 2015

Those who experienced the horrors in Hiroshima and Nagasaki say they 'must pass on what we know of the risks of nuclear energy to future generations.'

As the world nears the 70th anniversary of the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki on August 6th and 9th, some of the individuals who survived the horror of nuclear detonation are speaking out against the continued proliferation of nuclear energy.

With strong backing from President Shinzo Abe, Japan is set to restart its nuclear power program on August 10th, beginning with the Kyushu Electric Power Company's Sendai plant in the southwestern prefecture. It will mark the first restart since the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster in 2011.

04 August 2015

Are Insurance Companies Avoiding the Smart Meter Problem?

Are insurance companies avoiding the smart meter problem?
by Norman Lambe,
LA Home and Business Insurance Examiner, examiner.com, 
26 July 2015

A dangerous precedent is being followed in the insurance industryconcerning the investigation of smart meter fires. When a fire associated with the malfunctioning of a smart meter is reported to the insurance company, the Claims Adjuster will inspect the damage, and attempt to determine what caused the fire. The Adjuster will then continue the program of the evaluation of the loss and payment of the claim.

While the steps outlined take place, the insurance company is also interested in determining the cause of the fire, and if it is due to someone’s negligence or manufacturer’s defect. The insurance company will begin subrogation efforts to recover the insured’s deductible, as well as the amount the company paid for the repair.

02 August 2015

Germany: Doctors Warn of the Use of Tablets and Smartphones by Children

Child playing with smartphone.  Overwork, headaches,
ADHD and mental illness:  physicians are seeing in children
the negative consequences of the growing use of digital media.
(Photo:  AP)
Doctors warn of the use of tablets and smartphones by children
Author: dpa, handelsblatt.com, 31 July 2015 (translated from German by Google and the Editor of this blog)

More and more children are using mobile media. Doctors see this as critical and warn of health hazards. They also do not believe that the early use of technology will help later in a digitized world of work.

Berlin :  Smartphones, tablets and computers are, in the opinion of pediatricians, detrimental to the spiritual development of children in spite of the latest developments. "We pediatricians are convinced of significant health and psychological impairments and see this daily in our practices," said Till Reckert of the Professional Association of Child and Adolescent Physicians (BVKJ) Deutsche Presse-Agentur.

One danger is the fact that parents neglect their children, because their smartphones are more important, said the pediatrician, Vice-Chairman of the BVKJ in Baden-Württemberg. "There are great challenges ahead of us."

Swatch Smartwatch Set for Launch

The smart Swatch will have capabilities to handle payments.  This doesn't seem like such a good idea.  Smart watches are easily hackable.

Swatch smartwatch set for launch: 20,000 devices ready to go

by Paul Lamkin@paullamkin, wareable.com, 
16 July 2015

CEO outlines plan to go live in the US, China and Switzerland

Swatch's first smartwatch, reportedly based on the Swatch Touch, is on course for a summer arrival – launching in the US, China and Switzerland.

That's according to CEO Nick Hayek, who was speaking to the WSJ. "We have 20,000 already in stock and we are very optimistic about the watch," he said.

Back in March, the CEO spilled details on Swatch's plans and it looks like there will be two models - a watch with NFC capabilities to handle payments, open hotel doors and compatible locks, and a watch with Bluetooth for displaying alerts and news from a smartphone.