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18 January 2019

Italy: A Landmark Judgment Condemns the State to Inform the Population of the Health Risks Due to Mobile Phones

Italy: a landmark judgment condemns the state to inform the population of the health risks due to mobile phones
PhoneGate Team, phonegatealert.org, 18 January 2019

LinkedIn

This decision of the Administrative Court of Rome is historic. It orders the Italian government to create a national information campaign on the health risks associated with the use of mobile phones.

Following the announcement by the Italian government that it was not appealing against his conviction, the judgment published on 13 November 2018 was widely reported by the transalpine media:

The 5G Mass-Experiment: Big Promises, Unknown Risks

We will be posting the English versions and links in other European languages of the series of articles published by Investigate Europe on 5G.

The 5G mass-experiment: Big promises, unknown risks (13 January 2019, 2 min.)

Big promises, unknown risks
investigate-europe.eu, 13 January 2019

Summary

17 January 2019

Phonegate: First Meeting Planned with the Services of François de Rugy, French Minister for the Ecological and Inclusive Transition

Message from the Association Phonegate Alert: Your mobilization pays off, we will be received by the services of the French Minister of Ecology François de Rugy. Help us to go in the best conditions to this important meeting. For this reason, we are counting on your mobilization to make the petition grow in scope. It would be great if we could reach 10,000 signatories by January 25. 

Please sign the petition: 
Protect the health of millions of mobile phone users

First meeting planned with the services of François de Rugy, Minister for Ecological and Solidarity Transition
PhoneGate Team, phonegatealert.org 16 January 2019

Following a letter from Thibault Leclerc, Chief of Staff of the Minister of State, Minister of Ecological and Solidarity Transition, we will be received on Friday, January 25, 2019 at 10 a.m., by the Head of the Department of Health Risks Related to the Environment, Waste and Non-point Pollution at the General Directorate for Risk Prevention.

We are going to put on the table the industrial and health issues of the Phonegate scandal and help lead the minister to take courageous decisions to properly protect the health of mobile phone users.

You can help us by supporting us. Join the first 4,600 signatories of our petition calling for the withdrawal of more than 250 of the most popular mobile phone models with wave threshold levels (SARs) up to nearly 4 times above the thresholds not to be exceeded.


U.S. Comms Watchdog's Industry-Friendly 5G Rules Challenged by Fresh Legislation

US comms watchdog's industry-friendly 5G rules challenged by fresh legislation
By Kieren McCarthy in San Franciscotheregister.co.uk, 16 January 2019

California Congresswoman claims FCC 'failed to listen to reasonable input'

America's comms watchdog – the FCC – has controversially forced local governments to charge a flat fee for 5G cell towers. It's a move opposed by everyone except the mobile operators, and has been challenged by new legislation.

On Tuesday, California Congresswoman Anna Eshoo (D-CA) introduced HR 530, arguing that the regulator had forced the legislative branch to act because it had "failed to listen to reasonable input from communities across the country, cowered to industry interests, and failed to put the public interests first."

Italian Court Orders Public Safety Campaign to Advise Public of Health Risks from Mobile and Cordless Phones

Italian Court Orders Public Safety Campaign
Microwave News, 16 January 2019

Must Begin by July 16; Government Will Not Appeal Decision

(Photo from article appearing in La Reppublica)
In a victory for advocates of precaution, an Italian court has ordered the government to launch a campaign to advise the public of the health risks from mobile and cordless phones.

The information campaign must begin by July 16.

The court in Rome reached its decision last November, but the announcement was only made yesterday. The decision is here.

Today, the government announced that it would not appeal the ruling, Stefano Bertone told Microwave News. Bertone is with the law firm of Ambrosio and Commodo in Turin, and is helping represent a citizens group called APPLE, which sued to force the government to act. APPLE is an acronym for the Association for the Prevention of and Fight Against Electrosmog.

Could Your Cellphone's Electromagnetic Field Make You Sick?

Could your cellphone’s electromagnetic field make you sick?
By Hiawatha Bray GLOBE STAFF, bostonglobe.com, 17 January 2019

(Photo): VICTOR J. BLUE/NEW YORK TIMES/FILE 2016 
Many scientists say exposure to electromagnetic fields may pose a health hazard. They’re especially concerned about cellphones, because of their position close to the user’s head.

A California health activist says the Massachusetts Department of Public Health may be withholding information about possible health risks posed by cellphones and other wireless technologies.

Joel Moskowitz, director of the Center for Family and Community Health at the University of California Berkeley, said the state agency is refusing to release fact sheets about the health effects of electromagnetic fields, or EMF, that it began drafting two years ago.

15 January 2019

Blood-Brain Barrier Breakdown an Early Driver of Dementia, Study Says

Blood-brain barrier breakdown an early driver of dementia, study says
by University of Southern Californiamedicalxpress.com, 14 January 2019

Leaky capillaries in the brain portend early onset of Alzheimer's disease as they signal cognitive impairment before hallmark toxic proteins amyloid and tau appear, new USC research shows.

The findings, which appear in the Jan. 14 issue of Nature Medicine, could help with earlier diagnosis and suggest new targets for drugs that could slow down or prevent the onset of the disease.

The number of Americans with Alzheimer's is expected to more than double to about 14 million in 40 years, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. There are currently five Alzheimer's drugs approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration that temporarily help with memory and thinking problems, but none that treat the underlying cause of the disease or slow its progression. Researchers believe that successful treatment will eventually involve a combination of drugs aimed at multiple targets.

14 January 2019

2019 Could Be the Year of the Big Tech Crash

2019 could be the year of the big tech crash
The Conversationmybroadband.co.za, 13 January 2019

When the dot-com bubble burst in 2000 it sent significant numbers of businesses to the wall. Investment banks had been encouraging enormous investment in dot-com ventures by launching Initial Public Offers (IPOs) allowing investors and entrepreneurs to cash in on vast fortunes by selling off shares in their companies.

Most of the dot-coms which listed on stock exchanges had done little more than consume vast amounts of investor cash and showed little prospect of achieving a profit. Traditional metrics of performance were overlooked and big spending was seen as a sign of rapid progress.

The Smart Diaper Has Entered the Building at CES 2019

Microwaving your child's genitals! What an ingenious 'smart' weapon!

The smart diaper has entered the building at CES 2019
by PATRICK HOLLAND, Jcnet.com, 8 January 2019
The Monit smart diaper sensor attaches to the
outside of a baby's diaper. Monit

Poop. There it is.

The Monit smart diaper sensor attaches to the outside of a baby's diaper.Monit

Nobody likes a dirty diaper, even if it's one of the realities parents have to cope with. So South Korean company Monit has set out to make the experience a bit more bearable. At CES, Monit shared what might be the ultimate wearable: a smart diaper.

Monit created a cookie-sized sensor with Bluetooth that attaches to the outside of a baby's diaper. The sensor can detect whether there's pee or poo in the diaper and alert parents and caregivers. No more need for a diaper sniff test.

Spain: Electrohypersensitivity Finally Considered a Work-Related Accident

Jan 2019 – ELECTROHYPERSENSITIVITY FINALLY CONSIDERED A WORK-RELATED ACCIDENT (SPAIN)
Posted on January 12, 2019 by ES-Ireland

“A judge recognises the occupational nature –work accident– of an employee’s temporary disabilities derived from electrohypersensitivity”

Zaragoza, 8 January 2019. A ruling recently issued by the Juzgado de lo Social (Labour Court) No. 1 of Zaragoza, Spain, established that the sole and exclusive cause of the electrohypersensitivity suffered by an Endesa employee was his work activity. The occupational nature of the temporary disabilities granted to this employee since 2014 is therefore ascertained and said temporary disabilities are to be considered work-related accidents. Ruling 203/2018

The aforementioned ruling was ratified by the High Court of Justice of Aragon. Ruling 691/2018

It is the first time that a Spanish judge recognises the occupational nature -work accident- of an employee’s temporary disabilities derived from electrohypersensitivity.

The JIMENEZ-MAINAR&ROSEL S.L. law firm from Zaragoza handled the case.

Europe Ignores Possible Cancer Risk of 5G

Europe ignores possible cancer risk of 5G
par HARALD SCHUMANN et ELISA SIMANTKEtagesspiegel.de, 12 January 2019 -
translation

Mobile communications technology is suspected of damaging health. But governments are steadily promoting the expansion.

Great uncertainty.  Even smartphone manufacturers advise
distance from the devices.
The planned Europe-wide roll-out of the fifth generation (5G) mobile network poses major economic and technical risks and is meeting with considerable resistance from the population in some EU countries. This was reported by the Investigate Europe team of journalists in the Tagesspiegel on Sunday. According to the report, it is uncertain whether the investments, estimated at around 500 billion euros, will ever pay off. In addition, a growing number of scientific studies indicate that high-frequency electromagnetic radiation used for mobile telephony can damage human health, such as causing cancer or damaging male semen.

'Right to Repair' Gathers Force

Climate change: 'Right to repair' gathers force
By Roger Harrabinm, BBC environment analyst, bbc.com, 9 January 2019

It is frustrating: you buy a new appliance then just after the warranty runs out, it gives up the ghost.

You can’t repair it and can’t find anyone else to at a decent price, so it joins the global mountain of junk.

You’re forced to buy a replacement, which fuels climate change from the greenhouse gases released in the manufacturing process.

But help is at hand, because citizens in the EU and parts of the USA will soon get a "right to repair" - of sorts.

This consists of a series of proposals from European environment ministers to force manufacturers to make goods that last longer and are easier to mend.

The European proposals refer to lighting, televisions and large home appliances.

11 January 2019

Tenth smartphone exceeding SAR: the Logicom M BOT 60 measured at 2.81 W/kg P

Tenth smartphone exceeding SAR: the Logicom M BOT 60 measured at 2.81 W/kg
Phonegate Team, phonegatealert.org 11 January 2019

In a press release published on its website, the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) announced that it had noted during these controls that the M BOT 60 smartphone from the French manufacturer LOGICOM exceeds the regulatory thresholds for the Specific Absorption Rate (SAR) trunk. Indeed, it was measured at 2.81 W/kg, which represents an overrun of more than 40% of the European regulatory limit value set at 2W/kg.

In accordance with the regulations (Article L43 II bis of the French Post and Electronic Communications Code):

"ANFR has given notice to LOGICOM, the company responsible for marketing this telephone, to take all appropriate measures to put an end to the non-compliance found on equipment currently on the market as well as those already marketed."

Insufficient and misleading communication from manufacturers

David O. Carpenter, MD, Top Public Health Physician, Joins NTEF'S Advisory Board

NTEF’s (National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation) core purposes are to provide education and services to the growing segment of the population who are adversely affected by everyday chemicals and toxins in our environment.

It has been proven that chemicals/radiation have a direct effect upon the brain whether during pregnancy, childhood or in adults. Chemicals such as pesticides, cleaning/disinfectant products, building materials, vaccine preservatives, perfumes, air fresheners, fragranced products, mold, along with electro-magnetic radiation/smart meters are most likely causing harm to your health and/or to the health of those around you.

David O. Carpenter, MD, Top Public Health Physician, Joins NTEF'S Advisory Board
prlog.org, 10 January 2019

LAS VEGAS - Jan. 10, 2019 - PRLog -- The National Toxic Encephalopathy Foundation (NTEF) is pleased to announce that David O. Carpenter, MD, has become a member of the NTEF'S Advisory Board.

Dr. Carpenter is a world-renowned research physician, recipient of numerous awards; Leon Resnick, Jacob Javits Neuroscience Investigator, Homer N. Calver, and Albion O. Bernstein.

Dr. Carpenter received both his undergrad and medical degrees from Harvard. After graduation from medical school, Dr. Carpenter chose to study brain function rather than to practice clinical medicine. Even as a medical student he graduated with a number of first-author publications on neural control of movement. He went on to study basic mechanism of synaptic transmission, first in invertebrate neurons and then using mammalian brain slices. His recent work is entirely focused on environmental causes of human diseases.

Republic of Korea: Mobile Carriers Grapple with 'NIMBY' Syndrome

Mobile carriers grapple with 'NIMBY' syndrome
By Jun Ji-hye, koreatimes.co.kr, January 2019

An engineer from SK Telecom checks a base station for 5G
networks installed on the rooftop of a building in
Myeong-dong, downtown Seoul, Nov. 14. /
Courtesy of SK Telecom
SK Telecom, KT and LG Uplus, which are preparing to offer fifth-generation (5G) network services for smartphones in March, have experienced trouble installing their base stations due to opposition from local residents who are worried about the potential health risks of exposure to electromagnetic waves, officials said Tuesday.

To offer super-fast 5G services for smartphones in time, mobile carriers need to increase the number of their base stations quickly, but it has not been easy to speed up installation because of what critics called NIMBY, or "Not In My Backyard" syndrome.

Some residents vehemently opposed the installation of base stations near their homes due to worries about health, while some building owners demanded ridiculously high rental fees to allow mobile carriers to install base stations on rooftops.

Parents Must Do More to Wean Their Children from the Dark Side of Mobile Technology

"Children absorb more than 60 percent of the radiation into the brain than adults. Their brain’s thinner skin, tissues, and bones allow them to absorb the radiation twice than grown-ups. Their developing nervous system makes them more vulnerable to this ‘carcinogen’. The disturbed brain activity could impair children’s learning abilities and other behavioral problems. It could even affect their mood and ability to learn."

Parents Must Do More to Wean Their Children from the Dark Side of Mobile Technology
By Guest Author Aaqib Ashraf, kashmirreader.com, 8 January 2019

Aaqib Ashraf

Mobile phones have become a staple of our society, with everyone from elementary school kids to senior citizens owning at least one. Although, mobile apps and texting have made our lives easier, but the impact they’ve had on social values like modesty, communication and the relationship(s) we have with one another is an emerging and an evolving concern.

In this age of mobile phones, every social individual is connected with each other through Social Media and today it is almost a need to be part of social media platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and so on. But, the newly emerged App called ‘TikTok’ is attracting more youth towards its platform. People, mostly teenagers, in Kashmir valley are getting much influenced and attracted towards this app as they upload and share their videos on it.

What's in a Name? 5G Wireless Claims, but no Real Network

What’s in a name? 5G wireless claims, but no real network
By New Delhi Times Bureau on January 9, 2019

5G E? 5G Plus? 5G Ultrawideband? Will the real 5G please stand up?

AT&T has drawn ridicule by relabeling the network used by some of its phones as “5G E” to signal that the next-generation wireless network is here. Problem is, phones capable of connecting to 5G aren’t coming for another few months, and a national 5G network won’t be deployed until 2020 or 2021.

But Verizon, which complained Tuesday about AT&T’s move, did something similar when it launched a residential wireless service with the 5G moniker using its own proprietary technology. Although there are now industry standards specifying exactly what 5G networks must meet, dubbed “5G NR,” there are still some grey areas, particularly when it comes to marketing. Carriers are using all tools at their disposal as they race to try to convince consumers they’ll be “first” with 5G.

Social Media (Again) Shown To Be Worse For Girls' Mental Health Than Boys'

Social Media (Again) Shown To Be Worse For Girls' Mental Health Than Boys'
by Alice G. Walton, Contributor, forbes.com, 5 January 2019

Getty
We’ve heard it before: As much as it may be handy for keeping in touch with old classmates or family members, social media seems to do more harm than good, psychologically, especially for young people. And the refrain is increasingly common, not just from the friend everyone has who’s quit Facebook and never been happier, but from multiple research studies over several years (and, if you count it, from some of the developers of social media themselves who have sounded loud warnings about its risks).

Now, a new study from the University of Essex and University College London finds that teenagers who spend more hours a day on social media have a greater risk for depression, and the connection appears to be particularly pronounced for girls.

United Kingdom: Telecoms Tower Rent Stalemate Could Delay 5G Rollout, Law Firm Warns

Telecoms tower rent stalemate could delay 5G rollout, law firm warns
by James Warrington, Reporter covering media, telecoms and marketing, cityam.com,
10 January 2019

The rollout of 5G in the UK could be delayed by a stalemate between network operators and landlords over rent reductions, according to law firm EMW.

Mobile providers and tower site landlords are locked
in bitter disputes over rent leves
(Source: Getty)
Mobile providers and tower site landlords are locked in bitter disputes over the level of rent to be paid on telecoms tower sites, leaving the market “polarised”, the company said.

The stalemate means the two parties are not reaching the commercial agreements needed to build and upgrade the infrastructure for high-speed 5G networks.

As a result, rent values for proposed and existing mast sites are likely to be lower.

Victoria Dobson, legal director at EMW, said: “The new code has had the effect of initially creating a stalemate between network operators and landlords.

U.S. Judge Limits Evidence in Trial Over Roundup Cancer Claims

U.S. judge limits evidence in trial over Roundup cancer claims
by Tina Bellonreuters.com, 4 January 2019

File Photo: A woman uses a Monsanto's Roundup
weedkiller spray without glyphosate in a garden in
Ercuis near Paris, France, May 6, 2018.
Reuters/ Benoit Tessier
(Reuters) - A federal judge overseeing lawsuits alleging Bayer AG’s glyphosate-based weed killer causes cancer has issued a ruling that could severely restrict evidence that the plaintiffs consider crucial to their cases.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria in San Francisco in an order on Thursday granted Bayer unit Monsanto’s request to split an upcoming trial into two phases. The order initially bars lawyers for plaintiff Edwin Hardeman from introducing evidence that the company allegedly attempted to influence regulators and manipulate public opinion.

Thursday’s order applies to Hardeman’s case, which is scheduled to go to trial on Feb. 25, and two other so-called bellwether trials which will help determine the range of damages and define settlement options for the rest of the 620 Roundup cases before Chhabria.

10 January 2019

The Internet of Bodies: A Convenient—and, Yes, Creepy—New Platform for Data Discovery

The Internet of Bodies: A Convenient—and, Yes, Creepy—New Platform for Data Discovery
law.com / ALM Media, 7 January 2019

Business network of executives at sea
In the Era of the Internet of Things, we’ve become (at least somewhat) comfortable with our refrigerators knowing more about us than we know about ourselves and our Apple watches transmitting our every movement. The Internet of Things has even made it into the courtroom in cases such as the hot tub saga of Amazon Echo’s Alexa in State v. Bates and an unfortunate wife’s Fitbit in State v. Dabate.

But the Internet of Bodies?

Yes, that’s right. It’s gone beyond the mere snooping of a smart TV. Data discovery has entered a new realm, and our bodies are the platform.

United States: Massachusetts: Update on Wireless Radiation and Public Health Initiatives

Massachusetts: Update on Wireless Radiation and Public Health Initiatives
Cecelia (Cece) Doucette, Technology Safety Educator
8 January 2019

MA Legislators lead the nation with nine bills to address wireless radiation and public health in general, and especially for our children in schools; from wi-fi, hand-held devices, utility "smart" meters and high voltage power lines; and to train the health care community to diagnose and treat microwave sickness. Five of those bills progressed out of committee favorably, and the Joint Committee on Consumer Protection and Professional Licensure, upon investigation, wrote their own bill. Legislative work will continue in the new session.

The MA Department of Public Health, Bureau of Environmental Health has a series of public health guidance sheets awaiting release to address cell towers, cell phones, wi-fi and high voltage power lines. Contact MA DPH Bureau of Environmental Health Director Jana Ferguson, 617-624-5007 (Dr. Bob Knorr just retired, this is his manager).

United States: Oregon: Bills on Wi-Fi Safety for Kids:

WiFi Safety for Kids
Author Deb Mayerpaaoregon.org, 8 January 2019

During the summer of 2018 a small group of Oregonians coalesced around the idea that too much attention to cell phones, tablets, and laptops is having adverse effects on children. Concerns over an escalating incidence of eye ailments, headaches, ADHD, behavioral problems, and other health risks prompted them into action. After considerable research and consultation with experts and policy makers, the group drafted three bills addressing concerns around the unfettered use of wireless screen devices.

09 January 2019

Spain: Higher Court of Justice of Aragon Links Electrosensitivity with Workplace Accidents

TSJA links electrosensitivity with workplace accidents
elperiodicodearagon.com, 8 January 2019 - translation

This worker began to suffer the symptoms of his illness in 2009, after having been exposed continuously to electromagnetic fields

The Higher Court of Justice of Aragón (TSJA) has confirmed a ruling that links the electrosensitivity contracted by an employee of an energy company as the cause of an industrial accident resulting from his work as an engineer in electrical transformation centers.

According to the Independent Association for the Defense of Health (Aisedes), this worker began to suffer the symptoms of his illness in 2009, after having been continuously exposed to electromagnetic fields.

In 2013, this association points out, the company's medical services rated him as a person sensitive to electromagnetic fields, and yet he had to continue his work in places close to Wi-Fi and telephony antennas.

UN Staff Member: 5G Is War on Humanity

UN Staff Member: 5G Is War on Humanity (5 January 2019, 6 min.)




UN Staff Member: 5G Is War on Humanity

by Claire Edwardstakebackyourpower.net, 5 January 2019

Disclosure about 5G — and its considerable risk for humanity — is occurring within the United Nations. This is thanks to longtime UN staff member and whistle-blower Claire Edwards, who recently contacted me with this powerful story which touches all of humanity and our shared future. Watch the interview... on YouTube here or on Facebook here. -Josh del Sol Beaulieu

The first eight months of WWII with no fighting was called The Phoney War. Using millimetre waves as a fifth-generation or 5G wireless communications technology is a phoney war of another kind.

This phoney war is also silent, but this time shots are being fired – in the form of laser-like beams of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) from banks of thousands of tiny antennas[1] – and almost no one in the firing line knows that they are being silently, seriously and irreparably injured.

In the first instance, 5G is likely to make people electro-hypersensitive (EHS).[2] Perhaps it was sitting in front of two big computer screens for many of the 18 years I worked at the UN that made me EHS. When the UN Office at Vienna installed powerful WiFi and cellphone access points – designed to serve large, public areas – in narrow, metal-walled corridors throughout the Vienna International Centre in December 2015, I was ill continuously for seven months.

08 January 2019

Swiss Parliament: 2018 Proposals on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection

Swiss Parliament:  2018 Proposals on  Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection
Towards Better Health, 8 January 2019

In 2018, at least six motions/interpellations were introduced by elected officials to the National Council of the Swiss Parliament to protect the population, including users of mobile telephony devices, from exposure to electromagnetic radiation.

Earlier in 2018, for reasons of health, the Council of States voted not to raise limit values for mobile telephony installations.  Groups supporting the motion included the Federation of Swiss Doctors, Doctors for the Protection of the Environment (MfE), the Federation of Swiss Patients and the Swiss Farmers' Union. See Press Release from MfE.

Each day, the delay or failure to take simple precautionary measures to reduce electrosmog, of which much of the population is unaware, brings us closer to serious illness, electrohypersensitivity, and other conditions, and serves only to increase the profits of the mobile telephony industry.

Interpellation 18.3622, introduced by National Councilor Silva Semadeni on 14 June 2018, "Radiation-Emitting Devices Close to the Head and Body", is one of the rare legislative proposals raised by a national parliament mentioning the industrial and health scandal of Phonegate. There is reason to hope that this and the other initiatives relating to mobile telephony will be more seriously considered by the new Federal Councilor for Environment, Transport, Energy and Communications (DETEC), Ms. Simonetta Sommaruga.  She was executive director of the Foundation for Consumer Protection in 1993 and its president from 2000 to 2010.  During past terms in the Swiss Parliament, she introduced proposals on non-ionizing radiation and protection of the health of the population.

We thank the Swiss legislators for raising these issues.

07 January 2019

Studies Suggest the Harm of Wireless Radiation

Studies suggest the harm of wireless radiation
by David Kostival, readingeagle.com (Reading, PA), 4 January 2019

Listening to "Shelly" and "Theresa" share their personal
stories of how wireless radiofrequencies have adversely
impacted their lives...
Special to the Reading Eagle:
David A. Kostival
American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents reduce their children’s exposure.

We all know that smoking is harmful to our health. Even smokers understand the risks.

But there was a time when smoking was glamorous and recommended for healthy social pleasures.

Then in 1964, the Surgeon General shocked Americans with a landmark report revealing smoking cigarettes was linked with lung cancer and heart disease.

We've come a long way in understanding how a once-simple pleasure actually kills people.

Some now believe that cellphones, wireless devices and smart meters are the modern-day equivalent of cigarettes.

[Press release] ANFR: French Administrative Court refuses Dr. Arazi’s requests

[Press release] ANFR: French Administrative Court refuses Dr Arazi’s requests
Equipe PhoneGate, phonegatealert.org, 7 janvier 2019

By a judgment handed down on 28 December 2018, the Melun Administrative Court denied Dr Marc Arazi access to the original and full mobile phone test reports carried out by the French National Frequency Agency (ANFR) in 2015.

Nor did the Tribunal comply with its request to transmit all written communications (e-mails, letters) between ANFR and ANSES.

The Judge considered, with regard to the communications made during the present proceedings, namely the publication of the reports on the ANFR’s OPEN DATA website in March 2018, that:

“… the measurement reports published by ANFR on 8 March 2018 were only formally harmonised before their publication without any change in their content and that, on the other hand, these reports were electronically signed and can be verified by any interested person by downloading the document…”

A worrying decision on transparency

04 January 2019

Recurrent Miscarriage Linked to Faulty Sperm

Recurrent miscarriage linked to faulty sperm
medicalxpress.com, 4 January 4, 2019, Imperial College London

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
The early-stage study, from scientists at Imperial College London, investigated the sperm quality of 50 men whose partners had suffered three or more consecutive miscarriages.

The research, published in the journal Clinical Chemistry, revealed that, compared to men whose partners had not experienced miscarriages, the sperm of those involved in the study had higher levels of DNA damage.

The study team hope these findings may open new avenues to finding treatments to reduce the risk of miscarriage.

Recurrent miscarriage affects around one in 50 couples in the UK, and is defined as the consecutive loss of three of more pregnancies before 20 weeks gestation.

Mobile Phone Base Station Tower Settings Adjacent to School Buildings: Impact on Students’ Cognitive Health

Mobile Phone Base Station Tower Settings Adjacent to School Buildings: Impact on Students’ Cognitive Health
Sultan Ayoub Meo, MBBS, PhD, Mohammed Almahmoud, MBBS, Qasem Alsultan, MBBS,

First Published:  American Journal of Men's Health, December 7, 2018 Research Article

Full text:
https://doi.org/10.1177/1557988318816914

Abstract

The use of mobile phones has remarkably increased and become a basic need of daily life. Increasing subscriptions of mobile phones boost the installation of mobile phone base station towers (MPBSTs) in crowded commercial and residential areas including near school buildings. This study investigated the impact of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic field (RF-EMF) radiation generated by MPBSTs on cognitive functions. Two hundred and seventeen volunteer male students aged between 13 and 16 registered from two different intermediate schools: 124 students were from School 1 and 93 students were from School 2. The MPBSTs were located within 200 m from the school buildings. In School 1, RF-EMF was 2.010 µW/cm2 with a frequency of 925 MHz and in School 2, RF-EMF was 10.021 µW/cm2with a frequency of 925 MHz. Students were exposed to EMFR for 6 hr a day, 5 days a week for a total period of 2 years. The Narda Safety Test Solution device SRM-3006 was used to measure RF-EMF in both schools, and cognitive functions tasks were measured by the Cambridge Neuropsychological Test Automated Battery (CANTAB). Significant impairment in Motor Screening Task (MOT; p = .03) and Spatial Working Memory (SWM) task (p = .04) was identified among the group of students who were exposed to high RF-EMF produced by MPBSTs. High exposure to RF-EMF produced by MPBSTs was associated with delayed fine and gross motor skills, spatial working memory, and attention in school adolescents compared to students who were exposed to low RF-EMF.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/1557988318816914

Canada Could Threaten U.S. Security by Allowing Huawei into 5G Network, Says U.S. Senator

Canada could threaten U.S. security by allowing Huawei into 5G network, says U.S. senator
by Brennan MacDonald, Vassy Kapelos, CBC News, 3 January 2019

Sen. Mark Warner renews call for Canada to reconsider Huawei access to 5G networks

(Photo:) Senate Intelligence Committee Vice Chair Sen. Mark Warner joined Power & Politics Thursday to discuss U.S. national security concerns regarding the Chinese telecommunications giant Huawei.(Jim Bourg - Reuters)

Canada's inclusion of Huawei technology in 5G network infrastructure would pose a risk to the U.S., a senior American senator said Thursday in an interview with CBC News Network's Power & Politics.

"There are no two countries that are closer connected than the United States and Canada," said Democratic Sen. Mark Warner. "Our telecom networks are totally meshed together and if there was a vulnerability in the Canadian system, it would make America vulnerable. And vice-versa."

India: Brain Tumor Among Children on the Rise

Every year over 2,500 of the Indian children suffer from
medulloblastoma, a paediatric malignant primary brain
tumor.  (Representational image)
2017 ARTICLE, RE-POSTED January 2019:

"According to a study in 2016, every year 40,000-50,000 persons are diagnosed with brain tumour in India, out of which 20 per cent are children. The study showed a drastic increase in the cases of brain tumour in children post 2015. Doctors said that this could be attributed to long-term mobile use..."

“There is a lot of literature that establishes a link between mobile radiation and brain tumour. Mobile phones emit radiation from their antennas and kids are at high risk as they possess soft tissues near the ear. It is advisable for children, adolescents, and also pregnant women, to use headphones while on call or use the speaker,” said Dr P.K. Sethi, professor and consultant of the neurology department at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. 

Brain tumour among children on the rise in India
by Shagun Kapil, The Asian Age, 10 July 2017

Brain tumour is a cancerous or a non-cancerous mass of growth of abnormal cells in the brain and is a leading cause of death in India.

03 January 2019

Public Waking up to Fact that 5G has not been Proven Safe for Human Health

Public Waking up to Fact that 5G has not been Proven Safe for Human Health
by John P. Thomas, healthimpactnews.com, 3 January 2019

While telecom companies are moving full speed ahead to put up millions of small cell towers for their new 5G (fifth generation) cellular communication system in the United States, the public is waking up to the fact that 5G has not been proven safe for human health.

The health concerns actually go far beyond the 5G cell towers that are being placed approximately every 500 feet on the streets of America’s urban areas. It has now been revealed that 20,000 satellites will be soon put into orbit around the Earth to broadcast 5G microwave radiation over every square foot of ground on our planet.

02 January 2019

Why You Shouldn’t Buy A 5G Phone In 2019

Why You Shouldn’t Buy A 5G Phone In 2019
by Michael Crider | @MichaelCriderreviewgeek.com | 
1st January 2019

5G is coming! It’s the future! It will speed up your phone, make your house connected, and finally bring you the fulfillment no other wireless standard could bring you. Or not.

Phone makers and carriers would have you believe 5G is really, truly, absolutely going to happen this year. But just like its predecessors, 5G mobile tech is going to have its growing pains, and early adopters will essentially be a huge group of product testers who are paying companies for the privilege of ironing out the kinks. If you’re hoping for a phone that’s sleek, gets long battery life, works wherever you go, and (perhaps most of all) is affordable, you might want to hold off on a purchase for at least a year or so.