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01/12/2011

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Inside View of the IARC Monograph Meeting 102

The procedures of the IARC Monograph Program are described in the article, "The Eyes of the World Were Upon Us – An Inside View of the IARC Monograph Meeting 102: Evaluation of the Carcinogenic Risks of RF-EMF to Humans" by Meike Mevissen and Christopher J. Portier

 
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31/05/2011

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IARC Classifies RF EMF as Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) of WHO has classified radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans (Group 2B), based on an increased risk for glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer, associated with wireless phone use.

 
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12/05/2011

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Press Conference: National Research Programme "Non-Ionising Radiation – Health and Environment" (NRP 57)

The Swiss National Science Foundation (SNSF) organized a national press conference on May 12, 2011, to present the results of the National Research Programme "Non-Ionising Radiation – Health and Environment" (NRP 57) to the general public.

 
NIH Study on "Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism" Received World-Wide Media Coverage
23/02/2011

NIH Study on "Effects of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Signal Exposure on Brain Glucose Metabolism" Received World-Wide Media Coverage

Nora D. Volkow, Dardo Tomasi, Gene-Jack Wang, Paul Vaska, Joanna S. Fowler, Frank Telang, Dave Alexoff, Jean Logan, Christopher Wong, in JAMA 2011, Volume 305, Issue 8, pp. 808–813

This study reports on the effects of mobile phone radiofrequency (RF) signal exposure on brain glucose metabolism. It was conducted at Brookhaven National Laboratory during 2009, included 47 healthy participants who underwent positron emission tomography (PET) following a 50-minute exposure to RF electromagnetic fields (EMF) generated by a commercial mobile phone handset. The main finding reported by the researchers was that acute exposure to mobile phone radiation resulted in increased brain glucose metabolism in regions ipsilateral to exposure (compared to sham).

However, caution should be taken when interpreting these new results as the dosimetry is limited, i.e., correlation as function of distance from the antenna instead of induced fields and poorly defined antenna input power level as the phone was activiated via the network. Additionally, it appears that the study design was single-blind, which may be a potential confound.

These results are similar to our previous findings [Huber et al., 2002; Huber et al., 2005] where we used PET to show that RF EMF exposure induces changes in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) ipsilateral to exposure. Furthermore, although this study was the first to show an effect on brain metabolism, several previous studies have already demonstrated effects on brain activity (EEG during waking and sleep, cortical excitability).

Overall, these new findings support previous evidence that mobile phone RF EMF influences brain activity. Despite this, the underlying mechanisms or potential consequences of these alterations in brain function remain unknown. We believe that the dosimetry should be improved to further strengthen the study.

Sarah Loughran, Peter Achermann & Niels Kuster

 

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02/02/2011

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Cisco Visual Networking Index: Global Mobile Data Traffic Forecast Update, 2010–2015

This paper presents some of Cisco’s major global mobile data traffic projections and growth trends from 2010 to 2015

 
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21/01/2011

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ETH Life on 2010 Hans-Eggenberger Prize to Sven Kühn

The Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (ETH) Zurich's campus magazine ETH Life featured an article about the 2010 Hans-Eggenberger Prize that was recently awarded to Sven Kühn for his PhD (EMF Risk Assessment: Exposure Assessment and Compliance Testing in Complex Environments) completed at ITIS and IIS.

 
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21/11/2010

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Mobile Communication - Technoscope 2010

IT'IS Labs feature in the latest edition of Technoscope, No. 3/10, November 2010.

 

 

 
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07/05/2010

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Canadian Television Item Features IT'IS Research into Exposure of Energy Saving Bulbs

On May 7, a national Canadian news program featured a recently completed study by the IT'IS Foundation on human exposure to electromagnetic fields from energy saving light bulbs supported by the Swiss Federal Office of Public Health and the Swiss Federal Office of Energy.

 
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18/04/2010

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2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility

The 2010 Asia-Pacific International Symposium on Electromagnetic Compatibility (APEMC) was held from April 12 to 16, 2010 at the Beijing International Convention Center with the theme of “EMC Harmonizes the World.”