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sabato 31 marzo 2018

Il disgelo dell'Antartico è causato anche dalle radiofrequenze ? Come gli smartphone scaldano il pianeta '

In questi ultimi anni finalmente si comincia a porsi anche nella comunità scientifica se l'aumento esponenziale del livello base delle radiofrequenze in un sistema chiuso come il ns pianeta è (una) causa dell'incremento della temperatura con conseguente scongelamento degli acciai perenni.

Qui un articolo del ben noto National Geographic che in modo divulgativo ne parla
https://www.nationalgeographic.com/magazine/2017/07/antarctica-sea-level-rise-climate-change/

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Riporto uno studio australiano The Centre for Energy-Efficient Telecommunications (CEET): Alcatel-Lucent, Bell Labs and University of Melbourne.  sul 'potere dei servizi wireless in cloud'.

www.ceet.unimelb.edu.au/publications/ceet-white-paper-wireless-cloud.pdf

Sono sistemi altamente energivori: il Cloud del 2015 (NB) produceva una quantità di anidride carbonica pari a 4,9 MILIONI di nuove auto!    e ovviamente le cose peggiorano.

Lo studio sottolinea che il dispendio di energia NON è legata al funzionamento dei (mega) server che sono struttura di base per la archiviazione dei dati.  Chi genera il 90% dei consumi sono le tecnololie di accesso wireless.

E tutta questa energia dove va ?!   In calore ...

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Come gli samrtphone scaldano il pianeta

https://theconversation.com/how-smartphones-are-heating-up-the-planet-92793




NTP: altro passo concluso ! Le conclusioni determinano un CAMBIAMENTO

http://www.newsobserver.com/news/business/health-care/article207112454.html

Articolo dal New Observer   .  TRaduzione

Le onde radio a frequenza cellulare possono essere decisamente collegate al cancro nei ratti, secondo una riunione del comitato scientifico nazionale nel Research Triangle Park di mercoledì. La scoperta degli scienziati stabilisce la più chiara connessione del rischio di cellulare per gli esseri umani in un importante studio degli Stati Uniti fino ad oggi.

Gli scienziati hanno fatto il loro annuncio alla fine di una riunione di tre giorni per esaminare un esperimento sui roditori da 25 milioni di dollari condotto dal Programma nazionale di tossicologia in RTP per la Food and Drug Administration statunitense. La bozza dello studio, pubblicata all'inizio di febbraio, aveva in alcuni casi stabilito un legame debole e in alcuni casi nessun collegamento, ma il gruppo consultivo scientifico di mercoledì ha affermato che i dati sono più convincenti e indicano un rischio maggiore rispetto a quelli inizialmente riconosciuti.

Si prevede che la decisione di mercoledì cambierà il dibattito sulla sicurezza dei telefoni cellulari dato che l'industria delle telecomunicazioni, con l'incoraggiamento della Federal Communications Commission, si prepara a lanciare la tecnologia wireless 5G ad alta velocità di prossima generazione. Gli attivisti della salute pubblica prevedono che le conclusioni del panel scientifico sui rischi wireless aumenteranno la pressione sulle agenzie federali per emettere avvisi di sicurezza e stringere gli standard di sicurezza del dispositivo elettronico onnipresente.

"Probabilmente dovrebbe portare a una riduzione dei limiti di esposizione", ha detto Ronald Melnick, lo scienziato del National Toxicology Program che ha progettato lo studio prima di ritirarsi nove anni fa. "Questo è importante perché le agenzie che riceveranno questi dati prenderanno decisioni sulla salute pubblica sulla base di queste informazioni".

Melnick ha detto che i rischi per la salute riconosciuti mercoledì potrebbero costringere i funzionari pubblici e i leader delle telecomunicazioni "a non promuovere l'uso di alcuni di questi dispositivi a emissione di radiofrequenza per bambini".

Solo il mese scorso la bozza di rapporto era stata giudicata inconcludente dalla FDA e dall'American Cancer Society, e il gruppo scientifico era atteso dagli attivisti per apporre il timbro di approvazione a quelle conclusioni nella riunione di mercoledì.


Prima che gli scienziati votassero, Kevin Mottus, il direttore di outreach della California Brain Tumor Association, ha chiesto dal pavimento che l'intero panel si ricusasse per mancanza di qualifiche per valutare i dati di radiofrequenza. Mottus in seguito ha detto che i cellulari sono paragonabili all'amianto e al tabacco e dovrebbero contenere etichette di avvertimento.

Ma mentre la discussione elettorale ha preso il via, gli scienziati hanno iniziato a proporre mozioni per migliorare il livello dei risultati per affermare che un'esposizione prolungata alle radiofrequenze può essere chiaramente collegata al cancro del tessuto cardiaco nei ratti maschi. Il progetto di studio aveva precedentemente affermato che esisteva un collegamento ma nessuna evidenza chiara.

I tumori del tessuto cardiaco sono stati particolarmente significativi perché sono una rara forma di cancro che si verifica raramente nei ratti e non possono essere spiegati come malattie casuali.

John Bucher, scienziato senior del National Toxicology Program, ha affermato che il cancro del tessuto cardiaco che si sviluppa nei ratti maschi è lo stesso tipo di tumore che è stato osservato in alcune persone che hanno utilizzato per anni i cellulari nelle impostazioni di potenza più elevate.

"Il fatto che questo tipo di tumore fosse lo stesso ha attirato la nostra attenzione", ha detto Bucher. "E inoltre sono stati alcuni dei risultati più forti da un punto di vista numerico."

I relatori hanno anche votato che lo studio mostra alcuni collegamenti tra la radiazione del cellulare e il cancro al cervello nei ratti. Il progetto aveva affermato che il collegamento era equivoco, una designazione scientifica che indicava che era inconcludente e probabilmente irrilevante.

Oltre a mostrare un aumento dei tumori nei ratti, lo studio ha anche dimostrato che i ratti neonati pesavano meno e soffrivano di più alti tassi di mortalità quando vivevano in una camera di radiazione a radiofrequenza.

Qual'è il prossimo?
Il direttore della FDA dell'ufficio di scienza e ingegneria, Edward Margerrison, ha partecipato alla riunione e ha poi messo in guardia contro la formulazione di conclusioni avventate basate sulle votazioni di mercoledì. "Stiamo adottando un approccio responsabile", ha detto. "Non andiamo a prendere decisioni impulsive"

La FDA tradurrà i risultati dei roditori in rischi per la salute umana e la Commissione federale delle comunicazioni deciderà se le conclusioni della FDA sono abbastanza serie da giustificare l'introduzione di standard di emissioni inferiori per i cellulari degli Stati Uniti o di adottare altre precauzioni.

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articolo con riscontro di dettaglio della commissione degli esperti e voti

https://www.saferemr.com/2018/01/national-toxicology-program-peer-public.html

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NTP Should Analyze Overall Tumor Risk in Cell Phone Radiation Studies


In my written submission to NTP about the cell phone radiation studies, I recommended that NTP analyze the overall tumor risk from cell phone radiation exposure. After watching the three-day expert review of these studies, I restate this recommendation. 

While it is useful to examine what happened to the trees in the forest in this experiment (e.g., the increased risk of a specific tumor  developing in male rats from GSM exposure), it is essential to examine what happened to the forest (e.g., the overall risk of a male rat developing a malignant tumor from exposure to cell phone radiation).

NTP should test the null hypothesis that lifelong exposure to non-thermal levels of cell phone radiation does not increase the incidence of cancer.

There are several strong justifications for conducting this analysis.

First, a 5-year, $5 million Air Force study found low incidences of various types of tumors in male rats exposed to microwave radiation. In that study, the exposed rats were three times more likely to get cancer than the control rats. The study employed much lower intensity microwave radiation than the NTP studies.

Second, early toxicology research on the effects of tobacco found low incidences of many types of tumors among animals exposed to tobacco smoke. Scientists dismissed this evidence as they assumed an agent could not cause cancer in different types of tissue. History later proved them wrong.
Third, numerous biologic studies have found that exposure to low-intensity radiofrequency radiation increases oxidative stress causing generation of free radicals, stress proteins, and DNA damage in many different types of cells.

Finally, my preliminary analysis of the overall tumor risk using summary data from the appendices to the NTP report, found that male rats exposed to cell phone radiation were significantly more likely to develop cancer than control rats (38% vs. 25.5%; p = .021), and more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor (70% vs. 54%; p = .003).

Male rats in the lowest cell phone radiation exposure group, 1.5 watts per kilogram, were also more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor than control rats (74% vs. 54%; p < .001). Although cancer incidence for this low exposure group was greater than the control group, the difference was not statistically significant (34% vs. 25.5%; p = .163).

NTP should conduct these analyses controlling for differences in survival between the exposed and control animals.

http://www.saferemr.com/2018/01/national-toxicology-program-peer-public.html

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Experts find "clear evidence" of cancer from cell phone radiation in NTP study

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 28, 2018 (UPDATED March 30)

Eleven experts convened by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) over a three day period to review the draft technical reports from the NTP's cell phone radiation studies concluded that there is "clear evidence" that exposure to cell phone radiation caused a rare cancer in the hearts of male rats, and there is "equivocal evidence" for the hearts of female rats.
The expert panel also reported "some evidence" that cell phone radiation exposure caused brain cancer in male and female rats and cancer of the adrenal glands in male rats. Additionally, "equivocal evidence" of cancer risk was reported in the pituitary, adrenal, and prostate glands and pancreas and liver in male rats and adrenal glands in female rats.
The mice in the study, exposed to a different cell phone radiation frequency than the rats (1800 MHz vs. 900 MHz), displayed less evidence of cancer risk. Equivocal evidence of cancer risk from cell phone radiation was reported for lymphoma in male and female mice. Equivocal evidence was also reported for skin, lung, and liver cancer in male mice.
In seven instances, the expert group upgraded the evaluations of evidence published by NTP staff in the draft technical reports. Thus, the NTP scientists appear to have been overly conservative in their assessment of the hazards of long-term exposure to cell phone radiation.

A table (dated March 30) based upon NTP's official results which compares the evaluations of evidence of carcinogenicity prepared by NTP staff with the expert committee's findings can be found at:
General Interest:
By Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie,THE NATION, March 29, 2018.

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NTP cell phone studies — experts recommend elevated conclusions

John BucherBucher cautioned that the findings tell us that we should take a closer look, but they should not be directly extrapolated to human cell phone usage. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
A panel of external scientific experts met March 26-28 at NIEHS and recommended that some National Toxicology Program (NTP) conclusions be changed to indicate stronger levels of evidence that cell phone radiofrequency radiation (RFR) caused tumors in rats.
The panel agreed with NTP conclusions that there was little indication of RFR-related health problems in mice. The panel reviewed the conclusions of two draft technical reports, one in rats and one in mice, based on 10 years and $25 million of research.
“It was gratifying that the members of the expert panel unanimously praised the NTP cell phone studies as very well done, and vitally important research,” said NTP Senior Scientist John Bucher, Ph.D. “They conducted a thorough review, engaged in spirited debate, and grappled with the same uncertainties as did the NTP staff.”
Bucher stressed that the goal of the study was to establish the potential health hazard of exposure to cell phone RFR. He said that to detect a potential effect, the rodents’ whole bodies were exposed to levels equal to and higher than the highest level permitted for local tissue exposure in cell phone emissions today.
David EatonPanel chair David Eaton, Ph.D., of the University of Washington, said NTP was clairvoyant for including in utero exposure long before this was commonly considered in toxicology. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)

Heart, brain, and adrenal tumors

Working from the NTP scale of clear evidence, which is graded as some evidence, equivocal evidence, and no evidence, the panel made several recommendations.
The experts recommended that tumors in tissues surrounding nerves in the hearts of male rats, called malignant schwannomas, be reclassified from some evidence to clear evidence of carcinogenic activity.
In female rats, they recommended reclassification of malignant schwannomas from no evidence to equivocal evidence of carcinogenic activity. The panel agreed that there were unusual patterns of cardiomyopathy, or damage to heart tissue, in exposed male and female rats.
“When I look at these types of studies, I look for high-level signals that can infer mechanisms. I have more questions than answers, but the heart is clearly sending a signal in the rat studies, between the levels of cardiomyopathy and malignant tumors,” said panelist Rick Adler, D.V.M., Ph.D., senior director of discovery and regulatory pathology for GlaxoSmithKline.
The panel recommended that findings for a type of brain tumor, called malignant glioma, and a tumor in the adrenal gland, called pheochromocytoma, be reclassified as some evidence of carcinogenic activity in male rats.

Tissue changes and lower body weights

Chad BlystoneBlystone oversaw internal scientific reviews with NTP staff. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
NTP researchers also looked for noncancerous health effects in rats and mice. The panel agreed that there were increases in damage to brain tissue in exposed male and female rats, which further supported the classifications of cancerous effects in the brain.
For several other tissues, including the prostate and pituitary glands, the panel agreed that tissue changes were equivocal, meaning it was unclear if any of these tumor increases were related to RFR.
NTP also reported lower body weights among newborn rats and their mothers, especially when exposed to high levels of RFR during pregnancy and lactation, but these animals later grew to normal size.
“I want to highlight that we don’t rely on one specific item for determining response,” said NTP toxicologist Chad Blystone, Ph.D. He explained that NTP staff review numerous factors when determining conclusions, including those listed below.
  • Statistics.
  • Dose-response relationship.
  • Commonality of tumors and tissue changes.
  • Comparison to concurrent and historical controls.
  • Findings across sexes and species.

Most expensive, technically challenging studies

To conduct the studies, NTP worked with collaborators at the IT’IS Foundation to design special chambers that exposed rats and mice to different levels of RFR for up to two years, including exposure to pups while in the womb.
Myles Capstick, Ph.D., of the IT’IS Foundation explained that they wanted to expose the whole animals because they were not sure where health effects might occur. “We were aiming to expose as many tissues as possible, not mimic a phone next to the head,” said Capstick.
Capstick, Kuster, LadburyFrom right, John Ladbury of the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Kuster, and Capstick presented the exposure system and how it was validated. (Photo courtesy of Steve McCaw)
Exposure levels ranged from 1.5 to 6 watts per kilogram in rats and 2.5 to 10 watts per kilogram in mice. The low power level for rats was equal to the highest level permitted for local tissue exposures to cell phone emissions today. The animals were exposed for 10-minute on, 10-minute off cycles that totaled more than 9 hours each day.
The studies used 2G and 3G frequencies and modulations that are still used in voice calls and texting in the United States. More recent 4G, 4G-LTE, and 5G networks for streaming video and downloading attachments use different cell phone signal frequencies and modulations than NTP used in these studies. Niels Kuster, Ph.D., of the IT’IS Foundation added that their studies of 4G technologies are very similar.
There were approximately 3,000 animals in the study, and pathologists examined 50 tissues in each animal to look for signs of cancer or other changes.
(Virginia Guidry, Ph.D., is a technical writer and public information specialist in the NIEHS Office of Communications and Public Liaison and a regular contributor to the Environmental Factor.)

Asimina Kiourti
Michael Wyde
Asimina Kiourti, Ph.D., of the Ohio State University, acknowledged the challenge of changing technology. “How to catch up with technology?” she said. “This study delivered 100 percent of what you promised.” (Image courtesy of Steve McCaw)


https://factor.niehs.nih.gov/2018/4/feature/feature-2-cell-phone/index.htm


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Male rats exposed to cell phone radiation were significantly more likely to develop tumors and cancer 


Null hypothesis rejected
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, March 30, 2018  (Updated April 2)
... my preliminary analysis of the overall tumor risk using summary data from the appendices to the NTP report, found that male rats exposed to cell phone radiation were significantly more likely to develop a tumor than control rats overall (81% vs. 62%; p < .001), and even in the lowest cell phone radiation exposure group, 1.5 watts per kilogram (82% vs. 62%; p <.001).
Male rats exposed to cell phone radiation were significantly more likely to develop cancer than control rats (38% vs. 26%; p = .021), and more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor (70% vs. 54%; p = .003).

Male rats in the lowest cell phone radiation exposure group, 1.5 watts per kilogram, were also more likely to develop a nonmalignant tumor than control rats (74% vs. 54%; p < .001). Although cancer incidence for this low exposure group was greater than the control group, the difference was not statistically significant (34% vs. 26%; p = .163).

NTP should conduct these analyses controlling for survival differences between the exposed and control animals.

National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review
Also see:

National Toxicology Program Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer
Ramazzini Institute Replicates Key Finding from NTP Study 
 


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Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley



mercoledì 28 marzo 2018

Un ottima rassegna scientifica sul Wifi del Prof Martin Pall

vi segnalo questo importante articolo che sarà prossimamente pubblicato su Environmental Research

qui il link
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0013935118300355?via%3Dihub

lunedì 26 marzo 2018

Un indubbio aumento dei tumori al cervello in UK



http://microwavenews.com/news-center/gbms-rising-uk

Da un'elaborazione statistico epidemiologica  dei tumori al cervello dal 1995 al 2016 viene rilevato un leggero incremento dei tumori nel periodo ma, cosa molto più sconcertante, un forte incremento di quelli più invasivi e aggressivi.

E' quanto si legge dalla pubblicazione del lavoro
https://www.hindawi.com/journals/jeph/aip/7910754/
di A. Phillips ed altri.


Il lavoro si raccorda con i recenti articoli di Hardell, che già avevano portato alla richiesta a WHO di rivedere la classificazione della pericolosità delle radiofrequenze.

domenica 25 marzo 2018

Comunicato stampa di A.I.E.

Dopo l'Ente  di ricerca americano dell' NTP, dallo Istituto Ramazzini di Bologna arriva la conferma della relazione tra radiofrequenze e tumori 







L’Istituto Ramazzini di Bologna   ha confermato la presenza di tumori nelle cellule di Schwann - chiamati schwannomi - nel cuore dei ratti  coerentemente con una scoperta simile del Programma nazionale di tossicologia degli Stati Uniti (NTP, National Toxicological Program) in un progetto sui danni da radiofrequenze da 25 milioni di dollari, il più grande del suo genere.  NTP è un programma Federale USA creato da tre  agenzie federali americane (FDA, NIOSH, NIEHS).

L’Istituto Ramazzini  , fondato nel 1987 dal Professor Cesare Maltoni è una cooperativa sociale Onlus con oltre 22.000 soci, impegnata da oltre vent’anni nella difficile lotta contro il cancro e le malattie ambientali.
Il progetto concluso sulle radiofrequenze è durato ben 10 anni ed ha una rilevanza ed una portata a livello internazionale per la sua dimensione e la sua durata. Sono stati trattati ben 2400 ratti sottoposti a fonti di radiofrequenze, alle frequenze delle stazioni-radiobase

Questi due istituti – che sono distanti 7300 Km ! – sono arrivati a conclusioni molto simili!
Hanno ambedue pubblicato in riviste (peer-reviewed) internazionali estremamente qualificate.

Le petizioni di centinaia di ricercatori indipendenti di tutto il mondo anche del 2017 ora sono ancor più supportate dai risultati di questi stuti per chiedere all’OMS(WHO) di classificare le radiofrequenze come probabili cancerogeni.

E l’Italia che fa ?
Procede in modo acefalo nella corsa allo incremento,   esponenziale, del livello di inquinamento elettromagnetico in tutti gli ambienti, dovunque.

L’Associazione Italiana Elettrosensibili fa appello alla sensibilità, alla intelligenza della classe politica (sperando magari nei ‘nuovi arrivati’ agli ambiti scranni parlamentari) per dire stop alla corsa.
Di fermarsi. Di riflettere. Di valutare i costi ed i benefici.

Associazione Italia Elettrosensibili         Rete Noelettrosmog Italia
www.elettrosensibili.it   www.retenoelettrosmogitala.it 

venerdì 23 marzo 2018

Educazione sanitaria all'uso dello smartphone

Conferenza del direttore dell'ARPA di Trento ad un uso controllato ed attento dello smartphone in una Scuola media di Bolzano

https://www.ladigetto.it/permalink/74291.html


Sempre sulla ricerca Ramazzini ...




Scientists call on the World Health Organization International Agency for Research on Cancer to re-evaluate the carcinogenicity of cell phone radiation after the Ramazzini Institute and US government studies report finding the same unusual cancers.

Listen to March 22 Teleconference with Fiorella Belpoggi, PhD, Director of the Ramazzini Institute Research Department ;Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden;Ron Melnick, PhD Retired toxicologist with the National Institutes of Health and lead the design of the National Toxicology Program Study; David O. Carpenter, MD Director of the Institute for Health and the Environment, Co-editor of the Bioinitiative Report; Devra Davis, MPH, PhD, Visiting Professor of Medicine at The Hebrew University Hadassah Medical School, Jerusalem, Israel: Annie J. Sasco DSc, MD, PhD Retired Director of Research at the INSERM (French NIH) and former Unit Chief at International Agency for the Research on Cancer World Health Organization, France at this link https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=3337&v=N9LLfFxJTVg

Click here for the Environmental Health Trust online link



(Washington, DC) – Researchers with the renowned Ramazzini Institute (RI) in Italy announce that a large-scale lifetime study of lab animals exposed to environmental levels of cell tower radiation developed cancer. A $25 million study of much higher levels of cell phone radiofrequency (RF) radiation, from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP), has also reported finding the same unusual cancer called Schwannoma of the heart in male rats treated at the highest dose. In addition, the RI study of cell tower radiation also found increases in malignant brain (glial) tumors in female rats and precancerous conditions including Schwann cells hyperplasia in both male and female rats.

“Our findings of cancerous tumors in rats exposed to environmental levels of RF are consistent with and reinforce the results of the US NTP studies on cell phone radiation, as both reported increases in the same types of tumors of the brain and heart in Sprague-Dawley rats. Together, these studies provide sufficient evidence to call for the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) to re-evaluate and re-classify their conclusions regarding the carcinogenic potential of RFR in humans,” said Fiorella Belpoggi PhD, study author and RI Director of Research.  

The Ramazzini study exposed 2448 Sprague-Dawley rats from prenatal life until their natural death to “environmental” cell tower radiation for 19 hours per day (1.8 GHz GSM radiofrequency radiation (RFR) of 5, 25 and 50 V/m). RI exposures mimicked base station emissions like those from cell tower antennas, and exposure levels were far less than those used in the NTP studies of cell phone radiation.

“All of the exposures used in the Ramazzini study were below the US FCC limits. These are permissible exposures according the FCC. In other words, a person can legally be exposed to this level of radiation. Yet cancers occurred in these animals at these legally permitted levels. The Ramazzini findings are consistent with the NTP study demonstrating these effects are a reproducible finding,” explained Ronald Melnick PhD, formerly the Senior NIH toxicologist who led the design of the NTP study on cell phone radiation now a Senior Science Advisor to Environmental Health Trust (EHT). “Governments need to strengthen regulations to protect the public from these harmful non-thermal exposures.”   

“This important article from one of the most acclaimed institutions of its kind in the world provides a major new addition to the technical literature indicating strong reasons for concern about electromagnetic radiation from base stations or cell towers,” stated Editor in Chief of Environmental Research Jose Domingo PhD, Professor of Toxicology, School of Medicine at Reus University, Catalonia, Spain.

“The US NTP results combined now with the Ramazzini study, reinforce human studies from our team and others providing clear evidence that RF radiation causes acoustic neuroma (vestibular schwannoma) and gliomas, and should be classified carcinogenic to humans,” stated Lennart Hardell MD, PhD, physician-epidemiologist with the Department of Oncology, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden, who has published extensively on environmental causes of cancer including Agent Orange, pesticides and cell phone radiofrequency radiation.

“The evidence indicating wireless is carcinogenic has increased and can no longer be ignored,” stated University of Toronto Dalla Lana School of Public Health Professor Emeritus Anthony B. Miller MD, Member of the Royal Colleges of Physicians of Canada and the UK, and Senior Medical Advisor to EHT who is also a long-term advisor to the World Health Organization.   

“This study raises concerns that simply living close to a cell tower will pose threats to human health. Governments need to take measures to reduce exposures from cell tower emissions. Cell towers should not be near schools, hospitals or people's homes. Public health agencies need to educate the public on how to reduce exposure from all sources of wireless radiofrequency radiation—be it from cell towers or cell phones or Wi-Fi in schools,” stated David O. Carpenter MD, former Dean of the School of Public Health at the University at Albany. “This is particularly urgent because of current plans to place small 5G cell towers about every 300 meters in every street across the country. These 5G ‘small cell’ antennas will result in continuous exposure to everyone living nearby and everyone walking down the street. The increased exposures will increase risk of cancer and other diseases such as electro-hypersensitivity.”

Ramazzini Institute investigators have completed nearly 500 cancer bioassays on more than 200 compounds, and their study design is unique in that animals are allowed to live until their natural deaths in order to allow detection of late-developing tumors. Eighty percent of all human cancers are late-developing, occurring in humans after 60 years of age. This longer observation period has allowed the RI to detect such later-occurring tumors for a number of chemicals, and their published research includes studies of benzene, xylenes, mancozeb, formaldehyde and vinyl chloride.

The Ramazzini research results come in the wake of similar findings from the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) large-scale experimental studies on cell phone radiation. Both studies found statistically significant increases in the development of the same type of very rare and highly malignant tumor in the heart of male rats—schwannomas.

“This publication is a serious cause for concern,” stated Annie J. Sasco MD, DrPH, SM, MPH, retired Director of Research at the INSERM (French NIH) and former Unit Chief at the International Agency for Research on Cancer/World Health Organization, France, who commented that, “some of the results are not statistically significant due to the relatively small number of animals involved. Yet, that does not mean they should be ignored. Larger studies could turn out statistically significant results and in any event statistical significance is just one aspect of evaluation of the relation between exposure and disease. Biological significance and concordance of results between humans and animals clearly reinforces the strength of the evidence of carcinogenicity. The facts that both experimental studies found the same types of rare tumors, which also have pertinence to the human clinical picture, is striking.”

“Such findings of effects at very low levels are not unexpected,” stated Devra Davis PhD, MPH, president of EHT, pointing to a Jacobs University replication animal study published in 2015 that also found very low levels of RFR promoted tumor growth. “This study confirms an ever growing literature and provides a wake-up call to governments to enact protective policy to limit exposures to the public and to the private sector to make safe radiation-free technology available.”

In January 2017 at an international conference co-sponsored by Environmental Health Trust and the Israel Institute for Advanced Study at Hebrew University, Fiorella Belpoggi PhD, Director of Research at the Ramazzini Institute, presented the study design and the findings that RFR-exposed animals had significantly lower litter weights. Belpoggi’s presentation and slides are available online. The Ramazzini findings of lower litter weights are consistent with the NTP study, which also found lower litter weights in prenatally exposed animals. At that time, the  Italian journal Corriere published an article about the presentation of the Ramazzini study and quoted Belpoggi’s recommendation of “maximum precaution for children and pregnant women.”  

Noting that “current standards were not set to protect children, pregnant women, and the growing numbers of infants and toddlers for whom devices have become playthings,” Davis, who is also Visiting Professor of Medicine of Hebrew University Medical Center and Guest Editor in Chief of the journal Environmental Research, added, “Current two-decade old FCC limits were set when the average call was six minutes and costly cell phones were used by very few. These important, new, game-changing studies show that animals develop the same types of unusual cancers that are being seen in those few human epidemiological studies that have been done. In light of these results, Environmental Health Trust joins with public health experts from the states of California, Connecticut and Maryland, as well as those in France, Israel and Belgium to call on government and the private sector to carry out major ongoing public health educational campaigns to promote safer phone and personal device technology, to require and expedite fundamental changes in hardware and software to reduce exposures to RFR/microwave radiation throughout indoor and outdoor environments, and to institute major monitoring, training and research programs to identify solutions, future problems and prevention of related hazards and risks.”  

“More than a dozen countries recommend reducing radiofrequency radiation exposure to children. Countries such as China, Italy, India and Russia have far more stringent cell tower radiation regulations in place when compared to the United States FCC. This study provides scientific evidence that governments can use to take even further action to protect the public,” stated Theodora Scarato, Executive Director of EHT.

The article is “Report of final results regarding brain and heart tumors in Sprague-Dawley rats exposed from prenatal life until natural death to mobile phone radiofrequency field representative of a 1.8 GHz base station environmental emission” by L. Falcioni, L. Bua, E.Tibaldi, M. Lauriola, L. De Angelis, F. Gnudi, D. Mandrioli, M. Manservigi, F. Manservisi, I. Manzoli, I. Menghetti, R. Montella, S. Panzacchi, D. Sgargi, V. Strollo, A.Vornoli, F. Belpoggi   It appears in Environmental Research published by Elsevier.