Studies

by Carlo Longino




Whoops, Cell Phones Will Give You Cancer Again

from the who-to-believe? dept

Continuing the long run of contradictory reports on the role of mobile-phone use in causing brain tumors, a new Swedish study says that long-term phone use raises a person's risk of getting a malignant brain tumor. The "link" is apparently that of the 905 people they surveyed that had malignant tumors, 85 of them were "high users of mobile phones". That really doesn't seem to indicate much causation -- all 905 people probably wore shoes at one point or another, so should we conclude that shoes cause brain tumors? The real long-term effects of mobile phone use on people's brains and bodies remain unclear, but this type of study doesn't really help clear things up, one way or another.

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    Invidious, 31 Mar 2006 @ 1:22pm

    Triage

    Every day all over the world, rational people practice triage. Easily defined, it means:
    1. A process for sorting injured people into groups based on their need for or likely benefit from immediate medical treatment.
    2. A system used to allocate a scarce commodity, such as food, only to those capable of deriving the greatest benefit from it.
    3. A process in which things are ranked in terms of importance or priority.

    If we are to continue our self-destructive paths, we will have to make tough choices as to who survives and who does not. Cell phones are nice but to use one very often in light of all these, in my opinion, not so surprising discoveries concerning how human health is influenced negatively by them, is not terribly bright. We must concentrate our limited resources on those who show they can make reasonable choices towards maintaining a healthy lifestyle versus those who heedlessly do as they wish to do, regardless of the negative impact.

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