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31 January 2017

Electromagnetic Radiation And Environmental Factors In Autism

Electromagnetic Radiation And Environmental Factors In Autism
by Jamie Ann Montiel, RN, BSN, eatgenius.com, 30 January 2017

Autism spectrum disorders, (collectively referred to here as autism) has increased at an alarming rate over the past several decades which has coincided with the exponential growth of man-made sources of electromagnetic radiation (EMR) (7, 8), specifically wireless technologies, exposure to which has become ubiquitous in most places inhabited by humans nowadays. It is estimated that 1 in 45 children in the US has autism (10, 27). Autism is diagnosed according to behavioral symptoms but involves systemic physiological abnormalities and therefore it is not just a neurodevelopment disorder (18). Although autism is most likely a result of a combination of many environmental and genetic factors working synergistically to cause as well as exacerbate symptoms, genetic factors cannot account for the epidemic proportions of autism cases in such a short period, therefore environmental and epi-genetic factors play a major role in autism (9). What will be focused on herein will be the environmental causes of autism, how excessive EMR exposure, which is the impetus for the disease, combined with a lack of sunlight exposure as well as environmental heavy metal exposure, work in concert to lead to system-wide dysfunction that is autism.

5G Subscriptions On Way to Half Billion in 2022

"Mobile data traffic continues to grow, driven both by increased smartphone subscriptions and a continued increase in average data volume per subscription, fueled primarily by more viewing of video content."

5G subs on way to half billion in 2022

by Enterprise Innovation editors, 30 January 2017

There will be 550 million 5G subscriptions in 2022, according to a forecast in the latest edition of the Ericsson Mobility Report.

North America will lead the way in uptake of 5G subscriptions, where a quarter of all mobile subscriptions are forecast to be for 5G in 2022.

Asia Pacific will be the second fastest-growing region for 5G subscriptions, with 10% of all subscriptions being 5G in 2022. From 2016 to 2022, Middle East and Africa will dramatically shift from a region with a majority of GSM/EDGE-only subscriptions, to% of all subscriptions on WCDMA/HSPA and LTE.

FCC Threatens IoT Industry With Mandatory Cybersecurity Testing

The FCC's warning should not be taken lightly.
FCC Threatens IoT Industry With Mandatory Cybersecurity Testing
by Jason Knott, securitysales.com, 
30 January 2017

The FCC has warned private industry to clean up their act, or it will do it for them.

2016 was not without its fair share of major cyber attacks. Fortunately, the government is looking to address this growing concern.

In one of the last FCC rulings under the Obama Administration, the FCC has issued a stern warning to private industry involved in the Internet of Things (IoT), saying basically, “Clean up your act or we will be forced to step in.”

The warning notes that the government will force commercial companies to institute protective procedures if action is not taken.

30 January 2017

Electrohypersensitivity Is On the Rise (Article from Spain)

Technological communities of refugees without mobile 
phones or wireless networks are starting to proliferate.
Pere Tordera
Electromagnetic hypersensitivity, an unknown disorder, is on the rise
by David Bigorra, ara.ct, 13 November 2016 (Google translation with grammatical corrections.)

Wi-Fi radiation is the main cause of an impairment - a  thousand cases have already been registered at the Clínic.

At the same speed that the presence of electromagnetic waves is increasing in the environment - emitted by telephone antennas, power lines or Wi-Fi networks - so is the activity of Dr. Joaquín Fernández Solà, chronic fatigue unit coordinator at the Hospital Clínic of Barcelona.  Fernández Solà is one of the pioneers in the treatment of electromagnetic hypersensitivity in the State, a condition not recognized as a disease but each day affecting more people. The Clínic has already treated more than one thousand cases, 60% of which are caused by wireless networks.

29 January 2017

Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup

A picture taken on May 24, 2016 in Lillo near Antwerp
shows the Monsanto logo on a building at the firm 
Manufacturing Site and Operations Center.
(John Thys/AFP/Getty Images)
Court Rules Against Monsanto, Allows California To Put Cancer Warning On Roundup
sacramento.cbslocal.com, 27 January 2017

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) – California can require Monsanto to label its popular weed-killer Roundup as a possible cancer threat despite an insistence from the chemical giant that it poses no risk to people, a judge tentatively ruled Friday.

California would be the first state to order such labeling if it carries out the proposal.

Monsanto had sued the nation’s leading agricultural state, saying California officials illegally based their decision for carrying the warnings on an international health organization based in France.

Malaysia: Nearly 150 Illegal Telco Towers in Penang Demolished

"These towers have been opposed by residents for health reasons in many places. The Penang Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) Radiation Protection Association is at the forefront in demanding that telco towers be brought down. The group have claimed the EMF radiation from telco towers is hazardous to health and ought to be removed.  Over the past years, they had also campaigned in Penang to remove 4G transmission towers erected at schools to provide Internet coverage."

Nearly 150 illegal telco towers in Penang demolished
by Predeep Nambiarfreemalaysiatoday.com,  25 January 2017

Many have flouted state rules on telco towers and evaded permit fees before 2009, says Penang executive councillor.

GEORGE TOWN: Penang has taken down “dozens” of illegal telco towers.

State Local Government Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said this when commenting on a report that Perak had demolished 300 illegal towers.

If Wi-Fi and Cell Phone Radiation Are Safe, Why Has Belgium's Telecomm Boss Banned Them from His Offices?

If WiFi and Cell Phone Radiation are Safe, why has Belgiums Telecomm Boss Banned them from his offices?
by Morley, liveuniverse.club, 25 January 2017

By: Lloyd Burrell

99 percent of the population continue to use WiFi and other wireless devices without a second thought, but a growing number of people are becoming increasingly concerned with the health issues surrounding the use of these technologies. Didier Bellens happens to be one of these people. What makes Mr. Bellens different is that he also runs Belgacom, the largest telecommunications company in Belgium. His concern is such that not only has he chosen to do without WiFi on the 27th floor of Belgacom where his office is situated, he also chooses to do without a cell phone; only taking calls on the offices land line.

Does Mr. Bellem know something we dont?

'Global Epidemic of Blindness' on the Horizon, Experts Warn

Staring at digital screens for several hours can cause
irreversible damage to the retinas, potentially leading to
central blindness, a new study claims.
'Global epidemic of blindness' on the horizon, experts warn: Hours spent staring at screens 'will rob millions of their sight decades early'
24 January 2017

  • High energy light from digital screens is damaging our retinas, a new study says
  • Damage to the retinas - the light-sensitive layer at the back of the eye - is the biggest cause of central blindness
  • Experts say it is now 'clearer than ever' that we are facing a new global epidemic
  • But using a filter over screens can prevent further damage, researchers claim

Experts warn we face a global epidemic of blindness if we continue to spend hours you spend staring at a screen.

For Better Vision, Let the Sunshine In

Illustration by Renaud Vigourt
"Some experts connect the elevated rates of myopia to the many hours young people stare at computers and other screens. But a recent study published in JAMA Ophthalmology suggests that a greater factor may be a side effect of all that screen-watching — it’s keeping children inside."

For Better Vision, Let the Sunshine In
by Gretchen Reynolds, The New York Times, 19 January 2017

Being nearsighted is far more common than it once was. The prevalence of myopia, the condition’s medical name, in Americans has soared by 66 percent since the early 1970s, according to a 2009 study by the National Eye Institute; in China and other East Asian countries, as many as 90 percent of recent high school graduates are thought to be nearsighted.

Myopia results when eyeballs are longer than normal, changing the angle at which light enters the eye and therefore the ability to focus on distant objects. The disorder involves a complex interplay of genetics and environment and usually begins before adolescence, when the eye is growing, but it can worsen in early adulthood.

Cell Phones and Breast Cancer

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
Cell phones and breast cancer
by Leonardo L. Leonidas - @inquirerdotnet, Commentary,
4 January 2017

When a woman younger than 40 gets breast cancer, researchers swing into action to know why such an uncommon event happened. The commonly accepted scientific thinking for this to occur is when the woman inherited a gene for breast cancer. Another way may possibly be through exposure to radiation energy coming from a cell phone placed near the breast.

Case Report in Medicine (volume 2013) featured four young women found to have multifocal breast cancer. All of them did not have breast cancer genes. All were younger than 40 and had a years-old habit of keeping their cell phone in their bra.

5 Tech Predictions for 2017

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer and founder of
Facebook Inc., demonstrates an Oculus Rift virtual reality
(VR) headset and Oculus Touch controllers as he gives a
demonstration during the Oculus Connect 3 event in San 
Jose, California, U.S., on Thursday, Oct. 6, 2016.
Bloomberg - Bloomberg via Getty Images
5 Tech Predictions for 2017
by Tim Bajarin, Time, 22 December 2016

I've been writing a tech predictions column for nearly 30 years now. I study our research and look for trends and information that give me hints of what I believe might be the hot topics, trends or issues that will impact the tech industry in the coming year.

Here are what I believe will be the biggest trends and issues in tech for 2017:

President Trump's Impact

It's well known that Silicon Valley was generally not a big supporter of President-elect Donald Trump. However, technology executives are pragmatic, and they know they need to deal with his administration if they want to see their tech agenda advanced over the next four (or eight) years.

28 January 2017

This Former Techie Owes His Fortune to Electronic Devices. Now He Thinks They're Dangerous.

Peter Sullivan in his Los Altos office.
Courtesy Peter Sullivan
This Former Techie Owes His Fortune to Electronic Devices. Now He Thinks They're Dangerous.
by Josh Harkinson, Mother Jones, 
28 January 2017

Silicon Valley isn't the best place to be hypersensitive to electromagnetic fields.

Peter Sullivan and I are driving around Palo Alto, California, in his black Tesla Roadster when the clicking begins. The $2,500 German-made instrument resting in my lap is picking up electromagnetic fields (EMFs) from a nearby cell tower. As we follow a procession of BMWs and Priuses into the parking lot of Henry M. Gunn High School, the clicking crescendos into a roar of static. "I can feel it right here," Sullivan says, wincing as he massages his forehead. The last time he visited the tower, he tells me, it took him three days to recover.

27 January 2017

Congress Should Investigate Cancer Collusion

© Getty Images
Our comment: It seems that the new U.S. Administration is blowing precautionary measures protecting health and environment to the wind... Is President Trump giving any thought about the future of his grandchildren who will inherit the world he is about to fashion (or should we say, destroy)?

Congress should investigate cancer collusion
by Julie Kelly, Opinion Contributor, thehill.com, 23 January 2017

During her confirmation hearing to be ambassador to the United Nations, South Carolina Gov. Nikki Haley put the United Nations on notice that the days of being unaccountable to its top funder are over. “When we look at the United Nations, we see a checkered history … any honest assessment finds an institution that is often at odds with the American national interest and American taxpayers,” she said.

Haley essentially sent a message to all international agencies that they’ll have to answer to an “America First” administration hostile to global policymakers and a reform-minded Republican Congress.

One already in the crosshairs is the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), which is under the purview of the United Nation's World Health Organization. Congress is investigating why taxpayers continue to fund this France-based agency that’s been accused of stonewalling conflicts of interest and using shoddy science to promote a politically motivated agenda.

'Toxic Substances' Found in Most Nappies Sold in France

Photo:  Parenting patch/Flickr
'Toxic substances' found in most nappies sold in France
by Oliver Gee, oliver.gee@thelocal.com
24 January 2017

There are potentially dangerous chemicals inside most brands of babies' nappies sold in France, a new study by a leading consumer group has revealed.

In a report published on Tuesday, the magazine 60 Million Consumers (60 Millions de Consommateurs) said its testers had detected potential carcinogenics in ten different brands of nappies - out of the 12 it tested.

These included organic nappies and those from leading brands, the group noted, in findings it said were "far from reassuring".

Globe-Trotting Pollutants Raise Some Cancer Risks Four Times Higher than Predicted

New research has revealed the ways that aerosol droplets
can form to transport pollutants long distances, even
across oceans.  Credit:  Oregon State University
Globe-trotting pollutants raise some cancer risks four times higher than predicted
phys.org, 26 January 2017

A new way of looking at how pollutants ride through the atmosphere has quadrupled the estimate of global lung cancer risk from a pollutant caused by combustion, to a level that is now double the allowable limit recommended by the World Health Organization.

The findings, published this week in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences Early Edition online, showed that tiny floating particles can grow semi-solid around pollutants, allowing them to last longer and travel much farther than what previous global climate models predicted.

Scientists said the new estimates more closely match actual measurements of the pollutants from more than 300 urban and rural settings.

Are You Carrying Your Cellphone Too Close to Your Body?

A pocket may not be the best place to keep your
cellphone.
(m-gucci / iStock)
Are you carrying your cellphone too close to your body?
by Nara Schoenberg, Chicago Tribune, 
26 January 2017

In the movie "La La Land," the heroine fields calls in the current style, with her cellphone pressed close to her ear.

When President Barack Obama gave his farewell address, he equated innovation with "a computer in every pocket."

Some users sleep with their cellphones on the nightstand — or even tucked under the pillow.

But how close should you really get to your cellphone?

The answer depends, in part, on whom you ask. Government experts say cellphones, which emit radio frequency radiation, have not conclusively been linked to any health problem. But some critics point to studies they say raise concerns, including a preliminary report by the National Toxicology Program that rats exposed to cellphone radiation experienced a small but significant increase in heart and brain tumors. Critics also point to studies indicating that cellphone exposure may negatively affect sperm quality.

26 January 2017

New Jersey: Residents Blast 'Monster' JCP&L Power Line Plan with 200-Foot Towers

"I am opposing this because it is a threat to public safety, public welfare and public health."

Residents blast 'monster' JCP&L power line plan with 200-foot towers
by Rob Spahr | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
26 January 2017

MIDDLETOWN - More than 1,000 residents turned out Wednesday in opposition to Jersey Central Power & Light's plan to install towering power lines along a NJ Transit right-of-way between Aberdeen and Red Bank.

Four hours later, however, only a handful of residents, who were not elected politicians or a member of a group, had been given the opportunity to voice their concerns in front of the administrative law judge handling the case.

Two representatives from JCP&L were the first to speak about the Monmouth County Reliability Plan, which calls for the installation of a 230,000-volt line and tall poles ranging from 110 to 210 feet high that would be placed every 500 feet between Aberdeen and Red Bank along NJ Transit's North Jersey Coast Line.

State of Washington: Mount Rainier Wilderness Slated for Cell Coverage


MOUNT RAINIER WILDERNESS SLATED FOR CELL COVERAGE

Proposed Cellular Antennas in Paradise Visitor Center Will Wire Wilderness
For Immediate Release: Dec 12, 2016,
peer.org

Washington, DC — One of America’s premier wilderness parks is being steadily blanketed by cellular signals, thus allowing visitors in its most remote corners to download music, stream videos or even hunt Pokémon, according to documents posted today by Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility (PEER). Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State is now considering new commercial cellular facilities in a visitor center that will spill cell coverage across its surrounding designated wilderness.

Approximately 97% of Mount Rainier National Park is designated wilderness, which by law is to remain “untrammeled” by humans and be managed to preserve its wilderness character. The Park is now reviewing two right-of-way permit applications from Verizon Wireless and T-Mobile to install wireless communications facilities within the Jackson Visitor Center at Paradise. The Paradise area is surrounded by wilderness. The coverage maps from the two providers indicate that signals from their facilities will spill deeply into park wilderness. Public comment on “scoping” for the plan closes today.

14 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health (24 January 2017)

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health (sent via Email on 25 January 2017 to the CHE-EMF working group by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley).
saferemr.com

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety, Jan 24, 2017

A follow-up study of the association between mobile phone use and symptoms of ill health

Cho YM, Lim HJ, Jang H, Kim K, Choi JW, Shin C, Lee SK, Kwon JH, Kim N. A follow-up study of the association between mobile phone use and symptoms of ill health. Environ Health Toxicol. 2016 Dec 29. doi: 10.5620/eht.e2017001. [Epub ahead of print]

25 January 2017

Samsung Investigation Reveals New Details About Note7 Battery Failures

Photo: Samsung
Samsung says its investigation involved 200,000 handsets, 30,000 standalone batteries, and 700 engineers working in a dedicated facility. Phones were tested with the back cases both on and off photo at right) and with various types of software running.  

Samsung Investigation Reveals New Details About Note7 Battery Failures

by Mike Gikas and Jerry Beilinson, consumerreports.org, 22 January 2017

Batteries for both the original and replacement Note7 smartphones, though designed differently, had dangerous flaws. Some experts ask: ‘Are phones getting too thin?'

Samsung says two different battery flaws were to blame for the fires that plagued its flagship Galaxy Note7 smartphone throughout the fall, leading to two separate recalls and, ultimately, the permanent withdrawal of the model from the market. The details are being released after an internal investigation, following weeks of speculation by reporters and analysts about what the company's report would conclude.

Baby Vital Sign Monitors 'Not the Solution' to New Parents' Anxiety

SIDS has become much less common in recent decades as
doctors have urged parents to put infants to sleep on their
backs.  
(Sima Sahar Zerehi/CBC)
Baby vital sign monitors 'not the solution' to new parents' anxiety, pediatrician says
Thomson Reuters, 24 January 2017

Healthy babies don't need apps with sensors to monitor their vital signs, U.S. pediatrician says

Smartphone applications paired with sensors to monitor babies' vital signs may appeal to parents anxious to make sure infants sleep safely through the night, but there's no medical evidence proving these products work, a new paper suggests.

These apps linked to sensors in babies' socks, onesies, leg bands and diaper clips are marketed as tools to help parents keep tabs on things like breathing, pulse rate and oxygen levels in the blood and sound alarms when infants are in distress.

Unregulated 'Internet of Things' Industry Puts Us All at Risk

Unregulated 'internet of things' industry puts us all at risk, security experts say
by Sheena Goodyear, CBC News, 26 October 2016

Massive DDoS attacks that exploited internet-connected devices spark calls for better industry standards

[Baby monitors also radiate babies with harmful
electromagnetic waves.]
(Photo:) Baby monitors are one of the increasing number of so-called smart devices that come connected to the internet. Security experts are warning that such devices can leave consumers vulnerable to hacking and are urging governments to more closely regulate their production. (Steve Marcus/Reuters)

Last Friday's massive cyberattacks should serve as a "wake-up call" and a warning to consumers that smart devices designed to make our lives more convenient are also making us unsafe, security analysts warn.

We're at the frontier of an era in which everyday objects — baby monitors, home appliances and even medical devices — come with built-in web connections. But regulation and security measures aren't keeping pace with this phenomenon, dubbed "the internet of things."

24 January 2017

Mobile Phone Radiation, an Underestimated Disease Factor: Summary of Lecture Delivered to Swiss Medical Association

Mobile phone radiation, an underestimated disease factor
www.buergerwelle.de, 18 January 2017 (translated from German by Google with grammatical corrections)

Lecture given by Peter Schlegel dipl. Ing. ETH at the special event "Electrosmog and its effects on the body" organized by the Swiss medical association SSAAMP on October 13, 2016 in Zurich. Participants were around 100 medical professionals.

The lecture was a version of 62 lecture notes supplemented by additional presentations (not presented at the event for reasons of time). For a better understanding, some slides with explanations and comments were added at the oral presentation. The presentations were based on Swiss conditions.

23 January 2017

The Kids Are Not All Right - How Wireless Tech Is Harming Our Youth And What Parents Can Do Right Now

The Kids Are Not All Right - 
How Wireless Tech Is Harming Our Youth And What Parents Can Do Right Now
by Alison Main, Paleo Magazine, February/March 2017 issue. paleomagonline.com

“Children are not little adults and are disproportionately impacted by all environmental exposures, including cell phone radiation. Current FCC standards do not account for the unique vulnerability and use patterns specific to pregnant women and children.” 
—American Academy of Pediatrics, 2013 

Don’t run with scissors. Don’t talk to strangers. Don’t play with matches. Don’t drink and drive. Don’t do drugs. 

Parents are eternally concerned about their children’s safety. From infancy to adolescence, children are developing humans—physically, behaviorally and intellectually. To emerge as healthy, well-adjusted adults, kids need their parents’ protection. And when it comes to children and wireless-tech safety, there’s a lot parents need to know.

Spain: A Lleida Court Is Deciding Whether to Grant Permanent Disability to a Woman Who Claims Electrosensitivity

Rosa CT, back to camera, affected by electrosensitivity,
talks to Dr. Carmen Valls before the Lleida court where
he has testified as as an expert in her favor at the trial
held on Thursday.  Javier Martin
[Once again, we are looking for someone who could translate this article from Spanish into better English.] 

A significant article published in a major newspaper: A Lleida court is deciding whether to grant permanent disability to a woman who claims electrosensitivity.

The supposed 'allergy' to wifi on the bench
by Inigo Dominguez, El Pais,
14  January 2016 (Auto-translation)

"A Lleida court decides whether to grant permanent disability to a woman who claims electrosensitivity, an unrecognized disease of great scientific discussion"

Wi-Fi 'allergy' is a colloquial expression for the so-called electro-hypersensitivity, with the acronym EHS, the presumed intolerance to the electromagnetic waves of the wireless connections and other apparatuses.

The issue demands even more qualification because there is not even agreement that this 'allergy' exists, that these waves produce that effect.

The vast majority of the scientific community, the World Health Organization and the committee of EU experts deny it , they say it is not proven. They treat it directly as a Chinese tale.

On the contrary, some scientists believe that this is not the case, and they handle growing documentation, while being disdained by the rest of their colleagues.

21 January 2017

Pentagon Plans for 'Doomsday' Artillery Shell Containing an Electromagnetic Pulse Weapon

A solicitation from the Pentagon calls for a non-explosive
electromagnetic pulse artillery shell capable of wiping out
'a wide range of electronics, critical infrastructure, and
computer-based systems.'  It would fit into a 155mm
artillery piece, like the M777 Howitzer pictured.
Pentagon plans for 'doomsday' artillery shell containing an electromagnetic pulse weapon powerful enough to cripple an entire city's electronics revealed
18 January 2017

  • Pentagon is calling for a 'non-kinetic effects' weapon for 155mm projectiles
  • Would be an electromagnetic pulse artillery shell that could wipe out electronics
  • It would destroy electronic infrastructure without physically causing damage 

The US Department of Defense is developing a powerful new weapon that could cripple an entire city without directly hurting anyone.

A recent solicitation from the Pentagon calls for a non-explosive electromagnetic pulse artillery shell capable of wiping out ‘a wide range of electronics, critical infrastructure, and computer-based systems.’

The NTP Cell Phone RF Radiation Health Effects Project

The NTP Cell Phone RF Radiation Health Effects Project [Health Matters]
James C. Lin, Univ. of Illinois at Chicago, Chicago, IL, USA
Published in: IEEE Microwave Magazine
( Volume: 18, Issue: 1, Jan.-Feb. 2017 )

Abstract:
On 26 May 2016, a U.S.-government-led project reported occurrences of two types of rare cancers in laboratory rats exposed to RF radiation used for wireless cell phone operations. This five-year project has been ongoing for more than ten years, with a currently estimated price tag of US$25 million or more of taxpayers' money (two to three times its original budget). That's huge! It is the largest health effects study ever undertaken by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

Full text available.

On 26 May 2016, a U.S.-government-led project reported occurrences of two types of rare cancers in laboratory rats exposed to RF radiation used for wireless cell phone operations [1].

This five-year project has been ongoing for more than ten years, with a currently estimated price tag of US$25 million or more of taxpayers' money (two to three times its original budget). That's huge! It is the largest health effects study ever undertaken by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) of the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS).

The Findings and their Implications

Is 5G Cellular Technology Harmful to Our Health?

Is 5G Cellular Technology Harmful to Our Health?
saferemr.com, 17 August 2016 (updated 19 August)

5G cellular technology will employ much higher frequency microwaves than current cell phone technologies: 2G, 3G, and 4G. These microwaves, known as millimeter waves, won't penetrate building materials like the current technology which is why industry may need one cell antenna base station for every 12 homes.

But millimeter waves can affect your eyes and penetrate your skin.

When the Los Angeles Times reporter contacted me for the story below, I did a quick search and found several recently published articles examining biological effects of millimeter waves (see references below). This form of microwave radiation is most likely to affect our skin and neuronal cells in the upper dermis.

Moreover, widespread adoption of 5G cellular technology in the U.S. may have profound effects on our ecosystem by altering bacteria, possibly creating harmful bacteria that are resistant to antibiotics.

History has proved that we cannot trust the FCC and the FDA to protect our health from microwave radiation exposure.

Brain Tumors Are Increasing in Denmark

Brain tumors are increasing in Denmark.
News release from Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation, 20 January 2017
From original article in Swedish.

The chart shows the development of the number of patients
(all ages) who each year are reported to have a tumor in the
brain, the meninges (including meningioma) or central
nervous system (including cranial nerves and acoustic
neuroma).  The statistics include both malignant and benign
tumors.  Nearly 1,000 more patients were registered in 2015
compared with 1990.  The graph also shows a clear trend
reversal takes place in 2003/2004 after which the growth
 rate increases.
Never before have so many new patients been diagnosed with a brain tumor in Denmark as in year 2015. The number of people diagnosed with tumors of the central nervous system (CNS, including brain tumors) in Denmark has more than doubled since 1990 according to new statistics and the largest increase has been in the last 10 years until 2015. Among young people aged 0-39 years, tumors in the CNS are the type of cancer that has increased the most.

The increase appears to have accelerated in the last ten years according to the data from the Danish Cancer Registry, analyzed by the Swedish Radiation Protection Foundation. The data includes both malignant and benign brain tumors. During the same period, the use of mobile phones has increased tremendously.

In addition, the number of young patients diagnosed with a CNS tumor is on the rise. Among young people under 40 years of age in Denmark, also this age group is seeing a rise in the number of diagnosed cases. CNS tumors are also increasing among the young and are now almost as common as malignant melanoma among those aged 0-39 years. CNS tumors have increased more than any other tumor type over the past ten years in this age group. In 2006, 186 young persons aged 0-39 years were reported with a CNS tumor, but in 2015 the number had increased to 271.

20 January 2017

Electrosensitivity – an Environmental illness, an Authentic Diagnosis, not a Delusional Disorder - Letter by Dr. Andrew Tresidder

Full text:  Download

Andrew.tresidder@tesco.net

January 2017

To my Medical Colleagues, GPs, Psychiatrists, Neurologists and others:

Electrosensitivity – an Environmental illness, an Authentic Diagnosis, not a Delusional Disorder

Summary:
Electrosensitivity is the symptomatic sensitivity to Electric or Magnetic Fields of any frequency, including RadioFrequency (RF or Microwave) transmissions. As a symptomatic condition, it is becoming common due to the increasing environmental pressure on human biology. The source is pollution from wireless and other EM fields. Doctors as yet rarely recognize it due to educational issues. Safety always lags technological advance. There are barriers to recognition of harms. Current UK Advisory Safety Limits are based upon the outdated and disproven myth that Non-Thermal means Non-Harmful. Society and organizations have yet to fully travel the road from ‘there isn’t a problem’, ‘there might be a problem but it’s very small’ to ‘there is a problem’. Society does not recognize humans as electromagnetic beings, as well as physical bodies needing careful nutrition to maintain health. Meanwhile, increasing numbers of people suffer, often ignored or dismissed because society doesn’t yet appreciate the issue, and doctors have no answers. Electrosensitivity is soundly supported by both biology and physics.

"Electrohypersensitivity: A Functional Impairment Due to an Inaccessible Environment" by Professor Olle Johansson

"As clearly stated by the UN, there must be an end to nonchalance, lack of consideration, indifference and lack of respect on the part of society for those with disabilities."  We ask everyone to read and consider - what Professor Olle Johansson says about electrohypersensitivity.  

"Some medical doctors and a few scientists still... want EHS to be a medical/psychiatric diagnosis, i.e. with patients with an undefined disease syndrome, the latter instead being the focus of medical/psychiatric treatments (thus, no automatic accessibility measures, including shielding of the environment)...

"There is much that could be done to increase accessibility: educating architects, planners, scientists, technologists and the general public more effectively about EHS, its causes and how it can be minimized... Creating work, home and general environments that are more user-friendly for EHS sufferers so that they feel included and not excluded in the rich tapestry of life...

"Forcing people with such functional impairments out into various sanctuaries or zones is completely in opposition to the UN disability laws, the Standard Rules, and it’s Convention, and could be the beginning of a terrible trend...

"How are [electrohypersensitive persons] to be able to be a normal part of the community with complete access to council offices, post offices, means of transport, cinemas, restaurants, hospital care and other facilities when electromagnetic pollution can affect them detrimentally?...

"As clearly stated by the UN (6), there must be an end to nonchalance, lack of consideration, indifference and lack of respect on the part of society for those with disabilities for all our sakes. As moral human beings we should never accept negative discriminatory treatment or an insulting special treatment of those with impairments."

Electrohypersensitivity: a functional impairment due to an inaccessible environment 
Olle Johansson*
DOI 10.1515/reveh-2015-0018 Received July 14, 2015; accepted November 2, 2015

Extracts

Full text (click on "download" at right)

Google Harvests School Kids' Web Histories for Ads

"It is disturbing to think that one of the world's most profitable corporations would try to make even more money by deceiving parents and taking advantage of Mississippi school children."

Google harvests school kids' web histories for ads, claims its Mississippi nemesis

by Shaun Nichols, theregister.co.uk,  
18 January 2017

M-I-S-S-I-sue-your-ass-you-creepy-spy

Google is once again facing allegations that its cloud for education may be harvesting and selling information on school kids.

Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood is suing [PDF] for full disclosure of how the Chocolate Factory handles and markets any information it collects through the G Suite for Education service it operates for roughly half of the state's K-12 schools. K-12 is kindergarten through to twelfth grade, or children five to 18 years old.

Exposure to Insecticides that Mimic Melatonin Could Put People at Higher Risk for Diabetes

Exposure to insecticides that mimic melatonin could put people at higher risk for diabetes
news-medical.net, 19 January 2017

(Image: ) This computer-generated image demonstrates how melatonin (in yellow) and carbaryl, (in light turquoise), a commonly used insecticide, bind directly to the same binding region on the human melatonin receptor. NeuroscienceNews.com image is credited to Raj Rajnarayanan, UB.

Synthetic chemicals commonly found in insecticides and garden products bind to the receptors that govern our biological clocks, University at Buffalo researchers have found. The research suggests that exposure to these insecticides adversely affects melatonin receptor signaling, creating a higher risk for metabolic diseases such as diabetes.

Industry Money May Taint Advice from Patient Groups, Regulators

According to a recent study published in JAMA Internal Medicine, more than 67 percent of 245 patient advocacy groups reported receiving industry funding in the past year. Of those, nearly 12 percent reported that more than half their funding came from industry.

Industry money may taint advice from patient groups, regulators
by Ronnie Cohen, reuters.com, 
17 January 2017

(REUTERS HEALTH) - As a social worker, Susannah Rose referred clients with cancer to patient advocacy groups she trusted to dispense unbiased advice - until she heard the groups might be taking money from pharmaceutical companies.

So she set out to investigate.

Two-thirds of patient advocacy organizations reported receiving industry funding, Rose, now a bioethicist, finds in a new study.

United Kingdom: Date Set for Landmark Hearing into Dangers of Fumes in the Cabin

Inquest to examine risk of toxic fumes in aircraft.  Taken
from Facebook page RIP Richard Westgate.  Richard
Westgate died age 43 in December 2012.  
"A LANDMARK court hearing to examine the risks posed by toxic fumes inside aircraft cabins will be heard in Bournemouth in April. A date has finally been set for a full inquest into the death of British Airways pilot Richard Westgate... Mr Westgate, 43, died while undergoing treatment for Aerotoxic Syndrome in The Netherlands in 2012. It has taken more than four years to assemble the evidence and experts needed to establish what happened to him. Legal experts representing the aviation industry, British Airways and the family will travel from across the globe to give evidence."

Date set for landmark hearing into dangers of fumes in the cabin
by Jane Reader, bournemouthecho.co.uk, 19 January 2017

A LANDMARK court hearing to examine the risks posed by toxic fumes inside aircraft cabins will be heard in Bournemouth in April.

A date has finally been set for a full inquest into the death of British Airways pilot Richard Westgate.

The hearing will take place over two weeks in April at Bournemouth Town Hall and will be one of the longest and most detailed inquests ever heard in the county.

19 January 2017

Changes in Blood-Brain Barrier, Intestinal Permeability Found in Individuals with Autism

Credit:  CC0 Public Domain
Changes in blood-brain barrier, intestinal permeability found in individuals with autism
medicalexpress.com, 18 January 2017

Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has the dubious distinction of being the fastest-growing developmental disability in the U.S., according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. With 1 in every 68 children born in this country diagnosed with ASD, parents are looking everywhere for answers about best treatments. Along with selective medication to treat certain symptoms, traditional treatments include intensive behavioral approaches. But with no "one-size-fits-all" treatment approach, parents often turn to diverse complementary and alternative therapies.

China's Booming Middle Class Drives Asia's Toxic e-Waste Mountains

Workers at an electronic waste recycling factory in Jingmen,
Hubei province.  
Photograph:  Jie Zhao/Getty Images
China's booming middle class drives Asia's toxic e-waste mountains
by Stephen Leahy, The Guardian,
16 January 2017

Sharp rise in discarded electronic goods is generating millions of tonnes of hazardous waste, putting pressure on valuable resources, study shows

Asia’s mountains of hazardous electronic trash, or e-waste, are growing rapidly, new research reveals, with China leading the way.

A record 16m tonnes of electronic trash, containing both toxic and valuable materials, were generated in a single year – up 63% in five years, new analysis looking at 12 countries in east and south-east Asia shows.

Monsanto, California Battle Over Listing Glyphosate as a Carcinogen

In a first for the country, California's Environmental
Protection Agency (Cal/EPA) has issued plans to list
glyphosate - the toxic active ingredient in Monsanto's
Roundup herbicide - as known to cause cancer.
Monsanto, California Battle Over Listing Glyphosate as a Carcinogen
by Lorraine Chow, EcoWatch, 
18 January 2017

Next week, Monsanto and California's Environmental Protection Agency's Office of Environmental Health Hazard Assessment (OEHHA) will face off over the agency's plan to list the herbicide glyphosate as a carcinogen. The outcome of this legal battle could have major ramifications to California's long-established regulatory program.

It all started back in Sept. 2015 when the OEHHA issued a notice of intent to list the chemical as known to the state to cause cancer under the Safe Drinking Water and Toxic Enforcement Act of 1986, commonly known as Proposition 65. The OEHHA determined that glyphosate met the criteria under the "Labor Code" listing mechanism, which directs the office to add a chemical or substance to the Prop 65 list of known carcinogens if it meets certain classifications by the World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC). The France-based IARC concluded that glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic to humans (Group 2A)" in March 2015.

The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors

The Shadow Network of Anti-Vax Doctors
by Olga Khazan, The Atlantic, 
18 January 2017

Both mainstream and alternative doctors help patients avoid or delay vaccines. Trump’s rhetoric might empower them further.

When Andrew Brandeis encounters patients who are skeptical about vaccines at his family-practice clinic in San Francisco, he doesn’t toe the typical pediatrician party line—that the standard vaccine schedule is a must-do. Instead, he might help the patient delay or space out their child’s shots beyond the recommendations of public-health agencies, if they so desire.

“The earlier you introduce a vaccine to a kid, there is evidence suggesting various adverse reactions,” he said. He believes early administration of the Hepatitis B vaccine is linked to allergies, asthma, and multiple sclerosis—something doctors and health agencies vehemently deny. “The parents might say, ‘I’m just going to wait on that one,’ I’d say that’s okay.”

He doesn’t actively promote this delay strategy, and he said he administers more vaccines than he avoids. Still, his own 2-year-old daughter is unvaccinated, since as Brandeis sees it, “the risks outweigh the benefits.”

80% of IoT Apps Not Tested for Vulnerabilities, Report Says

Image:  iStockphoto/chombosan
80% of IoT apps not tested for vulnerabilities, report saysby Conner Forrest, techrepublic.com, 
18 January 2017

A new report from the Ponemon Institute, IBM, and Arxan claims that just 20% of IoT apps and 29% of mobile apps are actually tested for vulnerabilities, raising security concerns.

A staggering 80% of Internet of Things (IoT) applications and 71% of mobile applications are not tested for vulnerabilities, according to a new report released Wednesday. The report, issued by the Ponemon Institute, surveyed 16,450 IT and IT security professionals who worked in mobile and IoT app security at their organization.

One element that could contribute to the poor testing numbers is the lack of QA and testing methods for IoT, which 55% of respondents said was the case. Overall, 84% said that IoT apps, in general, were more difficult to secure than mobile apps, while 69% said mobile apps were more difficult.

18 January 2017

Happy Birthday, iPhone: Let's Talk about Your Dirty Environmental Secret

"The waste being generated should be of major interest to the media and everyone else – more than a billion iPhones and counting; more than 416,000 mobile devices discarded every single day in the U.S. alone."

Happy birthday, iPhone: Let’s talk about your dirty environmental secret
by Jennifer Good, Special to The Globe and Mail, 
15 January 2017

Jennifer Good is an associate professor of communication, popular culture and film at Brock University in St. Catharines, Ont.

It was 10 years ago last week that Apple CEO Steve Jobs launched the iPhone, revolutionizing personal communications for millions of people. Let’s mark the anniversary by examining a theoretical communication concept known as “symbolic annihilation.”

United Kingdom: Testimony of Electrohypersensitivity

“I would like to break through the taboo of a condition that people have little awareness of, so that anyone suffering from this receives understanding and support from those around them, and that it becomes easier to get a diagnosis.”

COUNTY NEWS: Woman’s struggle with being ‘allergic to WiFi’
by Olivia Meades, worthingherald.uk,
17 January 2017

A woman who says she is ‘allergic to WiFi’ and unable to receive NHS treatment has been forced to move out of her home because of her condition.

Rachel Hinks, 43, of Brideoake Close in Chichester, claims she suffers from electromagnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) – meaning her immune system is severely affected by electromagnetic fields from WiFi signals, masts and mobile phones.

Rachel wants to help raise awareness for her condition, which is currently not a recognised medical diagnosis in the UK, to help other people who may be suffering with EHS.

17 January 2017

Exploding iPhone May Have Brought Down EgyptAir Flight, Killing 66 in May 2016

© Photograph by Khaled Desouki AFP/Getty Images
A picture taken on September 30, 2015 shows an EgyptAir
plane on the tarmac of Cairo International Airport.
Exploding iPhone May Have Brought Down EgyptAir Flight, Killing 66
by David Z. Morris, msn.com, 16 January 2017

French investigators think the batteries in a co-pilot's iPad mini 4 or iPhone 6s may have caused the mysterious crash of EgyptAir flight MS804, which went down on May 19th of last year. All 66 people onboard were killed.

The theory-and so far, it is only a theory-was disclosed to French newspaper Le Parisien by sources within the investigation. It contradicts claims by Egyptian investigators, who had previously speculated that the plane was targeted by terrorists, based on traces of explosives found in victim's bodies.

But French investigators have said data show a fire, not an explosion, was to blame. Black box data from the plane showed that a fire broke out somewhere in or near the plane's cockpit before the plane crashed. Onboard voice recordings also indicate a fire.

« I Do Not Want to Have to Move Again » : Testimony of Electrosensitivity from Switzerland

Bea Schoch cannot tolerate electromagnetic fields of
high-frequency radiation such as mobile phones or
Wi-Fi.  Image:  Moritz Hager
« I do not want to have to move again »
by Rahel Urech, zsz.ch, 12 January2017 (Google translate with grammatical corrections)

Bea Schoch is electrosensitive and cannot sleep near mobile phones and Wi-Fi. Now a committee wants to build an antenna for faster Internet near her place of residence. Bea Schoch is desperate.

Bea Schoch's house stands alone in the midst of meadows on the Wädenswiler mountain. Bea Schoch feels quite alone at the moment. In the immediate vicinity of her place of residence, at the Schulhaus Langrüti, a committee wants to set up a mobile phone antenna near the well-known songwriter Andrew Bond. This is to create long-range Wi-Fi and accelerate the slow Internet connection of 5 Megabites per second on the Wädenswiler mountain. The Committee has been fighting for fast Internet for five years.

Long history of suffering

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population: Student Research Project

Influence of Cell Phone Radiation on Worldwide Decline of Honeybee Population
sfn.afcarl.de, January 2017

A student research project at the Schülerforschungszentrum Nordhessen in Kassel

GreenTec Awards 2017

With 24% of all votes in our category, we managed to win the WWF Galileo Green Youngster Award of the 2017 GreenTec Awards.  Thanks a lot for your support!

What We Are About

For many years beekeepers have been noticing a steady loss of bee population. This phenomenon is called Colony Collapse Disorder (CCD). It has many causes, too many to list, yet the main reasons for the death of the bees are most likely insecticides and a certain parasite. 

16 January 2017

Where’s Your Phone? A Survey of Where Women Aged 15-40 Carry Their Smartphone and Related Risk Perception: A Survey and Pilot Study


"More than three quarters of participants had carried their phone in a skirt or trouser pocket, which places the phone adjacent to the skin of the lower abdomen or buttock sitting over or near the colon and near reproductive organs, and a quarter of them had carried it tucked into clothing against the breast. Overall, there was not a perception of risk from exposure to RF-EMFs generally..."

Where’s Your Phone? A Survey of Where Women Aged 15-40 Carry Their Smartphone and Related Risk Perception: A Survey and Pilot Study 
Mary Redmayne, plos.org, Published: January 6, 2017

Minnesota: Le Sueur City Council to Remove Electric Meter Resident Says Is Causing Her Pain

(Choice of image by Editor of "Towards Better Health")
City to remove electric meter resident says is causing her pain
by Ben Farniok, bfarniok@lesueurnews-herald.com, 9 January 2017

The Le Sueur City Council chose to remove an electricity meter from the home of a woman who claims it is causing her and her daughter pain.

Nancy Halbmaier stepped up to the microphone during the public comment portion of the Jan. 9 meeting and said the city’s new electricity meters were causing her pain. The City Council listened to her pleas and gave staff direction to remove the meter from the outside of her home and send it to be tested.

Halbmaier said the pain originated from a condition called electromagnetic hypersensitivity, where electromagnetic radiation causes an array of symptoms. Across the country and in Canada, claims of EM-hypersensitivity have sprouted up, with symptoms ranging from nausea to headaches to tinnitus. The existence of the condition has been debated, but it is hard to prove if symptoms are caused by electromagnetic waves or other sources.

Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia


Alzheimer’s, ICNIRP & 5G: Report from the Science & Wireless 2016, Melbourne, Australia
by Dariusz Leszczynski, Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 10 January 2017

‘Science & Wireless 2016’ was hosted at the Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, on November 22, 2016. Program of the event and links to all presentations are available here.

The event consisted of two parts. The first part, the ‘RF & Alzheimer’s Disease’, focused on the possibility of developing novel medical treatment of Alzheimer’s disease by exposing patients’ brains to RF-EMF. In the second part, the ‘Radiofrequency Guidelines’, were presented a progress report on the development of ICNIRP guidelines for the exposures to RF-EMF and the time-table for the development and implementation of the 5G technology.

The full report is available here: leszczynski-report-from-science-wireless-2016

Here are the summary comments from the Report:

Wearable Biosensors Can Flag Illness, Lyme Disease, Risk for Diabetes; Low Airplane Oxygen

Smart watches and similar portable devices are commonly
used for measuring steps and physiological parameters, but
have not generally been used to detect illness, until now.
Credit:  
© WavebreakMediaMicro / Fotolia
Wearable biosensors can flag illness, Lyme disease, risk for diabetes; low airplane oxygen
sciencedaily.com

Date:January 12, 2017

Source:PLOS

Summary:Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study indicates that this is possible. By following 60 people through their everyday lives, researchers found that smart watches and other personal biosensor devices can help flag when people have colds and even signal the onset of complex conditions like Lyme disease and diabetes

Can your smart watch detect when you are becoming sick? A new study from Stanford, publishing January 12th, 2017 in PLOS Biology, indicates that this is possible.

Will a Judge's Failure to Recuse Silence Berkeley's "Right to Know"?

BREAKING NEWS by Susan Foster on Conflict of Interest in the Berkeley’s “right to know”
Between a Rock and a Hard Place, 14 January 2017

This is the next in a series of the Guest Blogs on BRHP. The opinions expressed in it are of Susan Foster herself (photo). Publication of these opinions in BRHP does not imply that BRHP automatically agrees with or endorses these opinions. Publication of this, and other Guest Blogs, is an attempt to start an open debate and free exchange of opinions on RF and health.

WILL A JUDGE’S FAILURE TO RECUSE SILENCE BERKELEY’S “RIGHT TO KNOW”?

The long battle over cell phone consumer labels, with a hidden twist of legal super heroes and questions about a Ninth Circuit Court judge’s failure to recuse herself.

A battle over free speech in Berkeley, California has pitted the city of Berkeley against the mighty telecommunications trade group, CTIA – The Wireless Association. Berkeley stands on the First Amendment argument they have a right to inform consumers of certain precautions the FCC already requires in the back of cell phone user’s manuals.

Late Use of Electronic Media and Its Association with Sleep, Depression, and Suicidality among Korean Adolescents

"Our results suggest that adolescents might benefit from the restricted use of electronic media after bedtime in terms of their mood and sleep. Moreover, education regarding media use at night might be helpful in preventing youth suicide."

Late use of electronic media and its association with sleep, depression, and suicidality among Korean adolescents.
Sleep Med. 2016 Aug 23. pii: S1389-9457(16)30114-9. doi: 10.1016/j.sleep.2016.06.022. 
[Epub ahead of print]

Seo JH1, Kim JH2, Yang KI3, Hong SB4.

Author information

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:
The aim of this study was to investigate the association of adolescents' last electronic media use time with their sleep and mood disturbances, including depression and suicidality. We also examined whether sleep disturbances and duration mediated the relationship between last media use time and mood disturbances.

14 New Papers on Electromagnetic Fields and Biology or Health

Fourteen new papers on electromagnetic fields and biology or health (sent via Email to the CHE-EMF working group by Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director, Center for Family and Community Health, School of Public Health, University of California, Berkeley).  Dr. Moscowitz has included a review paper from 2013 because 5G will employ millimeter wave technology and relatively little biologic or health research has been conducted on millimeter waves.
saferemr.com

State of knowledge on biological effects at 40–60 GHz

Yves Le Dréan, Yonis Soubere Mahamoud, Yann Le Page, Denis Habauzit, Catherine Le Quément, Maxim Zhadobov, Ronan Sauleau. State of knowledge on biological effects at 40–60 GHz. Comptes Rendus Physique, 14(5):402-411. 2013.

Abstract

Millimetre waves correspond to the range of frequencies located between 30 and 300 GHz. Many applications exist and are emerging in this band, including wireless telecommunications, imaging and monitoring systems. In addition, some of these frequencies are used in therapy in Eastern Europe, suggesting that interactions with the human body are possible. This review aims to summarise current knowledge on interactions between millimetre waves and living matter. Several representative examples from the scientific literature are presented. Then, possible mechanisms of interactions between millimetre waves and biological systems are discussed.

Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32

Levi Felix, a Proponent of Disconnecting From Technology, Dies at 32
Levi Felix founded Digital
Detox "to create more mindful,
meaningful, and balanced lives,
both online and off."  
Credit:
Daniel N. Johnson
by Christopher Melejan, The New York Times, 12 January 2017

Levi Felix, who championed the virtues of unplugging from smartphones and other technology and co-founded Digital Detox, which sponsored retreats and camps to help people reconnect in real life, died on Wednesday in Pismo Beach, Calif. He was 32.

Adam S. Poswolsky, a longtime friend who worked as a counselor at one of the camps, confirmed Mr. Felix’s death. He said Mr. Felix had a brain tumor.

Mr. Felix sought to bring balance to people’s lives by disconnecting them for stretches of time from the clutches of their phones and from social media.

He knew the hazards firsthand.

Mr. Felix worked 70-hour weeks for a tech start-up, and his lifestyle became a high-tech cliché of late-night Thai food and sleeping with his laptop under his pillow. In 2008, he was hospitalized after suffering an esophageal tear from exhaustion.

15 January 2017

Scientists in Ireland Make Autism Breakthrough

Scientists based in Dublin believe they have identified a
region of the brain specifically affected by autism
spectrum disorder.  iStock
Scientists in Ireland make autism breakthrough
irishcentral.com, 6 January 2017

Scientists who carried out research in Trinity College Dublin are believed to have made an important breakthrough as to the cause of autism, identifying a region of the brain that may be specifically affected. By discovering the part of the brain associated with social deficits in those with the condition, it is hoped that new types of therapies can be developed.

A team of scientists based at ETH Zürich, Trinity College, Oxford University and Royal Holloway ran MRI brain scans on people affected with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), and on healthy volunteers, hoping to pinpoint the region of the brain where a social deficit occurred. Comparing the differences between the two groups, the team now believes that they have identified the region in question – the gyrus of the anterior cingulate cortex. This is generally the part of your brain that responds when somebody else finds something surprising.