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domenica 27 marzo 2016

Tumore al cervello è il più frequente tra i tumori che colpiscono gli adolescenti

Un corposo studio di indagine statistica nei database della sanità americana, finanziata dalla American Brain Tumor Association arriva alla conclusione che la tipologia di tumore che più comunemente colpisce i giovani dai 15 ai 19 anni  è quello al cervello o al sistema nervoso centrale.  Mentre esso è il terzo più comune nella popolazione 15-39.

Ovviamente non viene preso in esame il tema di quali possano essere le cause più frequenti ... sicuramente perché non sono dati disponibili in questi database, immagino ...

sabato 26 marzo 2016

FBI mette in guardia sulla rischiosità di auto 'aperte'

... aperte alle connessioni wireless a smartphone oppure a siti di raccolta dati inviati dalle auto ... always connected !

In un articolo su Reuters  vengo citati casi preoccupanti : 

la Fiat che richiama 1,4 milioni di auto per installare un software aggiuntivo di protezione contro la intrusione di hackers.   L'anno scorso la General Motors inoltra un 'security update' per le loro App da installare negli smartphone perché è stato dimostrato che a distanza un hacker puà accendere l'auto o bloccare o sbloccare le portiere ... ! Nel 2015 la BMW è dovuta intervenire su 2,2 milioni di auto perché via App si riusciva ad aprire l'auto !!!


Chissà se arriveranno alla conclusione che la connessione 'senza fili'  è per definizione ... aperta ... a tutto!

venerdì 18 marzo 2016

LiFi: Apple si interessa a questa tecnologia alternativa al wifi

Dopo la dimostrazione alla esposizione di telefonia a Barcellona, la tecnologia LiFi è presa seriamente in considerazione da Apple. per il suo nuovo iPhone7 .

Come evolverà ?  riuscirà ad entrare nel mercato ?


Apple expresses intent to integrate new Li-fi technology into iPhone7, set to be released later this year with faster speeds and enhanced privacy that may undermine anti-terrorism efforts.

Li-fi, short for "light fidelity," is suddenly all the rage in the tech world after a nearly unknown French start-up demonstrated the data transfer technology in Barcelona, at the Mobile World Congress, the world’s biggest mobile device exposition, on Tuesday. The company, Oledcomm, is a pioneer of Li-fi, a technology that purports to be 100 times faster than Wi-Fi, with enhanced privacy.
Oledcomm’s founder, Suat Topsu, claimed that theoretically the device could load 200 Gigabits, or the equivalent of 23 DVDs, in one second. Topsu imagines applications for the technology well beyond smartphones, suggesting that coffee machines, washing machines, toothbrushes, and nearly any day-to-day necessity could be powered using the revolutionary wireless technology.
Worst Wifi Password Ever
© Photo: Youtube/RocketJump

On Tuesday, tech and industrial titans alike expressed admiration for the new technology’s potential. Phillips, the world’s leader in light bulb manufacturing, expressed interest in licensing and expanding on the technology. Apple has plans to integrate the wireless protocol into their iPhone7, due for release later this year.
How the Technology Works
Li-fi uses frequencies generated by LED bulbs, which flicker at a rate of thousands of times per second, to transmit information wirelessly. The flickering transmissions have led Li-fi to be dubbed by some as the "digital equivalent of Morse code."
The New Disruptive Innovation or "Laboratory Technology"
Not everybody at Tuesday’s Mobile World Congress is convinced that Li-fi will overtake Wi-Fi as the premiere wireless data transmission technology. One such skeptic is Frederic Sarrat, a technology analyst for PricewaterhouseCoopers, the world’s largest professional services firm. Sarrat derided the transfer protocol, which has been tested in real-world settings in France, Belgium, Estonia, and India, as nothing more than "laboratory technology."
Jim Tully, lead technology analyst for the IT firm Gartner, also has reservations, but sees the technology as having tremendous potential.
Tully observes that Li-fi has two critical market issues. The first is that it only works when a device is exposed directly to the light of the transmitting device and, second, is the limitation that, because it uses visible light, a Li-fi signal cannot transmit through walls.
Tully expects that substantial R&D advances in Li-fi technology will depend on how competitor technology Wi-Fi evolves in the coming years. "Wi-Fi has shown a capability to continuously increase its communication speed with each successive generation," says Tully, adding that the question is whether consumers require transmission speeds beyond what future generations of Wi-Fi can deliver.
Li-Fi Likely Enhances Data Privacy, Limits Potential for Surveillance
Gartner notes that, while Li-fi does not transmit through walls, a limitation that relegates its utility to smaller spaces, the technology can be used in limited networks with a reduced risk of data theft. "Unlike Wi-Fi, Li-fi can potentially be directed and beamed at a particular user to enhance the privacy of transmissions." Wi-Fi uses radio waves and so requires the open transmission of data packages that can be captured by anyone nearby, including hackers and surveillance organizations.
The developing technology is undoubtedly refreshing to personal privacy advocates, and the flickering beams that may transmit tomorrow’s data at near light-speeds may leave security and anti-terrorism officials in the dark.


Read more: http://sputniknews.com/science/20160224/1035239247/will-lifi-replace-wifi.html#ixzz43Ig8YW9r

martedì 15 marzo 2016

Comunicato di A. Palleni rivolto alla amministrazione di Bologna



Vi rimando ad un comunicato stampa della associazione di Adriana Palleni rivolta alla amministrazione comunale presente e futura di Bologna

venerdì 11 marzo 2016

Altro importante lavoro che conferma la relazione tra uso del cellulare e infertililità

Riporto i riferimenti a questo studio epidemiologico cinese che studia la relazione esistente tra volume di traffico dati attraverso l'uso dei cellulari e la qualità dello sperma, attraverso la diminuzione del volume, della concentrazione e della conta .

C'è da aggiungere come scientificamente si sottolinea che se si utilizzassero criteri di sicurezza, sempre più riportati - magari con caratteri piccolissimi - nelle istruzioni presenti nella scatola del cellulare, che dicono di tenere il telefono non a contatto con il corpo,        il danno potrebbe essere ridotto. Ma le società di telefonia sono fermamente contrarie a programmi di informazione (uso di etichette di segnalazione di pericolo):  è ben nota la potentissima azione legale imbastita dalla CTIA americana (una sorta di confindustria della telefonia) contro il comune di Berkeley perché aveva emesso una direttiva di obbligo di etichettatura ... questo in USA ! 
E in Italia ?  La legge 36/2001 ha previsto la etichettatura, ma in questi 15 anni il Ministero dell'Ambiente ... non ha trovato il tempo per emettere un decreto legislativo per introdurre la etichettatura !!!  come mai ?! 




Joel M. Moskowitz comments: This cohort study adds to the body of peer-reviewed research which finds that cell phone use causes sperm damage. For other recently published studies and reviews of this research see Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.
This reproductive health risk would likely be ameliorated if cell phone users abided by manufacturers' safety instructions to keep the phones away from their bodies,

The cell phone "right to know" ordinance adopted by the city of Berkeley is an effort to get consumers to pay attention to these instructions. Unfortunately, the cell phone industry represented by the CTIA--The Wireless Association does not want the public to see this safety information and has sued the City. The Natural Resources Defense Council (NRDC) filed a brief in support of the City. The Association of National Advertisers has just filed a brief in support of the CTIA. The advertisers recommend that the City buy advertising if it wishes to inform consumers to read the cellphone manufacturers' safety instructions.
Although the research on cell phone use and sperm damage has received considerable media coverage in many countries, mainstream media in the U.S. has  largely ignored this health risk.

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Effects of cell phone use on semen parameters: Results from the MARHCS cohort study in Chongqing, China


Zhang G, Yan H, Chen Q, Liu K, Ling X, Sun L, Zhou N, Wang Z, Zou P, Wang X, Tan L, Cui Z, Zhou Z, Liu J, Ao L, Cao J. Effects of cell phone use on semen parameters: Results from the MARHCS cohort study in Chongqing, China. Environ Int. 2016 Mar 4;91:116-121. doi: 10.1016/j.envint.2016.02.028. [Epub ahead of print]

Abstract

Epidemiological and experimental evidence for detrimental effects of cell phone use on semen quality is still equivocal. And that recruiting participants from infertility clinic not from general population may raise the possibility of a selection bias.

To investigate effects of cell phone use on semen parameters in a general population, we screened and documented the cell phone use information of 794 young men from the Male Reproductive Health in Chongqing College students (MARHCS) cohort study in 2013, followed by 666 and 568 in 2014 and 2015, respectively.

In the univariate regression analyses, we found that the daily duration of talking on the cell phone was significantly associated with decreased semen parameters, including sperm concentration [β coefficient=-6.32% per unit daily duration of talking on the cell phone (h); 95% confidence interval (CI), -11.94, -0.34] and total sperm count (-8.23; 95% CI, -14.38, -1.63) in 2013; semen volume (-8.37; 95% CI, -15.93, -0.13) and total sperm count (-16.59; 95% CI, -29.91, -0.73) in 2015]. Internet use via cellular networks was also associated with decreased sperm concentration and total sperm counts in 2013 and decreased semen volume in 2015.
Multivariate analyses were used to adjust for the effects of potential confounders, and significant negative associations between internet use and semen parameters remained. Consistent but nonsignificant negative associations between talking on the cell phone and semen parameters persisted throughout the three study years, and the negative association was statistically significant in a mixed model that considered all three years of data on talking on the cell phone and semen quality.

Our results showed that certain aspects of cell phone use may negatively affect sperm quality in men by decreasing the semen volume, sperm concentration, or sperm count, thus impairing male fertility.

http://1.usa.gov/1pvU2YV

Highlights

• Certain aspects of cell phone use negatively affect semen quality.
• Internet use via cellular networks has become an important risk to semen quality.
• The use of 3G or more advanced networks might have less damage to human sperm.
• Recruiting subjects from a general population makes the study typical and relevant.

Excerpts

In the present study, the daily duration of internet use via cellular networks was found to be associated with decreased sperm concentrations and decreased sperm counts in 2013. Furthermore, data traffic, an accurate quantification of internet use via cellular networks, was found to be associated with decreased semen volumes and decreased sperm counts in 2014 and 2015. This result indicated that internet access via cellular networks should be sufficiently taken into account in future studies concerning the effects of cell phone use on semen quality.

Conclusion

Our results suggest that certain aspects of cell phone use may negatively affect sperm quality in men by decreasing the semen volume, sperm concentration, or sperm count, thus impairing male fertility. Especially, internet access via cellular networks should be sufficiently taken into account in future studies. We advise men with a pregnancy plan to avoid extensive use of cell phones. To identify the effects of cell phone use on semen quality, additional well-designed population studies are needed.

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Effect of Mobile Phones on Sperm Quality

http://bit.ly/saferemrsperm
Pregnancy and Wireless Radiation Riskshttp://bit.ly/saferemrprenatal

Samsung Galaxy S7 and S7 Edge Specific Absorption Rates (SAR)
http://bit.ly/galaxyS7SAR

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

giovedì 10 marzo 2016

Come cancellare le giuste richieste di sicurezza al lavoro ... anche in Svezia

Nel 1999 un'organizzazione sindacale svedese  pose i primi dubbi sulla qualità e sicurezza negli ambienti di lavoro a fronte di un continuo incremento di strumenti informatici.

Fu costituito il progetto No Risk Project.

Dopo i primi risultati, in collaborazione con la università di studi, finalizzati alla riduzione della esposizione a radiofrequenze, ..., i finanziamenti cessarono e tutto fu nel tempo archiviato come problemi psicologici.

Qui ci sono dei documenti ed il riferimento ad una ditta che si era specializzata per introdurre delle protezioni allo interno di ambienti di lavoro.   Esiste ancora ?   non mi sembra ...


The Swedish No Risk Project

During the 1990’s the Swedish Union of Clerical and Technical Employees in Industry (SiF) instigated research into reports of electro-magnetic hypersensitivity (EHS) in the modern information technology (IT) workplace with a possible link with chemical emissions from new electronic equipment.
The research team at SiF were concerned that the information technology (IT) workplace may be creating new and serious risks to health, as a result SiF initiated the No-Risk project which aimed at addressing all possible health hazards in the modern office-place. In 1999 SiF initiated the “Healthy Office project” in partnership with the Luleå University of Technology (LTU).
The project aimed at implementing the points raised in the SiF “No Risk” publication. However due to corporate and political concerns that this project was a threat to the introduction of new technology it was totally closed down with all publications withdrawn from circulation. For all intents and purposes the SiF No Risk project was as if it never happened.
However these documents are now available on this website in honour of the brave women and men who worked to make the modern IT workplace a safer and healthy place. Their dream must be kept alive. Also included is a pamphlet by the Swedish company Liberel which specialised in designing office places to reduce environmental hazards to workers and this company was directly involved in the SiF No Risk Project. It was Martin Andersson from Liberel who was the first to combine the necessity of reducing electromagnetic fields with the elimination of chemical emissions from office equipment.
See:
The death of the No-Risk and Healthy Office projects, JACNEM Vol. 29, No. 2, Sept. 2010
Don Maisch PhD
  No Risk in the IT environment (12.3 MiB, 39 hits)
  Hypersensitive in IT Environments (14.0 MiB, 36 hits)
  The Healthy Office newsletter (1999) (7.3 MiB, 20 hits)
  Working environment for people and computers (11.9 MiB, 31 hits)
  The Invisible Disease: The Dangers of Environmental Illnesses Caused by Electromagnetic Fields and Chemical Emissions. By Gunni Nordstrom (62.8 KiB, 47 hits)
  " New diagnoses " - an explanatory model for neurological illnesses (58.7 KiB, 40 hits)

domenica 6 marzo 2016

Strategia per il riconoscimento della elettrosensibilità

Riporto la conversazione tra Marine Richard, che è la giornalista francese che ha vinto la causa contro lo stato francese per il riconoscimento della sua elettrosensbilità ottenendo anche una pernsione e Olle Johansson.

Qui motiva la sua idea (che è quella che Olle Johansson ripete da anni) che bisogna impegnarsi per veder riconosciuta la elettrosensibilità come invalidità e non pensare di ottenere il riconoscimento come malattia.




Från: Marine Richard
Skickat: den 2 mars 2016 18:40
Till: Olle Johansson

Thank you very much for your interest and concern about electrohypersensitivity.
As a person with EHS, as an activist and as the first 'case' of EHS recognized by a French tribunal as impaired I wish to tell you a word about this important question : what is the best strategy to help people with EHS (and fast !) ? Impairment of disease ?
In my opinion, it is important to see three different aspects :

1/ the environment is polluted by EMFs and all beings on earth are impacted. No scientific doubt on this point.

2/ people with EHS GET sick in a specific environment, different from one person to an other. So it is at the moment impossible to establish a simple 'systematic cause>systematic consequence' scheme. We would lose time if we fight on this aspect at the political level as the lobbies use this difference of sensitivity to create a doubt. Time we don't have as so many people are suffering !!!
Each person with EMF sensitivities develops a specific nervous response to specific EMFs, at a specific moment probably because of several different factors (nervous over-excitability, high exposure, exposure to chemicals, PTSD, genetic factors – we don't know the cocktail yet because it has never been studied). Considering that, it is impossible to prove EHS is a disease. But it is easy to prove that the symptoms appear and disappear depending on the environment. For example, a very easy way to test me (only me as we all are different) : we discovered that if I touch the skin of a person who is using the metallic trackpad of a computer plugged with electric power (and a bad earthing), I can feel a strange sensation in my hand, if you unplug the computer, my strange sensation stops. This test is 100% sure. But only on me ! We tested it several times. People without MY EMF sensitivity can't feel the difference. So we can say that I have an immediate reaction to EMFs. In the example of the trackpad, it doesn't cause me a disability. But it simply proves that I do have a reaction to the changes of the environment. If it is so for me why not for other people with different frequencies and more serious symptoms ? As a consequence, EHS can be an impairment. Nobody can tell us the contrary.

3/ EHS as an intolerance is reversible, there are ways to use neuroplasticity to go back to the sensitivity one had before EHS appeared. There are cases of full recovery or real improvement. But it doesn't work with everyone, it takes time in a protected zone and it doesn't change the fact that the environment IS toxic when it is polluted by EMFs. People with EHS and 'normal' people with a consciousness should be able to choose the environment they live in. If EHS is recognized as an impairment, the states will have no other choice but to create protected areas where we would be able to live, impaired and not impaired, all together with bees, robins and tomato plants also physically stressed by EMFs (as proved by the research)!

Thank you for your time and understanding.
Be happy !
Marine Richard (France)


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Från: Olle Johansson
Skickat: den 2 mars 2016 22:06
Till: Marine Richard

I am very, very impressed by your elegant summary, it is so right-to-the-point. If everyone could see what you have learnt - the very hard way - then they would only argue for a functional impairment recognition of electrohypersensitivity, and an immediate clean-up of the environment, as well as an immediate economic reimbursement for all cases of electrohypersensitivity.
 As you point out, an impairment is - by definition - not defined by someone else or proven by certain tests. The impairment is always individual, personal, and private, and develops when in contact with an inferior environment. [N.B. Remember that functional impairments are only based upon each individual’s impaired accessability to - and contact with - an inferior environment (cf. the UN), thus, there is actually no need for any “recognition” in local laws (cf. the UN).]
 Accessibility measures are key issues for allowing electrohypersensitive persons, and others with functional impairments, to gain/regain their rightful independence. If such measures are allowed, then full recovery or real improvement will come. As you point out, it doesn't - however - work for everyone, it takes time in a protected zone, and it doesn't change the fact that the environment IS toxic when it is polluted by EMFs. Also, always remember that inaccessibility and discrimination are prohibited by law, so society must act.
 I have always said that we should make it easy for us – by making sure to connect to all the UN texts, realize that it’s the whole environment that must be accessability-adapted, and do not forget that such accessibility measures actually are 100% positive for everyone to share! People with functional impairments should have full access to the entire society, not just a small part of it. The human rights for all of us, regardless of functional impairments, are that we should live an equal life in a society based on equality. It’s that simple.(I have never heard anyone voluntarily wanting to give up their human rights, so be sure not to have any country forcing it’s citizens to it; it would be extremely shameful.)
 I agree, it is impossible to prove electrohypersensitivity to be a disease ... since the sick and ill 'patient', with the 'disease', is the environment, not the person. 

Olle Johansson, associate professor
The Experimental Dermatology Unit
Department of Neuroscience

Karolinska Institute

171 77 Stockholm

Sweden