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December, 2009
FGF news
Presentations of the FMK/FGF Information meeting: "Seriöse Forschung oder 'Junk Science'?“
Quality standards of scientific work were the subject of the meeting in Vienna on September 22, 2009. Experts from Austria, Germany and Switzerland presented the criteria for the selection and evaluation of mobile radio research and discussed the different approaches. The presentations:
  • Emilio Bossi: The commission «Wissenschaftliche Integrität» of the "Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz": Duties and activities (Die Kommission «Wissenschaftliche Integrität» der Akademien der Wissenschaften Schweiz: Aufgaben und Tätigkeiten)
  • Alexander Lerchl: Criteria of the Radiation Protection Commission (SSK) (Bewertungskriterien der Strahlenschutzkommission (SSK))
  • Michael Kundi: Fundamentals of the evaluation of scientific work (Grundlagen der Bewertung wissenschaftlicher Arbeiten)
  • Mats-Olof Mattsson: Criteria of SCENIHR of the European Commission (Bewertungskriterien der SCENIHR der Europäischen Kommission)

This can now be downloaded from the FGF website (in German)

Research
ACRBR Publication: A new method to determine laterality of mobile telephone use in adolescents
The results of this investigation suggest that adolescent self-reported laterality was of limited validity. Adolescent self-reported phone use by number and duration of calls was generally inaccurate but comparable to recent adult studies. Epidemiological studies of mobile phone use based on self-reported information may underestimate true associations with health effects.
Bibliography: Inyang et al., Occup Environ Med doi:10.1136/oem.2009.049676 Full abstract
COSMOS-Study launched in Finland
COSMOS (cohort study of mobile phone use and health) is an international study being conducted in Finland, Sweden, Denmark, the UK and the Netherlands. The purpose is to carry out long term health monitoring of a large group of people so that it can be identify if there are any possible health issues linked to using mobile phones over a long period of time. On the occasion of the study launch the Finnish Radiation and Nuclear Safety Authority (STUK) has issued a media information with details of this prospective study of mobile phone use and health.
http://www.stuk.fi; More information on COSMOS
Sense about Systematic Reviews
“Sense about Science“, an independent charitable trust promoting good science and evidence in public debates has just published a short briefing paper on systematic reviews. The short briefing paper aims to answer the questions about what makes a good systematic review, why are some studies included but not others, and ultimately why they should be considered more authoritative than other studies.
http://publicationethics.org
COST BM0704 Short Term Mission regarding the CEFALO Study
The purpose of the STM by Tina Veje Andersen, Institute of Cancer Epidemiology, Danish Cancer Society, Denmark was to plan the data analyses for the CEFALO study, an international case-control study of childhood brain tumors. The STM was hosted by Martin Röösli, Institute of Social and Preventive Medicine at Swiss Tropical Institute, Switzerland. The CEFALO study is an international case control study on brain tumors of children. Read the report at http://www.cost-bm0704.org

Politics and Law
Australia: National Directory for Radiation Protection (NDRP) December 2009
The purpose of the National Directory for Radiation Protection is to provide an agreed framework for radiation safety, including both ionizing and non-ionizing radiation, together with clear regulatory statements to be adopted by the Commonwealth, States and Territories. Edition 1 of the National Directory for Radiation Protection was developed by the Radiation Health Committee and published in August 2004. The current Directory includes the first three amendments since Edition 1, which were agreed by the Radiation Health Committee during 2008 and were endorsed by Ministers in December 2009. Download at http://www.arpansa.gov.au

Extra
Full Signal, a documentary film about wireless technology
The 1h documentary premiered at the Santa Fe Film Festival on December 2, 2009 in Santa Fe, New Mexico. It is about the proliferation of cellular technology across the globe and includes talks by scientists around the world who are researching the health effects related to cellular technology; by activists who are fighting to regulate the placement of antennas; and by lawyers and law makers who represent the people wanting those antennas regulated. For more information about the film and screenings please visit: http://www.fullsignalmovie.com/
Miscellaneous
Video Documentation from the ACRBR Science & Wireless event
Videos of this event at Swinburne University in Melbourne, November 17, 2009, including interviews, keynote addresses with Dr. Bernard Veyret and Dr. Colin Roy, and a panel discussion have been published at the ACRBR website.
http://acrbr.org.au
New online tool shows antenna risk
Under this heading the Australian Swinburne University of Technology has issued a media release on October 7, 2009 that informs about an online tool that will allow users to calculate exclusion zones around antennas where radiation levels exceed safety standard limits. Commissioned by the Australian Communications and Media Authority, the exclusion zone calculator will allow people to conduct safety assessments of transmitting antennas, such as those found on boats, four wheel drives and in radio communication networks.
http://swinburne.edu.au
NCI Annual Report Finds Continued Declines in Overall Cancer Rates
Rates of new diagnoses and rates of death from all cancers combined declined significantly in the most recent time period for men and women overall and for most racial and ethnic populations in the United States, according to the annual report of the U.S. National Cancer Institute to the nation http://www.cancer.gov
Environment and Society
"Cellphones and cancer: Interphone can't end the debate"
In this article by Mike Repacholi in the magazine New Scientist, on December 2, 2009, the former director of the WHO EMF project makes a comment on the high expectations of the final report of the Interphone study, awaited full of suspense. At the same time, he appeals to the public to critically confront the media reports about the final results.
http://www.newscientist.com
France: Parliamentary Office publishes recommendations on mobile telephony
On the occasion of the presentation of the results of the report of Alain Gest about possible effects of mobile telephony on health, the French Parliamentary Office for scientific and technological decisions (Office parlementaire des choix scientifiques et technologiques, Opecst) published its recommendations. Recommendations include that a building permission should be necessary for the installation of antennae, furthermore, a tax of 0.50 Euros should be raised on each mobile phone sold in order to invest it into mobile research. The Office also recommends the support of the international project Mobikids. This case study investigates children and young people from 10 to 24. All technological methods which are able to reduce Wi-Fi radiation should be used. Otherwise, Opecst considers the ICNIRP values to be sufficient.
Download at: http://www.sante-radiofrequences.org (in French)

Calendar of Events
21-23 June 2010, Society for Risk Analysis (SRA) - Europe conference, London
The 2010 Society for Risk Analysis (SRA)-Europe conference in London (21-23 June 2010) will be hosted by King’s College London and aims to facilitate interaction among all actors in the field of risk: academics from across the disciplines, policy makers, the private sector, NGOs and other interest groups. More information at: http://www.kcl.ac.uk
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