nos-trum. pronunciation: \nos'-trum\. noun. Etymology: Latin, neuter of noster our, ours.
1. a medicine of secret composition recommended by its preparer but usually without scientific proof of its effectiveness.
2. a usually questionable remedy or scheme.
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Monday, May 17, 2010

Brain Cancer And Cell Phones: New Study Soon

When bad things happen, people naturally look for a cause.  And preferably somebody or something else caused it.  Such is the case with brain cancer, autism, etc.

People are still trying to prove a link between cell phone use and cancer of brain, head, and neck.  Apparently there's a study coming out soon in the International Journal of Epidemiology.  The authors portray their results as suggestive but "inconclusive."

Previous well-controlled studies have failed to show a link, but people with brain cancer are probably never going to believe them, or any future study that fails to substantiate their belief that a cell phone caused the disease.

There have been several lawsuits alleging the link. All have failed.

The medical physicists say that the radiation from the average cell phone is too weak to penetrate more than a millimeter or two into the scalp.  That's doesn't even get part way to the skull, much less the brain.

But, if there's data, we'll wait for it.

Doc D

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