44 Reasons Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer

 

Cell phones emit microwave radio-frequency radiation. Fact. Continue reading

44 Reasons Cell Phones Can Cause Cancer

Is there a connection between cell phones and cancer?  Here are 44 reasons to believe that cell phones can cause cancer. Continue reading

Cell Phones: 50 Percent Increase in Frontal and Temporal Lobe Tumors in Children

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The office of National Statistics in the United Kingdom discovered a 50 percent increase in frontal and temporal lobe tumors in children during the ten year span covering 1999 to 2009. Was this a result of cell phone radiation?

The Department of Health in the UK would appear to think so. Continue reading

Tanzania Is Using Cell Phones to Save Lives

The Evangelical Lutheran Church of Tanzania (ELCT) has introduced telemedicine- a distant diagnosis platform in which health workers use cell phone technology to carry out distance diagnosis through a web-based programme.

Cell phone diagnosis-which was initially applied in the field of dermatology (skin disorders) -has apparently come to the rescue of many patients in rural Tanzania- who could not be diagnosed due to lack of expertise necessitated by poor logistics and infrastructures.

Through telemedicine- clinical officers could use of their cell phones to capture images and record information of complex medical conditions and share it with specialists wherever they are around the globe using a secured database called iPath platform.

The project’s resource person  Continue reading

New software means doctors can use cell phones to make diagnoses

Thanks to a first-of-its-kind OK by the FDA this month, doctors can use their cell phones to examine imaging scans and even make diagnoses for conditions ranging from heart problems to bleeding in the brain.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration officials gave clearance on Feb. 4 for a new app that allows results from MRI and similar scans to be shown on Apple iPhones and iPad. As of Monday, doctors have been able to acquire the new application, further igniting the already exploding world of telemedicine.

“You can actually diagnose a disease on a mobile device,” said Dr. Khan Siddiqui, chair of an information technology committee at the American College of Radiology, a national group of 34,000 radiologists and other health care providers. “At the patients’ bedside, they (doctors) can open up the application and not only make a treatment decision but explain to the patient what they can do.” Produced by MIM Software Inc. in Cleveland, the app comes with restrictions. Doctors can only use it when they’re away from the office and can’t get to their own computers and work stations. It is approved for viewing and making diagnoses from many types of scans including magnetic resonance imaging, computed tomography or CT and the nuclear medicine test called positron emission tomography or PET.

But the phone apps aren’t cleared for other forms of imaging, including X-rays.

In Ventura County, news of the cell phone imaging triggered a mix of excitement about the possibilities and skepticism over patient privacy and the reliability of using mobile devices to determine what’s wrong.

At a Starbucks in Camarillo, financial planner Eric Swanson worried about screen resolution. His concerns didn’t dissipate with the news that the FDA ruled the quality good enough for diagnoses.

“I’d have to see one to believe it,” he said, fearful also that his doctor wouldn’t be the only one able to view his medical tests. “As long as there are hackers out there, they can get into anything.” Doctors worry about patient privacy too in what they call the medical ether of cyberspace, though MIM Software officials offered assurances the images are encrypted and transmitted on tightly secured networks.

Physicians also focus on the ways the technology can improve care.

“I think that’s an amazing advance,” said Dr. Vishva Dev, a Thousand Oaks cardiologist who sees conveying information on mobile devices as a way to save lives. He noted that being able to immediately see a CT scan of a stroke patient can change the way doctors respond to the injury.

“The timing window changes the treatment options,” he said, suggesting waves of new apps are coming. “I think the evolution is rapid and very soon handheld devices accessing imaging and graphics and other data will almost be routine.” It’s already common to transmit images of spine or brain injuries on the Web, allowing radiology specialists on the other side of the country to examine the images. One difference of the new application that concerns radiologist Dr. Irwin Grossman is the size of the screen, resolution and limits on the amount of information doctors will see at one time.

“I don’t think I’d be giving a final diagnosis and report from my iPad,” said the medical director of Grossman Imaging Centers in Ventura and Oxnard. He suggested the handheld images may be more valuable in offering a way radiologists away from the office can offer instructions to imaging technologists.

Siddiqui predicted the software may be mostly used not by radiologists but by other doctors who will use the high-resolution images to explain a diagnosis to a patient. Often, doctors now resort to scribbling a diagram on a piece of paper at a patient’s bedside.

“It just enables a lot more communication,” he said of the new technology.

Mark Cain, chief technology officer at MIM Software, said the company also is developing an application that will allow patients to access their own imaging scans. He said the reality of the doctors app is that when physicians don’t have access to an MRI, they either bypass it or the patient waits.

Dr. William Goldie, a pediatric neurologist at Ventura County Medical Center in Ventura, said he thinks doctors likely won’t use the images on their mobile devices as the sole basis of treatment. Rather, they’ll see the images as a way to confirm or challenge earlier diagnoses.

The value of technology comes partly from giving doctors a tool that can reduce health care delays for the patient, said Goldie. He worries about privacy and the chance doctors could be tempted to focus more attention on their handheld devices than on the patients.

But he also noted that telemedicine is everywhere, reflected in the national push to embrace electronic medical records and the growing number of websites aimed at helping patients understand their health problems. He pointed too at the software companies lining up to sell new ways of merging medicine and technology.

The changes are necessary, he said. They are also inevitable.

“This is something that is exploding in front of our eyes,” he said.

Secret Link Between Cigarettes and Cell Phones

Cell phones are used by an estimated 275 million people in the United States and 4 billion worldwide.

A recent review of studies assessed whether there was epidemiologic evidence for an association between long-term cell phone usage and the risk of developing a brain tumor.

In order to be included in the analysis, studies were required to have been published in a peer-reviewed journal, included participants who had used cell phone for 10 or more years, and analyzed the side of the brain tumor relative to the side of the head preferred for cell phone usage. Eleven long-term epidemiologic studies fit the criteria.

The results indicated that using a cell phone for 10 or more years approximately doubles the risk of being diagnosed with a brain tumor on the same side of the head as that preferred for cell phone use.

Iowa senator Tom Harkin, newly empowered to investigate health matters as chairman of the Senate Health, Education, Labor and Pensions Committee, has promised to probe deeply into any potential links between cell phone use and cancer.

Harkin, who took over the committee after the death of Massachusetts Senator Edward Kennedy, said he was concerned no one has been able to prove cell phones do not cause cancer. A staffer said the senator became concerned by a report from the Environmental Working Group showing that radio wave emissions vary from one cell phone brand and model to another, as well as some reports suggesting there might be a link.