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26 October 2016

United Kingdom: Too Much Needless NHS Treatment Says Royal College, As It Draws Up List of Those with Little or No Benefit

Too many doctors are ordering treatments and investigations
which are not necessary, says the Academy of Medical
Royal Colleges.  
Credit:  Peter Byrne/PA
Too much needless NHS treatment says Royal College, as it draws up list of those with little or no benefit
by Laura Donnelly, health editor, The Telegraph, 24 October 2016

Doctors are giving too many patients tests and drugs they do not need, senior medics have warned, as they published a list of 40 treatments which should no longer be in routine use.

The unprecedented intervention by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges (AMRC) follows research which found doctors commonly ordering X-ray, scans and drugs, in cases they believed to be pointless.

More than six in 10 medics said their decisions had been driven by a fear of litigation, with just as many saying they ordered interventions because they felt under pressure from patients.

The Academy – which represents all 21 medical royal colleges in the UK – has today drawn up a list of 40 treatments and procedures which it says are of little or no benefit to patients.

Alarming Levels Of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found In Hospital Feeding Tubes

Alarming Levels Of Monsanto’s Glyphosate Found In Hospital Feeding Tubes
by Tami Canal, march-against-monsanto.com, 23 September 2016 ·

According to lab results conducted through funds provided by Moms Across America, Monsanto’s glyphosate has been found in a surprising place that could be especially harmful to the most at-risk hospital patients.

Lab tests conducted by the Microbe Inotech lab found alarmingly high levels of glyphosate in Pediasure liquid, which is used in feeding tubes given to babies and kids with cancer.

A total of 6 of 20 samples of the liquid tested at levels above 75 parts per billion, or 800-1110 times higher than what has been shown to destroy gut bacteria in chickens; only 50 ppT (trillion) was shown to cause liver, kidney and sex hormone changes in rats.

Canada: Ottawa Councillors and Staff Guinea Pigs for New Light-Up Bike Helmets

The Lumos Helmet uses bluetooth technology to connect
the helmet's lights sensor buttons on the bike's
handlebars.  (CBC)
[Bluetooth technology radiating microwaves right next to the brain...]

Ottawa councillors and staff guinea pigs for new light-up bike helmets
by CBC's All in a Day, CBC News
25 October 2016

Safer Roads Ottawa bought 12 helmets 
for $180

Some Ottawa city councillors and staffers are testing out a new bike helmet that lets others on the road know when they're turning and braking, just like a car's lights.

The Lumos Helmet uses bluetooth technology to connect the helmet's 60 or so LED lights to buttons that can be attached to the bike's handlebars.

Watch the video to see how it works. [See original article.]

"Once you click the button to turn left or right on your handlebars the actual helmet itself will light up a turn signal on that same side of your helmet so anyone behind you knows what your intent is out on the road," said Rob Wilkinson, co-ordinator of Safer Roads Ottawa.

The group is a partnership between Ottawa paramedics, police, fire, public works and public health services dedicated to trying to stop road deaths and serious injuries.

WHO Cancer Agency Asked Experts to Withhold Weedkiller Documents

Monsanto's Roundup weedkiller atomozers are displayed
for sale at a garden shop at Bonneuil-Sur-Marne near
Paris, France, June 16, 2915.  Reuters/ Charles Platiau
Exclusive: WHO cancer agency asked experts to withhold weedkiller documents
by Kate Kelland | LONDON, Reuters, 
26 October 2016

The World Health Organization's cancer agency - which is facing criticism over how it classifies carcinogens - advised academic experts on one of its review panels not to disclose documents they were asked to release under United States freedom of information laws.

In a letter and an email seen by Reuters, officials from the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) cautioned scientists who worked on a review in 2015 of the weedkiller glyphosate against releasing requested material.

The review, published in March 2015, concluded glyphosate is "probably carcinogenic," putting IARC at odds with regulators around the world. Critics say they want the documents to find out more about how IARC reached its conclusion.

"IARC is the sole owner of such materials," IARC told the experts. "IARC requests you and your institute not to release any (such) documents."

Asked about its actions, the agency told Reuters on Tuesday it was seeking to protect its work from external interference and defending its panels' freedom to debate evidence openly and critically.

24 October 2016

Brain Cancer Top Killer in Kids: Are Cellphones a Factor?

(Copyright Fotolia)
Brain Cancer Top Killer in Kids: Are Cellphones a Factor?
by Sylvia Booth Hubbard, newsmax.com, 19 September 2016  

Brain cancer is now the leading cause of cancer deaths in children, according to a new study. Researchers say a chief reason is that new treatments for leukemia — long the No. 1 killer of kids — have knocked it from the top spot in recent years.

But some studies and experts suggest brain cancer rates in kids may be, in part, tied to the increasing use of cellphones by children and teens, and the rates of brain cancer may increase — perhaps drastically — when they become adults.

"I think that there will be a significant, if not enormous increase in primary brain tumors among young people, but perhaps not until they reach the age of late twenties or even thirties," neurosurgeon Dr. Russell Blaylock tells Newsmax Health.

6 Things We've Connected that May Kill Us in the Future

6 things we’ve connected that may kill us in the future
by Cate Lawrence, Contributing Writer, readwrite.com, 23 October 2016

As much as we here at ReadWrite are genuinely enthusiastic about the Internet of Things, it’s never been without a heavy grain of salt.

We’ve never been afraid to question, analyze and critique the form and function of connected devices and the biggest ecosphere they inhabit. Unfortunately the recent DDoS attack that affected the East Coast

It’s of no surprise that since I’ve been writing a monthly Hits and Misses column for IoT products, that the misses component pretty much writes itself as technologists and start ups connect more and more devices with the internet. Kitchen appliances in particular seen particularly vulnerable to derision by many, particularly when we talk about kettles and refrigerators.

We’ve seen much hand-wringing over time about data security breaches particularly those pertaining to baby monitors and smart sex toys.

But it’s worth noting that the recent DDoS attack has been in part, attributed to the vulnerability of certain connected devices including smart appliances and security cameras which has made some question the value of connected devices. The reality is that the market decides what products become connected to the internet.

Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer. Are You Worried?

Australian brain surgeon, Dr. Charlie Teo
[UPDATE 24 October 2016: A 26-year-old Australian woman, Courtney Keady, who has been diagnosed with an "inoperable" 12 millimetre brain tumour on her pineal gland, has accepted to be operated on by Dr. Charlie Teo. The operation will cost her $110,000. Read: Mail online article, "Woman, 26, who thought agonising pain in her head was due to the stress of studying for her degree discovers she has an 'inoperable' brain tumour".]

Mobile Phones and Brain Cancer.  Are You Worried?
by Rick Morton, mamamia.com, 8 May 2012

Dr Charlie Teo isn’t a kook. He is the best brain surgeon in the country [Australia]. He knows the inside of your head like you know the back of your hand. He’s seen the rise in a certain type of brain cancer.

And he’s worried.

Here’s what some of what he wrote on The Punch yesterday: [We could no longer find this article.]

“There are three undisputed facts about the link between mobile phones and brain tumours. Firstly, the jury is still out. Secondly, the number of mobile phone users is increasing rapidly and currently stands at over five billion worldwide. Thirdly, IF there is a causal link between exposure to non-ionising radiation and brain tumours, then the social and financial consequences would be devastating and on a scale never before witnessed in history.

23 October 2016

Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs

John F. Kennedy stated,”Children are the world’s most valuable resource and its best hope for the future.” It is time to start protecting our children and it starts with informing parents. 

Watchdog Says Report of 10,000 Toddlers on ADHD Drugs Tip of the Iceberg—274,000 0-1 Year Olds and 370,000 Toddlers Prescribed Psychiatric Drugs
by Press Releases, educationviews.org, 20 October 2015

While the recent New York Times article, “Thousands of Toddlers Are Medicated for A.D.H.D., Report Finds, Raising Worries,” seems shocking, the actual numbers of infants and toddlers being prescribed psychiatric drugs dwarfs the 10,000 2-3 year olds being prescribed ADHD drugs.[1] The mental health watchdog, Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) says according to data provided by IMS Health, the world’s leading health information and analytics company, hundreds of thousands of toddlers are being prescribed far more powerful psychiatric drugs than just ADHD drugs, and most alarming of all is the more than 274,000 0-1 year olds prescribed psychiatric drugs.[2]

American Academy of Pediatrics urges Caution Following Cell Phone Radiation Study

Healthy Kids: AAP urges caution following cell phone radiation study
by Amanda Butt, nbc16.com, 16 October 2016

EUGENE, Ore. - For years, people have wondered if too much time spent on cell phones could be dangerous to our health. Recently, the National Toxicology Program, which is part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), released partial findings from a two-year study that exposed rats to the types of radio frequency radiation that cell phones give off. Now, the American Academy of Pediatrics is hoping parents will listen closely to the findings—and take precautions.

Dr. Pilar Bradshaw, with Eugene Pediatric Associates, treats hundreds of kids each year in her practice. She’s troubled by the recent study that found a dangerous connection between cell phone radiation and cancer.

“The cancers that we’re talking about have shown to be very malignant, very dangerous, very hard to treat cancers in lab rats that were exposed to cell phone radiation similar to what we’re exposed to if we are using our phone while it’s placed against our ear,” Bradshaw explained.

Phone Batteries Emit Toxic Gases

Phone batteries emit toxic gases
timesofindia, 22 October 2016

More than 100 potentially fatal gases are produced by the batteries found in billions of consumer devices such as smartphones and tablets, a new study has warned.

The research identified over 100 toxic gases released by lithium batteries, including carbon monoxide, which can cause strong irritations to the skin, eyes and nasal passages and harm the wider environment.

Researchers from the Institute of NBC Defence in the US and Tsinghua University in China said many people may be unaware of the dangers of overheating, damaging or using a disreputable charger for their rechargeable devices. In the new study, they investigated a type of rechargeable battery, known as a "lithium-ion" battery, which is placed in two billion consumer devices every year.