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A high-profile international study of the impact of cell phones on childhood brain tumor risk is sending the signal that there is no “exposure-response relationship. However, some environmental health experts contend that significant safety concerns are hidden within the data.
CEFALO, a multi-center European project, is the first study to look specifically at the impact of self-reported mobile phone use on risk of childhood brain tumors. While it seemed to dispel the notion that EM radiation from cellphones can cause brain tumors, critics contend that the conclusions are not so clear cut. Writers from the Environmental Health Trust challenge CEFALO's findings; a spokesman from the study team responds.
Hospital administrators are finally starting to reckon with the damaging effects their institutions can have on the environment. Janet Brown, HPC's resident medical environmentalist, reports from CleanMed, the nation's largest conference dedicated to health care and ecology.
A green light is slowly dawning in the nation's hospitals.
Environmentally friendly propellants may soon replace the ozone-eating chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) in metered dose inhalers used for asthma medications. CFC-free formulations of albuterol and salbutamol, two common asthma drugs, are already available for testing, but since the new propellants change the amounts of drug delivered to the lungs, it may be a few years before drug manufacturers release these new products to the market.
The FDA's recent warning that pregnant women should reduce their fish consumption because of high mercury levels are good as far as they go. But unfortunately, like many government efforts, they fail to address the real issue: Why is there so much mercury in our oceans?
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