By Dr. Ananya Mandal, MDMar 13 2019Reviewed by Kate Anderton, B.Sc. (Editor)Wireless earphones could be releasing potentially carcinogenic radiation into the heads of the users, finds a new study. Mohd Syis Zulkipl | ShutterstockA group of 250 experts and researchers have signed a petition to the United Nations and World Health Organisation to stop the use of these and other wireless devices.The researchers explain that these wireless ear pieces use a type of electromagnetic frequency (EMF) radiowave via Bluetooth technology to transmit data. The closeness of this radiation to the brains of the users is cause for concern, say the researchers.Related StoriesTrends in colonoscopy rates not aligned with increase in early onset colorectal cancerSugary drinks linked to cancer finds studyCancer killing capability of lesser-known immune cells identifiedJerry Phillips, a professor of biochemistry at the University of Colorado said, “My concern for AirPods is that their placement in the ear canal exposes tissues in the head to relatively high levels of radio-frequency radiation.” Phillips is one of the many scientists who have called for a restriction on use of such devices.The petition reads, “Based upon peer-reviewed, published research, we have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices.” It goes on to say that the risk of cancer, neurological disorders, and DNA damage that have been associated with EMF exposure cannot be ignored.The International Agency for Research on Cancer too recently agreed that these EMF waves could be “possibly carcinogenic” to humans. These waves are similar to UV rays or X raysbut are not as powerful. They can cause burns at high concentration but are generally of less impact. The debate about whether they are carcinogenic is still ongoing.The World Health Organisation developed guidelines that regulate the amount of EMF the devices are allowed to emit. The petition adds, “The various agencies setting safety standards have failed to impose sufficient guidelines to protect the general public, particularly children who are more vulnerable to the effects of EMF. By not taking action, the WHO is failing to fulfil its role as the preeminent international public health agency.”The guidelines insist that phones should be kept away from the body when not in use. Sleeping with the phone is not a good practice and usage of headsets or headphones to conduct phone calls is suggested as a good option. Sources:Original editorial article: “Are AirPods and Other Bluetooth Headphones Safe?”.IARC classifies radiofrequency electromagnetic fields as possibly carcinogenic to humans. WHO.
Source:http://web.era-edta.org/ Reviewed by Alina Shrourou, B.Sc. (Editor)Apr 10 2019The link between brain dysfunction and advanced kidney disease was first noted in 1930, so it is not a new finding. Experts spoke of ‘dialysis dementia’ or ‘uremic encephalopathy’. What is new, however, is the finding that mild cognitive impairment (MCI) may already be present in earlier stages of CKD, affecting approximately one in two CKD patients (prevalence varies in studies between 30% and 60%). In contrast to ‘normal’ dementia, CKD-related MCI is not age-related, meaning the cognitive impairment exceeds that expected of the normal aging process. It usually worsens with declining glomerular filtration rate (GFR) of patients – the lower the GFR, the higher the risk of being affected by cognitive impairments.Related StoriesLow dose of endotoxin could have protective effect on men at risk of acute kidney injuryChronic kidney disease patients are excluded from clinical trialsIndigestion remedy improves survival in people with late-stage CKDThe pathogenesis appears complex, involving a variety of factors besides vascular disease – the most frequent trigger for ‘standard’ dementia in elderly people. Dialysis does not help or stop the process of cognitive decline, thus experts believe that factors which are not corrected completely by dialysis, for example the clearance of middle molecules, uncontrolled secondary hyperparathyroidism and anemia, may further the process of cognitive impairment.’One interesting finding, though, is that kidney transplantation appears to slow cognitive decline’, explains Professor Giovambattista Capasso, one of the authors of a review recently published in NDT. ‘This highlights the importance of transplantation, because we have no other intervention strategies once cognitive decline has been diagnosed in CKD patients.’The paucity of intervention strategies is the reason why there is no routine screening for MCI in CKD patients. The authors of the review emphasize that cognitive decline is one of many manifestations of brain damage that clearly accompany the decline of kidney function. Other manifestations include sleep disorders and depression, both of which are also common in CKD patients. ‘Chronic kidney disease is an illness that obviously affects the body and the brain. The latter has been neglected by research, but new tools in neuroscience, such as tractography or two-photon microscopy hold out the promise of gaining further insights in the pathogenesis of MCI so that we might identify therapy targets and be able to treat it one day’, explains Professor Capasso.’Until then, we have to be aware that CKD is a severe disease which affects not only the kidneys, but also other organs systems and the brain – even in early stages. This is why we should strengthen CKD prevention strategies and raise awareness for this illness that is much more severe than most people think’, adds Professor Carmine Zoccali, president of the ERA-EDTA. read more
© 2019 AFP Samsung Electronics—the flagship company of the sprawling Samsung Group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate the South’s economy—spent nearly eight years developing the Galaxy Fold Samsung delays launch of folding Galaxy smartphone The Galaxy Fold has been widely promoted as the “world’s first foldable smartphone” The move by the world’s biggest smartphone maker—announced after reviewers provided with early devices reported screens breaking within days of use—comes less than three years after its Galaxy Note 7 disaster.The company said the Galaxy Fold, which had been due for its US release on Friday, “needs further improvements” before customers can receive it and a new release date will be announced in the coming weeks.Samsung Electronics—the flagship company of the sprawling Samsung Group, by far the biggest of the family-controlled conglomerates that dominate the South’s economy—spent nearly eight years developing the Galaxy Fold.It has been widely promoted as the “world’s first foldable smartphone” and is part of its strategy to propel growth with groundbreaking gadgets, while rivals such as China’s Huawei have been racing to bring similar devices to market.Kim Dae-ho, an analyst at Institute for Global Economy, said Samsung can regain customer trust as long as it identifies the problem and releases the perfected Fold “in the quickest possible time”.”Samsung is facing its biggest test ever,” he said. “If they manage to pull this one off, it can bring greater success. Right now it is standing at the crossroads of destiny.” Citation: Samsung facing crucial test over Galaxy Fold delay, analysts warn (2019, April 23) retrieved 17 July 2019 from https://phys.org/news/2019-04-samsung-crucial-galaxy-analysts.html Samsung earlier this month launched the 5G version of its top-end Galaxy S10 device but faces increasing competition from Huawei across different price ranges, and has warned of a more than 60 percent plunge in first-quarter operating profit in the face of weakening markets.Independent technology analyst Rob Enderle said the failure of a flagship item could send Samsung buyers to rivals.”If a halo product fails, people don’t trust that you build quality stuff,” Enderle said.”It can do incredible damage. And Huawei is moving up like a rocket, so this could be good for Huawei.”Samsung Electronics shares closed down 0.33 percent in Seoul on Tuesday.’Pre-emptive action’But analysts say that while the decision to delay may hurt Samsung’s brand reputation in the short term, it could ultimately prevent it from repeating the critical mistakes of 2016, which cost it billions of dollars. Explore further That year, Samsung’s reputation suffered a major blow after a damaging worldwide recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices over exploding batteries. South Korean tech giant Samsung Electronics is “facing its biggest test ever”, analysts said Tuesday after it delayed the release of its $2,000 foldable phone over screen problems. At the time, the firm showed a slow response to initial reports of the devices catching fire, claiming the hazard was only limited to a “small fraction of phones” manufactured.But it later ended up announcing a recall of 2.5 million smartphones after several devices exploded. It eventually traced the problem to the batteries, but decided to kill off the model for good.Analyst Kim said the tech giant’s approach with the Fold was quite different from the way it handled the Note 7 fiasco.”Back in 2016, Samsung was overconfident with its technology,” and did not respond to the initial reports immediately, he said. “As a result, the damage was enormous,” he said.”The fact that Samsung is delaying the release of the Fold—although the problem isn’t as serious as the one Note 7 had—means it is taking pre-emptive action this time.” Samsung’s reputation suffered a major blow in 2017 after a damaging worldwide recall of Galaxy Note 7 devices over exploding batteries This document is subject to copyright. Apart from any fair dealing for the purpose of private study or research, no part may be reproduced without the written permission. The content is provided for information purposes only. read more
Another farmer kills self in Wayanad, 18 suicide cases since bank recovery actionWhile an official statement on the reason behind suicide is yet to be released, the farmer’s family claims Anikuttan committed suicide over pressure of unpaid loans.advertisement Next P S Gopikrishnan Unnithan WayanadJuly 12, 2019UPDATED: July 12, 2019 15:36 IST Anikuttan, the farmer, allegedly consumed poison and was later rushed to the hospital by his family members. (Representational Image)In yet another case of farmer’s suicide, a 55-year-old man killed himself by consuming poison in Wayanad district of Kerala.The deceased farmer has been identified as Anikuttan from Pulpally region in Wayanad district.On Tuesday, Anikuttan allegedly consumed poison and was later rushed to the hospital by his family members. Anikuttan died on Wednesday morning.While an official statement on the reason behind suicide is yet to be released, the farmer’s family claims Anikuttan committed suicide over pressure of unpaid loans.According to the farmer’s family members, Anikuttan was upset over his father’s unpaid loans. The family was unable to clear off the debt due to repeated crop failures.In May, another debt-ridden farmer from Wayanad — 53 year-old Dinesh Kumar — had ended his life by consuming poison.Congress leader and Wayanad MP Rahul Gandhi had then written to Kerala CM Pinarayi Vijayan, seeking a probe into the suicide of Dinesh Kumar and deanding financial assistance to his family. According to Dinesh’s family, he committed suicide due to pressure of unpaid loans.On Thursday, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi raised the issue of farm distress in the country and said farmers in his parliamentary constituency, Wayanad are committing suicide in the absence proactive government help.Rahul Gandhi said that 18 farmers have committed suicide in Wayanad after banks initiated recovery action against debt-ridden farmers. “In Wayanad alone bank notices have been served to 8,000 farmers. They are facing immediate eviction. Under the SARFAESI Act, their properties are attached against their bank loans,” Rahul Gandhi said.He also alleged that the Centre is refusing to direct the Reserve Bank of India to implement the moratorium announced by the state government.The Kerala government had earlier announced a moratorium on farm loans in the state till December 31, 2019. This would restrict the banks from initiating recovery action on unpaid dues incurred by the farmers.ALSO READ | Day after Amethi visit, Rahul Gandhi raises Wayanad farmers’ suicide in ParliamentALSO WATCH | Zero budget farming can double farmers’ income: Nirmala SitharamanFor the latest World Cup news, live scores and fixtures for World Cup 2019, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for World Cup news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted bySnigdha Choudhury read more
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