New Study Found Tripled Brain Tumor Risk for Long-Term Cell Phone Users

A 2014 Swedish study involving 1498 malignant brain tumor patients and 3,530 controls (people without a brain tumor) found an increased risk of malignant brain tumor associated with long-term use of cell phones and cordless phones. The study analyzed data from two previous studies with patients diagnosed between 1997-2003 and 2007-2009 in Sweden. The pooled analysis showed a clear trend of higher risk with longer wireless phone use. Specifically, the risk was 3 times higher for people who used wireless phones for 25 years or longer. The results resonate with a 2014 French study which found that heavy cell phone users (with 896 hours or more cumulative call time, or about half an hour daily use for 5 years) were 2-3 times more likely to develop a glioma (the most common type of malignant brain tumor), compared to non-regular users.

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Are US Cell Phone Safety Standards Safe Enough?

Cell phones emit radiofrequency (RF) waves, a type of non-ionizing electromagnetic radiation (commonly called “cell phone radiation”). When a consumer holds or carries a mobile device in close proximity, the user’s head and body can absorb over half of the transmitted energy.

The FCC’s inquiry into radiofrequency (RF) exposure limits and policies has generated broad response, as well as debate. Pong continues to play an active role in this process, weighing in on several topics of concern to users of cellphones and cases.

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How to Interpret Scientific Findings In the Cell Phone Radiation Controversy

As cell phones and other wireless devices become increasingly popular, there is a growing concern over the possible health impact of wireless technology. Science is still inconclusive on whether cell phone radiation is safe or harmful to humans. Consumers are often confused by conflicting study results and mixed media messages. This article is intended to explain the primary causes of the scientific dilemma and offer some suggestions on how to interpret scientific findings in the field of cell phone radiation and human health.

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Is Wi-Fi Exposure Harmful?

The mobile device landscape has dramatically changed during the past ten years. As a popular wireless technology, Wi-Fi uses the radio-frequency bands of 2.4 and 5 GHz for data exchange among wireless devices. Devices that transmit Wi-Fi signals are not just commonplace, they have become an essential part of our lives.

So, it’s only natural that the biological and health effects of these devices have become the subject of many on-going scientific studies. While the research community is performing scientifically rigorous studies and carefully weighing the evidence, five Danish ninth-grade school girls have taken matters in to their own hands.

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Wireless Radiation from Google Glass: Is There a Risk?

Google Glass ushers in a new trend in wireless devices. A wearable computer with head mounted display, Google Glass captures a lot of attention with its design, functions and life-style implication. Though it is not yet on sale, some people have raised concerns that Google Glass introduces new types of radiation exposure risks due to the way in which it is worn. This article explores the implications of on-body wireless devices on radiation exposure.

Like all wireless devices, Google Glass emits electromagnetic radiation, called non-ionizing radiation, in the radio-frequency (RF) range in operation. The prototype Google Glass has Wi-Fi and Bluetooth antennas but no cellular antenna. Although there is still no consensus on whether this type of radiation is harmful to human body, growing scientific evidence shows correlation between wireless radiation and adverse health effects, including but not limited to brain tumors, impaired brain function, sperm damage and behavioral problems in children. In May 2011, the World Health Organization (WHO) classified radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” based on increased risk of brain tumors.

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Pong Loves Moms: Happy Mother’s Day

This coming weekend is Mother’s Day. Traditionally, Mom is showered on her special day with flowers, jewelery, maybe even chocolate. You love mom and want to keep her happy and healthy for years to come — so why not give her a Pong case?

When it comes to smartphones, you may think that it’s teens and young adults dominating the market. Actually, moms are more likely than the general population to own smartphones. A recent survey by Marketing to Moms Coalition’s shows a big increase in smartphone ownership, up from 44% of moms in 2011 to 58% in 2012. And, among the 58% of moms who have smartphones, they are using the phones a lot. Continue reading “Pong Loves Moms: Happy Mother’s Day”

Is there a Link between Cell Phone Use and Thyroid Cancer?

At Pong, we’ve been following recent scientific news with great interest. Israeli scientists have reported preliminary findings of a possible link between cell phone radiation and thyroid cancer.

Does Cell Phone Radiation Cause Thyroid Cancer?

 

Conducted at Beilinson Hospital in Petah Tikva and at Tel Aviv University, the Israeli research showed evidence for the first time of the possible connection between the rise in thyroid cancer cases to the increased exposure to radiation emitted by cell phones. Continue reading “Is there a Link between Cell Phone Use and Thyroid Cancer?”