Mobile phones do not cause brain cancer, study claims

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Using mobile phones has no bearing on your chances of developing brain cancer, a study conducted by European scientists has found.

Findings published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute has revealed that radio waves produced by mobile phones are not harmful to brain cells and do not cause an increased risk of developing cancer.

Epidemiologist at the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute Martin Roosli said that tests carried out on 1,000 participants, of whom 352 aged seven to nineteen were diagnosed with brain tumors between 2004 and 2008, “show that a large and immediate risk of cellphones causing brain tumors in children can be excluded”.

The World Health Organisation (WHO) previously concluded that mobile phones are potentially carcinogenic, but was quickly contradicted by The Economist, which said there is accumulating evidence “increasingly against the hypothesis that mobile phone use can cause brain tumors in adults”.

However, World Health Organisation cancer epidemiologist, Kurt Straif, is adamant that latest findings may not paint the whole truth.

Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, he reasoned: “Participants with brain cancer may not have the best recall for how often they used their phones”

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Virgin Media reports 25% rise in data usage in 2011

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Virgin Media customers are downloading more data, the cable company has revealed.

In its financial results for the three months to June 30th 2011, the fibre optic broadband provider announced its average subscriber is now downloading 25 per cent more data each month than they were half a year ago.

Since mid-2007, Virgin Media has seen data traffic rise by 43 per cent every year.

To contend with this growing demand for data usage, the company is rolling out its up to 100Mbps fibre broadband service throughout the UK and is on track to deploy the technology across its entire network by mid-2012.

Around six million homes already have access to the top-tier product, which is due to go live in Salford and Shepshed in September.

Neil Berkett, chief executive of Virgin Media, claimed the provider is “uniquely equipped” to exploit the growing importance of digital media services in consumers’ social, professional and family lives.

“During the first half, we have continued to focus relentlessly on delivering superior services tailored to the needs of these data-hungry households and businesses,” he added.

Three to launch Facebook app with free unlimited access

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Three and Facebook are teaming up to release a new Facebook for ‘every phone’ application to enable users of even lower end handsets to get on board the social networking train.

Due to launch tomorrow, the application is said to be compatible with most phones that support Java and is optimised to hog less data and load faster.

To sweeten the deal further, Three customers will have free, unfettered access to the app for six months.

Charlotte Spencer, Director of Products and Services at Three, said: “Our customers love Facebook, which is why we are delighted to be able to offer them a new way to stay in touch and why we are extending the free offer to six-months rather than just 90 days.

“Although more and more of our customers are now using smartphones, this deal ensures that those on older handsets can still have a great Facebook experience on their phone – and can begin to see what the benefits would be of having All-you-can-eat data.”

Three’s move comes as networks rally to entice millions of users who have yet to get online with their mobile companions.

The app will be available to download tomorrow to all Three customers free of charge and be freely accessible until January 31st next year.