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No link found between brain cancer and mobile use

Laura Goodall posted in on February 26th, 2015.

Despite a dramatic increase in the use of mobile phones, there hasn’t been a matching rise in the incidence of brain cancer, reports a new study by scientists at the University of Auckland. The research, which looked at trends in primary brain cancer incidence in New Zealand between 1995 and 2010 from New Zealand’s national cancer […]

‘Anti-rape’ mobile app flawed

Laura Goodall posted in on October 6th, 2014.

The Dominion Post quotes New Zealand experts commenting on a new mobile phone app that was designed to check for consent before sex in an effort to reduce rape. Excerpt (read the full article here): An “anti-rape” mobile phone app designed to check for consent before sex has been greeted with scepticism by campaigners against sexual violence. […]

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Media Coverage: Cellphones “Possibly Carcinogenic to Humans”

John Kerr posted in on June 2nd, 2011.

The suggestion from a WHO task-force that cellphone exposure is “possibly carcinogenic”  has generated wide spread media buzz over the potential risks of mobile devices. At 4am on Wednesday (NZ time) the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a subsidiary of the World Health Organization, released a monograph classifying exposure to mobile phones as […]

Experts on mobile phones and child behaviour

Peter Griffin posted in on December 7th, 2010.

A newly published paper has drawn a link between regular mobile phone use by pregnant women before and after their child is born, and later behavioural problems shown by the child, particularly if they begin using mobile phones early, too. The paper, “Cell phone use and behavioural problems in young children”,  was published in the […]

TVNZ/One News/Closeup: Warning over the danger of GPS devices

Peter Griffin posted in on August 10th, 2010.

An Australian researcher believes that using GPS devices in cars can be as dangerous as using mobile phones. Professor Mark Stevenson says that, although the devices are intended to be safer than reading a paper map, they can still be highly distracting – he is about to undertake a large study on the subject. An […]

No link between cellphone towers and early childhood cancers

Peter Griffin posted in on June 23rd, 2010.

Concerns have been raised in New Zealand and abroad about whether exposure by pregnant women to electromagnetic radiation from cellphone towers may increase their child’s risk of developing early childhood cancers such as leukaemia and brain tumours. Previous studies into such effects have failed to offer a sufficiently final response to the question.  However, a […]

Newsletter Digest: Synthetic cells, troubled teens and Interphone

Peter Griffin posted in on May 21st, 2010.

Synthetic biology breakthrough Geneticist Dr Craig Venter was integral to the sequencing of the human genome. Now he claims to have made a breakthrough in his long-running bid to create synthetically generated cells – essentially, artificial life. The aim, he says, is to develop organisms designed with chemical, industrial even medical purposes in mind, an […]

Media coverage: Mobile phones and cancer risk

Dacia Herbulock posted in on May 18th, 2010.

The release of a 10-year WHO study into mobile phone use and brain cancer risk — Interphone — has led to massive international media coverage of the issue, with often contradictory headlines. Local media coverage: Radio NZ – Checkpoint: Brain tumour risk may increase among heavy cellphone users DomPost: Phone study fails to rule out […]

NZ Herald: Ban hands-free kits too, expert says

Peter Griffin posted in on November 2nd, 2009.

With the recent ban on the use of mobile phones in cars unless using a hands-free kit, conversation has been sparked over the efficacy of the ban. Research has shown that mobile conversations, whether conducted through a hands-free kit or a handset, are highly risky due to the distraction they pose for the driver, and […]

Hands-free calling in cars almost as dangerous

Peter Griffin posted in on October 30th, 2009.

From Sunday drivers in New Zealand will only be allowed to use mobile phones in their cars if they use a hands-free kit or phone cradle. The ban, and its timing, were officially confirmed in August. Mobile phones cannot be used, even while stopped at a red light, unless the phone is in a fixed […]

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