Monday, November 19, 2018

Electromagnetic Radiation Safety

Recent News


Ronald Melnick, Ph.D. There's a clear cell phone-cancer link, but FDA is downplaying itThe Hill, Nov 13, 2018.
  Dr. Melnick was the senior toxicologist who led the design of the National Toxicology Program cell phone radiation studies.

Joyce Nelson. 5G Corporate Grail: Smart cities/dumb people?  Watershed Sentinel, Nov 5, 2018.
  "There’s a lot of hype about 5G, the fifth-generation wireless technology that is being rolled out in various “5G test beds” in major cities ...But it’s hard to see why we should be excited."

Annelie Fitzgerald. Mobile Phone Cover-up? Gov’t advisory body disbanded – inaccurate and misleading conclusions remain. TruePublica (UK), Oct 17, 2018.
   UK disbanded advisory group on non-ionizing radiation (AGNIR) after group issued inaccurate assessment of wireless radiation science subject to conflicts of interest. Public Heath England still relies on AGNIR report.

Martin Röösli. Mobile phone radiation may affect memory performance in adolescents. Medical Xpress. July 20, 2018.
  Radio frequency radiation may have adverse effects on memory performance of specific brain regions exposed during mobile phone use.

Ronnie Cohen. Do cellphones cause cancer? Government study reveals 'stunningly important findings. Newsweek, July 19, 2018.
  Current cellphone safety regulations are based on a premise that is now arguably false: that cellphone radiation can cause harm only by heating tissue.

Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie. The inconvenient truth about cancer and mobile phones.The Guardian, July 14, 2018.
  We dismiss claims about mobiles being bad for our health – but is that because studies showing a link to cancer have been cast into doubt by the industry?

Reynard Loki. Our cellphone addiction is turning wireless tech into an invisible weapon that’s destroying wildlife. Salon, July 14, 2018.
  Electromagnetic radiation from Wi-Fi and cell towers poses a “credible risk” to birds, mammals, insects and plants

Lynne Peeples. Should cell phone providers warn customers of health risks? Berkeley says yesMcClatchy News Washington Bureau, July 11, 2018.
  Although the scientific community has not reached consensus, the California health department said research indicates long-term, extensive cellphone use may affect health.

Lynne Peeples. Wireless industry using First Amendment as a cudgel in its battle against safety warningsFairWarning, July 11, 2018.
  Complete version of the article. News websites published the McClatchy version.

Microwave News. "'Clear evidence' of cell phone cancer risk, say leading pathologists." April 9, 2018.
  Why the peer review panel and NTP interpreted the same animal data differently. 

Mark Hertsgaard and Mark Dowie. "How big wireless made us think that cell phones are safe: A special investigation.The Nation, March 29, 2018.
  The disinformation campaign—and massive radiation increase—behind the 5G rollout.

Recent Posts on EMR Safety

Thyroid Cancer & Mobile Phone Use
  The evidence is mounting from epidemiologic and biologic studies that heavy cell phone use may cause thyroid cancer.

NTP Cell Phone Radiation Study: Final Reports
  A $30 million study by the National Toxicology Program found that long-term exposure to cell phone radiation caused cancer in male rats and DNA damage in mice and rats.
  
National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study.
  Former NTP scientist defends study; expert reviewers argue that results call for stronger RF exposure guidelines & IARC should upgrade cancer risk.

National Toxicology Program (NTP) Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer
  Experts convened by NTP found "clear evidence" of cancer from cell phone radiation. Official summary now available.

5G Wireless Technology: Is 5G Harmful to Our Health?
  "Both oncologic and non-cancerous chronic effects have been suggested."

5G Wireless Technology: Cutting Through the Hype
  News stories debunk exaggerated benefits of 5G cellular technology.

PowerWatch: 1,670 Scientific Papers on EMF
  This list is a compilation of citations for 1,670 peer-reviewed papers about EMF published in scientific journals from 1979 through 2018.


Special Issue: Electromagnetic Fields (EMF) in Biology & Medicine
  Nine EMF papers published in a special issue of the International Journal of Radiation Biology.

Recent Research on Wireless Radiation and Electromagnetic Fields 
  Compilation of over 500 abstracts of scientific papers published since August, 2016.

Recent Research on Wi-Fi Effects
  Compilation of recent studies on biologic and health effects from exposure to Wi-Fi radiation.

Research on Smart Phone and Internet Addiction
  Recent studies on dependence or addiction to mobile devices, gaming, or the internet.

  New real-world study of cell phone radiation confirms recommendations in the Department's cell phone safety guidance.

iPhone XS and XR: Specific Absorption Rates (SAR) or RF Exposure
  What are the SAR values for iPhone’s new smart phones? How should consumers use this information?

Hybrid & Electric Cars: Electromagnetic Radiation Risks
  Modern automobiles increasingly incorporate EMF-emitting devices that pose a risk to human health.

Wireless Radiation TV News
  Links to over 150 televised news stories about wireless radiation health risks.

 Recent research and policy developments regarding electromagnetic hypersensitivity.

  City Council reaffirms its commitment to defend landmark cell phone "right to know" ordinance against telecom industry lawsuit in the federal courts.

New Apple Watch Reignites Concerns over Cell Phone Radiation
  How much wireless radiation (cellular, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth) is emitted by smart watches? 

ICNIRP’s Exposure Guidelines for Radio Frequency Fields
  ICNIRP requests public input on its radio frequency radiation exposure guidelines. Former NTP scientist critiques ICNIRP.

Brain Tumor Rates Are Rising in the US: Role of Cell Phone & Cordless Phone Use
 The CDC reported that brain cancer incidence among youth 0-20 years of age increased between 2001 and 2014. Also thyroid cancer and lymphoma.

Scientific Evidence of Harm from Cell Phone Radiation: Two Years of Research
  An annotated bibliography which contains 92 papers published in scientific journals during the last two years that report evidence of harm from cell phone radiation exposure.

International Perspective on Health Effects of Low Intensity Non-Ionizing Radiation
  There is an urgent need to recognize hazards associated with excessive exposure to non-thermal levels of electromagnetic fields.

Effects of Cell Phone Use on Adolescents
  Research on adolescents suggests that cell phone use has adverse effects on cognitive processes and memory and the endocrine system and disturbs sleep.

International Scientist Appeal on Electromagnetic Fields & Wireless Technology
  242 scientists from 41 nations including 38 from the U.S. have signed the Appeal.

Key Cell Phone Radiation Research Studies

Female Infertility and Cell Phone Radiation
  Research that investigates the effects of wireless radiation on female fertility.

Effect of Mobile Phones on Sperm Quality
  Research that examines the effects of wireless radiation on sperm.

Pregnancy & Wireless Radiation Risks
  Compilation of studies that found harmful effects from fetal exposure to wireless radiation.

5G Moratorium Website Launched
  Official website for 5G Appeal: Over 200 scientists doctors have signed Appeal.

Electromagnetic Fields Threaten Wildlife
 Research review: EMF is potential risk to insect and bird orientation and plant health.

EMF Health Impacts and Policy Change Webinar
  Drs. Frank Barnes, De-Kun Li, & Joel Moskowitz discuss EMF research and implications for policy change. Sponsored by Collaborative for Health & the Environment.

Ramazzini Institute Cell Phone Radiation Study Replicates NTP Study
  Ramazzini Institute replicates heart cancer results from NTP cell phone radiation study.

National Toxicology Program: Peer & public review of cell phone radiation study reports

More Information: 


National Toxicology Program (NTP) Finds Cell Phone Radiation Causes Cancer

Nov 19, 2018

Review of the NTP and Ramazzini Institute Studies 
by the Swiss Expert Group on EMF and Non-Ionizing Radiation (BERENIS)

Conclusions

The NTP and Ramazzini studies are most comprehensive animal studies with regard to cancer and exposure to mobile phone and base station signals that have been conducted to date. The scientific quality and standard of laboratory techniques are high, especially in the NTP study…”

“The results of these two animal studies are of great scientific relevance and importance for health policy because according to the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), positive results from animal studies with lifetime exposure are very important with regard to the classification of cancer risk of an agent, together with data from epidemiological and mechanistic studies. Based on the observed evidence regarding a correlation between mobile phone use and gliomas as well as acoustic neuroma, the latter data led to the IARC classification of mobile phone radiation as ‘possibly carcinogenic’ (group 2B) in 2011…”

“Despite the methodological differences, both new animal studies showed relatively consistent results in schwannomas and gliomas, as well as a dose-dependent trend to an increase in the carcinogenicity of these tumors. The NTP study used high whole-body doses (SAR – specific absorption rates) as compared to the regulatory limits for whole-body exposure recommended by ICNIRP. For the general public, this limit is 0.08 W/kg, with Switzerland additionally having introduced lower precautionary limits. The question arises of how transferable the NTP study results are to real-life exposure of the public, considering that mobile phone use exposes only parts of the body to EMF levels comparable to the ones applied to the whole animal by the NTP study. First, it is common practice in toxicology to study higher doses to evaluate possible hazards of an agent. Second, the NTP study found an increase in carcinogenicity for GSM and CDMA exposure conditions. Since the findings are similar for both types of exposure, they indicate that the modulation of the signals does not seem to be relevant. Third, mobile phone use can cause local SAR values up to 2 W/kg, averaged over a cube of 21 mm side length in the closest proximity of the phone (e.g. at the ear, cheeks, hand, pocket locations, etc.). Thus, the results of the NTP study are mostly relevant for the exposure situation when using a mobile phone close to the body. In contrast, the Ramazzini study observed carcinogenicity at levels as high as the environmental exposure limits, with no statistically significant effect at lower doses. However, a dose-dependent trend was found for malignant heart schwannomas, which is consistent with the findings of the NTP study. This may indicate that the non-significant increase in case numbers at lower exposure levels represents a true effect that has not reached statistical significance due to the given sample size.

In summary, BERENIS supports a precautionary approach for regulating RF EMF based on the findings and their evaluation. A full risk assessment analysis taking into account all available studies (animal studies and epidemiological studies) is necessary to assess whether the current standards should be changed."

Complete review:  http://bit.ly/NTPBerenis


Oct 24, 2018

Peer-reviewed comments on NTP cellphone radiation study by Hardell and Carlberg

    Hardell L, Carlberg M. Comments on the US National Toxicology Program technical reports on toxicology and carcinogenesis study in rats exposed to whole-body radiofrequency radiation at 900 MHz and in mice exposed to whole-body radiofrequency radiation at 1,900 MHz. International Journal of Oncology. Published Oct 24, 2018. https://doi.org/10.3892/ijo.2018.4606

    Abstract

    During the use of handheld mobile and cordless phones, the brain is the main target of radiofrequency (RF) radiation. An increased risk of developing glioma and acoustic neuroma has been found in human epidemiological studies. Primarily based on these findings, the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) at the World Health Organization (WHO) classified in May, 2011 RF radiation at the frequency range of 30 kHz‑300 GHz as a ‘possible’ human carcinogen, Group 2B. A carcinogenic potential for RF radiation in animal studies was already published in 1982. This has been confirmed over the years, more recently in the Ramazzini Institute rat study. An increased incidence of glioma in the brain and malignant schwannoma in the heart was found in the US National Toxicology Program (NTP) study on rats and mice. The NTP final report is to be published; however, the extended reports are published on the internet for evaluation and are reviewed herein in more detail in relation to human epidemiological studies. Thus, the main aim of this study was to compare earlier human epidemiological studies with NTP findings, including a short review of animal studies. We conclude that there is clear evidence that RF radiation is a human carcinogen, causing glioma and vestibular schwannoma (acoustic neuroma). There is some evidence of an increased risk of developing thyroid cancer, and clear evidence that RF radiation is a multi‑site carcinogen. Based on the Preamble to the IARC Monographs, RF radiation should be classified as carcinogenic to humans, Group 1.




    Sep 24, 2018

    Peer-reviewed comments on NTP cell phone data for assessing human health risks
    by Ronald Melnick, Former NTP Director of Special Programs

    Melnick RL. Commentary on the utility of the National Toxicology Program study on cell phone radiofrequency radiation data for assessing human health risks despite unfounded criticisms aimed at minimizing the findings of adverse health effects. Environ Res. 2018 Sep 19;168:1-6. doi: 10.1016/j.envres.2018.09.010. 


    Abstract

    The National Toxicology Program (NTP) conducted two-year studies of cell phone radiation in rats and mice exposed to CDMA- or GSM-modulated radiofrequency radiation (RFR) at exposure intensities in the brain of rats that were similar to or only slightly higher than potential, localized human exposures from cell phones held next to the head. This study was designed to test the (null) hypothesis that cell phone radiation at non-thermal exposure intensities could not cause adverse health effects, and to provide dose-response data for any detected toxic or carcinogenic effects. 

    Partial findings released from that study showed significantly increased incidences and/or trends for gliomas and glial cell hyperplasias in the brain and schwannomas and Schwann cell hyperplasias in the heart of exposed male rats. These results, as well as the findings of significantly increased DNA damage (strand breaks) in the brains of exposed rats and mice, reduced pup birth weights when pregnant dams were exposed to GSM- or CDMA-modulated RFR, and the induction of cardiomyopathy of the right ventricle in male and female rats clearly demonstrate that the null hypothesis has been disproved. 

     The NTP findings are most important because the International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) classified RFR as a "possible human carcinogen" based largely on increased risks of gliomas and acoustic neuromas (which are Schwann cell tumors on the acoustic nerve) among long term users of cell phones. The concordance between rats and humans in cell type affected by RFR strengthens the animal-to-human association. 

    This commentary addresses several unfounded criticisms about the design and results of the NTP study that have been promoted to minimize the utility of the experimental data on RFR for assessing human health risks. In contrast to those criticisms, an expert peer-review panel recently concluded that the NTP studies were well designed, and that the results demonstrated that both GSM- and CDMA-modulated RFR were carcinogenic to the heart (schwannomas) and brain (gliomas) of male rats.


    Note: Dr. Melnick was a senior toxicologist and Director of Special Programs in the Environmental Toxicology Program at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, National Institutes of Health. He led the design of the cell phone radiation studies discussed in this commentary.


    Sep 6, 2018

    Official Summary of Peer Review Meeting about the NTP's Cell Phone 
    Radiofrequency Radiation Studies

    The official summary of the three-day peer review meeting to discuss the draft technical reports about the cell phone radiation studies conducted by the National Toxicology Program is now available.

    National Toxicology Program (NTP). Peer Review of the Draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation. National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences. 2018. pp. 1-51. 





    May 3, 2018

    Videos of NTP Peer Review Meeting

    Videos with closed captions for the peer review meeting of the draft NTP technical reports on cell phone radiation are now available on the NTP website at http://bit.ly/NTPvideos.





    April 10, 2018

    Experts Find "Clear Evidence" of Cancer from Cell Phone Radiation in NTP Study

    March 28, 2018 (Last updated April 10)

    Eleven experts convened by the National Toxicology Program (NTP) over a three day period to review the draft technical reports from the NTP's cell phone radiation studies concluded that there is "clear evidence" that exposure to cell phone radiation caused a rare cancer in the hearts of male rats, and "there is equivocal evidence" in the hearts of female rats.

    The expert panel also reported "some evidence" that cell phone radiation exposure caused brain cancer in male and female rats and cancer of the adrenal glands in male rats. 

    Additionally, "equivocal evidence" of cancer risk was reported in the pituitary, adrenal, and prostate glands and pancreas and liver in male rats and adrenal glands in female rats.

    The mice in the study, exposed to a different cell phone radiation frequency than the rats (1800 MHz vs. 900 MHz), displayed less evidence of cancer risk. Equivocal evidence of cancer risk from cell phone radiation was reported for lymphoma in male and female mice. Equivocal evidence was also reported for skin, lung, and liver cancer in male mice.

    In seven instances, the expert group upgraded the evaluations of evidence published by NTP staff in the draft technical reports. Thus, the NTP scientists appear to have been overly conservative in their assessment of the hazards of long-term exposure to cell phone radiation. According to a former NTP scientist, "There was never a time when so many upgrades were recommended."

    The following table based upon NTP's official summary of actions compares the evaluations of evidence of carcinogenicity prepared by NTP staff with the expert committee's findings. The two-page document which also contains the committee's findings for nonneoplastic lesions can be be downloaded from 
    http://bit.ly/NTP180330

    The presentations and oral public comments are available at the following link: http://bit.ly/2qmvtQg.

    Definitions
    Clear Evidence of Carcinogenic Activity is demonstrated by studies that are interpreted as showing a dose-related (i) increase of malignant neoplasms, (ii) increase of a combination of malignant and benign neoplasms, or (iii) marked increase of benign neoplasms if there is an indication from this or other studies of the ability of such tumors to progress to malignancy.
    Some Evidence of Carcinogenic Activity is demonstrated by studies that are interpreted as showing a chemical-related increased incidence of neoplasms (malignant, benign, or combined) in which the strength of the response is less than that required for clear evidence.
    Equivocal Evidence of Carcinogenic Activity is demonstrated by studies that are interpreted as showing a marginal increase of neoplasms that may be chemically related.
    No Evidence of Carcinogenic Activity is demonstrated by studies that are interpreted as showing no chemical-related increases in malignant or benign neoplasms.
    https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/results/pubs/longterm/defs/index.html 
    Note: Although the definitions typically are applied to chemical agents, NTP also uses them with physical agents like cell phone radiation.

    PDF of document also includes nonneoplastic results & definitions: http://bit.ly/NTP180330



    March 16, 2018 (Updated March 25)

    To view webcast of NTP review meeting on March 26-28 from 8:30 AM - 5:00 PM EDT: 
    https://www.niehs.nih.gov/news/webcasts/cellphones_032618/

    The National Toxicology Program (NTP) requested public comments about the two draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation. Due to a lag between when comments were submitted and posted to the NTP website, below are links to selected comments from scientists and environmental health organizations about the reports.


    Public Comments: Scientists

    George Carlo, PhD, The Science and Public Policy Institute

    C.K. Chou, PhD, CK Chou Consulting

    Lennart Hardell, MD, PhD, Michael Carlberg, MSc, University Hospital, Örebro, Sweden; Lena Hedendahl, MD, The Environment and Cancer Research Foundation

    Magda Havas, PhD, Trent University 

    Ronald Kostoff, PhD

    Ronald Melnick, PhD, Retired Senior Toxicologist, National Toxicology Program

    Joel Moskowitz, PhD, University of California, Berkeley

    Cindy Russell, MD, Physicians for Safe Technology

    Annie J. Sasco, MD, DrPH, SM, MPH, retired Director of Research,INSERM (French NIH); former Unit Chief, IARC-WHO


    Public Comments: Organizations

    Association Alerte Phonegate (Dr. Marc Arazi)

    EMF Research Committee, Korean Institute of Electromagnetic Engineering and Science (KIEES), South Korea

    Environmental Health Trust

    Environmental Working Group

    More Information

    Peer Review

    The members of the two peer review committees for the NTP meeting have been announced.

    David Eaton, PhD, University of Washington, Chair

    Technical Panel 1: Reverberation Chamber Exposure System: Assess the reverberation chamber technology for evaluating the effects of cell phone radiofrequency radiation exposure in rats and mice.

    Members:
    Frank Barnes, PhD, University of Colorado Boulder
    Asimini Kiourti, PhD, Ohio State University
    James Lin, PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago

    Technical Panel 2: NTP Findings in Rats and Mice: (1) Review and evaluate the scientific and technical elements of the study and its presentation; (2) Determine whether the study’s experimental design, conduct, and findings support the NTP’s conclusions regarding the carcinogenic activity and toxicity of the test agent.

    Members:
    Rick Adler, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Glaxo Smith Kline
    Lydia Andrews-Jones, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Allergan, Inc,
    J. Mark Cline, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Wake Forest School of Medicine
    George Corcoran, PhD, ATS, Wayne State University
    Susan Felter, PhD, Proctor & Gamble
    Jack Harkema, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Michigan State University
    Wolfgang Kaufmann, DVM, PhD, DECVP, Fellow IATP, Merck (retired)
    Tyler Malys, PhD, National Cancer Institute
    Kamala Pant, MS, BioReliance
    Matthias Rinke, DVM, PhD, FTA Pathology, CVP, Fellow IATP, Bayer Pharma (retired)
    Laurence Whiteley, DVM, PhD, DACVP, Pfizer 



    Jan 29, 2018 (Updated Jan 31, 2018)

    The following information was excerpted from the Federal Register.

    On January 29, 2018, the National Toxicology Program (NTP) announced a meeting to peer review two draft NTP Technical Reports on Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation. These reports present the results of NTP studies conducted to evaluate the impact of cell phone radiofrequency radiation exposure in mice and rats.

    The peer-review meeting will be held at the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS) in Research Triangle Park, NC and is open to the public. Registration is requested for attendance at the meeting either in-person or by webcast and to present oral comments. Information about the meeting and registration will be available at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/​go/36051.

    Meeting

    Tentatively scheduled for March 26, 2018, 8:30 a.m. to adjournment on March 28, 2018, at approximately 5:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The preliminary agenda will be available at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/​go/​36051 and will be updated one week before the meeting.

    Document Availability

    The NTP will post the two draft technical reports at 12 noon (Eastern Standard Time) on Friday, February 2 on the NTP web site: https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/​go/​36051.

    Deadlines

    Written Public Comment Submissions: March 12, 2018
    Registration for Oral Comments: March 12, 2018
    Registration to Attend Meeting In-person: March 28, 2018
    Registration to View Webcast: March 28, 2018

    Background

    Personal (cellular) telecommunications is a rapidly evolving technology that uses radiofrequency energy or radiation for mobile communication. According to a 2016 survey, 95 percent of American adults now use cell phones. Given such broad use, adverse health effects shown to be associated with cell phone use could be a widespread public health concern.

    The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) nominated cell phone radiofrequency radiation for NTP study because (a) widespread human exposure is possible, (b) current exposure guidelines are based largely on protection from acute injury due to thermal effects, (c) little is known about the potential health effects of long-term exposure to radiofrequency radiation, and (d) currently available human studies have found limited evidence of an increased risk of cancer from cell phone use.

    NTP studied in rats and mice the effects of exposure to cell phone radiofrequency radiation from two system modulations: Global System for Mobile Communications and Code Division Multiple Access. NTP released the “Report of Partial Findings from the National Toxicology Program Carcinogenesis Studies of Cell Phone Radiofrequency Radiation in Hsd: Sprague Dawley SD Rats (Whole Body Exposure)” in May 2016 (https://doi.org/​10.1101/​055699). The partial findings will be included in the draft NTP technical report for rats. The two draft NTP technical reports present results for all NTP studies on rats and mice on the toxicity and carcinogenicity of cell phone-emitted radiofrequency radiation.

    Public Comment Registration

    NTP invites written and oral public comments on the draft NTP technical reports: Guidelines for Public Comments.

    The deadline for submission of written comments is March 12, 2018. Written public comments should be submitted through the meeting website. Persons submitting written comments should include name, affiliation, mailing address, phone, email, and sponsoring organization (if any). Written comments received in response to this notice will be posted on the NTP website, and the submitter will be identified by name, affiliation, and sponsoring organization (if any). Comments that address scientific or technical issues will be forwarded to the peer-review panel and NTP staff prior to the meeting.

    Registration to provide oral comments is on or before March 12, 2018, at https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/​go/​36051. Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis, and registrants will be assigned a number in their confirmation email. Oral comments may be presented in person at NIEHS or by teleconference line. The access number for the teleconference line will be provided to registrants by email prior to the meeting. Each organization is allowed one time slot per comment period. The agenda allows for two public comment periods: The first comment period on the exposure system (12 commenters, up to 5 minutes per speaker), and the second comment period on the NTP findings in rats and mice (24 commenters, up to 5 minutes per speaker). After the maximum number of speakers per comment period is exceeded, individuals registered to provide oral comment will be placed on a wait list and notified should an opening become available. Commenters will be notified after March 12, 2018, the deadline to register for oral public comments, about the actual time allotted per speaker.

    If possible, oral public commenters should send a copy of their slides and/or statement or talking points to Canden Byrd by email: NTP-Meetings@icf.com by March 12, 2018.

    Background Information on NTP Peer-Review Panels

    NTP panels are technical, scientific advisory bodies to provide independent scientific peer review. These panels help ensure transparent, unbiased, and scientifically rigorous input to the program. Scientists interested in serving on an NTP panel should provide their current curriculum vitae to Canden Byrd by email: NTP-Meetings@icf.com.

    More information about the meeting

    http://bit.ly/FedRegNTP

    https://ntp.niehs.nih.gov/​go/​36051

    Information about NTP Partial Report of Findings

    http://bit.ly/NTPpartreport


    Friday, November 16, 2018

    Wireless Radiation TV News

    Which wireless radiation risks 
    are covered most by TV news in the U.S.?

    Since June, 2014, television stations in the U.S have aired more than 200 news stories about health risks from wireless radiation exposure. Almost half of the stories focus on radiation risks from use of a cell phone, including risks to children. About 30% of stories discussed cell tower radiation risks. More than a dozen stories focus on cell towers or Wi-Fi in schools.Other technologies of concern include wireless smart meters and Wi-Fi-emitting devices. 

    CBS and its affiliates have provided the most news coverage about wireless radiation and health. Besides CBS national news coverage, almost all major CBS stations have run stories including stations in Atlanta, Baltimore, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Denver, Los Angeles, Las Vegas, Miami, Minneapolis, New York, Philadelphia, Phoenix, Pittsburgh, Portland, Raleigh, Sacramento, San Antonio, San Francisco, Spokane, and Washington, DC. Moreover, CBS was the only television network to cover the two major wireless policy developments in 2015 (the International EMF Scientist Appeal and the Berkeley cell phone "Right to Know" ordinance), and the only network to cover the release of the California Department of Public Health's cell phone safety guidance in 2017.

    On April 9, 2017, CBS 60 Minutes aired a story on smartphone addictionWith the publication of Norm Alster's book,"Captured agency: How the Federal Communications Commission is dominated by the industries it presumably regulates," it is time for 60 Minutes to do an investigative story about why our government has not updated the obsolete wireless regulations adopted in 1997 that fail to protect us from harmful levels of cellphone radiation.

    The above statistics are based upon Google searches for TV news stories about wireless radiation health risks where a video was posted online; thus, the actual amount of TV news coverage is underestimated.

    Links to the TV new stories appear below.


    Updated: Nov 7, 2018

    CBS Philadelphia, May 29, 2018

    CBS Pittsburgh, Mar 29, 2018

    Richie Garza, KTVL (Medford, OR), May 25, 2018

    Robert Richardson, WNCN (Raleigh, NC), Mar 28, 2018

    I-Team Report: Cell Phone Dangers
    Colette Boyd, WNEW (Saginaw, MI), Feb 14, 2018

    Do Cellphones Cause Cancer?
    Emily Turner, CBS San Francisco, Nov 15, 2017
    Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Nov 14, 2017
    Jennifer McLogan, CBS New York, Oct 19, 2017

    Lemor Abrams, CBS Sacramento, Jul 12, 2017
    Phil Matier, CBS San Francisco, June 28, 2017
    CBS SF Bay Area, Sep 13, 2016

    Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Sep 7, 2016

    Jon Delano, CBS Pittsburgh, Sep 1, 2016

    Mt. Tabor neighbors fight plans for cell towers
    Chris Holmstrom, KOIN (Portland, OR), Aug 31, 2016

    Addressing health concerns of new KUB smart meters
    Heather Burian, WVLT (Knoxville, TN), May 31, 2016


    Study reignites concern about cell phones and cancer
    Paula Cohen, CBS News, May 27, 2016

    WiFi in schools: Is it hurting your child?
    Paul Joncich, KLAS (Las Vegas, NV), May 10, 2016

    New Research Links Cell Phones To Health Issues In Children
    Ami Yensi, CBS Baltimore, May 3, 2016

    Cell tower proposed behind middle school causing controversy
    WDRW (Columbia County, GA), May 3, 2016

    Protester Claims Vice President Biden's Son Died from Cell Phone-Related Brain Cancer 
    CBS SF Bay Area, Feb 28, 2016

    Could Your Cell Phone Be Harming You?
    Tess Leonhardt, WDTV (Bridgeport, WV), Feb 21, 2016

    Notre Dame researchers target cell phone radiation
    Zach Crenshaw, WSBT (Mishiwaka, IN), Jan 27, 2016

    Bay Area Residents Worried About Radiation Face Uphill Battle Fighting Cell Towers
    Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Jan 12, 2016

    Scientists: Effects of cell phone radiation on kids is cause for concern
    Ashley Daley, Live 5 News (Charleston, SC), Nov 6, 2015

    SF Residents Battle Wireless Firms Over Super Bowl Building Boom In Neighborhood Cell Antenna Systems
    Julie Watts, CBS San Francisco, Oct 31, 2015

    Montgomery County parents concerned about wireless routers in schools
    Mola Lenghi, WUSA9 (Maryland), Oct 20, 2015

    Mark Ackerman, CBS Denver, Jul 9, 2015

    Are Wi-Fi Signals Making You Sick?
    Marissa Bailey, CBS Chicago, July 1, 2015

    People Believe Wi-Fi Is Making Them Sick
    Dr. Mallika Marshall, CBS Boston, Jun 8, 2015

    Seen At 11: Is Wi-Fi Making You Sick?
    CBS New York, May 20, 2015

    Why I Declared Our Bedroom A Wireless-Free Zone
    Julie Watts, CBS SF Bay Area, May 20, 2015

    Special Report: Upgrade Outage
    WMMT (Kalamazoo, MI), May 19, 2015

    Berkeley Passes Nation’s First Radiation Warning For New Cellphones
    CBS SF Bay Area, May 13, 2015
    CBS News, May 13, 2015

    Elizabeth Hinson, CBS National, May 12, 2015 (last updated May 14, 2015)
           KMOV (St. Louis, MO)
           KPAX (Missoula, MT)
           WCTV (Tallahassee, FL)
           WDTV  (Weston, West Virginia)
           WFMY (Greensboro, NC)
           WIVB (Buffalo, NY)
           WKBN (Youngstown, OH)
           WREQ (Memphis,TN)
           WTSP (Tampa Bay, FL)

    Can you get radiation poisoning from your cellphone?
    CBS News, May 12, 2015

    Woman Cuts Family Off From WiFi Over Health Concerns
    Gerri Constant, CBS Los Angeles, May 5, 2015

    CBS New York, Mar 6, 2015

    Samantha Cortese, KESQ (Palm Desert, CA), Feb 18, 2015 (also ABC affiliate)

    In-depth investigation: Examining reports of a cancer cluster at La Quinta Middle School
    Natalie Brunnell, KESQ (Palm Desert, CA), Feb 12, 2015 (also ABC affiliate)

    KENS (San Antonio, TX), Nov 18, 2015

    Cell phone towers raise new concerns about safety
    Jason Barry, KPHO (Phoenix), Nov 10, 2015 (updated Nov. 25)

    FPL, Foes Of Smart Meters Square Off
    CBS Miami, Sep 30, 2014

    CBS Pittsburgh, Sep 15, 2014

    Brain Cancer Warning Stickers Proposed For Cellphones Sold In Berkeley
    CBS SF Bay Area, Aug 22, 2014



    Allie Potter, KVOA (Tucson, AZ), Nov 16, 2018

    Bob Segall, WTHR (Indianapolis, IN), Oct 5, 2018
    Rayvan Vares, KOBI (Medford, OR), Sep 22, 2018

    Not in my backyard: Are cell towers coming to your neighborhood?
    Nate Morabito, WCNC (Charlotte, NC), Jul 27, 2018

    Pacific Power Installing Smart Meters in Jackson County
    Elizabeth Ruiz, KOBI (Medford, OR), Jul 2, 2018

    Palo Alto City Leaders Approve Verizon Cell Towers
    Ian Cull, NBC Bay Area, May 22, 2018

    Natassia Paloma, KTSM (El Paso, TX), Apr 17, 2018

    New Study Links Cancer to Cell Phone Use
    Tami Tremblay, KTVB (Boise, ID), Feb 8, 2018

    New study reigniting cell phone, cancer debate
    Rob Hughes, WCNC (Charlotte, NC), Feb 6, 2018


    Study of rats reveals cellphone radiation risk is low
    Erika Edwards, NBC Connecticut (West Hartford, CT), Feb 5, 2018
    NBC Southern California, Feb 5, 2018

    Aiken County Planning Commission recommends denying request for new cell phone tower
    Ben Billmyer & Lia Fernandez, WRDW (Aiken County, SC), Jan 18, 2018


    New guidance issued for avoiding cell phone radiation
    Bob Segall, WTHR (Indianapolis, IN), Dec 26, 2017

    How worried do we need to be about cell phone radiation?
    Sean Franklin, WBIR (Knoxville, TN), Dec 22, 2017

    Health officials release guidelines on dangerous cellphone radiation
    Madeline Cuddihy, WXIA (Atlanta, GA), Dec 19, 2017

    Debate over Cell Towers in Hillsborough
    NBC Bay Area, Dec 18, 2017

    Proposed bill would cover potential injuries from microwaves, cellphones
    Elisha Machado, WWLP (Springfield, MA), Nov 28, 2017

    New cellphone tower has some residents concerned
    Kaylie Spotts, WNWO (Whitehouse, OH), Sep 4, 2017

    Controversial T-Mobile cell phone tower back on Roswell's agenda
    Christopher Hopper, WXIA (Atlanta, GA), Jul 11, 2017

    Texas teen electrocuted after cell phone incident in bathtub
    Presley Fowler, KCBD (Lubbock, Tx), Jul 11, 2017

    2 students get cancer; Ripon parents want cell towers removed from schools
    Natalie Brunell, KCRA (Sacramento, CA), Jun 20, 2017

    Government Study Links Cellphone Radiation to Cancer
    NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, May 27, 2017

    Greenbelt Residents Worried About Health Effects of Cellphone Tower
    Darcy Spencer, NBC Washington (DC), Apr 25, 2017

    Cellphone safety tips to limit radiation exposure
    Natalie Brunell, KCRA (Sacramento, CA), Apr 9, 2017

    Sign puts Berkeley in center of cellphone debate
    Natalie Brunell, KCRA (Sacramento, CA), Apr 9, 2017

    How to reduce electromagnetic fields created by electricity
    Meredyth Censullo, KFLA (Tampa, FL), Mar 31, 2017

    Cell Phone Cancer Debate Heats up With Document Release
    Scott Budman, NBC Bay Area, Mar 3, 2017


    State health officials accused of keeping cell phone dangers secret
    Vicki Gonzalez, KCRA (NBC Sacramento), Mar 3, 2017

    Jeff Gillan, KSNV (NBC Las Vegas), Mar 3, 2017

    Researchers: Long-term cell phone use may increase your risk for a brain tumor
    Bob Segall, WTHR (Indianapolis, IN), Feb 21, 2017


    Special Report: The Facts about Smart Meters
    Joy Wang, WILX (Lansing, MI), Feb 12, 2017

    Board denies proposed Greendale cell tower
    Rebecca Klopf, WTMJ (Milwaukee, WI), Feb 7, 2017

    Radiation-blocking underwear and five other crazy CES gadgets
    Matt Granite, WGRZ (Buffalo, NY), Jan 7, 2016
    Mark Matthews & Stephen Ellison, NBC Bay Area (San Jose, CA), Sep 13, 2016

    Jackie Bensen, NBC Washington (DC), Sep 2, 2016

    Government study links cell phone radiation to cancer
    Maggie Fox, NBC News, May 27, 2016

    Piper Glenn residents cite eagles in cell tower fight
    Jean Elle, NBC Bay Area (San Jose, CA), Mar 21, 2016

    BGE makes case for another rate hike
    George Lettis, WBAL (Baltimore, MD), Mar 18, 2016

    North Kingstown teacher says she's being fired because she believes WiFi is health hazard
    Brian Crandall, WJAR (Providence, RI), Feb 23, 2016

    Kids Face Potential Radiation Danger Using Cell Phones
    Shanay Campbell, WSAV (Savannah, GA), Nov 6, 2015

    Scientists: Effects of cell phone radiation on kids is cause for concern
    Ashley Daley, WMBF (Myrtle Beach, SC), Nov 6, 2015

    Pediatricians express concern over growing cellphone use, radiation exposure for children
    Meghan McRoberts, WPTV (West Palm Beach, FL), Nov 6, 2015

    Potential radiation danger to kids using cell phones

    Shannon Wolfson, KXAN (Austin, TX), Nov 5, 2015

    Pediatricians' new warning: Limit children's exposure to cellphones
    Danielle Dellorto, NBC Today Show, Nov 5, 2015


    Report Examines Cell Phone Radiation
    Jean Elle, NBC Bay Area, Sep 24, 2015

    Group wants cell towers gone
    Barry Sims, WBAL (Anne Arundel County, MD), Sep 22, 2015

    Neighborhood fights possible new cell tower on church property
    Forrest Sanders, WSMV (Nashville, TN), Jul 30, 2015

    Residents protest cell tower installation citing health concerns
    Sophia Kunthara and Melissa Etezadi, NBC Southern California, Jul 20, 2015


    Wireless companies sue Berkeley over cellphone radiation warning ordinance
    Tamara Palmer, NBC Bay Area (San Jose, CA), Jun 8, 2015

    Berkeley approves "Right to Know" cell phone radiation warning ordinance
    Jean Elle, NBC Bay Area 
     (San Jose, CA), May 12, 2015

    West Seattle residents protest new cell phone antennas
    Alex Rozier, KING (Seattle, WA), May 7, 2015

    Bay Area documentary "Mobilize" examines cell phone dangers
    Jean Elle, NBC Bay Area 
     (San Jose, CA), Mar 28, 2015


    Tonya Simpson & Diane Wilson, WTVD (Raleigh, NC), Oct 1, 2018
    Jennifer Emert, WLOS (Asheville, NC), Sep 27, 2018
    Vic Lee, KGO (San Mateo, CA), Sep 20, 2018

    WJLA (Washington, DC), Apr 6, 2018

    Tiffany Neely, KAIT (Jonesboro, AR), Apr 3, 2018

    Does cell phone radiation cause cancer? Scientists gather at RTP to discuss
    Sam Benson Smith & Zak Dalheimer, KESQ (Thousand Palms, CA), Feb 15, 2018

    Katie Marzullo, KGO (San Francisco, CA), Dec 9, 2017

    Can mobile phone use lead to health problems?
    Abigail Elise, WISN (Milwaukee, WI), May 14, 2017

    Long Island Residents Outraged by Cellphone Towers in Front of Homes
    N.J. Burkett, WABC (New York, NY), May 11, 2017 

    Cell phones and cancer, is there a connection?
    Kerri O'Brien, WRIC (Richmond, VA), Mar 20, 2017

    CA Health Dept. Releases Report Saying Cellphone Use May Cause Cancer
    Lyanne Melendez, KGO (San Franciscom CA), Mar 3, 2017


    Parents fight plan to put cell tower near playground at Virginia elementary school
    Richard Reeve, Jay Goldberg, WJLA (Washington, DC), Sep 28, 2016

    San Jose residents fight cellphone tower proposal over radiation concerns
    Lisa Amin Gulezian, KGO (San Francisco, CA), Aug 13, 2016

    Alpine residents outraged over EMF levels from Sunrise Powerlink
    Ariel Wesler, KGTV (San Diego, CA), Feb 24, 2016


    Notre Dame researchers making a faster and safer phone
    Brandon Pope, WBND (South Bend, IN), Feb 5, 2016

    New concerns over kids and electronics
    Shannon Murray, KVUE (Austin, TX), Dec 3, 2015

    Parents upset over cell tower possibly being installed near Weho school
    Mayde Gomez, KABC (Los Angeles, CA), Dec 1, 2015

    City leaders, neighbors raise concerns about cell towers
    Kayla Moody, WHAS (Louisville, KY), Oct 28, 2015

    Cell phone industry sues city of Berkeley
    Lyanne Melendez, KGO (San Francisco, CA), Aug 20, 2015

    Alki Beach residents protest plan for cell antennas near school
    Theron Zahn, KOMO (Seattle, WA), May 7, 2015

    Lake Ronkonkomo residents speak out against proposed cell tower in neighborhood
    Kristin Thorne, WABC (New York, NY), Apr 29, 2015

    Workers say cell tower sites putting them at risk
    Cristin Severance, KGTV (San Diego, CA), Mar 19, 2015 (updated Mar 24, 2015)

    Ann Arbor family has power shut off by DTE in dispute over installing new SMART meter on their home
    Dave LewAllen, WXYZ (Detroit, MI), Mar 18, 2015

    WZZM (Lansing, MI), Dec 2, 2014

    WFTV (Orlando, FL), Dec 2, 2014

    KSAT (San Antonio), Sep 22, 2014 (updated Sep 23, 2014



    Fox News

    Town of Union Residents "Devastated" Over Possibility of Cell Tower in Neighborhood
    Amanda Pitts, WICZ (Binghamton, NY), Jun 4, 2018

    Parents worry cellphone tower could expose children to radiation
    Keagan Harsha, KDVR (Denver, CO), Apr 23, 2018


    Montgomery County residents fighting rezoning to allow new 5G cell towers
    WTTG (Washington, D.C.), April 4, 2018

    Could your cell phone be endangering your health?
    Jeff Abell, WBFF (Baltimore, MD), Feb 20, 2018

    Opposition to cell towers in Hillsborough
    Tom Vacar, KTVU (Oakland, CA), Dec 19, 2017

    Health officials warn sleeping near cell phone could cause cancer and infertility
    Darren Sweeney, WJW (Cleveland, OH), Dec 18, 2017

    Family chooses to live with no power rather than a DTE Smart Meter
    Danielle Miller, KSAZ (Phoenix, AZ), Feb 22, 2016

    Cell phones and fertility
    Dr. Devi Nampiaparampil, WNYW (New York City, NY), Feb 21, 2016

    Health concerns over Wi-Fi technology exposures in schools
    Laura Evans, WTTG (Washington, DC), Feb 15, 2016

    Cell Phone Dangers?
    Stacey Delikat, WNYW (New York City, NY), Jan 16, 2016

    High Point neighbors speak out against cell tower project
    Jeremy Finley, WBRC (Franklin, TN), Nov 23, 2015

    Pediatricians express concern over growing cellphone use, radiation exposure for children
    WFLX (West Palm Beach, FL), Nov 6, 2015

    Scientists: Effects of cell phone radiation on kids is cause for concern
    Ashley Daley, Fox Carolina News (Greenville, SC), Nov 6, 2015

    Amber Lee, KTVU (Oakland, CA), May 12, 2015

    How to spot potential radiation hiding in your home

    Fox News (national), Feb 1, 2015

    Experts: Why wearable tech could pose health risks
    Brooke Crothers, Fox News (national), Oct 20, 2014
    Jacqueline Howard, CNN, Feb 7, 2018
    Electrosensitivity, Vital Signs with Dr. Sanjay Gupta, Oct 24, 2017 (also CNN International)

    Cell phone radiation increases cancers in rats, but should we worry?
    Carina Storrs, CNN, May 27, 2016

    Kelly Wallace, CNN, May 3, 2016


    Other TV News

    Controversy in Ozark over where a cell phone tower will be built
    Brandon Berg, KY3 (Springfield, MO), Nov 16, 2018

    Sara Girard, WINK (Fort Myers, FL), Nov 7, 2018

    Shennikia Grimshaw, WDVM (Montgomery County, MD), Sep 25, 2018

    Concern grows over cellphone towers on Crown Heights building
    Gabe Slate, KRON, (San Francisco, CA), Apr 17, 2018

    Homeowners file lawsuit over potential wireless transmitter health risks
    Shari Einhorn, News 12 Long Island, NY, Oct 19, 2017

    WGN (Chicago, IL), Jun 6, 2017
    WQAD (Moline, IL), Jun 6, 2017

    Can Wireless Technology Make You Sick?
    Azia Celestino, Channel One News, May 18, 2017

    Cell Phone Radiation Warning Law Causes Controversy
    Azia Celestino, Channel One News, May 17, 2017

    No Wi-Fi or cellphones allowed in the ‘Quietest Town in America’
    Julie Unruh, WGN (Chicago, IL), May 15, 2017
    CBC Marketplace, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mar 24, 2017

    Berkeley's Cellphone Crusade
    The National, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, Mar 23, 2017

    California Department of Public Health releases draft of document warning against cellphone radiation
    Gabe Slate, KRON (San Francisco, CA), Mar 3, 2017

    Smart meter opt out fees could be nixed in legislative session

    Emily Ikeda, WHAG (Montgomery County, MD), Feb 2, 2017

    City Light takes feedback on opt-out for smart meters
    Joel Moreno, KOMO (Seattle, WA), Aug 12, 2016

    KXII (Denison, TX), Jun 26, 2014