SUDNEY — There is no link between mobile phones and brain cancer, says an Australian study.
After inspecting 29 years of mobile phone use in Australia, the research team found no increase in brain cancer incidence compatible with the steep increase in mobile phone use.
In Australia, 9 percent of people had a mobile phone in 1993 – a number which has shot up to 90 percent today. But in the same period, cancer rates in people aged 20 – 84 climbed only slightly in men and remained stable in women.
“We investigated the prominently hypothesized association between brain cancer incidence and mobile phone use,” said the researchers.
For the study, the team looked into the national cancer registry data of 14,222 females and 19,858 males who had been diagnosed with brain cancer from 1982 to 2012. They then compared the information with mobile phone use from the time it was introduced in the country in 1987 to 2012.
“Phones emit non-ionising radiation that is not currently thought to damage DNA – and his findings make him even more confident the devices are not linked to cancer,” said the study’s author, Professor Simon Chapman, of the University of Sydney.
However, the research emphasizes that the increase may not be related to mobile phone use as the uptrend of incidence rate among seniors started in 1982, way before the device came about in Australia.
The study seems to validate other existing researches that show there’s no consistent evidence linking cellphone use to brain cancer, especially since the kind of electromagnetic radiation mobile devices emit is non-ionizing.
Of course, there’s much to learn about how mobile phones really affect and interact with our body, and it’s not likely that the long-heated debate will stop. However, for now, this recent study says your iPhone is completely safe to use.Follow @gorkhapost
Nirmala Panta rape, murder case : Locals protest after wrong suspect paraded
BHIMDUTTANAGAR — Locals who were protesting against the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta of Kanchanpur’s Bhimdatta Municipality, have enforced shutdown in Bhimduttanagar Bazaar on Tuesday, protesting police’s failure to reveal facts behind the murder of 13-year-old girl and parading wrong suspect on Monday.
The District Police Office, organising a press conference on Monday,had made public Dilip Singh Bista (41), of Baghphanta, Bhimdatta Municipality-19 as Nirmala’s murderer.
Locals have shut down the market area stating that police were not being able to make public the true murderer(s) as they are not convinced by the findings of police citing that Bista was mentally unsound, according to the District Police Office.
Transportation has also been halted.
Bista, a resident of Khanna Chauraha area in Bhimdutta Municipality-19, was apprehended near the scene of crime on Sunday, according to police.
Police making public the wrong suspect has infuriated the locals and fueled the protest.
The agitators including various civil society organisations and human rights defenders have been picketing the District Administration Office and staging rally on the street mounting pressure on the police to reveal the facts behind the heinous crime.
Meanwhile, it had been learnt that police have fired rounds of teargas shells to contain the agitated mob.
Nirmala was found murdered in a sugarcane field on July 27, a day after she had gone to her friend’s home to get a notebook.Follow @gorkhapost