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Mobile phones are not linked to brain cancer : Australian Study

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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.

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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.

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

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HOTC sees remarkable success rate on kidney transplant

BHAKTAPUR — Shahid Dharmabhakta National Human Organ Transplant Centre (HOTC), Bhaktapur has successfully undertaken transplant of over 400 kidneys.

Hospital’s Executive Director Dr Pukar Chandra Shrestha, at a press conference organised here on Friday, informed that the Centre has so far successfully transplanted kidneys on 404 patients.

The Centre had initiated the kidney transplant service on January 19, 2013.

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The inflow of patients has alarmingly increased at the facility with the start of additional medical services such as urology, gastro surgery, cardio therapy, stone removal surgery along with other surgeries, besides kidney transplant, said Prof Dr Rakesh Verma.

However, the patients are compelled to wait for the transplant for long due to limited building space and availability of beds.

Right now, around 400 patients are waiting their turns for kidney transplant and more than this number are waiting to avail of dialysis service.

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