Media reports exaggerate cell phone risks again

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Monday, September 22, 2008

Several mainstream news outlets have misstated and overstated a possible link between cellular phone use and decreased fertility in men. A single experiment, which has not yet been published in any peer reviewed journal or replicated by other scientists, observed an average decrease in sperm motility and an increase in free radicals among laboratory sperm samples that were exposed to radiation similar to the radiation produced by cellular phone use.

Dr. Ashok Agarwal of the Cleveland Clinic estimates the overall health impact of cellular phones as “very safe” and reassured a Cable News Network reporter that the research was too premature to advise lifestyle changes for the public. “Our study has not provided proof that you should stop putting cell phones in your pocket. There are many things that need to be proven before we get to that stage.” He noted that his own cell phone was in his trouser pocket while he was giving the interview. Dr. Agarwal is the lead researcher for the study and Director of the Center for Reproductive Medicine at the Cleveland Clinic.

Cell phone industry spokesman Joe Farren agreed with Dr. Agarwal’s assessment about the devices’ overall safety: “The weight of the published scientific evidence, in addition to the opinion of global health organizations, shows that there is no link between wireless usage and adverse health effects.”

The controlled experiment used sperm samples from thirty-two donors: twenty-three healthy men and nine men who had fertility problems. Sperm were then exposed to radiation for one hour at 850 megahertz, the most common frequency for cell phones in the United States. Dr. Agarwal’s study raises a possible concern that cell phones kept on belts or trouser pockets and used in conjunction with wireless bluetooth earpieces “could cause harmful effects due to the proximity of the phones and the exposure that they are causing to the gonads.” He also noted that follow-up research is needed to determine whether the body’s skin and other tissue affords protection from the potential damage.

Several news sources ran misleading reports that overstated the risk.

The Los Angeles Times asserted a fallacious causal relationship that Dr. Agarwhal had not drawn and ignored his opinions that cellular phones are safe and no change in phone use is necessary. Instead, the piece opened by ordering men to stop keeping cell phones in their pockets:

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“Attention male cellphone users of reproductive age: Take that phone out of your pocket. Information published today suggests that the radio-frequency energy released by cellphones decreases sperm quality in men.”

Ciol News ran a similar account:

“Beware men! Do you have the habit of keeping your mobile phone in the pockets of your trousers while talking on hand-free? Or do clip the mobile to your belt while talking? If so you are doing that at the cost of your fertility, warns a recent study.”

Mobile Magazine went a step further, also alluding to previous media exaggerations about cellular phone dangers:

“Oh no! It seems that mobile phones are getting even more problematic than ever. After getting linked to everything from migraines to cancer, it seems that the radiation from cell phones is now being connected to stupid sperm. Yes, I’m talking about the little swimmers that lead into a conversation about the birds and the bees.”

Mobile Magazine also ended in a misleading manner with “I wonder if it’s healthier to put your phone in your shirt pocket instead,” failing to mention that Dr. Agarwal had addressed that concern and had called it an unnecessary precaution.

Not all news sources overplayed the findings. CNN and United Press International ran balanced reports that did not suggest dangers or precautions beyond the lead researcher’s conclusions.

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Submitted by: Thomas Colman

Greek has lend itself to most terminology in modern science. Take the word Somat in Greek, which refers to the body. The English word somatic is derived from it. So, Somatic tinnitus must be a disease that has something to do with bodily movements? Indeed, yes. This most common form of tinnitus changes its symptoms with movements of the body. Studies have shown somatic tinnitus to be present in a sizeable slab of the population, from which we conclude that many people are affected by it. It is a recent phenomenon that tinnitus has been identified as the most dangerous symptomatic disease. Statistics show that Americans in the millions are affected by varied types and forms of tinnitus. No trace of an enduring cure, even relief, of tinnitus has been found by the befuddled doctors and researchers who are giving their all to this quest. On the other hand, Somatic tinnitus can be cured by the control of physical movements. Take the case of a patient who can hear ringing bells in an upright, standing position. The noise declines with the patient reclining.

Meniere s disease and tinnitus both somatic and general is associated in three major ways. These are:

? Modifications are made by patients to their tinnitus resonance by doing movements in their jaws, neck and even the eyes.

? Modifications are made by patients to their tinnitus resonance in terms of sound level and pitch by way of pressing their neck, cheek, the tragus (a small part of the external ear that assists the brain in sensing sound coming from behind), temple and mandible with a fingertip.

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? Display of muscular tension in the neck muscles and the jaw is done by patients.

An augmentation of the tension signals from the toughened muscles in the innervation area of the sensory trigeminal nerve which relates to the acoustic pathways is a result of these movements. Furthermore, they are related the least to stress or anxiety factors that result to tinnitus in most patients. In these cases, even physical examination shows up extreme muscular tension.

Somatic tinnitus is controlled mostly by bodily movements. All investigation about its symptoms are in reference to the body. Let s take an example. The movement and flexibility, or their deficiency, of the jaw and neck are checked, calculated and recorded. Dental occlusion is assessed by maintaining the neck in a position which is straight. Tolerance of deviations in the upper cervical spine and the jaw is non existent as they together create an integrated motor system. Any forward head or neck posture should be treated as an adjustment for a disorder in the dental occlusion.

Treatment Plans for Somatic Tinnitus

The intended treatment plans on decreasing the tension of the muscle in the jaws and the neck. Earlier, patients believed that their tinnitus problem was linked mostly to stress and strain. But, they now recognize that the real problem lies somewhere else. When the teeth are grinded, the symptoms become lesser in pitch and volume. Actually, as patients keep their neck in the position which is most favorable, the dental occlusion will be attuned to the grinding. Lustrously shining facets kept in the mouth starts to immediately turn dull with a mild realignment of grinding teeth. The masticatory muscle is hyperactive during REM sleep, which causes the facets to reappear gleaming when the next visit to the clinic of the dentist occurs.

The patients, after this, are specially made to learn to feel the unfamiliar stabile occlusion in various positions which are lying down, standing, sitting, etc. The best suitability of a posture to the patient is thus assessed. Physiotherapists are referred to in case of Somatic Tinnitus patients to know how to cope with tension in the neck-region and also learn the relaxing postures which give some relief to their tinnitus problems. A few patients are made to learn how to perform stretching exercises which aid their suboccipital muscles. They also learn to perform atlanto-occipital joint linked to the restricted side. Sometimes, a part the training procedure is breathing with diaphragm.

Somatic Tinnitus: how it can be cured by Holistic Treatment

The treatments discussed so far are not equipped to provide permanent cures. They can only provide some relief temporarily. We have to realize that from within our body, the root causes create all the distressing symptoms of tinnitus. Since conventional medicine only skim the surface of health and well-being, it just relieves the painful symptoms temporarily but does not either find out, or, cure the source. Soon the effects of medicines become weak, and the symptoms of tinnitus appear again. Most people are ignorant about tinnitus and the harm it can cause. Holistic medicine, which is the only way to permanently cure tinnitus, has a different approach to treating it. It treats the body as a whole, finding out the root cause and the various triggers of the symptoms first, and then attempting to cure the root causes. Varied remedies are suggested, including diet changes, lifestyle, herbs and exercise.

About the Author: Thomas Colman is an author of the best-selling e-book, “Tinnitus Miracle A Unique Three Step Holistic System for Quieting the Noise in Your Head”. To Learn More About His Unique 3-Step Holistic Tinnitus Cure System Visit:

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British tourists missing in Pichilemu, Chile

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Yesterday the Surfer’s Cottage, in Pichilemu, Chile, published a list on its website of people missing in the area, including several British tourists.

Some of the named include Kirsty Duff, from Aberdeenshire, Dave Sandercock, from Edinburgh, both 25, Andre Lanyon, from Guernsey, and Laura Hapgood, both 29. Tina Cadwallader Lopes, her husband from Portugal, and their two children are also missing.

Google’s Person Finder was created after the Haiti earthquake to help people find family or friends in Chile. Initially reported deceased through this service, Kirsty Duff and Dave Sandercock were later reported alive and safe in Santiago.

The Guardian reports that at least two couples from the UK were staying in the resort of Pichilemu, and are among those who are yet to contact their families.

The couple was reported alive by Ellie Sandercock, who also said they were in Santiago, as of 9 PM GMT in March 1, 2010.

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Space station crew perform successful spacewalk

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Monday, March 28, 2005

Commander Leroy Chiao (U.S.A.) and Flight Engineer Salizhan Sharipov (Russia), suited in Russian Orlan spacesuits, left the International Space Station on a 4.5 hour long spacewalk to install antennas for the European Automated Transfer Vehicle (ATV), inspect and photograph other exterior equipment and launched the Nanosatellite mini-satellite. This is the last scheduled walk for the Expedition 10 crew.

At 06:25 UTC, the two astronauts left the station from the Pirs DC1 docking compartment/airlock and proceeded to install the last three of six space-to-space communication antennas for the ATV’s rendezvous and docking with the ISS next year.

Sharipov next deployed the foot long, 11 pound Russian Nanosatellite, tossing it into space by hand. The object of the experiment is to develop small satellite control techniques, monitor satellite operations and develop new attitude system sensors. Russian ground crews reported good signal reception from the satellite two hours after its release.

The two astronauts next proceeded to the aft end of the Zvezda service module. A Global Positioning System (GPS) antenna and necessary cabling for the ATV was installed and the men worked their way back to the airlock.

The station maintained its attitude, despite the loss of a gyroscope earlier in the space station mission, until the end of the spacewalk. Chiao and Sharipov reported being a safe distance from the attitude adjustment thrusters. Russian ground control activated the jets and normal attitude ofthe station was regained.

They returned to the airlock at 1055 UTC, completing the mission an hour earlier than scheduled.

Chiao and Sharipov arrived on the station October 16, 2004. They are scheduled to return to Earth on April 25, 2005. This marks Sharipov’s second walk in space and Chiao’s sixth.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

Buffalo, New York —Two weeks after a 19th century stable and livery on Jersey Street partially collapsed and caused 15 homes to be evacuated in Buffalo, New York, residents still do not have answers from the city despite a court order to work with them and come to an agreement on a way to save some or all of the building, Wikinews has learned. Despite the frustration from residents, the city is planning on suing the building’s owner. A rally was held at the stable’s site where residents are hoping to bring more awareness to the situation and gain more support to save the building.

On June 11, a significant portion of the stable’s right side wall collapsed into the yard of a resident’s home. Authorities, including the Buffalo Fire Department were called to the scene to evaluate the collapse and evacuate 15 homes of residents surrounding the stable as a precautionary measure. The following day, the city ordered an emergency demolition on the building, which was stopped by a restraining order residents with Save The Livery (www.savethelivery.com) won on June 14. Two weeks later, five homes are still evacuated and residents don’t know when they will be able to return.

On June 19, Judge Justice Christopher Burns of the New York State Supreme Court ordered a halt to the emergency demolition and ordered the city and residents to come to an agreement to save the building, or at least a significant portion of it. Despite a court date today, no agreement has yet been reached between the two parties.

“It is in the interest of the city to have a safe environment–but also important to maintain a sense of historical preservation,” stated Burns in his June 19th ruling. The court ruled that a limited demolition could take place and that the city was only allowed to remove material in immediate danger to residents and pedestrians, but stated that the demolition could only be performed with “hand tools.” The court also ordered that any rubble which had fallen into neighboring yards when the building collapsed, to be removed. Since then, most of not all the significantly damaged portions of the building or portions in immediate danger of falling have been demolished. The roof has also been removed to put less stress on the stable’s walls.

“Its been over three years since we have been having problems with part of the livery falling down. There was an implosion two weeks ago and suddenly the city wanted to have an emergency demolition,” said Catherine Herrick who lives on Summer Street immediately behind the stable and is the main plaintiff in the lawsuit against the city. Many homes on Summer are small cottages which were used as servants quarters when the stable was in operation, many of which were built in the 1820’s. At least seven homes on Summer border the stable’s back walls. Residents in those homes have significant gardens which have been planted against the building and growing for decades.

“Both parties are to continue to work together to see how we can meet everybody’s needs. This is the third time we have been in that courtroom, and that is what we were basically told to do,” added Herrick who said the rally was held today because this “is Buffalo’s history. Buffalo is a wonderful place to live because of its history and this is a historical, beautiful building and we need to keep those beautiful buildings.”

Herrick states that the city is working with residents, but also believes that its “slow moving” and they are allowing the owner to get away with neglect on the property.

“I believe right now that they are letting the owner get off. The owner was negligent for 20 years, and hasn’t done anything to it despite what he has claimed to say. Now that this is an emergency situation, the city has a lot to say about it,” added Herrick.

Currently the building is owned by Bob Freudenheim who has several building violations against him because its poor condition. He has received at least five violations in three months and residents who live near the building state that Freudenheim should be “100% responsible” for his actions.

Freudenheim gave the city permission to demolish the building on June 12 during an emergency Preservation Board meeting, because he would not be “rehabilitating the building anytime soon.” Freudenheim, along with his wife Nina, were part-owners of the Hotel Lenox at 140 North Street in Buffalo and were advocates to stop the Elmwood Village Hotel from being built on the Southeast corner of Forest and Elmwood Avenues. They also financially supported a lawsuit in an attempt to stop the hotel from being built. Though it is not known exactly how long Freudenheim has owned the stable, Wikinews has learned that he was the owner while fighting to stop the hotel from being built. Residents say that he has been the owner for at least 22 years. Attorneys for Freudenheim confirm that the city is starting proceedings against him for his violations beginning as early as Wednesday June 25. Freudenheim has not released a statement and could not be reached for comment.

Many residents want the building preserved and Herrick states that their engineer can have it stable in “four days” as opposed to the 14-30 days it would take to demolish the building and “at a lesser cost than what it costs to demolish it.”

It will cost the city nearly US$300,000 to demolish the building which is paid for with tax money collected from residents in the city. The Buffalo News reports that fees are approaching $700,000. Though reports say there is a potential buyer of the stable, Wikinews cannot independently confirm those reports.

Residents say the stable was designed by Richard A. Waite, a 19th century architect, and was first owned by a company called White Bros., used as a stable and housed at least 30 horses at any given time. It also stored “coaches, coupes, broughams, Victorias and everything in the line of light livery,” stated an article from the West Side Topics dated 1906. According to the article, The company first opened in 1881 on Thirteenth Street, now Normal Avenue, and later moved into the Jersey building in 1892. The Buffalo Fire Department believes the building was built around 1814, while the city property database states it was built in 1870. It is believed to be only one of three stables of this kind still standing in the country.

At about 1950, the stable was converted into an automobile body shop and gasoline station.A property record search showed that in 1950 at least four fuel storage tanks were installed on the property. Two are listed as 550 square feet while the other two are 2,000 square feet. All of the tanks are designated as a TK4, which New York State says is used for “below ground horizontal bulk fuel storage.” The cost of installing a tank of that nature according to the state, at that time, included the tank itself, “excavation and backfill,” but did not include “the piping, ballast, or hold-down slab orring.” It is not known if the tanks are still on the property, but residents are concerned the city was not taking the precautions to find out.

Wikinews has called the city along with the Mayor’s office several times, but both have yet to return our calls. There are conflicting reports as to the date of the next hearing. According to Herrick, the next hearing is July 1, 2008 though the Buffalo News states the next hearing is July 8. The News also states that Burns will make a final ruling on the stable at this time.

How to Clean the Roof, Points from Miami Roofing Companies

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Richard Boles

The roof is the most exposed portion of the house. Its regular exposure to rain, wind and sunlight invites different elements to form on its surface and eventually stain it. Some of the unwanted materials that form on the roof over time are dust, sap from trees, bird manure, mold and mildew, all of which are difficult to clean.

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Like any other part of the house, the roof needs regular cleaning. A dirty roof looks unappealing and reflects a negative perception of the owner. Moreover, the dirt from the roof may start corrosion, and if not immediately treated, can lead to damage that is difficult to resolve. Some corrosion due to dirt may require total dismantling and roof replacement, which costs a lot. Roofing companies in cities like Miami, Florida have ideal measures in maintaining the cleanliness of the roof. This industry concentrates on producing good roofing of any type and how it can be maintained. Because they thrive in number, houses in Miami are usually found with clean and presentable roofs, but some of them give free knowledge on roof cleaning to keep the citizens’ expenses down. Here are some of the doable was of cleaning the roof. First, secure a ladder and lean it on a strong gutter. For houses with many floors, it is best to prepare a safety harness. Prepare all the cleaning materials needed including brush and sprayer, power spray washer, household bleach and a water solution with trisodium phosphate for molds and mildew. Most roofing companies in Miami

suggest normal fiber brush so that the paint won’t get peeled off by scrubbing.

Next, wear a pair of gloves when you’re on the roof. This is often recommended by most roofing companies in Miami

to prevent accidents of falling off the ladder because of the. Wear feet protectors while cleaning to avoid irritation when using chemical solutions for cleaning.

Consider putting tie bags on waterspouts to prevent the rinse from pouring on the lawn. Remember that the rinse contains some chemicals that might wither the plants. When everything is done, the roof will look fresh and clean once again. Most roofing companies in Miami

recommend cleaning the roof once every season.

Visit www.IstuetaRoofing.com for more details.

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Sunday, July 2, 2006

A rally organised by a coalition of nearly 30 environmental groups took place at the site of the Eden wood chip mill in the south east forests of New South Wales today. Organisers estimate that 600 people attended the event, many of whom had travelled hundreds of kilometers to the site from various parts of New South Wales and Victoria.

The protesters sought to highlight the trade in wood chips made from old growth native forests which has continued in Australia despite promises by governments to discontinue the practice. It is thought to be an unnecessary sacrifice of a publicly owned resource and the habitat of native animals for short term profits. The industry is subsidised through provision of publicly funded infrastructure and a unreasonably low royalty levied on harvesters of the resource.

All Eden wood chips are exported, mostly to pulp and paper mills in Japan and the paper made from Eden chips is generally copy paper used in the printing industry and it is consumed within Japan. Since its establishment, Eden has exported over 35 million tonnes of native forest chips.

The Eden chip mill exports approximately 900,000 tonnes of chips a year, and is heading for 1 million tonnes in the next couple of years, produced from native forests each year and Australia is the only country that continues to trade forest wood chips to Japan, as all other supplier countries use plantation stock to produce chips.

The rally was organised with police cooperation and was conducted without any incident.

Tuesday, July 17, 2007

Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania — Local caterers get ready for big business, as almost three thousand fans converge on the David L. Lawrence Convention Center over the Independence Day weekend for the world’s largest ever furry convention, Anthrocon 2007.

Many hope to renew acquaintances, or meet new friends. Others look to buy from dealers and artists, or show off new artwork or costumes. Some attend to make money, or even learn a thing or two. But one thing unites them: They’re all there to have fun.

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