"Study Downplaying Cellphone Risks Funded by Manufacturers"

"OTTAWA -- An international study which debunks research linking cellphones to cancer risks received major funding from wireless manufacturers.

The World Health Organization's International Agency for Research on Cancer classified radio frequency emitted by wireless devices as possibly carcinogenic, but a panel of international scientists recently published a study challenging these findings.

The International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection - composed of scientists from Britain, the United States and Sweden - said evidence is mounting against the hypothesis cellphones may cause cancer despite the findings of IARC.

But in the study's conflict of interest disclaimer, the panel acknowledged it received support from the wireless industry to conduct the research. A number of organizations, including the Mobile Manufacturers' Forum, were cited as sources of funding."

Kristy Kirkup reports for the Toronto Sun July 6, 2011.

Thursday, July 7, 2011