Sunday, March 30, 2008

More grist on cell phone danger

An article in The Independent begins:

Mobile phones could kill far more people than smoking or asbestos, a study by an award-winning cancer expert has concluded. He says people should avoid using them wherever possible and that governments and the mobile phone industry must take "immediate steps" to reduce exposure to their radiation.

The study, by Dr Vini Khurana, is the most devastating indictment yet published of the health risks.

Khurana put his results up on a website, and but has not published a peer-reviewed article:

Professor Khurana – a top neurosurgeon who has received 14 awards over the past 16 years, has published more than three dozen scientific papers – reviewed more than 100 studies on the effects of mobile phones. He has put the results on a brain surgery website, and a paper based on the research is currently being peer-reviewed for publication in a scientific journal.

This sleight-of-hand evokes the discussion of Mike at TechDirt on Bessen's work. In the end, contrary to Mike's allegations, it was NOT published in a peer-reviewed journal.

Of peer review itself, one recalls that Kim's MAGIC work was peer-reviewed, and published, by the journal Science, and, in the end, there was NO EVIDENCE to back it up.


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