Link found between mobile phones and brain cancer
Mobile phone users are being advised to use hands free devices and to text more after the World Health Organisation (WHO) found that cell phones are “possibly carcinogenic.”
The WHOs International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) carried out a review of past research and has said that a link between mobile phones and brain cancer cannot be ruled out.
A group of 31 health experts have been meeting in Lyon, France to go over human evidence that has come from epidemiological studies.
They concluded that the results of the studies could point to an increased incidence of glioma, a malignant type of brain cancer.
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The IARC looked at all relevant studies which investigated the effect of mobile phones in humans and their exposure to electromagnetic fields in the workplace.
There were two studies in particular which the IRAC said showed there was an increased risk “in those that had the most intensive use” of mobile phones.
Cell phones can be given five different scientific labels; carcinogenic, probably carcinogenic, possibly carcinogenic, not classifiable or not carcinogenic.
‘Possibly carcinogenic’ was the classification given to mobile phones after the IRAC found the potential link with brain cancer.
However, the IARC did say that the link was not “clearly established” in humans and a cancer charity believes that the results are not strong enough to reach solid conclusions.
There are approximately five billion mobile phones registered across the globe and the number of registered phones and the length of time users spend on a cell phone have both risen steadily over the past few years.
LG launches purpose-built smart TV for hospitals
LG Business Solutions USA has announced two new hospital TVs that are designed to improve patient management and engagement while adhering to critical safety standards for healthcare facilities.
One of the TVs is LG's biggest ever screen for a hospital - the 65-inch 4K Ultra HD model. It has LG’s NanoCell display technology, enabling it to display vivid pictures, and provides built-in support for hospital pillow speakers and embedded broadband LAN capability, so hospitals can deliver video on demand without requiring a separate set-top box in the patient room.
It also includes configuration software with an intuitive interface for setting up the TV to work in a hospital setting, plus a software-enabled access point feature that turns the TV into a Wi-Fi hotspot.
The second TV screen is the 15-inch Personal Healthcare Smart Touch TV with a multi-touch screen. It is designed to be installed on an adjustable arm for use in shared spaces or smaller patient rooms and will support LG's new, modular LG AM-AC21EA video camera, and HD video communication.
Both include support for video conferencing, and are UL Certified for use in healthcare facilities, a global safety standard. They also feature LG’s integrated Pro:Centric hospital management solutions, allowing hospitals and LG’s patient engagement development partners to personalise a patient's room, providing entertainment, hospital information, services, patient education, and more.
Additionally its communication platform makes it possible to conduct video calls between patients and clinicians or family.
“Our newest LG hospital TVs reflect ongoing feedback from the industry and include capabilities integrated to meet the unique needs of a critical market” said Tom Mottlau, Director of Healthcare Solutions, LG Electronics USA.
“Our healthcare patient engagement development partners requested an upgradable version of webOS for our Pro:Centric smart TV platform so they could more easily introduce new features for their hospital customers. For the latest versions of webOS, LG worked closely with our partners to make their request a reality and to deliver a hospital TV platform that can evolve over time.”