Bernstein Liebhard LLP Questions Recent Mobile Phone Cancer Risk Study
Bernstein Liebhard LLP, a staunch advocator for those injured by dangerous consumer products, stands behind cell phone radiation health industry experts, Dr. Keith Black and Dr. Devra Davis, who vehemently challenged the findings of a study on mobile phone cancer risk among teens to Lynne Peeples, a staff writer for the Huffington Post. The study, which was published in the Journal of the National Cancer Institute, analyzed cell phone effects on the brain, and has since been criticized as being riddled with flaws. It concluded that there is no link between brain cancer and cell phone use in children. Bernstein Liebhard LLP Partner Jeffrey S. Grand is not surprised that the “poorly designed study failed to find evidence of risk. The authors’ conclusion that the absence of such evidence argues against a causal connection is ridiculous,” adding that “it is a widely accepted principal of epidemiology that the absence of evidence is not evidence of absence.” In addition to soliciting reactions from various cell phone radiation health industry experts, who unequivocally maintain that mobile phones cause health problems, the Post also uncovered that the study was “financially supported by the cell phone industry.” Mr. Grand, who is actively investigating cases on cell phone radiation damage, added “Consumers should always be skeptical of industry sponsored studies.”
Experts Insist That Health Effects Of Cell Phone Use Are Tangible
Dr. Black, chair of neurosurgery and neuroscience at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles, focused his discontent on two major flaws present in the study: (1) less than 15 percent of the child participants had used cell phones for more than a four year period; and (2) the findings were based on children and teens who averaged one or more weekly cell phone calls over a period of at least six months. His reaction: “Studies that have tended to not find a link looked at short-term use – maybe an hour or so a month . . . It’s interesting that most of the studies that have shown a correlation between brain cancer and cell phone use have tended to look at long-term exposure – at least 10 years – and at higher doses such as using a cell phone for 60 minutes or more a day.” In criticizing the study, Dr. Black asserted that cell phone radiation health risks are bona fide. Mr. Grand focused his criticism on a subset of the study’s data – those who used cell phones for four or more years were 2.7 to 4.0 times more likely to have brain tumors, and those who made 2,638 or more calls a year (as opposed to just one per week) were 2.9 to 4.8 times more likely to have brain tumors. Mr. Grand noted that those “findings were disregarded by the authors. Consumers should ask themselves, ‘Why?’”
Parents Mislead By Study: Mobile Phones Cause Health Problems
Dr. Davis, president and founder of the consumer advocacy group Environmental Health Trust, stated “To have moms assume that kids using cell phones are safe is the wrong conclusion to make.” Moreover, there are severe consequences for denying that mobile phones cause health problems. Dr. Davis summed up the gravity of providing false hope to parents by posing the following question, “Do you really want to run an experiment on your children like we did with tobacco?” Mr. Grand added, “the authors focused on ‘regular users,’ which they defined as users who used a cell phone once a week. This definition flies in the face of reason. It’s like studying people who only smoked for a year and concluding that cigarettes don’t cause cancer.”
Recent Cell Phone Radiation And Health Advisory Issued By WHO
In May 2011, the World Health Organization recognized the health effects of cell phone use and reclassified the radiation emitted by cell phones as possibly carcinogenic to humans. Thus, all cell phone users face a legitimate mobile phone cancer risk – not just teens. Unlike the recent teen mobile phone cancer risk study, the WHO advisory extended to all cell phone users. Bernstein Liebhard LLP has provided a wealth of consumer information concerning cell phone radiation damage on its website, www.consumerinjurylawyers.com. If you or a loved one experienced any problems as a result of cell phone radiation exposure, you may be entitled to compensation for medical bills, pain and suffering, lost wages and other injuries.
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