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Do Mammograms really work? The Science!

Posted on 27 April 2013 by admin

Breast-Cancer-Mammogram-StudyA recent three-decade long study from the New England Journal of Medicine points to the possible over-diagnosis of breast cancer, and yes, the idea that the sacred mammogram may be barely making a dent in the fight against the disease.

Peggy Orenstein, A New York Times Best Selling Author and breast cancer survivor, turned her analytic eye on pink-ribbon mania, the possible over-diagnosis of breast cancer, and yes, and the idea that the sacred mammogram may be barely making a dent in the fight against the disease.

When bringing up the subject she asks, how many lives, exactly, are being ‘saved,’ under what circumstances and at what cost?”

Mammograms and other radiation related intrusive treatments and detective procedures (cat scans, M.R.I.’s, etc…) doctors use are known to cause even more damage the original problems detected, even causing a second or third cause for cancer growth. Why Suggest to use this technique so frequently. It appears fear wins in the argument that you cannot be to careful.
Mammograms may not make much difference. Yes, there has been about a 25 percent drop in breast-cancer death rates since 1990. But some researchers point to treatment—not mammograms—as being mainly responsible for the decline. Evidence comes from a study of three pairs of European countries: In each pair, mammograms were introduced in one country 10 to 15 years earlier than in the other. Yet mortality rates are virtually identical, indicating mammography hadn’t made a difference. Further, mammograms, are not so great at detecting the most lethal forms of disease—a “triple negative,” for example—at a treatable phase. Aggressive tumors also tend to progress too quickly, cropping up between screenings.

Unnecessary treatments can be harmful. “According to a survey of randomized clinical trials involving 600,000 women around the world, for every 2,000 women screened annually over 10 years, 1 life is prolonged but 10 healthy women are given diagnoses of breast cancer and unnecessarily treated, often with therapies that themselves have life-threatening side effects,” Orenstein reports. Those treatments include Tamoxifen, which carries risks of stroke, blood clots and uterine cancer, while radiation and chemotherapy weaken the heart.

Newer diagnosis is on the rise. Many women today are told they have ductal carcinoma in situ (D.C.I.S.), or “Stage Zero” cancer, in which abnormal cells are found in the lining of the breast’s milk ducts. The diagnosis of D.C.I.S., in fact, now accounts for about a quarter of new breast-cancer cases, totaling some 60,000 a year. These are oftentimes the women we see celebrated at pink-ribbon events as “triumphs of early detection.” But D.C.I.S. does not spread; “in situ” means “in place.” The only danger is if it develops into an invasive cancer, and right now, there’s no way to know that, which is one of the major things in this fight that needs to change, say researchers. In the mean time, says Laura Esserman, director of the Carol Franc Buck Breast Care Center at the University of California, San Francisco: “D.C.I.S. is not cancer. It’s a risk factor. …We don’t do heart surgery when someone comes in with high cholesterol. What are we doing to these people?”

The new study also found that, while mammography does reduce, by a slight margin, the number of women who develop late-stage cancer, it is is far more likely to result in over diagnosis and unnecessary treatment, including the use of potentially toxic drugs.

Preemptive mastectomies are on the rise, and not because of medical advice. According to Todd Tuttle, chief of the division of surgical oncology at the University of Minnesota and lead author of a study on the topic, there was a 188 percent jump between 1998 and 2005 among women given new diagnoses of D.C.I.S. in one breast who opted to have both breasts removed just in case. “You could attribute the rise in mastectomies to a better understanding of genetics or better reconstruction techniques,” Tuttle said, “but those are available in Europe, and you don’t see that mastectomy craze there. There is so much ‘awareness’ about breast cancer in the U.S. I’ve called it breast-cancer overawareness. It’s everywhere. There are pink garbage trucks. Women are petrified.”

The conclusion of the study

Despite substantial increases in the number of cases of early-stage breast cancer detected, screening mammography has only marginally reduced the rate at which women present with advanced cancer. Although it is not certain which women have been affected, the imbalance suggests that there is substantial overdiagnosis, accounting for nearly a third of all newly diagnosed breast cancers, and that screening is having, at best, only a small effect on the rate of death from breast cancer.

 

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Do mammograms really work? Mixed messages on screening for breast cancer – Yahoo News Healthy Living

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Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer Finds Dark Matter?

Posted on 06 April 2013 by admin

Scientists find hint of dark matter from cosmos

 

GENEVA (AP) — A $2 billion cosmic ray detector on the International Space Station has found the footprint of something that could be dark matter, the mysterious substance that is believed to hold the cosmos together but has never been directly observed, scientists say.

But the first results from the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer, known by its acronym AMS, are almost as enigmatic as dark matter itself. They show evidence of new physics phenomena that could be the strange and unknown dark matter or could be energy that originates from pulsars, scientists at the European particle physics laboratory near Geneva announced Wednesday.

The results from the detector are significant, because dark matter is thought to make up about a quarter of all the matter in the universe. Unraveling the mystery of dark matter could help scientists better understand the composition of our universe and, more particularly, what holds galaxies together.

Nobel-winning physicist Samuel Ting, who leads the team, told colleagues at the European Organization for Nuclear Research, known as CERN, that he expects a more conclusive answer within months about this “unexpected new phenomena.”

The 7-ton detector, which was sent into space two years ago and has a 3-foot (0.91-meter) magnet ring at its core, is transmitting the data to CERN on the Swiss-French border, where it is being analyzed.

Read More and Watch the Video at Yahoo News: Science

By JOHN HEILPRIN and SETH BORENSTEIN | Associated Press

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EMF SCIENCE Editors Note: From Space.com

Scientists using a space-based device for analyzing cosmic rays say that they may have seen evidence of mysterious dark matter particles annihilating each other. Dark matter emits no light and hasn’t been seen previously by instruments, yet it seems to exist in a vastly larger amount than regular matter in the universe.

Unlike instruments on the ground, the Earth-orbiting Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer-2 investigates cosmic particles that do not survive the passage through the Earth’s atmosphere. AMS-2 is the largest and most powerful such instrument ever put in space.

Big Story: Dark Matter Possibly Found by $2 Billion Space Station Experiment

AMS-2 uses a large magnet to create a magnetic field that will bend the path of cosmic particles. Eight detector instruments provide information on the particles as they pass through, potentially detecting antimatter or dark matter in the mix.

See the Alpha Magnetic Spectrometer in Space (Photos)

Delivered to the International Space Station by space shuttle Endeavour in 2011, AMS-2 was installed on the station’s truss by astronauts using the robot arms on both shuttle and station.

A positron is the antimatter counterpart to the electron. Antimatter and matter annihilate each other on contact, releasing enormous amounts of energy.

AMS-2 measured the positron fraction, or the ratio of positrons to the combined flux of electrons and positrons.

Video: Sifting Cosmic Sand for Dark Matter

Read More and Watch the Videos on Space.com

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Chino Hills, CA – $76 Million Dollar Community EMF Battle – Power Lines

Posted on 29 March 2013 by admin

Chino-hills-power-linesThe Chino Hills, CA Community & Residents have been in a battle with the local power company SCE(PCU) to prevent the installation of 500,000 volt power lines in their backyards and near schools and work places. Recently they updated on their Facebook page (Hope for the Hills) that they have a timeline of a plan that may prove to be successful in working with the power company and local government to put the dangerous and monstrous power lines underground. In the deal the SCE(PCU) and local government will review plans to take $76 million in land and allow it to be used to put the power lines underground there.

This is the update from Facebook stating the date and decision to review the underground power line plan. More information on the timeline can be seen there.

Hope For The Hills – Facebook Page

March 20, 2013
Chino Hills officials say city will pay
Testimony by city officials to the PUC indicates Chino Hills is willing to contribute land to Edison, worth about $76 million if the decision is made to underground the power lines in the city.

EMF Science has been following the Chino Hills, CA case since first hearing of it about 2 years ago. We share the information in hope so that others with similar health, economy, and safety issues posed by the ever-changing electrical and communications industries in our environment can be done with reason and safety in mind. More times then not, communities lose battles similar to this. Power and cell phone companies usually have more money and lawyers than a community can defend against.

Feel free to contact us if you have similar EMF related health or environment related issues concerning power lines, cell towers, microwave towers, or otherwise. We would be glad to help spotlight you community fight and provide updates to our EMF Science community members and readers. Read our “Join The Fight” page for more information.

Keep up the fight Chino Hills, we support you and hope success in your battle.

 

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What are EMF detectors?

Posted on 26 March 2013 by admin

EMF detectors can measure the strength of an electromagnetic field. These fields are measured in milligauss (mg). View the chart below to reference the different kinds of EMF fields. They range from low to high, with low being strong long waves of energy such as deep bass sounds and power lines.  Higher frequencies consist of cell phones up to Gamma Rays which are emitted in space mostly.

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With an EMF detector you can know if your home, school, or workplace has levels that are considered safe or not. Most detectors provide some basic information about what levels are safe or not but for more details read the Free E-Book ( Bio-Initiative Report )  from the scientists who have declared the safety levels that should be followed based on the research and concerns.

Using your detector, knowledge of EMF fields, and safety level information gained from the report, you can begin to test and know for sure what your EMF environment is where you live and work.

There are three main types of detectors known as AC Guassmeters, DC Gaussmeters, and (RF) Radio Frequency EMF Detectors. With an EMF Meter you can check microwave ovens, appliances, power lines, cell phone towers, generators, home and building electrical wiring, cell phones, and more. There are two different grades of EMF detectors – residential and commercial. Either can be used to get a general reading, but the commercial EMF meters would be used to get specific detailed measurements.

Here is a good AC Gaussmeter:                                          Here is a good RF Meter:

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These two meters will be useful for the majority of your needs. Testing your home, ghost hunting, checking for cell towers near schools, etc… Just click on either picture or visit our EMF Safety Store to order or for more information.

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Are Magnetic Fields in Incubators Confounding Cell Culture Studies? Squashing the Cheshire Cat

Posted on 18 March 2013 by admin

cell culture studiesLucas Portelli just ran over the Cheshire cat. He didn’t know it was there. He’s too young to appreciate how this fictional feline has held sway in the EMF-health controversy.

In a systematic measurement survey, Portelli has shown that the ambient static and time-varying magnetic fields in laboratory incubators are large and variable: He found that they can differ by a factor of a hundred or more within and between incubators.

“These variations can be observed within the same incubator in locations that are centimeters apart,” he writes in a paper published in Bioelectromagnetics earlier this month. Such magnetic fields could be a “potential confounder” of cell culture studies, he warns.

The measurements were carried out as a part of his doctoral thesis at the University of Colorado in Boulder under the guidance of his thesis advisor, Frank Barnes, and with the assistance of Ted Schomay, an undergraduate.

“There are strong classical and fundamental reasons why these fields shouldn’t matter,” Portelli told Microwave News, “but when you take the time to put the experimental data all together, they suggest otherwise.” Magnetic fields “may become another factor that we may just have to control,” he said.

While Portelli’s main objective is to convince the research community to add magnetic fields to the list of variables —such as light, temperature and pH— that can influence cell biology experiments, Portelli may have also helped settle a long-standing controversy, the often-reported inability of researchers to repeat experiments showing biological effects of weak EMFs. As he writes in his paper: the ambient fields, by inhibiting and/or accelerating biological processes such as growth rates, may provide “a possible explanation for some of the conflicting results in the literature.”

Read the Full Article at Microwave News here

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Sheryl Crow Believes Cell Phone May Have Caused Her Brain Tumor

Posted on 22 February 2013 by admin

Sheryl Crow suspects that the benign brain tumor she was diagnosed with late last year was caused by cell phone usePeoplemagazine reported.

Crow said on the new talk show Katie that doctors have not told her that her tumor was caused by cell phone use, but she has “the theory that it’s possible that it’s related to that. I [used to spend] hours on the old archaic cell phones,” People reported:

Crow, who says the tumor is in a part of her brain near where she often held her phone, says she started to suspect something was wrong when she began spacing out on stage, forgetting lyrics and generally feeling “mushy.”

But is Crow right? Is it a fact that cell phones can cause cancer?

According to numerous studies and even an official classification from the World Health Organization: We’re not totally sure.

The WHO’s International Agency for Research on Cancer said last year that cell phone radiation is “possibly carcinogenic,” meaning that cell phone use might be associated with brain tumor risk, specifically for glioma.

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Read the full article at HuffingtonPost.com

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Join The Fight with EMF Science & The Chino Hills, CA Community

Posted on 15 February 2013 by admin

The Chino Hills, CA community is spear heading protest and possibly legal action against the state and local utilities of California Public Utilities Commission (CPUC) to allow Southern California Edison (SCE) to place 198 foot tall towers with 500kV transmission lines in a 150 foot easement directly behind their homes and in their backyards.

jointhefightchinohillscaliforniaemfcommunitybattlewithpowerlinesThe community is gathering forces and helping educate each other on not only why it is not aesthetically appealing to have these very large towers near their homes but they are all learning why the amount of EMF or electromagnetic smog near them can cause many health problems like leukemia, emotional problems, skin irritation, and many other forms of cancer and health issues.

Help EMF Science and these other communities combine forces to learn what are the steps we all should take to battle the “powers that be” and create a plan to understand better power line dangers, cell phone tower risks, and cell phone radiation use health risks also.

Contact us or these local communities to see what can be done to prevent unwanted dangerous power line and cell towers from being installed near homes and schools in your neighborhood.

Learn More at EMF Science’s Community Page – “Join The Fight”

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Italian Supreme Court Affirms Tumor Risk From Cell Phones

Posted on 15 February 2013 by admin

The Supreme Court of Italy has affirmed a ruling granting worker’s compensation to a businessman who developed a tumor after using a cell phone for 12 years. This is the first time that a high court —in any country— has ruled in favor a link between mobile phone radiation and tumor development.

Innocente Marcolini, a financial manager at an industrial plant in Brescia in northern Italy, used cell and cordless phones for five-to-six hours a day for 12 years. Then one morning ten years ago, Marcolini, who was 50 years old at the time, sensed an unusual tingling in his chin while shaving. He was soon diagnosed as having a benign tumor on the trigeminal nerve, which controls facial muscles and sensations.

ItalianSupremeCourtEmfHearingMarcolini filed for workers’ compensation alleging that his wireless phones were responsible for the tumor. At first, his claim was rejected. But, in December 2009, the Court of Appeals in Brescia reversed that decision and now, on October 12, Italy’s Supreme Court affirmed the Appeals Court’s ruling. No further appeals are possible.

“Marcolini wants people to know about the health risks associated with cell phone radiation,” Riccardo Staglianó told Microwave News. Staglianó, a reporter for La Repubblica, a major national daily newspaper, chronicled Marcolini’s story in his book on cell phone risks,Toglietevelo Dalla Testa, published earlier this year. The title of the book is hard to translate into English —it’s something like Get It Out of Your Head. Staglianó explained that his book tries to warn the reader not only to keep the phone away from the brain but also to reject the “fake reassurances” from parts of the scientific community that there are no health risks.

Indeed, it’s easy to see the decision as a battle between ICNIRP and ICEMS and their competing views of electromagnetic health hazards. ICNIRP does not recognize any risks associated with long-term, chronic exposures, especially those associated with tumor promotion. Cancer is not a concern, according to ICNIRP. ICEMS, on the other hand, sees large uncertainties and advocates precautionary policies to reduce exposures when possible.

Read More at Microwavenews.com

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Scientist say chemotherapy can encourage cancer growth

Posted on 15 February 2013 by admin

Chemotherapy can damage healthy cells? Say it isn’t so? You don’t need a degree to figure this one out. Poison kills indiscriminately– always has and always will. While damaging healthy cells, chemotherapy also triggers them to secrete a protein that sustains tumour growth and resistance to further treatment. Researchers in the United States made the “completely unexpected” finding they claimed while seeking to explain why cancer cells are so resilient inside the human body when they are easy to kill in the lab.

chemotherapymaycausecancerOnly through the forces that have carefully conspired to thwart meaningful advances in cancer research and treatment over the past century   has chemotherapy succeeded. In what reality do we live in when cut, poison and burn are the only ways acceptable to treat cancer?

No chemotherapy drug has ever actually cured or resolve the underlying causes of cancer. Even what mainstream medicine consideres “successful” chemotherapy treatments are only managing symptoms, usually at the cost of interfering with other precious physiological functions in patients that will cause side effects down the road. There is no such thing as a drug without a side effect.

They tested the effects of a type of chemotherapy on tissue collected from men with prostate cancer, and found “evidence of DNA damage” in healthy cells after treatment, the scientists wrote in Nature Medicine.

Read More at Walking Times.com

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18 Million Cancer Survivors expected by 2022

Posted on 15 February 2013 by admin

(CBS News) The number of cancer survivors living in the U.S. is expected to surge by one-third come 2022, with about 18 million people expected to survive the disease.

The “Cancer Treatment and Survivorship Facts and Figures” report finds that even though cancer incidence rates are decreasing, the number of survivors is growing due to the aging and growth of the population, as well as improved rates in cancer survival. Currently there an estimated 13.7 million people living in the United States who have survived cancer.

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The report is the first of its kind collaboration from the American Cancer Society and the National Cancer Institute. It’s published in the June 14 issue of CA: A Cancer Journal for Clinicians.

The report showed that in 2012, the three most common cancers among men with a history of the disease were prostate cancer (43 percent of male survivors), colorectal cancer (9 percent), and melanoma (7 percent). As for women, 41 percent of them had breast cancer at some point, 8 percent had uterine cancer, followed by 8 percent reporting that they had colon cancer. Those proportions are expected to be largely unchanged by 2022, the researchers said.

Other notable findings were that about 45 percent of cancer survivors are 70 or older, while only 5 percent are younger than 40 years old. The median age of a patient’s diagnosis was 66.

However children are also affected: The report found there are 58,510 survivors of childhood cancer living in the U.S., and an additional 12,060 children will be diagnosed in 2012.

Read Full article at CBSNews.com

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