Talk:Health scare

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This needs a lot more work, because it is one of the few non-political instances of a scientific controversy which affects the general public. I'd like to expand it so that students can understand the proper way to collect statistics and identify cause and effect relationships.

What follow-up studies were done with rats? How do these apply to humans? --Ed Poor Talk 07:56, 17 December 2008 (EST)

Good point. I cleaned out some of the left wing junk and added reports from better sources. RJJensen 08:23, 17 December 2008 (EST)
If results are only of "borderline" significance, then we should not report them in so much detail. Anyone reading this article would see (A) the idea that there is no risk, along with (B) two studies saying there IS a risk. --Ed Poor Talk 08:52, 23 February 2010 (EST)
well yes, but that is what is known right now. In another 20 years there will be better answers. RJJensen 10:22, 23 February 2010 (EST)
I think it has been established to discuss the side effects upon children under 8-yrs. olds, their skulls are thinner, the radiation penetrates deeper into their brains, nervous system effects. [1] The NIH concludes no studies completed on children [2] --Jpatt 13:12, 23 February 2010 (EST)

Sigh. Jpatt, I love ya, but that is the Swedish study which no other group has been able to replicate. Try to dig a little deeper and get at the science of it. Cell phones use radio waves. Radio waves are not ionizing radiation, hence they have no way to cause DNA mutations.

Radio has been in use for around a century. All radio (or radar) can do to living tissue is heat it up (which is how the microwave oven works). --Ed Poor Talk 17:01, 23 February 2010 (EST)

  • Once again, Jpatt, phrases like "their skulls are thinner, the radiation penetrates deeper into their brains" are scary: but since the radiation is harmless it doesn't matter at all. You may as well worry about FM radio reception being possible in your child's crib. There are so many things a thousand times worse to worry about. Stop worrying about non-hazards. --Ed Poor Talk 22:52, 18 August 2010 (EDT)

May I suggest someone add the cholesterol scare to this? Also, there is some evidence which suggests radio waves do cause cancer. Might I suggest we make that section a little more neutral? DavidB4 11:47, 24 December 2015 (EST)