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Mobile phones can actually cause cancer: Study

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A man talks on his mobile phone in the village of Devmali in the desert state of Rajasthan, India June 14, 2016. REUTERS/Himanshu Sharma

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London, July 25,2015:  Your fears are not completely unfounded. Mobile phones can actually cause cancer, says a study.

A metabolic imbalance caused by radiation from your wireless devices could be the link to a number of health risks, such as various neuro-degenerative diseases and cancer, the study suggested.

This imbalance, also known as oxidative stress, is defined as “an imbalance between the production of Reactive Oxygen Species (ROS) and antioxidant defense” by the authors.

The hazardous effects of radiation from wireless devices could be realized through the “classical mechanisms” of oxidative impairments in living cells, the researchers said.

The study, published in the journal Electromagnetic Biology & Medicine, explored experimental data on the metabolic effects of low-intensity Radio Frequency Radiation (RFR) in living cells.

Study co-author Igor Yakymenko from the National University for Food Technologies said the oxidative stress due to RFR exposure could explain not only cancer, but also other minor disorders such as headache, fatigue, and skin irritation, which could develop after long-term exposure.

“These data are a clear sign of the real risks this kind of radiation poses for human health,” Yakymenko said.

“ROS are often produced in cells due to aggressive environments, and can also be provoked by ordinary wireless radiation,” he added.

In 2011, the International Agency for Research on Cancer classified RFR as a possible carcinogen for humans. But clear molecular mechanisms of such effects of RFR were a bottleneck in acceptance of a reality of risk.

Yakymenko and his colleagues call for a precautionary approach in using wireless technologies, such as cell phones and wireless internet. (IANS)

 

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Global Market For Refurbished Smartphones At A Hike

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

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Higher percentage of refurbished devices were sold with warranty. Pixabay

The global market for refurbished smartphones slowed to one per cent year-over-year (YoY) growth in 2018, reaching close to 140 million units, Counterpoint Research said on Thursday.

According to Counterpoint’s “Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. The drop in new device sales led to a decline in devices flowing into the secondary market.

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Refurbished Smartphone Tracker”, the secondary industry slowed due to the 11 per cent drop in new smartphone sales in key supply countries like China and the US. Pixabay

Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.

“The US and China markets saw lower upgrade cycles in 2018, which affected the flow of devices into the secondary market. In addition, China and US trade tensions held up devices in customs much longer than normal. This was especially true during the first half of the year,” Tom Kang, Research Director at Counterpoint Research, said in a statement.

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Samsung and Apple continued to dominate the refurbished market with 70 per cent share while Huawei is growing in popularity, especially in South East Asia.
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Higher percentage of refurbished devices were sold with warranty.

This greatly helps overcome consumer hesitancy to purchase refurbished devices, the market research firm added. (IANS)