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Industry group disputes claim cell phones cause cancer

WASHINGTON — A global wireless industry group Thursday disputed the significance of a report released by a UN health organization citing a potential cancer link from use of mobile phones. CTIA-The Wireless Association said the UN agency “conducts numerous reviews and in the past has given the same score to,…

US trains activists to evade security forces

WASHINGTON (AFP) – The United States is training thousands of cell phone and Internet pro-democracy campaigners worldwide to evade security forces in what it calls a “cat-and-mouse game” with authoritarian governments. The US government is sponsoring efforts to help activists in Arab and other countries gain access to technology that…

Internet and cell phones the ‘best weapons against dictatorships’

Decentralized communication technologies, such as cell phones and the Internet, are the best way to ensure the spread of democracy around the globe, according to an study published in the International Journal of Human Rights. Social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter have become an important tool for democracy and…

Cellphone use yields more ‘active’ brain scan: study

WASHINGTON – Cellphone use appeared to measurably increase brain activity in dozens of test subjects in a new study, though it failed to resolve a debate over whether the devices pose health risks. The study in Wednesday’s edition of The Journal of the American Medical Association, was carried out by…

In medical breakthrough, HIV-positive man ‘cured’ by stem cell transplant

An HIV-positive man who received a stem cell transplant for leukemia has been cured of HIV infection, doctors announced recently. While the case was first reported at the 2008 Conference on Retroviruses and Opportunistic Infections in Boston, doctors have now published an updated report in the journal Blood, which affirms…

Feds tracking credit cards, store purchases without warrant: report

Federal law enforcement routinely tracks individuals through their credit cards, cell phones, car rentals and even store customer loyalty programs without obtaining a warrant, an online privacy activist has discovered. According to a document (PDF) obtained from the Department of Justice by online privacy activist Christopher Soghoian, federal agents working…

Stem cell scientists turn skin into blood

WASHINGTON — Stem cell researchers have found a way to turn a person’s skin into blood, a process that could be used to treat cancer and other ailments, according to a Canadian study published Sunday. The method uses cells from a patch of a person’s skin and transforms it into…

Federal judge denies Obama’s request to restore stem cell funding

A US federal judge denied Tuesday the White House’s request to drop his decision to temporarily block federal funding for embryonic stem cell research pending an appeal of the decision. “In this court’s view, a stay would flout the will of Congress,” Judge Royce Lamberth wrote in his order. “Congress…

Obama administration appeals stem cell injunction

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The Obama administration on Tuesday appealed a ruling that blocked federal funding of human embryonic stem cell research, asking the judge who issued the injunction to put it on hold pending the appeal. The Justice Department asked Judge Royce Lamberth to lift the injunction he imposed last…

Obama to appeal stem cell research ruling

The US Justice Department said Tuesday it will appeal a judge’s decision to block federal funding for stemcell research, risking an election year fight over hot button issues of science and religion. “I can confirm we plan to appeal,” said Tracy Schmaller, a Justice Department spokesperson, adding that the department…

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