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Network World Releases Investigative Report On Controversial Patents Secured by Top Wireless Manufacturers to Reduce Radiation Emissions (Business Wire)...Whether or not cell phone usage causes health problems is at the heart of a heated debate, with cell phone makers arguing that the phones are safe, while some scientists are warning of a possible link to brain tumors, eye cancer, fatigue and memory loss.......According to the National Cancer Institute, the incidence of brain cancer has increased 25 percent since 1973, and the National Brain Tumor Foundation estimates that each year, 185,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor....- Jun 18 10:18 AM ET


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Monday June 18, 10:18 am Eastern Time

Press Release

Network World Releases Investigative Report On Controversial Patents Secured by Top Wireless Manufacturers to Reduce Radiation Emissions

Groundbreaking Research Finds Mobile Phone Manufacturers Sought, Received Patents to Reduce Radiation Absorbed by Humans

SOUTHBOROUGH, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--June 18, 2001-- Network World, the leading network news publication for IT professionals, today released an exclusive report on Network World Fusion (www.nwfusion.com) regarding several patents that were sought and received by the leading mobile phone manufacturers - including Ericsson, Hitachi, Motorola, and Nokia - aimed at reducing radiation absorbed by the human head.

Whether or not cell phone usage causes health problems is at the heart of a heated debate, with cell phone makers arguing that the phones are safe, while some scientists are warning of a possible link to brain tumors, eye cancer, fatigue and memory loss.

The Network World report, the first of its kind, comes on the heels of several months of research and interviews by Network World writer Sharon Gaudin with scientists, legal experts, consumer advocates, representatives from The Food and Drug Administration (FDA), wireless engineers, and the top mobile phone manufacturers. The report includes information on the technologies for which the patents were received. It also includes scientific studies that weigh in on both sides of the issue.

"They had information about the health risks they didn't share with the public," says Dr. George Carlo, who at one time was working for the Cellular Telecommunications Internet Association, heading up a six-year, $25 million research effort for the Washington, D.C.-based trade group.

"It was never shared with me when I ran the (research effort)... It's a tragedy that we didn't have this information because we could have gotten to where we are now sooner." Carlo says an increasing number of studies show a link between cell phones and health risks.

According to the U.S. General Accounting Office, there are currently 110 million mobile phone users in the U.S., and according to IDC, the number of companies that routinely issues mobile phones to employees has slowly risen from seven percent in 1999 to 11 percent in 2000.

Brain tumors are believed to be the third deadliest form of cancer for people between the ages of 20 to 39. According to the National Cancer Institute, the incidence of brain cancer has increased 25 percent since 1973, and the National Brain Tumor Foundation estimates that each year, 185,000 Americans will be diagnosed with a primary or metastatic brain tumor.

The patents in question date back to 1993 and cover a wide range of technologies, all aimed at reducing or redirecting mobile phone radiation. One patent is for a cell-phone alarm system that alerts the user when a safe level of radiation is about to be exceeded. Other patents are for technologies that re-direct radiation away from the human head.

The Network World report states that all mobile phone manufacturers must comply with existing federal guidelines and regulations regarding emission levels, and that the FDA and the FCC believe that current research does not prove that there is a health risk. But they say more research is needed.

In addition to appearing on Network World Fusion, the report also will appear in Network World's print edition on Monday, June 18. A larger feature with new findings on the topic and more extensive interviews is planned for the July 2 edition of the publication.

About Network World

Network World, Inc., the Leader in Network Knowledge, empowers Network Leaders and enables e-business through education, information and community. Network World is the leading provider of news, analysis, reviews, events and education on information technology. Network World publishes the leading newsweekly, NetworkWorld, hosts the most active online community, Network World Fusion (http://www.nwfusion.com), and produces educational seminars and events worldwide.

About International Data Group

Network World, Inc. is a division of IDG, the world's leading IT media, research and event company. IDG publishes more than 300 magazines and newspapers and 4,000 book titles and offers online users the largest network of technology-specific sites around the world through IDG.net (www.idg.net), which comprises more than 270 targeted Web sites in 70 countries. IDG is also a leading producer of 168 computer-related expositions worldwide, and provides IT market analysis through 50 offices in 43 countries worldwide. Company information is available at www.idg.com.


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     Wendie Larkin, 508-490-6568
     wlarkin@nww.com

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