Cel­lu­lar re­search

The Washington Times Weekly - - National -

Cell-phone use is not a dis­ease, so why is the Cen­ters for Dis­ease Con­trol and Pre­ven­tion study­ing it?

That’s the ques­tion at least one Repub­li­can staffer on Capi­tol Hill was ask­ing af­ter learn­ing about this fed­er­ally funded re­search.

“The trend away from land-line phones af­fects the tele­phone in­dus­try, 911 emer­gency-ser­vice providers, and gov­ern­ment and private polling or­ga­ni­za­tions, which rely heav­ily on ran­dom calls to house­holds with wired tele­phones,” the As­so­ci­ated Press ar­ti­cle re­ported May 14 about the re­port au­thored by Stephen Blum­berg, se­nior sci­en­tist at the At­lanta-based CDC.

In an e-mail, our friend the con­gres­sional staffer asks: “Won­der why we don’t have a cure for can­cer yet? Maybe it is be­cause fed­eral bu­reau­crats waste funds in­tended for health re­search on silly stud­ies.”

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