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.”