Italian court blames benign brain tumor on phone

Oct 19, 2012

(AP)—Italy's top court has ruled that a businessman developed a benign brain tumor because he held a cellphone to his ear for hours daily for his job and deserves worker's compensation.

Innocente Marcolini, whose face is partially paralyzed, argued that using cell and portable phones six hours a day for 12 years while dealing with clients in China and elsewhere overseas caused the tumor on the trigeminal nerve in his head.

His lawyers presented doctors who testified that excessive cell phone use increases risk of such tumors.

The impact of the ruling earlier this week is unclear. Numerous large scientific studies have failed to find a causal link between cellphones and . The classifies cellphones as "possible" , in the same category as pesticides and coffee.

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Bowler_4007
5 / 5 (1) Oct 19, 2012
People aren't forced to own a mobile let alone put one to their ear, he must have heard rumours about tumours caused by mobiles and if this is/was a worry to him or anyone else then either use a handsfree kit or don't own a mobile
Doug_Huffman
3 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
The law, even Italian law, is an ass that lawyers ride to work. Here comes a whole herd of them.
Green_Dragon
5 / 5 (3) Oct 19, 2012
Numerous scientific studies cannot find a link, but a few doctor's opinions are law now?
cantdrive85
2 / 5 (2) Oct 19, 2012
There is a reason there is a wired earpiece in every new phone, this info is not new to the device companies. I doubt this man will receive compensation being he chose to not use hands free device supplied with the phone.
ValeriaT
1.8 / 5 (5) Oct 19, 2012
Numerous scientific studies cannot find a link, but a few doctor's opinions are law now?
Many studies found a link already. It's a similar bias, like with cold fusion: the finding of Higgs is believed with everyone, because it brings the jobs into community of physicists and their industry, whereas the cold fusion findings are dismissed from the same reason.

http://edition.cn...dex.html
http://www.dailym...udy.html

Of course, when all other methods fail, the existence of these studies is simply denied under hope, most of people are so lazy and flooded with another informations, they will not check it independently. This assumption is working, after all.

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