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April 11, 2001

Handheld Cellular Telephones and Brain Cancer Risk

Author Affiliations

Stephen J.LurieMD, PhD, Senior EditorIndividualAuthorJody W.ZylkeMD, Contributing EditorIndividualAuthor

JAMA. 2001;285(14):1838-1839. doi:10.1001/jama.285.14.1838

To the Editor: We are concerned that the article on handheld cellular telephone use and risk of brain cancer by Dr Muscat and colleagues1 was funded in part by Wireless Technology Research, LLC, Raleigh, NC.

We believe the conclusion by Muscat et al, that "the use of handheld cellular telephones was unrelated to the risk of brain cancer in the current study," is called into doubt when the funding industry will profit from such reassurances about the safety of its products.