Saturday, June 11, 2016
Setting the Record Straight on the NTP Cell Phone Cancer Study Ron Melnick Corrects ‘Misinformation’ in the NY Times
On May 31, the New York Times ran a piece in what it calls “The Upshot” on the National Toxicology Program’s (NTP) cell phone animal study. The column is a regular feature in the Times that seeks to give readers context for stories in the news. This one was titled “Why It’s Not Time to Panic About Cell Phones and Cancer.” It was written by Aaron Carroll, a pediatrician at the University of Indiana School of Medicine. He expressed skepticism about the study results, calling the effort "imperfect."
Carroll's critique prompted a response from Ron Melnick, who led the study’s design team before retiring from the NTP. In an eight-point rebuttal, Melnick corrected what he called “numerous and misleading statements.”
Louis Slesin, PhD
Editor, Microwave News