Thinking about time-series……and mobile phones

Posted on December 13, 2018


I recently published a paper with the exciting title ‘Analyses of temporal and spatial patterns of glioblastoma multiforme and other brain cancer subtypes in relation to mobile phones using synthetic counterfactuals’ in the peer-reviewed journal Environmental Research. At the time of writing this is still available as open access here [link], but because this research did not receive additional funding from anywhere it will be placed behind a paywall soon [update 12/12/2018: it seems the journal has gone open access, so there may be a chance this remains available to everyone]. This work continued from previous work on the likelihood of mobile phone use as a risk factor for brain cancer published earlier here as open access [link], but looked specifically at trends in (1) an aggressive form of brain cancer, glioblastoma multiforme (GBM), in different brain regions and (2) different cancer subtypes, including GBM, in one particular region in the brain; the temporal lobe.

Both papers were picked up by Microwave News, and in both cases I was asked to provide further background and comment on this. Also in both cases, I felt that what was eventually put on that website did not reflect the (quite extensive) explanations and comments I had made. I cannot force people to put stuff on their website, so there is not much I could do to balance that information better, but I do have my own website; you are looking at it as we speak. So, although my intention has always been to not use The FunPolice as a vehicle for my own work, I am making an exception now to provide a bit more background (and some interesting additional analyses) to that paper.

Link to the full story at The Fun Police