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Dalton Delan : A toxic cellphone stew.

October 16, 2017

From the day its minerals are dug to the night children scavenge Third World dumps for used circuitry, the cellphone is a Frankenstein. Berkshire Eagle, Pittsfield, Massachusetts.

Scientists and doctors demand moratorium on 5G.

September 13, 2017

Concerns over health effects from higher radiation exposure include potential neurological impacts, infertility, and cancer. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.

Mobile phone (1800MHz) radiation impairs female reproduction in mice, Mus musculus, through stress induced inhibition of ovarian and uterine activity.

August 20, 2017

These findings suggest that mobile phone radiation induces oxidative and nitrosative stress, which affects the reproductive performance of female mice. Reproductive Toxicology.

Cancer occurrences in laboratory rats from exposure to RF and microwave radiation.

August 20, 2017

The question of whether RF exposure from wireless and mobile devices and systems poses a health risk would likely remain equivocal and controversial for some time to come. IEEE Journal of Electromagnetics, RF and Microwaves in Medicine and Biology.

Multiple sclerosis and environmental risk factors: a case-control study in Iran.

August 20, 2017

Our findings demonstrated that prematurity, history of measles and mumps, breast feeding, head trauma in childhood, vaccination in adulthood, migraine, family history of MS, IBD, migraine, and collagen vascular diseases, stressful events, and microwave exposure were more in the MS group. Sun exposure, dairy and calcium consumption, diabetes mellitus, and complete vaccination during childhood appeared to decrease MS risk. Neurological Sciences.

Influence of electromagnetic pulse on the offspring sex ratio of male BALB/c mice.

August 10, 2017

This study suggested that EMP exposure may lead to the disturbance of reproductive hormone levels and affect the offspring sex ratio. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Anxiety-like behavioural effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field in rats.

August 10, 2017

The development of anxiety-like behaviour is mediated by oxidative stress and increased NO concentration in hypothalamus of rats exposed to ELF-EMF during 7 days. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International.

Biochemical and pathological changes in the male rat kidney and bladder following exposure to continuous 900-MHz electromagnetic field on postnatal days 22-59.

August 10, 2017

We conclude that continuous exposure to the effect of 900-MHz EMF for 1 h a day on postnatal days 22-59, inclusive, causes an increase in oxidative stress and various pathological changes in male rat kidney and bladder tissues. International Journal of Radiation Biology.

Effects of short and long term electromagnetic fields exposure on the human hippocampus.

August 10, 2017

Based on these results, we conclude that a lack of attention and concentration may occur in subjects who talk on mobile phones for longer times, compared to those who use phones relatively less. Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure.

Effects of long-term exposure to 60 GHz millimeter-wavelength radiation on the genotoxicity and heat shock protein (Hsp) expression of cells derived from human eye.

August 10, 2017

These results indicate that exposure to millimeter-wavelength radiation has no effect on genotoxicity in human eye cells. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Mobile phone radiofrequency exposure has no effect on DNA double strand breaks (DSB) in human lymphocytes.

August 10, 2017

The results of this experimental study demonstrate that exposure of human lymphocytes to a conventional 900 MHz RF emitted by a commercial mobile phone for 30 min does not significantly impact DNA integrity. Annals of Translational Medicine.

Impact of RFR on DNA damage & antioxidants in peripheral blood lymphocytes of humans residing in the vicinity of mobile phone base stations.

August 10, 2017

The analyses of data from the exposed group, residing within a perimeter of 80 m of mobile base stations, showed significantly higher frequency of micronuclei when compared to the control group, residing 300 m away from the mobile base station/s. Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine.

Electrical grounding technique may improve health outcomes of NICU babies.

August 7, 2017

Equipment in the NICU produces low-frequency electromagnetic fields that can have subtle yet measurable effects on the autonomic nervous system, the system that regulates involuntary body functions. Preterm infants may be especially vulnerable to these effects. Penn State News.

FCC opens inquiry into new opportunities in mid-band spectrum.

August 4, 2017

The FCC has initiated a new inquiry seeking comment on ways to expand opportunities for next-generation services—particularly wireless broadband services—in mid-band spectrum.

Left-sided cancer: blame your bed and TV?

July 20, 2017

As we sleep on our coil-spring mattresses, we are in effect sleeping on an antenna that amplifies the intensity of the broadcast FM/TV radiation. Scientific American.

The effects of exposure to low frequency EMF on male fertility.

July 14, 2017

The reviewed studies provided contradictory results that were highly dependent on the exposure parameters, such as the shape and frequency of wave, intensity, duration, and timing of the exposure. Alternative Therapies in Health and Medicine.

Influence of radiofrequency-electromagnetic waves from 3rd-generation cellular phones on fertilization and embryo development in mice.

July 14, 2017

Rates of fertilization, embryogenesis, and blastocyst formation did not change significantly across the four groups. Considering that the degree of exposure in the present study was ≥100 times greater than daily exposure of human spermatozoa and even greater than daily exposure of oocytes, the present results indicate safety of RF-EMW exposure in humans. Bioelectromagnetics.

Selective changes in locomotor activity in mice due to low-intensity microwaves amplitude modulated in the EEG spectral domain.

July 14, 2017

Exposing mice to 8 Hz AM significantly reduced locomotor activity in an open field immediately after exposure which normalized after 4 weeks. Neuroscience.

Patterns of cellular phone use among young people in 12 countries: implications for RF exposure.

July 14, 2017

These results provide valuable insights to the design, analysis, and interpretation of future epidemiological studies concerning the health effects of exposure resulting from cellular phone use in young people. Environment International.

We are all lab rats in a massive cell phone study.

July 11, 2017

Many people in the "cell phones can't hurt you" camp have long argued that, because the kind of radiation a phone emits doesn't heat tissues or cells, there's no biological mechanism by which that radiation could cause you harm. Bucher says his group's findings, if they're validated with follow-up research, would kneecap this argument. Tonic.

Effects of intermediate frequency magnetic fields on male fertility indicators in mice.

June 26, 2017

No adverse effects on fertility indicators were observed. Increased sperm motility is an interesting finding that needs to be confirmed in further studies. Environmental Research.

WHO radiofrequency radiation policy.

June 22, 2017

In a critique of the World Health Organization's pending review of the adverse health effects of wireless (i.e., radio frequency or RF) radiation, Dr. Lennart Hardell provides an historical overview of WHO's EMF Project, WHO's relationship to the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection (ICNIRP), and the relationships of both organizations to the military and electric and telecom industries. Electromagnetic Radiation News.
[See the critique: World Health Organization, radiofrequency radiation and health—a hard nut to crack]

Use of mobile and cordless phones and change in cognitive function: a prospective cohort analysis of Australian primary school children.

June 20, 2017

Our study shows that a larger proportion of children used cordless phones (CPs) compared to mobile phones (MPs). We found limited evidence that change in the use of MPs or CPs in primary school children was associated with change in cognitive function. Environmental Health.

New issue: Journal of Exposure Science and Environmental Epidemiology.

June 20, 2017

Papers in this issue include studies of occupational exposures, uranium mines, pesticides in agriculture and in house dust, nanoparticles, electromagnetic fields, black carbon, asbestos, nickel compounds and PCBs.

Effects of acute and chronic exposure to both 900 MHz and 2100 MHz electromagnetic radiation on glutamate receptor signaling pathway.

June 19, 2017

The present study provides experimental evidence that both exposure duration (1 week versus 10 weeks) and different carrier frequencies (900 MHz versus 2100 MHz) had different effects on protein expression of hippocampus in Wistar rats, which might encourage further research on protection against RF-EMR exposure. International Journal of Radiation Biology.

Re-examining the association between residential exposure to magnetic fields from power lines and childhood asthma in the Danish National Birth Cohort.

June 19, 2017

We did not find evidence that residential exposure to MF during pregnancy or early childhood increased the risk of childhood asthma. This interpretation is in line with the lack of an established biological mechanism directly linking MF exposure to asthma, but high exposure was very rare in this cohort. PLoS One.

Is 5G cellular technology harmful to our health?

June 19, 2017

Due to the concern that the FCC's new rules will result in increased exposure to electromagnetic fields (EMF), the Appeal's advisors oppose the new rules and call for a "public health review of the growing body of scientific evidence that includes reports of increasing rates of cancer and neurological diseases that may be caused by exposure to EMF from wireless sources." Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.
[See the letter]

A public health revolution can reduce the growing cancer burden for the young.

June 8, 2017

Troubling increases in unusual and highly malignant cancer in the young cannot simply be chalked up to sudden random shifts in our genes. The Hill, District of Columbia.

Mobile phone use, school electromagnetic field levels and related symptoms: a cross-sectional survey among 2150 high school students in Izmir.

June 5, 2017

We found an association between mobile phone use and especially headache, concentration difficulties, fatigue, sleep disturbances and warming of the ear showing also dose-response. Environmental Health.

Mobile phones: are the current standards protective?

May 30, 2017

The July 2016 ANSES report presented the results of the SAR trunk measurements in contact with a mobile device. The SAR trunk of 9 out of 10 phones exceeded protective values. Marc Arazi Blog.