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Ninth Circuit upholds cellphone warning law.

April 25, 2017

In a 2-1 decision, a Ninth Circuit panel on Friday refused to overturn a ruling upholding a Berkeley, California, law that forces retailers to warn consumers about the potential health risks of cellphones. Courthouse News Service.

Call for comments: OAR Regulatory Reform.

April 19, 2017

The US Environmental Protection Agency Office of Air and Radiation (OAR), will host a public teleconference to obtain additional stakeholder feedback on air and radiation regulatory actions on Monday, April 24, 2017. Written public comments can also be submitted through May 15, 2017.

Biological effects of exposure to static electric fields in humans and vertebrates: a systematic review.

April 17, 2017

The weight of the evidence from the literature reviewed did not indicate that static EF have adverse biological effects in humans or animals. Environmental Health.

Evaluation of mobile phone and cordless phone use and glioma risk using the Bradford Hill viewpoints from 1965 on association or causation.

April 17, 2017

Bradford Hill's viewpoints from 1965 on association or causation were used on glioma risk and use of mobile or cordless phones. RF radiation should be regarded as a human carcinogen causing glioma. BioMed Research International.

The effects of 50 Hz magnetic field exposure on DNA damage and cellular functions in various neurogenic cells.

April 12, 2017

Our data suggest that exposure to a 50 Hz MF at 2.0 mT did not elicit DNA damage effects or abnormal cellular functions in the neurogenic cells studied. Journal of Radiation Research.

Extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field exposure enhances inflammatory response and inhibits effect of antioxidant in RAW 264.7 cells.

April 12, 2017

These results suggest that an ELF-EMF amplifies inflammatory responses through enhanced macrophage activation and can decrease the effectiveness of antioxidants. Bioelectromagnetics.

Case-control study on occupational exposure to extremely low-frequency electromagnetic fields and glioma risk.

April 12, 2017

An increased risk in late stage (promotion/progression) of astrocytoma grade IV for occupational ELF-EMF exposure was found. American Journal of Industrial Medicine.

Mitochondrial hyperpolarization and cytochrome-c release in microwave-exposed MCF-7 cells.

April 12, 2017

These results demonstrated that exposure to 2.1-GHz WCDMA-modulated MW radiation caused hyperpolarization of mitochondria that in turn induced apoptosis in MCF-7 cells. General Physiology and Biophysics.

Are media reports able to cause somatic symptoms attributed to WiFi radiation? An experimental test of the negative expectation hypothesis.

April 12, 2017

Participants of the WiFi group reported more anxiety concerning WiFi exposure than the Control group and tended to perceive themselves as being more sensitive to EMF after the experiment compared to before. Environmental Research.

Behavioral risk factors of breast cancer in Bangui of Central African Republic: A retrospective case-control study.

April 12, 2017

The study showed that little or no education, marriage, positive family history of cancer, radiation exposure, charcuterie, fresh fish, groundnut, soybean, alcohol, habit of keeping money in bras, overweight and obesity were associated with breast cancer risk among Central African women living in Bangui. PLoS One.

The effect of cell phone usage on semen quality and fertility among Jordanian males.

April 12, 2017

There were no statistical significance differences between both groups regarding sperm quality parameters according to cell phone use, but there were statistical differences in the frequencies of sperm concentration, volume, viscosity, liquefaction time and means of immotile sperms and abnormal morphology. Middle East Fertility Society Journal.

Call for comments: Accelerating Broadband Deployment.

April 12, 2017

Members of the public may submit comments to the Broadband Deployment Advisory Committee in the FCC's Electronic Comment Filing System, ECFS, at www.fcc.gov/ecfs. Comments to the BDAC should be filed in GN Docket No. 17-83.

Maternal cell phone use during pregnancy and child behavioral problems in five birth cohorts.

April 10, 2017

Maternal cell phone use during pregnancy may be associated with an increased risk for behavioral problems, particularly hyperactivity/inattention problems, in the offspring. Environment International.

Effects of prenatal exposure to WIFI signal (2.45GHz) on postnatal development and behavior in rat: influence of maternal restraint.

April 9, 2017

Taken together, prenatal WiFi radiation and restraint, alone and combined, provoked several behavioral and biochemical impairments at both juvenile and adult age of the offspring. Behavioural Brain Research.

Effect of adverse environmental conditions and protective clothing on temperature rise in a human body exposed to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields.

March 31, 2017

Different environmental conditions had minimal impact on the magnitude of the thermal response due to RF-EMF exposure, and that the current safety factor of 10 applied in international RF-EMF safety guidelines and standards for RF-EMF workers is generally conservative, though it is only narrowly so when workers are subjected to the most adverse environmental conditions. Bioelectromagnetics.

The effect of Wi-Fi electromagnetic waves in unimodal and multimodal object recognition tasks in male rats.

March 31, 2017

Results of this study showed that chronic exposure to Wi-Fi electromagnetic waves might impair both unimodal and cross-modal encoding of information. Neurological Sciences.

Mitochondrial DNA damage and oxidative damage in HL-60 cells exposed to 900MHz radiofrequency fields.

March 31, 2017

The overall data indicated that RF exposure was capable of inducing mtDNA damage mediated through ROS pathway which also induced oxidative damage. Prior-treatment of RF- and GR-exposed the cells with melatonin, a well-known free radical scavenger, reversed the effects observed in RF-exposed cells. Mutation Research.

Effect of 1.8 GHz radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation on novel object associative recognition memory in mice.

March 31, 2017

These results demonstrate that exposure to 1.8 GHz RF-EMR for 30 min can significantly increase recognition memory in mice, and can change dendritic-spine morphology and neuronal excitability in the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. Scientific Reports.

Pulsed or continuous electromagnetic field induce p53/p21-mediated apoptotic signaling pathway in mouse spermatogenic cells in vitro and thus may affect male fertility.

March 31, 2017

Electromagnetic field present in surrounding environment impairs male fertility by inducing p53/p21-mediated cell cycle arrest and apoptosis. Toxicology.

Exposure to radiofrequency radiation emitted from mobile phone jammers adversely affects the quality of human sperm.

March 31, 2017

3lectromagnetic radiation in radiofrequency range emitted from mobile phone jammers may lead to decreased motility and increased DNA fragmentation in human semen. International Journal of Radiation Research.

Analysis of mobile phone use among young patients with brain tumors in Japan.

March 31, 2017

The mobile phone ownership prevalence among the young Japanese patients with brain tumors in the current study does not differ from available estimates for the general population of corresponding age. Bioelectromagnetics.

Occupational exposure and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis in a prospective cohort.

March 29, 2017

These results strengthen the evidence suggesting a positive association between ELF-MF exposure and ALS. We did not replicate earlier positive findings for other occupational exposures. Occupational & Environmental Medicine.

New desktop reference guide highlights adverse health effects of chemicals for physicians and their patients.

March 16, 2017

Vom Saal has released Integrative Environmental Medicine, a comprehensive book outlining practical resources and tools, such as websites and smartphone apps, to help health care practitioners promote healthier choices for themselves and their patients. Newswise.
[See the book: Integrative Environmental Medicine]

ELF-MF exposure affects the robustness of epigenetic programming during granulopoiesis.

March 14, 2017

The data indicate that ELF-MF exposure stabilizes active chromatin, particularly during the transition from a repressive to an active state during cell differentiation. Scientific Reports.

Radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation from cell phone causes defective testicular function in male Wistar rats.

March 14, 2017

The study demonstrates that chronic exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic radiation of cell phone leads to defective testicular function that is associated with increased oxidative stress and decreased gonadotropic hormonal profile. Andrologia.

The effect of base transceiver station waves on some immunological and hematological factors in exposed persons.

March 14, 2017

It seems that radiation of mobile phone antennas influenced the blood and immune systems, but further study should be done to exactly determine the targets. Human Antibodies.

Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours: a systematic review of association between study quality, source of funding, and research outcomes.

March 14, 2017

We found evidence linking mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours especially in long-term users (≥10 years). Studies with higher quality showed a trend towards high risk of brain tumour, while lower quality showed a trend towards lower risk/protection. Neurological Sciences.

Mobile phone use and risk for intracranial tumors and salivary gland tumors—a meta-analysis.

March 14, 2017

The results support the hypothesis that long-term use of mobile phone increases risk of intracranial tumors, especially in the case of ipsilateral exposure. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health.

The Internet of Things poses human health risks: scientists question the safety of untested 5G technology at international conference.

March 13, 2017

Scientists cautioned that before rolling out 5G technologies that use these frequencies, research on human health effects needed to be done first to ensure the public and environment are protected. MilTech.

Maryland State Children’s Environmental Health and Protection Advisory Council recommendations to reduce Wi-Fi.

March 4, 2017

Children's environmental health experts respond to new US study linking wireless radiation to cancer after the American Academy of Pediatrics recommends reducing cell phone exposures.