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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.

Human exposure to electromagnetic fields from parallel wireless power transfer systems.

March 4, 2017

Results show that the middle region between the two WPT coils is safer for the two WPT systems working in-phase, and the peripheral regions are safer around the WPT systems working anti-phase. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

State kept secret guidelines on safe cell phone use.

March 3, 2017

On Thursday, the California Department of Public Health released the guidelines, which advise cell phone users to keep the devices away from their bodies, keep calls short and to use the speaker phone on lengthy calls. SFGate.
[See the draft guidelines: Cell Phones and Health]

Do cell phones cause cancer? A new court ruling reignites the debate.

February 28, 2017

On Friday, a Superior Court judge ordered California to release documents written by the state's Environmental Health Investigations branch that are believed to contain warnings about the risk of cell phone radiation and recommendations aimed to protect public health. Alternet.

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk.

February 20, 2017

A newly published review and meta-analysis of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk found that long-term or heavy cell phone use was associated with a statistically significant increased risk of brain tumors. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.
[See the study: Mobile phone use and risk of brain tumours: a systematic review of association between study quality, source of funding, and research outcomes]

A case study: tapping the Bioinitiative website.

February 15, 2017

This post will introduce our readers to the BioInitiative website, which makes publications on electromagnetic fields (EMF) and radiofrequency radiation (RF) on health topics accessible. CHE Blog.

Cancer is a product of policies on energy, buildings, food, and manufacturing.

February 14, 2017

Much of the past effort against cancer has fixated on the wrong enemies, with the wrong weapons. While scientific research concentrates on the genome within, we are ignoring the exposome—all that we breathe, drink, eat and absorb through our skin. As President Bush’s Cancer Panel reminded us in 2010, the great majority cases of cancer occur in people born with healthy genes as a result of carcinogenic exposures at work, home, and school. The Hill.

Report on Carcinogens Protocol for 'Electric Light' Monograph now available.

February 9, 2017

The RoC monograph “Health Consequences of Electric Lighting Practices in the Modern World” will evaluate whether scenarios (primarily light at night and shift work at night) associated with exposure to electric light are cancer hazards.

GSM 900 MHz microwave radiation-induced alterations of insulin level and histopathological changes of liver and pancreas in rat.

February 7, 2017

RF exposure can induce inflammatory changes in the liver as well causing damage in the cells of islet of Langerhans. Journal of Biomedical Physics and Engineering.

GSM-like radiofrequency exposure induces apoptosis via caspase-dependent pathway in infant rabbits.

February 7, 2017

According to the results, we suggest that postnatal RF exposure causes caspase dependent apoptosis in female infant rabbits liver tissues. Bratislavske Lekarske Listy.

Quantitative changes in testicular structure and function in rat exposed to mobile phone radiation.

February 7, 2017

The EMF created by mobile phones caused morphologic and histological changes by the affecting germinal epithelium tissue negatively. Andrologia.

Evaluation of the potential of mobile phone specific electromagnetic fields (UMTS) to produce micronuclei in human glioblastoma cell lines.

February 7, 2017

Our findings indicate that the UMTS-RF signal does not cause chromosomal damage in glioblastoma cells; the mechanisms which lead to induction of programmed cell death will be investigated in further studies. Toxicology in Vitro.

Risk agents related to work and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis: an occupational medicine focus.

February 7, 2017

The literature review shows that there are still a lot of biases in the studies design, which actually do not allow to draw unequivocal conclusions. International Journal of Occupational Medicine and Environmental Health.

Characterizing and mapping of exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields (20-3,000 Mhz) in Chengdu, China.

February 7, 2017

This study describes an approach for the assessment of the spatiotemporal pattern of radiofrequency exposures in Chengdu and facilitates the identification of any sources causing exposure above relevant guidelines and standards. Health Physics.

The fundamental reasons why laptop computers should not be used on your lap.

February 7, 2017

When it is placed on the lap, not only the heat from a laptop computer can warm men's scrotums, the electromagnetic fields generated by laptop's internal electronic circuits as well as the Wi-Fi Radiofrequency radiation hazards (in a Wi-Fi connected laptop) may decrease sperm quality. Furthermore, due to poor working posture, laptops should not be used on the lap for long hours. Journal of Biomedical Physics and Engineering.

Effects of RF-EMF exposure from GSM mobile phones on proliferation rate of human adipose-derived stem cells: an in-vitro study.

February 7, 2017

The results show that 900 MHz RF signal radiation from antenna can reduce cell viability and proliferation rates of human adipose-derived stem dells regarding the duration of exposure. Journal of Biomedical Physics and Engineering.

ELF exposure from mobile and cordless phones for the epidemiological MOBI-Kids study.

February 7, 2017

This study suggests that the spatial distribution of the ELF induced current densities in brain tissues is determined by the physical characteristics of the phone (in particular battery position) while the amplitude is mainly dependent on communication system, thus providing a feasible basis for assessing ELF exposure in the epidemiological study. Environment International.

Investigation of terahertz radiation influence on rat glial cells.

January 27, 2017

After 1 minute of THz radiation exposure a relative number of apoptotic cells increased in 1.5 times, after 3 minutes it doubled. This result confirms the concept of biological hazard of intense THz radiation. Biomedical Optics Express.

Effects of extremely low-frequency electromagnetic field on expression levels of some antioxidant genes in human MCF-7 cells.

January 27, 2017

At 0.50 mT intensity field, the number of down-regulated and/or up-regulated genes increased compared with the other ones. However, there is no statistical significant difference between the field intensities for the two others EMF exposure conditions. Molecular Biology Research Communications.

Study of potential health effects of electromagnetic fields of telephony and Wi-Fi, using chicken embryo development as animal model.

January 27, 2017

No conclusive evidence was found for induced embryonic mortality or malformations by exposure to the used EMFs, or for effects on the other measured parameters. Bioelectromagnetics.

Long-term exposure to 835 MHz RF-EMF induces hyperactivity, autophagy and demyelination in the cortical neurons of mice.

January 27, 2017

RF-EMF exposure led to myelin sheath damage and mice displayed hyperactivity-like behaviour. The data suggest that autophagy may act as a protective pathway for the neuronal cell bodies in the cerebral cortex during radiofrequency exposure. The observations that neuronal cell bodies remained structurally stable but demyelination was induced in cortical neurons following prolonged RF-EMF suggests a potential cause of neurological or neurobehavioural disorders. Science Reports.

Effect of low level subchronic microwave radiation on rat brain.

January 27, 2017

The results of the present study suggest that low level microwave exposure at frequencies 900, 1800, and 2450 MHz may lead to hazardous effects on brain. Biomedical and Environmental Sciences.

Measurements of intermediate-frequency electric and magnetic fields in households.

January 27, 2017

Using spot measurements, residential IF field levels were found to be generally low, while the use of certain appliances at close distance (20cm) may result in a relatively high exposure. None of the appliance emissions in the IF range exceeded the exposure summation rules recommended by the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection guidelines and the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC 62233) standard at 20cm and beyond. Environmental Research.