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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.

Ten gigahertz microwave radiation impairs spatial memory, enzymes activity, and histopathology of developing mice brain.

May 30, 2017

Results from the present study concludes that the brain of 2 weeks aged mice was very sensitive to microwave exposure as observed immediately after exposure and during follow-up study at 6 weeks of age. Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry.

Long-term exposure to a continuous 900 MHz electromagnetic field disrupts cerebellar morphology in young adult male rats.

May 30, 2017

We found that exposure to continuous 900 MHz EMF for 1 h/day during adolescence can disrupt cerebellar morphology and reduce the number of Purkinje cells in adolescent rats. Biotechnic & Histochemistry.

Effects of mobile phones on children's and adolescents’ health: a commentary.

May 30, 2017

With respect to health implications of digital (wireless) technologies, it is of importance that neurological diseases, physiological addiction, cognition, sleep, and behavioral problems are considered in addition to cancer. Child Development.

Mobile phone use, blood lead levels, and attention deficit hyperactivity symptoms in children: a longitudinal study.

May 30, 2017

The results suggest that simultaneous exposure to lead and RF from mobile phone use was associated with increased ADHD symptom risk, although possible reverse causality could not be ruled out. PLoS One.

Mobile phone use and glioma risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis.

May 30, 2017

Our results suggest that long-term mobile phone use may be associated with an increased risk of glioma. PLoS One.

Tips to reduce your wireless radiation exposure.

May 30, 2017

These cell phone and wireless technology safety tips from Electromagnetic Radiation Safety provide guidance on minimizing excess exposures.

Probabilistic multiple-bias modelling applied to the Canadian data from the INTERPHONE study of mobile phone use and risk of glioma, meningioma, acoustic neuroma, and parotid gland tumors.

May 30, 2017

For glioma, the odds ratio comparing highest quartile of use (over 558 lifetime hours) to non-regular users was 2.0 The odds ratio was 2.2 when adjusted for selection and recall biases. American Journal of Epidemiology.

Oxidative effects of extremely low frequency magnetic field and radio frequency radiation on testes tissues of diabetic and healthy rats.

May 22, 2017

Both radio frequency radiation and extremely low frequency magnetic fields radiation practices increased the oxidative stress in testis tissue while causing a decrease in antioxidant level which was more distinctive in diabetic rats. Bratislava Medical Journal.

Neurodevelopment for the first three years following prenatal mobile phone use, radio frequency radiation and lead exposure.

May 19, 2017

We found no association between prenatal exposure to radiofrequency radiation and child neurodevelopment during the first three years of life; however, a potential combined effect of prenatal exposure to lead and mobile phone use was suggested. Environmental Research.

Electromagnetic fields, pulsed radiofrequency radiation, and epigenetics: how wireless technologies may affect childhood development.

May 16, 2017

New epigenetic studies are profiled in this review to account for some neurodevelopmental and neurobehavioral changes due to exposure to wireless technologies. Child Development.

Long-term cell phone use increases brain tumor risk.

May 9, 2017

Four reviews of the research on cell phone use and brain tumor risk have been published in peer-reviewed journals in 2017. All of these studies report finding a statistically significant relationship between cell phone use of ten or more years and brain tumor risk especially on the side of the head where the cell phone was predominantly placed during phone calls. Electromagnetic Radiation Safety.
[See the study that had not previously been shared in this compilation: Mobile phone use and glioma risk: a systematic review and meta-analysis]

Effect of long-term exposure of mice to 900 MHz GSM radiation on experimental cutaneous candidiasis.

May 9, 2017

Long-term 900 MHz radiation exposure of mice led to longevity of skin wounds and susceptibility of the animals to systemic challenge and higher incidences of microorganisms in internal tissues. Saudi Journal of Biological Sciences.

Postnatal development and behavior effects of in-utero exposure of rats to radiofrequency waves emitted from conventional WiFi devices.

May 9, 2017

Maternal exposure to WiFi radiofrequencies led to various adverse neurological effects in the offspring by affecting neurodevelopment, cerebral stress equilibrium and cholinesterase activity. Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology.

Exposure to mobile phone (900-1800 MHz) during pregnancy: tissue oxidative stress after childbirth.

May 9, 2017

In the experimental groups, malondialdehyde levels were significantly increased, while total thiol groups, superoxide dismutase, and catalase were significantly decreased in the total tissues of dams and their offspring. Exposure to mobile phone (900-1800 MHz) during pregnancy induced oxidative stress in tissues of dams and their offspring. Journal of Maternal-Fetal & Neonatal Medicine.

Proteomic analysis of continuous 900-MHz radiofrequency electromagnetic field exposure in testicular tissue: a rat model of human cell phone exposure.

May 9, 2017

Our results indicate that exposure to RF-EMF produces increases in testicular proteins in adults that are related to carcinogenic risk and reproductive damage. Environmental Science and Pollution Research International.

Effect of exposure to 900 MHz GSM mobile phone radiofrequency radiation on estrogen receptor methylation status in colon cells of male Sprague Dawley rats.

May 9, 2017

Exposure to RF radiation emitted by GSM mobile phones can lead to epigenetic detrimental changes in ERα promoter methylation pattern. Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering.

Acute effects of radiofrequency electromagnetic field emitted by mobile phone on brain function.

May 9, 2017

Several studies indicate an increase in cortical excitability and/or efficiency with EMF exposure, which appears to be more prominent in fronto-temporal regions and has been associated with faster reaction time. Cortical excitability might also underpin disruption to sleep. However, several inconsistent findings exist, and conclusions regarding adverse effects of EMF exposure are currently limited. Bioelectromagnetics.

Preterm birth among women living within 600 meters of high voltage overhead Power Lines: a case-control study.

May 9, 2017

The adjusted OR for spontaneous preterm birth and birth defect in women who were living in less than 600 meters from high voltage power lines was higher compared to those living in farther distance. Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine.

Scientists call for protection from ill-health effects of cell phones, Wi-Fi.

April 28, 2017

Based on their peer-reviewed, published research, the scientists said they have serious concerns regarding the ubiquitous and increasing exposure to EMF generated by electric and wireless devices. The Guardian, United Kingdom.

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.