Controversies on electromagnetic field exposure and the nervous systems of children
Warille AA, Onger ME, Turkmen AP, Deniz ÖG, Altun G, Yurt KK, Altunkaynak BZ, Kaplan S. Controversies on electromagnetic field exposure and the nervous systems of children. Histol Histopathol. 2015 Dec 10:11707. [Epub ahead of print]
The objective of this review paper was to raise awareness about exposure to low levels of electromagnetic field (EMF) in children, arising from electrical power sources and mobile phones. This exposure may lead to the cognitive and behavioral impairment of brain function; therefore, being aware of these dangers is important to the healthy developmental process of children. When the current data were considered in detail, it was noted that children are not more or less sensitive to EMFs emitted by wireless devices, when compared to adults. Overall, the information about absorption in the crania of children and adults in the literature is not clear.
This review may add to the creation of different safety measures for children exposed to electromagnetic fields, especially with regard to the effects of the electromagnetic fields emitted by wireless devices. Until now, it has not been reported that children exposed to the RF electromagnetic radiation emitted by wireless devices are more or less sensitive than adults. Most scientific studies on children exposed to electromagnetic radiation from wireless devices do not provide adequate data regarding the negative effects on developmental processes and cognitive functions. In this context, ongoing studies may elucidate the exposure mechanisms and these negative results. New approaches are required, which are focused on the effects on the developmental processes of children exposed to electromagnetic fields, using consistent protocols.
Joel M. Moskowitz, Ph.D., Director
Center for Family and Community Health
School of Public Health
University of California, Berkeley
Electromagnetic Radiation Safety
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