France issues scientific report calling for protection of children from wireless device radiation
France issues scientific report calling for protection of children from wireless device radiation: What's wrong with the FCC?
Coine Garre, Le Quotidien du Medecin, Jul 8, 2016 (Google translation)
Radio frequencies are a "possible" effect on cognitive function in children under 6 years, says the French National Agency of Health Security of Food, Environment, and Labor (ANSES), in the opinion of the collective expertise " Exhibition radiofrequency and children's health ", released July 8 in response to a referral from 2011 and in line with previous reports on radio frequencies in 2009 and 2013.
THE WAVES CAN HAVE AN IMPACT ON COGNITIVE FUNCTION OF CHILDREN
The electromagnetic waves emitted by mobile phones, tablets or connected toys can have effects on cognitive functions - memory, attention, coordination - children, said Friday a report by the health agency (ANSES).
The experts, who recommend limiting exposure of young people, also identified negative effects on well-being (fatigue, sleep disorders, stress, anxiety), they not attribute to the waves themselves, but intensive mobile phone use.
In his state of our knowledge, the national health safety agency says, however, that " current data from the international literature does not suggest the existence or absence of effects in children's behavior, hearing loss, development, reproductive or immune system, or carcinogenic effects . "
In some cases, such as the reproductive system or cancers, " there are virtually no studies available for children ", told AFP Olivier Merkel, head of the risk assessment of new technologies to ANSES.
In other cases, such as hearing loss, " there is nothing obvious in terms of negative impact ," he said. On the effects on welfare (fatigue, anxiety), "the observed effect could be more related to the use made of radio frequency mobile phones rather than themselves," says the specialist.
Some studies have also associated " heavy use of mobile phones by young people and mental health affected ," which translates into risk behavior, depression or suicidal thoughts, notes the Anses, hoping that further work be made to verify the relationship of cause and effect.
Based on these findings, ANSES reiterates its recommendation from 2013 to stick to " moderate use " of mobile phones and use as often as possible the hands-free kit. " The mobile phone is still the major source of exposure to radio frequency, this is the most intense ," said Olivier Merkel.
This is due to the intrinsic power of the waves emitted by the phones and the fact that they are placed directly against the body (in the ear or in a pocket). These counsels of moderation, valid for adults, particularly target children who are more susceptible to wave their elders for physiological reasons.
" We are now certain that children are more vulnerable than adults because of their morphological and anatomical differences ," says Olivier Merkel. " These are not small adults ," he insists. In the brain, in particular, some areas still in transformation are more sensitive to air.
But very young children - under age six - are now exposed very early - even in utero - to more and more waves because of the all-round development of wireless technologies (tablets, connected toys, wifi. ..).
Hence the recommendations of the Anses to apply to all wave-emitting devices " the same regulatory obligations " for the phones. Mainly measuring the specific absorption rate (SAR), which is the amount of energy absorbed by the body, and the publicity of this information. " We have questions about the tablets, especially those that work in wifi but not 3G or 4G ," said the expert of the Anses.
The health agency also wants that the conditions of these measures be revised to be closer to the conditions and the level of overall exposure to the waves to be " reconsidered " to ensure greater safety margins, especially for children.
The experts however rejected a ban on mobile phones in less than six years, passed in 2010 but the decree has never appeared. " There is no health data to justify such action ," said Olivier Merkel. If use at a young age of mobile phones is " fortunately rare ", it recommends " delaying the age of first use ."
Exhibition of children's RF: for moderate use and mentored wireless technologies
ANSES is today publishing expertise on children's exposure to radiofrequency and its potential effects on their health. In its conclusions, the Agency points out that children may be more susceptible than adults because of their morphological and anatomical characteristics, including their small size and the characteristics of some of their tissues. It makes a series of recommendations to adapt the regulatory limit values to reduce children's exposure to electromagnetic fields, which starts from an early age due to the expansion of the use of new technologies. ANSES recommends in this context a moderate use of the box and wireless communication technologies by children. The possible effects on cognition and well-being The recommendations of the Agency
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