25/08/2008 - Recent Papers - Scientific Update
The following is a quick summary of another four papers that have come out
recently related to effects of electromagnetic radiation.
, (July 2008) Do naturally occurring magnetic nanoparticles in the human body mediate increased risk of childhood leukaemia with EMF exposure?
, Int J Radiat Biol. 2008 Jul;84(7):569-79 [View Author's abstract conclusions
Physicist Vladimir Binhi has published work supporting his theorythat
haematopoietic stem cells contain magnetic nanoparticles, and that the effect
of the magnetic fields from low levels of powerfrequency electromagnetic fields
could be at least partly responsible for the increase in childhood leukaemia.
This is yet another mechanistic theory for the rise that has been consistently
found in the scientific literature.
As far as we are aware, this is a completely novel theory that has not been
researched by other laboratories elsewhere in the world.
The latest research into cellular damage from the medical college of
Wisconsin in the US has found that mobile phone exposure can cause significant
neurological damage in rats.
This paper supports a number of other papers showing in vivo cellular
damage from mobile phone exposure in living systems[Oktem 2005, Oral 2006, Ferreira 2006, Panagopoulos 2007].
Researchers from the Tel-Aviv University in Israel have found that exposure
to CW (Continuous Wave) 100 GHz radiation causes increased aneuploidy and
genomic instability to 3 chromosomes in human lymphocyte cells. This could
potentially give a causative mechanism for the radiation to an increased risk
The levels of exposure were quite high (0.31 Wm-2), but this is
still considerable under ICNIRP guidance levels, both at occupational levels
(50 Wm-2 - 150-fold difference), and even at residential grades
(10 Wm-2 - 30-fold difference). 100 GHz is considerably over the
frequency used by mobile phones and WiFi, and the signal is continuous wave, but
it is further evidence of detrimental non-thermal effects caused by non-ionising
radiation that the ICNIRP guidance levels are not protective against.
Polish scientists from Wroclaw medical university have found further evidence
that mobile phone calls (call duration 20 minutes) can affect EEG readings in
healthy subjects (though they added that it was not possible to effectively
cater for the possible confounding factor of how the subject talking may affect
the readings). This supports other research over the last 5 years looking into
EEG effects from mobile phone usage[Aalto 2006, Krause June 2006, D'Costa 2003, Kramarenko 2003, Bachman2006].