written by Elise Miller, MEd
The National Toxicology Program’s study on the potential health impacts of cell phone radiation published at the end of May has been called a potential “game-changer” by some leading researchers in the field. The preliminary findings of this study, the largest of its kind ever conducted, indicate that male rats exposed to radio-frequency (RF) radiation emitted from wireless devices have an increased risk of developing brain cancer (malignant glioma) and tumors on the heart (schwannomas). This affirms the World Health Organization’s International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC) decision in 2011 to classify RF radiation as “possibly carcinogenic” in humans. It also suggests that if IARC were to assess the emerging research from the last five years, it might have good reason to raise that classification to “probably carcinogenic.”
written by Nancy Hepp, MS Research and Communications Specialist
This post was updated to correct and clarify misleading statements on July 16th.
Electronics, Electrical Fields, and Radiation
Televisions are still dominant, but computers, mobile phones, tablets and other electronic devices are capturing more and more of children’s attention and waking hours. In Screen addiction is taking a toll on children, the New York Times investigates the consequences of so much screen time, including neglect of schoolwork, stunted social development, overweight, impairment in focus, sleep deprivation and aches from poor posture and overuse of some muscles. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends that parents limit the amount of total entertainment screen time to somewhere between less than one and two hours per day for children age two and older, with no use for children under two years old.