Effect of electromagnetic waves on human brains

The smartphone is a source of the eminence of electromagnetic waves. Numerous studies have
been conducted in the past years to identify the effect of electromagnetic waves emitted from t
he
cell phones on human health. The topic has been studied for a long time, but in past, it touched on
a rather narrow circle of people, mostly staff of broadcast and specialized radio stations. Even at
that time, measures taken to protect people from radi
ation apply only on those who work near
powerful sources of radiation. And, despite the revolutionary changes in the field of
telecommunications, as well as many discoveries and emissions, the impact of electromagnetic
waves of different frequencies hotly
debated ever since. As soon as mobile phones more and more
part of our lives, the world is continuing research to proof whether cell phones are harmful to
human health? Today there is no official statement announced by laboratory or medical center to
answe
r this question. The complexity of the analysis of the statistical data makes the task more
difficult for researchers. The impact of harmful radiation emitted from cell phones waves is still
being studied.
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Carina Storrs in her article “Cell phone radiation
increases cancers in rats, but should we worry?”
notes that “high
dose exposure to cell phone radiation increased brain tumors in male rats,”
however “most studies in humans have failed to find a link between cell phone use and greater
cancer risk.”
Never
theless, researchers comment “that more work is needed to interpret the results, which some
called “puzzling.” The statement that cell phones can cause cancer has been not confirmed. The
studies failed to proof that cellphones make a major risk develop can
cer among frequent users.
The main issues while conducting studies are some people may not accurately report the usage as
they don’t exactly remember how often they use the cell phone (excluding speaker phone or
earbuds) and it is still difficult to measur
e the impact of other factors that may accelerate the cancer
development for excessive cell phone users.
As research results require accurate findings, the scientists moved their experiments to rodents. In
these experiments, the scientists “expose mice or
rats to known doses of radiation that are
equivalent to what people get from their cell phones.” Based on the latest research released by
National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, the scientists found that 2% to 3% of
irradiated male rats develo
ped brain tumors, and 2% to 7% of irradiated rats developed heart tumor.
It is interesting that female population is less impacted to radiation waves and it composed 1% of
developed brain tumor and 2% of heart tumor of the total population of the tested sp
ecies.
According to John R. Bucher, associate director of the National Toxicology Program tumors were
of types similar to those in other research that found radiofrequency from cell phones is a possible
carcinogen.
The WHO/International Agency for Research
on Cancer (IARC) has classified radiofrequency
electromagnetic fields as “possibly carcinogenic to humans” and associates it with wireless phone
use. In May 2011, a Working Group of 31 scientists from 14 countries met in France to assess the
potential car
cinogenic hazard from exposure to radiofrequency electromagnetic fields emitted by
wireless communication devices, microwaves, radio, and television signals. The Working Group
made a conclusion that “the evidence, while still accumulating, is strong enough
to support a
conclusion and the 2B classification (carcinogenic to human)”. It means that a risk of hazard
exposure emitted from the cell phones exists to cause cancer, and therefore, additional observations
are required.
The author also notes that consid
ering the rapid changes in cellphones technology new
observations are even more complicated to conduct. Salvatore Insiga, a neurosurgeon at Northwell
Health’s Neuroscience Institute in Manhasset, New York, also considers that nonetheless that there
is no d
irect evidence of between cell phone radiation and tumor risk, the possibility still exists, and
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studies should be continued. Insiga suggests alternating cell phone use by using earbuds. The
Federal Communications Commission states that people could reduce
their exposure to cell phone
radiation by using an earpiece or headset when they talk, and by keeping the device away from
their bodies.
At the same time, the scientists question why the male rats are more affected by radiation than
female rats. All the a
nimals were exposed the same amount of radiation. Another issue is whether
radiation amount on tested animals is equivalent to the radiation portion that human receive using
the cellphone during the day. As it said, the modified phones become more popular,
and their use
has increased.
However, proponents of cell phones dismissed “the possibility that cell phone radiation could
cause cancer because it is non
ionizing and does not carry enough energy to damage DNA like the
ionizing radiation in X
rays and CT
scans does.” To shed some light on the disputable questions,
the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences has launched a study. The result of the
study will be released in the fall of 2017. The study will expand look at rates of cancer on other
organs and tissues of animals.

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