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Special Issue Medical Journal: Electromagnetic Fields Damage Brain Development and Reproduction

New research investigates the health effects of radiation from cell phones and wireless devices.

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Teton Village, WY -- (SBWIRE) -- 09/29/2016 -- The Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy has just published a special issue with fifteen papers describing groundbreaking research by Turkish researchers on the effects of radio-frequency electromagnetic radiation (RF-EMR) on the developing and adult nervous system and on the reproductive system. These studies, along with several review articles, investigate how RF-EMR may have negative effects on neurodevelopment, may increase exposure of the brain to toxic compounds by altering permeability of the blood-brain barrier, may induce oxidative stress on tissues throughout the body.

"This special issue pulls together the latest experimental studies from some of the world's top investigators showing that prenatal exposure clearly causes deficits in brain development in animals as well as deficiencies in their reproductive organs. It was a privilege to work with leading teams in biophysics and embryology throughout Turkey where research on wireless radiation is considerably more advanced than in the U.S." noted Devra Davis, co-editor of this special issue of the Journal and Visiting Professor of Medicine, The Hebrew University.

The Journal includes experimental research findings that that long-term exposure to Wi-Fi caused DNA damage to the testes indicating that the testes are a more sensitive organ to RF radiation. Research results also showed prenatal exposures to Wi-Fi increased oxidative stress in the brain and liver of pregnant rats and their newborns. In addition, the published studies indicated RF-EMF during pregnancy can damage neuron development in the cerebellum, damage spinal cord development, and induce oxidative DNA damage in brain.

One review paper proposes neuropsychiatric endpoints may be linked in that they share a common etiology arising from the capacity of EMF to interfere at the basic cellular level with voltage-gated calcium channels. The four other review papers considered the evidence for an association between electromagnetic fields and neurodegenerative diseases, oxidative stress, peripheral nerves, and brain development.

"When combined with the positive results of the U.S. National Toxicology Program bioassay that found significant increases in specific types of highly aggressive and malignant tumors, the experimental evidence showing that wireless radiation can be damaging to human health has become stronger. The challenge to regulators around the world is what to do now that we have this growing experimental evidence of harm. Do we continue to wait for proof that humans are damaged by the same exposures or do we take precautionary steps to reduce and limit those exposures?" asks Robert Morris MD PhD, Senior Medical Advisor to Environmental Health Trust which has posted the key findings from each of the papers on their website. EHT maintains a database which documents that over a dozen countries recommend the public reduce cell phone wireless exposures.

Journal of Chemical Neuroanatomy
Controversies on Electromagnetic Fields in Neurobiology of Organisms

Environmental Health Trust (EHT) supports cutting-edge, high-impact research, and educates individuals, health professionals and communities about controllable environmental health risks and policy changes needed to reduce those risks. Currently, EHT is raising health concerns about cell phones and wireless and recommends reducing exposures to decrease risk. The Environmental Health Trust maintains a regularly updated database of worldwide precautionary policies on wireless related to children.

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