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Microwave/Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Health: Clinical Management in the Digital Age 

Microwave/Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Health: Clinical Management in the Digital Age
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Microwave/Radiofrequency Radiation and Human Health: Clinical Management in the Digital Age
Author(s):

Devra Davis

, Margaret E. Sears

, Anthony B. Miller

, and Riina Bray

DOI:
10.1093/med/9780190490911.003.0010
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date: 24 November 2017

Radiation from wireless transmitting devices can cause or worsen acute and chronic health conditions. Outdated exposure limits for cell phones and other wireless devices emitting microwave radiation, a form of radiofrequency radiation, are based solely on avoiding an increase in temperature and do not accommodate increasing evidence of nonthermal effects on reproductive, neurologic, developmental and cardiac health, and cancer. In 2016, the U.S. National Toxicology Program reported significantly greater risks of brain (i.e. gliomas) and heart tumors in the largest rodent study ever conducted. Case-control studies found that regular and heavy cell phone users incurred increased risks of these tumors. Increasing trends of aggressive gliomas among young people have been reported. Chapter 10 provides an overview of microwave chemistry and in vitro, in vivo, epidemiologic, and clinical study findings. Guidance from international authorities addresses history taking, clinical management of relevant exposures, and promotion of safer technologic approaches and policies.

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