RF Radiation in Women and Children

Goals

To identify additional research into the effects of RF radiation on women and children.

Early Findings

RF Radiation on Women and Children

  • A study published in the November 2017 issue of Public Health examined the RF radiation exposure of children in school using WiFi in the classroom. It found that the "mean levels measured were above the precautionary target level of 3–6 µW/m2 as proposed by the Bioinitiative Report," but that "all values were below the International Commission on Non-Ionizing Radiation Protection’s reference values."
  • Though slightly older, a December 2014 study published in the Journal of Microscopy and Ultrastructure found that children absorb more RF radiation than adults because "their brain tissues are more absorbent, their skulls are thinner and their relative size is smaller."
  • A study conducted by the Swiss Tropical and Public Health Institute and published in the July 2018 issue of Environmental Health Perspectives found that RF electromagnetic field may adversely affect memory performance in adolescents, due to mobile phone use.
  • A study published in the October 2018 issues of Journal of Biomedical Physics & Engineering found that a mother's exposure to RF electromagnetic fields related to cordless phones, either before or during a pregnancy, has a statistically significant association with the risk for speech problems in offspring. However, the same study failed to prove the same association related to mobile phones because mothers in both the control group (healthy children) and study group (children with speech problems) had a high rate of mobile phone use.
  • A study published in the August 2018 issue of Electromagnetic Biology and Medicine examined the fetal impact of RF radiation from mobile phones in the cord blood of newborns and found that the greatest fetal effect was found among pregnant women who reported more than 60 minutes of mobile phone use per day. The results showed that "AST (aspartat aminotransferaz), ALT (alanine aminotransferase), LDH (lactate dehydrogenase), CK (creatine kinase), CK–MB (creatine kinase–miyocardial band), CRP (c-reactive protein), PCT (procalcitonin), TnT (troponin T), uric acid and lactate levels of third group were found higher than the other groups."

Proposed next steps:

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Our continued research has identified five additional studies related to the health risks of RF radiation in women and children and suggests a correlation between RF radiation exposure during pregnancy and children's health. We would recommend continuing the research to further examine the relationship between prenatal RF radiation exposure and the health of children through 3-5 additional research studies on the topic.
We would also recommend research to examine the health risks associated with other types of non-ionizing radiation, beyond mobile phones, (such ultraviolet light, microwave ovens, or video display terminals) by finding 3-5 additional studies focused on this topic.