- Microwave Radiation Harms Children More Than Adults
- September 10, 2014 | Author: Seth A. Katz
- Law Firm: Burg Simpson Eldredge Hersh & Jardine, P.C. - Englewood Office
This year, researchers at the Environmental Health Trust performed a review of the current literature regarding microwave radiation from wireless devices like mobile phones, laptops, tablets and toys. The researchers found conflicting data but determined children and unborn babies have the highest risk of harm from MWR from wireless devices.
The authors reviewed cell phone exposure studies from 2009 to 2014 and cell phone dosimetry data, government communications, manufacturers' manuals and more, MedScape reported.
Children have highest risk of harm
Through the review, the authors learned that previous research uncovered children's brains absorb higher levels of MWR than adults' because they are smaller in size, their brain tissue is more absorbent and their skulls are not as thick as adults'. Unborn children are particularly vulnerable to MWR, which can degrade the protective myelin sheath that surrounds neurons in the brain.
Microwave radiation exposure regulations
The authors of the study note the U.S. has not changed exposure limitations in 19 years and smartphone manufacturers require users to keep the device a certain distance from the body in order to fulfill legal exposure requirements. Laptops and tablets are supposed to be kept 20 centimeters from someone's body, for example.
While other countries such as Belgium, France and India are updating their limitations, laws and warnings, the U.S. is maintaining guidelines based on the incorrect assumption that a user could suffer tissue damage from the device overheating - not MWR - the authors stated.
The researchers believe the review raises concerns regarding the levels of MWR emitted from devices as well as current legal standards. There is also a lack of awareness in the public regarding the risk of exposures.